ETHICS + SUSTAINABILITY

Bar Jewellery was born from a belief that desirability and sustainability can exist in harmony.

We don’t want to produce products that harm the environment or the people in our supply chain. Every decision that we make, however small is informed by these principles.

We have detailed below as much information as possible, to give you a full overview of how we work.

If you have any questions, suggestions or think that we could improve, please email info@barjewellery.com

DESIGN PROCESS

We keep a close connection to every piece that we produce, each product starts life in our East London studio and is designed by sculpting wax or by hand forming the solid metal.

WHERE WE PRODUCE

The majority of pieces we produce (approximately 85%) are locally cast and hand finished in London, UK either by our manufacturer or in our own studio. We keep in close contact with our manufacturer and visit every few weeks to pick up orders personally or discuss new designs. The factory produces using the lost wax casting method, one of the oldest known metal forming techniques.

Alongside our range of pieces made in the UK, we also work on complex, hand formed pieces in collaboration with our factory in Denpasar, Bali. The factory is making important steps to enrich the local community while building on Bali’s rich history of jewellery making and the immaculate craftsmanship in the region.

The founder of our Bali based factory is originally from New Zealand and built the company after seeing the need for better quality, innovation and ethical standards in Bali. Over the 20 years since starting out, the factory has built a strong connection with the local community and prides itself on ethical and sustainable practices.

The pieces are hand-crafted by artisans who benefit from continual training, along with fair wages and safe working conditions. The factory is committed to improving and contributing to their local area and coordinates with the local village head to recruit locally where possible. They place importance on training unskilled, unemployed locals, empowering them with new skills. Workers are trained and educated to understand the importance of working in a healthy and safe environment.

If you are interested in where a specific product is produced, you will find this information in the product description.

THE MATERIALS WE USE

Using recycled materials is of huge importance to us. We are constantly improving and developing the materials we use to make sure that they are as sustainable as possible.

Despite the metal we use being recycled, there is no difference in look, feel or value from regular silver.

MADE IN LONDON

The silver that we use for all of our London based casting is recycled 925 sterling silver. The metal is sourced by our manufacturer, it is primarily local jewellers over-production, broken and unwanted jewellery, coins and artefacts which are melted down and refined in Birmingham.

Some of our pieces produced in London are constructed using recycled silver wire, which is sourced from a supplier who solely sells recycled silver.

For many of our larger pieces, we work with brass. The brass industry throughout the world depends on recycling to survive, since making brass from new copper and zinc would be uneconomical. Its extremely low use of new raw materials mean that brass is widely considered to be a sustainable metal.

MADE IN BALI

Our Bali based factory use only 100% recycled silver which is fully traceable. The silver is sourced from the Thai division of an international company, who recover and sell precious metals from various sources such as metal industry scrap, industrial recyclable products eg. electronic scrap and car parts. Some of the silver also comes from our factory’s in house scrap recycling processes where no metal goes to waste, any excess silver is collected and melted down to be used again.

The factory also uses brass, as described above, its extremely low use of new raw materials mean that brass is widely considered to be a sustainable metal.

Our Bali based factory plate some of our pieces in White Rhodium or 18ct gold. White rhodium is used to give brass a bright silver colour and to prevent silver pieces from tarnishing.

IN HOUSE PLATING

Gold Plating –

18CT Gold plating is used to give the yellow gold colour to our products, the base metal will be either brass or silver (see product description).

Palladium Plating –

Palladium plating gives a bright finish to our silver pieces which prevents them from tarnishing and keeps them looking fresh for longer, for our larger statement pieces we use brass as a base metal with palladium plating to create the silver colour.

The gold and palladium solutions we use are sourced from a company who have the following certifications:

LBMA Good delivery List for Gold and Silver
LPPM Good Delivery List for Palladium and Platinum
LBMA Responsible Gold

(These certifications confirm that any metals used for casting or plating, do not come from Conflict-Affected and High risk areas funded by the economical interest for precious metal controls)

Compliant with the Dodd-Frank Act.

(Certifying that any metals used are conflict-free)

CISQ certified (A member of IQNET)

(Guaranteeing uniform behaviour and common guidelines between the various bodies in accordance with the applicable international standards and guides)

EMAS Registered

(A body monitoring and promoting continuous improvement of environmental performance)

In our studio processes, we prefer to use natural alternatives to the strong chemicals used in the jewellery production process where possible.

In some cases, we have been unable to source suppliers for verified recycled chains or small component parts. We are constantly sourcing and researching sustainable materials and focussed on improving as our resources grow.

 

PACKAGING

As much as possible our boxes, packaging and all of our printed material are recycled. Where this has not been possible, it is sourced from sustainable forests, where trees are felled and replaced with seedlings that will eventually grow into mature trees.

The glue, paper and cardboard used in the production of our jewellery boxes are all 100% eco-friendly.

We source our packaging as locally as possible and currently work with manufacturers in the UK and Denmark.

All of our packaging is recyclable and plastic free.

RECYCLING / RENEWABLE ENERGY

We recycle as much as we can, including returning or re-using packaging supplied by our manufacturers so that it can be used again and again.

Our London studio is supplied with 100% renewable energy that comes from clean, renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power and biogas.

PEOPLE

We operate a friendly, respectful and relaxed office environment and believe in treating our manufacturers, staff and interns well.

As described above (see ‘where we produce’) the artisans who produce our products are always paid a fair wage.

PRICING

We want to make positive, sustainable products accessible, which is why we keep our prices as low as possible, whilst ensuring that we pay a fair wage.

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