Jewellery that’s kind to the planet
Nothing says “I love you” like a piece of jewellery that tells your story. And nothing says “I care” more than having that special piece created with sustainability in mind.
If you shop thoughtfully and choose treasured jewels over throwaway accessories, you’re in the right place. Here are a few ways we minimise our environmental footprint in the workshop and in the pieces we make.
Sustainably made jewellery with tales to tell. Read some of our favourites here.
Sapphires and stories
“Off the shelf” was never something that Lloyd imagined for Jo. He wanted a ring with a story, and having it ethically made was a priority. He chose this 1.91ct sapphire, mined in Inverell and cut on the Gold Coast. The band was made from recycled gold, donated by his future father-in-law, who deals in antique jewellery. Lab created diamonds were star-set on each side, inspired by a vintage ring that Jo once saw and loved. Each detail was carefully considered over several months and all the hard work paid off. Jo loved her ring. And most importantly, she said yes!
Engagement ring 2.0
It’s a great feeling to create pieces that are almost wholly made from pre-loved gems and gold. When Emma’s old engagement ring broke, she decided to make a completely new one from its parts. We used a diamond and the gold from her engagement ring, mixed it with additional gold from her mum’s heirloom pieces and added an ethically mined rough sapphire from Queensland to create this rustic beauty. Emma was smitten from the moment she saw it, calling it “sustainable, meaningful and such a delight”!
An antique beauty
Sustainability is important to Liz, so she chose a vintage engagement ring, meaning that no new metal or gems were mined to create it. To match, we made a wedding band in recycled gold and fresh platinum from a Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) certified supplier. The RJC independently audits companies against rigorous human rights, labour rights, supply chain and environmental standards. The diamonds are reclaimed from antique rings to match the stones in Liz’s engagement ring. Otherwise known as “old cut” diamonds, they are the perfect companion to vintage jewels.
How to design an engagement ring that's kind to the planet
The planet has been kind to us. And it’s about time to start giving back. But this doesn’t mean you need to ditch the luxuries and start growing your own kale. There are simple ways to decrease your environmental footprint and it comes down to the decisions you make around purchases, including significant ones like engagement rings.Read more
- After reading Fairina’s reviews I asked her to create a new ring for me with stones from rings left to me by two very special women in my life: my maternal grandmother and my great-aunt. I spent a great deal of time with them in my younger years - their stories are still with me and along with my mum they taught me how important family is. Fairina brought them together in a simple, stunning piece for me, one that I will cherish forever. She chatted with me, listened, sketched and created exactly what I’d hoped for. The whole process has been an absolute joy - thank you, Fairina xoJen Levett
- If you want an original, custom-made engagement ring, wedding ring, cufflinks, earrings, bracelet...Fairina is your girl. She is absolutely INCREDIBLE at what she does. She's transformed so many old pieces of jewellery into stunning new designs that I will cherish forever. She's so easy (and fun!) to work with, and I love knowing that I've supported a one-woman-team instead of a big, cookie-cutter business. I've recommended her to so many friends and family (who have then engaged her services too), and they're all just as happy as I am with their one-of-a-kind pieces. Thank you, Fairina!Marnie Shanahan
- Farina is a true gem!!! Pardon the pun for a jeweller. She melted down an old gold bracelet of mine and made a truly bespoke piece. She texted me throughout the process- showing me the different stages of creation. She was transparent, helpful and honest the throughout the whole process. I couldn’t recommend a better jeweller.Laura Head
- Fairina was great! I went in with an idea for an engagement ring, but no way to explain it. Fairina was able to decipher what I had in mind and design a piece that was beautiful and unique using heirloom jewellery. It was something truly special. Thank you, Fairina!!Julia McLachlan
There’s always more that can be done, so we’re just getting started! We’d love to hear from you with suggestions on creating a more eco-friendly business or chat about making you a special piece of jewellery with sustainability at its heart.