At Mahailia Jewellery Design we are passionate about making beautiful, ethical bespoke jewellery that is socially and environmentally friendly. We take great care in sourcing the most ethically produced materials available.
Being a small company means we have full control of the labour involved in making each piece of jewellery. The majority of our jewellery is hand made on site, by ourselves. Any work we out source is crafted by a small team of expert craftsmen within Scotland and the UK. We feel it is important to keep specialist trades alive within the UK and try to use UK industries where ever possible.
All materials used to make jewellery come from the Earth.
Unfortunately mining can be a very dirty business and the production of one gold ring from industrial mining will generate five tons of environmental waste, contaminating water and lands which endangers the health and lives of humans and animals.
The negative impacts of mining have forced people to take a long, hard look at where their products come from, how they are made and to what extent they are impacting the Earth and its people.
100% Recycled Gold, Platinum and Silver
We source our metals from Earth-minded refining and manufacturing companies who pride themselves in being socially and environmentally responsible. They refine metal from the large existing supply of gold, silver and platinum that has already been mined, meaning there is no more damage done to the Earth or people to produce your jewellery. Once these metals are refined back to their pure form they are physically no different to newly mined metals so they are independently audited and certified as 100% recycled.
Our Refiners share with us a common view that it is our moral obligation to protect the environment by conserving energy and recycling and to continually respect basic human rights around the world.
Mahailia Jewellery Design fully support Oxfam's ‘No Dirty Gold’ campaign, please visit their website for an overview of the social, environmental and economic impacts of gold mining.
Recycled Diamonds - The most eco-friendly natural diamonds available
Approximately 4.5 billion carats of diamonds have been extracted from the ground since large scale mining efforts began in South Africa in the 1870's. This means many millions of diamonds are part of the world's existing, above ground, supply of diamonds. A 'recycled' diamond is simply, a previously owned diamond. We believe in this practice as a sincere attempt to reduce the demand for mined diamonds in order to stamp out the horrendous impact both in humanitarian terms and environmental impact, of diamonds mined in unregulated circumstances that go on to fund warfare and criminal activities.In order to reduce environmentally damaging mining practices, we are proud to use recycled diamonds wherever possible.
Our recycled diamonds are all cleaned, re-polished and certificated usually by the GIA - so they really are as good as new…. except they are better!
In the event that a commission requires a diamond that is not a 'recycled' or previously owned diamond, then our suppliers conform to the Kimberly Process and as such any diamonds bought from Mahailia Jewellery Design will be supplied with the following statement;
'Keep Diamonds Free of Conflict'
The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict in compliance with United Nations resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds.
Coloured Gem Stones:
Because of the media focus on the diamond industry a lot of people are still unaware of similar problems within the coloured gem stone trade.
We source Rubies and Sapphires from RubyFair, a company who have a small mine in Tanzania who produce low environmental impact Fair Trade gemstones. Please see their website for more details.
Our suppliers of other coloured gemstones personally visit the mines and factories where our gemstones are processed to be able to guarantee our stones are free from conflict, child labour and unnecessary usage of pollutants and that the working conditions of miners, cutters and polishers are good.
In short, we strongly believe that the only way to be involved in the design and creation of beautiful bespoke pieces of jewellery is with a strong ethical approach to the whole process. We are constantly striving to improve our supply chain and our working practices.
We believe in making the smallest mark on the earth possible- and if we are going to make a mark we believe it should be beautiful. We believe in celebrating nature in art and design. We believe art should reflect life and love and this motivates us to do what we do. We want to make heirlooms that matter- little tokens to express huge feeling. We want to use the materials of the earth in a way that preseverves them.