Materials and Production
Sustainable practices are at the heart of Facets operation. With most of our jewellery handmade and made to order in our Hatton Garden workshop, we never overproduce. This guarantees quality over quantity and reduces waste, which is how we keep our prices as low as possible.
Using eco-conscious materials and production methods, we aim to create a sustainable future for the industry we love so that nature's greatest gems can be preserved and cherished forever.
At Facets we take satisfaction in providing transparency and accessibility in a traditionally cloistered jewellery industry. As a result, we believe that every stone that passes through our workshop should be traceable to its source and we aim to provide provenance for all our diamonds. At present, Facets has established connections in some of the world’s largest sustainable mines, from Botswana to Canada. Close relationships with diamantaires enable us early access to both rough and polished diamonds.
From loose diamonds to bespoke jewels, all our stones are ethically-sourced through the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). Established in 2003, this scheme regulates international trade in rough diamonds. Open to all countries, the KPCS imposes strict requirements on its members to ensure shipments of rough diamonds can be certified as ‘conflict-free’. This prevents ‘conflict’ or ‘blood’ diamonds from entering the legitimate market. Currently the KPCS has 56 participants, accounting for approximately 99.8% of the global production of rough diamonds.
At Facets, we are very aware of the impact that our actions can have on the world and its people. In politically unstable regions, such as the Congo, the minerals trade can be used to finance armed militia, fuel forced labour and support corruption. It is difficult for consumers to know if a product they have bought is funding such practices.
The ‘conflict minerals’ provision, more commonly referred to as Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act, requires publicly listed US companies to check their supply chains for tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (four minerals that are most often linked to human rights issues), that may have originated in the Congo or its neighbouring countries. Companies are not discouraged to source from these areas but are instead required to show they are working with ‘due diligence’ to address and report any issues they find along the supply chain, to ensure companies are not funding illegal activities. The first law of its kind, the Dodd Frank Act is changing the way minerals are sourced globally.
Inspired by the Dodd Frank Act, The OECD developed its own guidance for ‘Responsible Supply Chains from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas’. A global initiative that has been implemented by the UK, this guidance ensures importers of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold meet international responsible sourcing standards. Its aim is to help put an end to the exploitation and abuse of local communities and stem the trade in conflict minerals.
At Facets we use due diligence to provide reasonable assurance about the origin of the metals used in our jewellery. All our precious metals are sourced from conflict-free suppliers.
To minimise our impact to the environment, all Facets packaging is recyclable or made from recyclable materials.