Ethics & Activism
ETHICS & ACTIVISM
Through fair little treasures we can bring an extra sparkle into our lives, as having respect for one another and our environment is the foundation of creating true beauty. By being pure in both style and source, Emilie Bliguet is able to create lucid, far-sighted, and luminous pieces, bringing a change into the world she can feel proud of.
It is a story of responsibility and transparency we are delighted to share with you.
From the heart of Barcelona, she takes forward her passion for responsible and ethical design by creating handmade, high-quality, and lasting jewelry. By dedicating her practice to positive social progress, she combine the poetic with the political, assuring every jewel is beautiful from the inside out. Each item she designs holds its own sentimental value due to the environmentally mindful production process she stands by.
RESPONSIBLE RAW MATERIALS
FAIRMINED GOLD, GOLD TO BE PROUD OF
The raw materials she works with are sourced by the Fairmined initiative created by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), a non-profit organization globally recognized as a leader and pioneer of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining. It is backed by a rigorous third-party certification and audit system, which leads the standards for responsible practices. https://fairmined.org/what-is-fairmined/
Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations, providing everyone with gold to be proud of.
By encouraging these communities, we can help them rebuild their environments by bringing new raw materials into circulation, and by here so transforming mining into an active force for good, ensuring social development and environmental protection.
Why Recycled Gold is not a Solution
Emilie´s mission as an ethical goldsmith is to combine equity, environmental preservation, and empowerment by engaging in responsible jewelry. For this motive she highly recommends her clients to invest in Fairmined metals and ethically sourced gems and diamonds, rather than recycling gold, as this option collaborates in the fight against poverty and reduction of mercury contamination alongside the twenty-five million small-scale miners worldwide. Recycling gold on the other hand, does not generate any kind of social change.
FAIRMINED & FAIR ASM SILVER
As the amount of Fairmined silver extracted each year is limited, Emilie also works with Fair ASM silver, a product in process of obtaining an official certificate label, indicating it sources the raw materials from small-scale mining communities. These are: Sotrami and Macdesa in the Andes highlands of Peru. Fair ASM has a long-standing reputation for its exemplary ethics and practices, not only focusing its attention on empowering small producers but also, taking care of the environment.
With each purchase, Emilie assures the mining conditions reach the highest standard and the client is still informed of the provenance of the materials of each jewel.
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ETHICALLY MINED AUSTRALIAN DIAMONDS:
The diamonds Emilie works with are completely natural and free of treatments. They are sourced from the Argyle mine in the Kimberley region in Western Australia- as they are well known for being amongst the lead responsible organizations worldwide.
This is due to the fact the diamond mines in Australia are held accountable for their social and environmental impacts and adhere to strict labor laws.
Argyle elaborates the process of diamond cutting in ethical facilities throughout India, due to their expertise, before distributing the jewels. Specific large-scale Australian diamonds provide a Jeweltree Foundation certificate ensuring supply chain transparency, social responsibility, and ecological sustainability throughout the mining, cutting, and polishing processes.
The ethical source of the gems and diamonds represents an essential factor to Emilie´s design process- as approximately 3.7 million people have died in diamond funded wars in between the 1980s and 1990s and thousands more have died since, and carry on to mine under the force of violence. It is for this reason that the probability that a recycled diamond can be a conflict diamond previously involved in child labor cutters and the black market is very high.
Collectively, by taking a mindful approach towards the source of our materials we can help fight against these kinds of harmful impacts.
Emilie runs her business with honesty, integrity and prioritizes the ethics of her suppliers. She is constantly on the search for innovative ways to improve her sustainable business practices, whilst collaborating with her local network. Not only is her practice eco-friendly, but as is her packaging and shipping techniques, making use of both recycled and Fairtrade materials.
INCLUSIVITY & RESPECT FOR ALL
Emilie celebrates differences; encourages diversity and inclusivity, regardless of the gender, orientation, race, class, weight, age, or any other kind of binary classification. Because all people in all bodies are beautiful and equal should have easy access without any efforther jewellery is size inclusive.
Over the past years, alongside «Origen Gold for Future Collective», Emilie has been investigating the move towards ethical trading. She actively participates in the movement by presenting conferences, workshops, expositions, and so on. Their mission is to open dialogue regarding these kinds of topics by creating the space needed in the community in order to learn from each other. If you are interested and would like to collaborate, feel free to get in touch with «Origen Gold for Future Collective».
With every purchase a client makes, a donation is made to «Mineria Moçambic» de Medicus Mundi: