Sustainability and Ethics are present in every little decision we make at Black Finch.....
Every day we witness the devastating impact that climate change has on our precious living planet. Bearing witness isn't enough for us anymore as we can no longer follow out-dated industry practices. Therefore we are taking action to shift the way our industry conducts business and want to see an industry-wide revolution that places the planet and people at the centres of business choices. We are pledging to lead the way forward by taking responsibility and delivering a swift, uncompromising improvement to business practices. This includes increasing supply chain visibility, responsible sourcing of materials, minimising environmental impacts across all levels of our supply chain and supporting biosphere restoration effects.
The Legacy of Love Project is the promise we make to future generations. It's our pledge to make every effort to care for the well-being of the planet and its inhabits. It's the vehicle for our sustainability efforts and our way of giving back. We want to plant a million trees and for every piece of jewellery purchased a tree will be planted.
We are delighted to announce our partnership with 15 Trees. They are a good-for-profit business that provides ready for planting trees for community groups Victoria wide. Over their lifetime, the trees we plant will draw down tons of carbon and provide precious habitat for Australia's wildlife and ecosystem. These trees are a living legacy to the commitment that our customers make to each other and represent a moment in time that you can visit. We could not have made this commitment without our customers, and we encourage you to visit your trees! Simply drop us an email, and we'll share their location.
Firstly, 85% of all gold in circulation is recycled. This makes gold one of the earth' most transmutable and indestructible materials. We have teamed up with a Melbourne based refinery Siltech to supply us with 100% recycled gold. That means that your jewels are sourced from 100% post-consumer gold in a supply chain where everyone receives a fair wage. We then provide these materials to our casting house where they add alloys to create the final product; gorgeous 18ct yellow, rose and white gold, 9ct yellow, rose and white gold and all the delicious rainbow of golds available! And if that isn't enough these folks recycle X-rays, taking the silver from the celluloid to produce silver for casting jewellery whaaaaat! I know…
Diamonds and Sapphires
All diamonds supplied by Black Finch are conflict-free. The majority of coloured diamonds originate in Australia, from Australian material, mined with Australian ethical standards. These beautiful stones are rare and grow rarer everyday….
Australia's biggest diamond mine and the worlds largest diamond deposit is the Argyle mine in the Kimberly region of Australia. Famous for its pink diamonds and lovely champagne coloured stones, a favourite of Black Finch designs. The mine is due to close soon pushing the value of these diamonds up further. A second mine, the Ellendale mine in Western Australia has produced some beautiful yellow diamonds. The majority of the worlds' Champagne' colour diamonds originate from Australia. We can supply certified pink, champagne, and cognac Argyle diamonds. These certified diamonds are a limited precious commodity, and you should expect to pay a premium for this sound investment.
All diamonds being sold in Australia, including those sourced from Australia and mines from other countries, are subject to the “Kimberley Process (KP)". This is an internationally recognised system that allows global trading and reduces the flow of rough diamonds (conflict diamonds) ‘which are used to finance wars against governments' - around the world. For more information, please visit www.kimberleyprocess.com.
We specialise in ethically/sustainably sourced Australian sapphires. We have visited the mine sites to verify the working conditions and witness the minimal impact extraction has on the environment. This allows us to have unprecedented supply-chain transparency. Australia is home to independent, small, family-run operations, often with just a single person working the leasehold on the minefield. Sapphire mines are very shallow, having a far lower impact on the land, than large open-cut or incredibly deep mines. Rainfall is required to work a sapphire mine. This means that mining practices are dictated by seasonal and cyclical climate changes.
The selection of sapphires offers a magical array of colours from brilliant green, deep blue, orange and lilac as well as the famous Australian parti-sapphire. At Black Finch, we love coloured jewels; rare colour-change stones, bi-colour stones and unusual cuts and we can't wait to share them with you.
We also stock some beautiful Ceylon sapphires that we've sourced from a small family-run mine based in Sri Lanka (home of the Ceylon sapphire). This mine has been in the same family for generations. It is the source of some of the fabulous coloured jewels in our collection which are unique to the region.