Hello, dear readers and cherished customers,
I’m Ken Bowers, the proud owner of The Quarter Smith, where we strive to bring you estate jewelry that’s not just beautiful but also imbued with history and meaning. Today, I’d like to delve into an issue that’s close to my heart and is becoming increasingly important in the fine jewelry market—ethical sourcing and sustainability.
Why Does Ethical Sourcing Matter?
You might wonder, why should we concern ourselves with the origins of a piece of estate jewelry? Isn’t it enough that it’s stunning and makes a bold statement? While the allure of the jewelry is unquestionable, the provenance and how it reached our hands matter immensely. At The Quarter Smith, we believe that beauty shouldn’t come at the expense of ethical compromise.
How Do We Ensure Ethical Sourcing?
Sourcing estate jewelry responsibly begins with a meticulous vetting process. Every piece that comes into our collection undergoes rigorous evaluation, not just for quality and authenticity but also for ethical considerations.
First, we look into the history of the piece. Where did it come from? Who owned it? Were there any conditions related to the acquisition that might raise ethical questions? We liaise closely with estate managers, auction houses, and sometimes even family members to establish the backstory of each piece.
Secondly, our team of gemologists verifies that the gemstones used in the jewelry meet international ethical sourcing guidelines. This ensures that we don’t inadvertently support conflict diamonds or gems that have been procured through exploitative means.
Collaboration with Like-Minded Partners
Our commitment to ethical sourcing isn’t a solitary quest; we’ve partnered with organizations that share our vision. We’re proud members of organizations such as the Responsible Jewelry Council, which sets universal standards for ethical sourcing across the supply chain. It’s partnerships like these that keep us accountable and reinforce our commitment to our values.
The Benefits of Estate Jewelry
What makes estate jewelry inherently sustainable is its “pre-loved” nature. These are not pieces that have been newly mined, thus sparing the Earth from further ecological impact. Instead, they are heirlooms, passed down through generations, each with a story to tell. When you purchase a piece of estate jewelry, you’re not just acquiring an exquisite item; you’re also doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint.
The Circular Economy of Estate Jewelry
Another angle to consider is the circular economy. When a piece of jewelry can find a new home, it extends its lifecycle, preventing it from ending up in a landfill. Estate jewelry naturally fits into this circular economic model, as it promotes reuse and sustains the longevity of precious materials.
Taking Steps Towards a More Sustainable Future
While we’ve made significant strides in ethical sourcing, we understand that sustainability is a continuous journey. We’re always on the lookout for ways to improve our processes and deepen our impact. Upcoming initiatives include a jewelry recycling program, where customers can bring in their old jewelry for store credit while contributing to a sustainable cycle of use and reuse.
Making a Difference Together
But we can’t make a meaningful impact alone. Every time you choose to buy a piece of ethically sourced estate jewelry, you’re taking a stand for a more responsible and sustainable future. And for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
As we move forward, I want to assure you that The Quarter Smith will remain steadfast in our commitment to ethical sourcing. It’s not just a business model; it’s a promise to you, our valued customers, and to the generations that follow.
Thank you for your continued support and for joining us on this meaningful journey towards sustainability and elegance coexisting harmoniously.
Owner, The Quarter Smith