Next Friday, April 22, is Earth Day. The longer we’re around, the more apparent it becomes that we need to play our part in keeping our Earth as healthy as possible for as long as possible. That’s why we have made a commitment to sustainable, ethical practices here at CED.
We’ve joined forces with the Diamond Foundry and Ethical Metalsmiths. The Diamond Foundry developed plasma reactors that can create 100% real diamonds. No need for mining. Better yet, they do it all with zero carbon footprint. You can read more about their process here.
Ethical Metalsmiths is exactly what it sounds like. Their entire purpose is to channel information about mining issues and encourage jewelers to become informed advocates for social and environmental responsibility. Each CED piece comes from certified recycled silver, gold and platinum, whenever possible, and we repurpose clients’ stones and metal to provide a better value, contribute to the local economy, create less stress on the environment and leave a smaller carbon footprint.
We also utilize the Kimberley Process, which tracks diamonds from mine to market, and industry partnerships with the United Nations and governmental and non-governmental organizations, the diamond industry polices exports to prevent illegal trade.
And whenever possible, we encourage our clients to set their pieces with Moissanite. Also known as silicon carbide, Moissanite is a gemstone unlike any other. With more brilliance and fire than a diamond and almost the hardness of a diamond. We use laboratory grown Moissanite through a patented process by Charles & Covard Company.
These sustainable practices and partnerships were easy enough to implement and have not had any negative effect on our bottom line. They have, however, changed how we feel about our business. We never thought it would be possible to become more proud of the work we were doing than we already felt. We were wrong. Knowing we’re doing our part to help raise awareness and create a more sustainable future is truly joy giving. You can read about our commitment to ethical practices here.
We’d like to extend a challenge. Take a look at your office, your business, your life. What changes can you make to help ensure a sustainable future?