My mission is to challenge the jewellery industry and create a product people can be proud of wearing.
Much of the Jewellery industry is made up of materials with supply chains that are impossible to chase. My personal mission has been to ask the questions and challenge the suppliers and provide my customer with honest clean materials that they can be proud to wear.
Why I Don’t Gold Plate
It doesn’t last. Gold plating is a thin layer of gold coating. It doesn’t sit well with me to sell a product which within six months will lose the gold "look" which you bought it for.
You can't clean up or polish gold plated items as you will simply just rub off the thin layer of gold and be left with the base metal the item is made from.
We use solid brass silver or gold. Brass and silver do tarnish, and that's why our ZM packing has a natural jewellery cleaning recipe which allows you to clean your jewellery at home. Heres the recipe.
Gold plating uses some nasty chemicals which are often not disposed of correctly and so can be damaging to the environment and the people using them.
Once a piece is gold plated its much harder for the metal to be melted down and recycled.
All my bespoke pieces are produced in London, this way I can follow the process closely ensuring quality. This means the people making your jewellery are paid a fair London wage. I am proud to support local craftsmanship and sell a product that is great quality and fairly made.
All the jewellery is cast out of recycled metals and when possible I source the chains and other parts from recycled metals, however this is not always possible - I’m working on this.
I am really proud to now be working with a workshop in Bali. This has allowed my brand to grow. They have incredibly high standards in terms of quality and in terms of sustainability.
All there metals are between 65 -100% recycled which allows the metal to still be of high quality.
If we use resin from them it is a polyester resin which is primarily sourced from by-products of pulp and paper manufacturing. It is a chemical compound and cured using solvents but is not harmful to the environment and non toxic to use or wear. The fumes of the solvent when curing are mildly toxic (same as nail polish remover).
They employ the local community giving opportunity. I work closely with Eka who is in charge of my production and she is brilliant. I aim to visit as soon as the world opens up again.
The gemstones are sourced and cut from sustainable mines in Sri Lanka. In 2019 I visited the stone cutting studio in Sri Lanka but unfortunately after heavy rain the mines where filled with water so we couldn’t visit them. We met Sanjeewa who you can see below - he is the main cutter and works alongside Chnandrasiri. With these stones I can tell you the mine they have come from and the person who as cut them (it will most likely be Sanjeewa!).
I am very excited to be working with Ocean Diamonds which are sustainably sourced diamonds, hand picked by specialist divers off the coast of South Africa. I will be able to tell you exactly where your diamonds have been picked up from.
Our boxes are made from recycled materials in Cornwall, England. They are made on uncoated paper which means you can put them in the garden to decompose.
Our bags are made from eco-friendly, OEKO-TEX Certified cotton - durable, washable which can be used for many years. Moreover, everything is made to measure - meaning there is not much waste produced. If there are some fabric waste they are recycled to cleaning cloths.
In the future, I will aim to produce less not more. Creating quality products takes time and this is something I feel is worth waiting for.
Planting Trees and Offsetting Carbon
When you buy something from ZM Jewellery you will plant a tree. We think thats pretty cool. We work with Ecologi to make this happen. Whenever we work with a customer to create a bespoke piece of jewellery we plant 25 trees and donate to two offset programs. With our current climate crisis I think this is incredibly important.
From the very beginning, honesty and openness has always been key. As the business grows its key to grow in the best way possible, but the door is always open for discussion on how I/we can do things better. I would love to hear from you, just shoot me a mail to grab a coffee - firstname.lastname@example.org.