BEHIND OUR SOURCING
At Bliss Lau, our materials and gemstones are selected with the highest level of discernment. Our intention is to be respectful to the earth and our partners with each choice we make.
Finding our sources is a careful process that requires supporting documents, audits, years of building relationships with companies across the world and trust. In 2019, we created a transparency assessment, the Transparency Review, that we send to our vendors asking hard questions about how our suppliers are sourcing their goods. This is an ongoing process in which Bliss personally speaks with each supplier to explain our vision and ethical initiatives.
BEHIND OUR METALS
Ancient Hindus believed gold to be sunlight swallowed by the earth. In the nineteenth century, silver was prescribed by doctors to mend joint pains. The perception of precious metals has evolved throughout the centuries, continuing into the present day. Below is our perspective on how we make decisions about precious metals in today’s atmosphere.
As a small business, we believe that every decision, no matter how small, makes an impact. Our purchasing decisions with precious metals are informed by years of experience. In 2017, we transitioned our casting to certified recycled precious metals in alignment with a vision of respect for the environment.
Our Fine Jewelry line is offered in recycled 14K, 18K gold and platinum. The gold we use is post-consumer recycled, from previously owned jewelry. Our recycled silver comes from a New York based refiner. Platinum is a notoriously complex metal to work with. We make sure our platinum is recycled, however we work with a variety of artisans, depending on the item.
We take great care in selecting our sourcing partners. We have asked all of our precious metal vendors to view our Code of Conduct and each of them have provided us with supporting documents.
In 2019 we became Fairmined Gold licensed. Fairmined Gold is one of the few types of virgin gold we support; it benefits the lives of miners and uses environmentally-conscious techniques. Fairmined Certified mines have equal opportunities for women, pay fair wages, and are required to reduce environmental impact over time.
Fairmined Gold typically costs 15-20% more, but by paying this premium, you are choosing to reinvest in the responsibility community. We see this extra cost as a value added benefit to these mining communities.
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