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Lilia Nash Guide to Ethical Jewellery

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Environmentally Conscious Jewellery

Not all jewellery is created equal, especially when it comes to the impact it has on the environment. Lilia Nash jewellery is handmade using ethical and fair trade materials including recycled precious metals, fair trade gemstones and lab-made gemstones.

"I believe strongly in working with ethical, recycled metals and fair trade gemstones, in order to play a small part in reducing the damage being caused to the environment. I am constantly researching new ways to keep my brand as ethical as possible, to ensure every piece of jewellery I make is as ethical as possible." - Lilia Nash

 

Recycled Gold, Silver & Platinum

Why Ethical Gold

Lilia's jewellery is made using recycled 18ct gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum or Sterling silver. The precious metals are reclaimed from gold that's already in the consumer market, salvaged from things like old, broken jewellery, coins and even computer circuit boards.

The jewellery industry relies heavily on exploiting the Earth’s resources via the mining of precious metals and this is incredibly harmful to the environment. Mining processes pollute top soil as well as nearby water sources, affecting the health of local communities and wildlife.

Demand for gold rises steadily year after year, and with more than ever in reserve - there is a strong demand for 'new' gold to enter the market. Gold is now so popular that even the soil beneath tropical forests is frequently mined, stripping the forests bare and polluting the waters and atmosphere with mercury.

To ensure her jewellery has the minimum impact on the environment, Lilia Nash only uses recycled precious metals to make her designs.

"The FF (Fairtrade Foundation) estimates that if 50,000 couples chose Fairtrade-certified gold wedding rings, £650,000 could be generated to help the poorest mining communities in the world transform their lives, health and working conditions and support community projects such as schools." - The Guardian Jan 2014

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Fair Trade & Lab Grown Gemstones

Although there are currently no established guidelines for fair trade gemstones via the World Fair Trade Organization, Lilia tries to only use gemstone suppliers who are transparent about the origins of their gems. Lilia Nash Jewellery is set with gems from suppliers and mine owners based in the UK, USA, Africa and Australia who pay fair wages to their miners, uphold high health and safety standards and actively reduce the impact of their work on the environment.

All Lilia Nash diamonds are 100% conflict-free in accordance with the Kimberley Process and nearly all white diamonds are either fair trade Canadian stones or recycled diamonds, taken from old jewellery and then re-cut.

  • salt and pepper pear shape diamondsalt and pepper pear shape diamond

    Salt and Pepper Pear Shape Diamond 0.6ct DI016

    £950
  • icy diamond 4.8mm 0.6 caratsicy diamond 4.8mm 0.6 carats

    Icy Rose Cut Diamond 0.6ct DI015

    £670
  • large oval champagne diamondlarge oval champagne diamond

    Large Oval Champagne Diamond 2.83ct DI014

    £3,000
  • rose cut pink sapphirerose cut pink sapphire

    8.2mm Rose Cut Pear Pink Sapphire SA148

    £900

Lilia also offers lab-grown sapphires, moissanite, ruby and emerald gemstones as an alternative to fair trade mined stones. These beautiful gems have the same chemical composition as stones found in nature, but they tend to carry fewer flaws as they're created in a highly controlled laboratory environment.

Although no gemstone has zero environmental impact, the production of lab-grown gems does not require moving large amounts of earth like mining. There’s also no chance of drinking water pollution. Crystal growers do use energy and chemicals derived from the earth but the carbon footprint of crystal growth is a small fraction of natural gemstone mining, fair trade or not.

Chatham produce the highest quality lab-grown gems, with a colour and clarity seen in only the very best mined gems. They can grow many precious and semi-precious gems such as sapphires, rubies, diamonds and emeralds. Chatham grows its crystals over a six-month period. They start with a naturally mined seed of fine gemstone, from which they are able to grow vivid crystals with exceptional clarity. When they cut the crystals, they cut away 80% of the rough to give faceted gemstones that are essentially flawless and highly saturated in colour. The price difference between the finest lab-grown and mined gemstones of the same size and quality can be as much as $100,000 per carat!

Lilia's lab-made gemstone jewellery includes designs set with moissanite from Charles and Colvard.  Moissanite is one of the rarest minerals found in nature, where tiny amounts were found in meteorites (which earned it the nickname space diamond). Charles and Colvard have recreated moissanite in a lab to deliver you an artfully crafted, socially responsible and eternally brilliant gemstone. Charles and Colvard prioritise environmental and ethical responsibility in the creation of their moissanite. The beauty and premium quality of their gems, paired with their commitment to their principles, makes Forever One moissanite a superior, sustainable and conflict-free gemstone.

Vintage Gemstones

 

Lilia is occasionally able to source diamonds and sapphires from recycled sources. These gemstones are often re-cut or re-polished, to make them look as good as new. Lilia is particularly keen on old cut or antique cut diamonds, which a cut differently to modern diamonds.

If you have a vintage piece of jewellery you'd like to transform into a new piece, contact Lilia with more information. Using a vintage piece of jewellery to create something new and modern is a fantastic way to reduce the environmental impact of purchasing new jewellery.

  • salt and pepper pear shape diamondsalt and pepper pear shape diamond

    Salt and Pepper Pear Shape Diamond 0.6ct DI016

    £950
  • Natural dark blue aquamarine

    8.4mm Natural Dark Blue Aquamarine AQ005

    £780

Thoughtful Packaging

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Lilia Nash Packaging

To further reduce the environmental impact of Lilia's designs, Lilia Nash jewellery is presented in recyclable hard card boxes. If you'd like something a little more luxurious for presenting an engagement ring or special gift, our Rimu Wood Ring Boxes are the perfect choice. Each box is handmade from a single piece of Rimu wood from a sustainable forest in New Zealand. Spend over £2000 on any Lilia Nash ring and you'll receive one for free!