Many people love beautiful jewellery, but often the reality of how jewellery is produced is far from beautiful. The unfortunate reality is that human and environmental exploitation are endemic within the jewellery industry, from conflicts funded by the mining of diamonds and gold, through child labour and sweatshop labour in the cutting and polishing of gems, to pollution from irresponsible mining practices.Increasingly consumers have come to understand the unethical practices in the jewellery industry, and are demanding alternatives.
At Ingle & Rhode we have been pioneers of ethical jewellery and fair trade jewellery. This means using materials that can be traced back to the source, to ensure that they have been produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way. We work only with suppliers who do not use child labour, who pay fair wages, and who maintain decent working conditions. For example, we source Canadian diamonds because these can be traced back to source, are guaranteed conflict free, and are produced under strict environmental and employment laws.
All of our jewellery is made to order in the UK to the highest quality standards. Contrary to popular opinion, choosing ethical jewellery does not mean compromising on quality, it simply means you have the added value of knowing that your piece of jewellery is not responsible for any exploitation of people or the planet.