RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

Responsible sourcing is an important part of our business. When you shop with us, you should feel confident and assured you are receiving pieces made with materials that are carefully, transparently, responsibly and ethically obtained. Moreover, we feel that you should know the provenance of the materials behind your jewelry. Let us tell you more about our sourcing. 

GOLD

We source our gold from Valcambi, S.A. (Valcambi), a leading refiner of gold based in Switzerland, and Asahi Refining (Asahi), a Japanese refinery with operations in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile, and of course, Japan.

RECYCLED AND VIRGIN GOLD

Both Valcambi and Asahi use a mix of recycled gold and virgin gold to make the refined gold products that we use to make Auvere jewelry.

TRANSPARENCY, TRACEABILITY AND CONFLICT-FREE GOLD

Both companies give the highest priority to transparency and conflict-free gold and go beyond the most stringent industry standards of traceability in order to comply with all responsible sourcing frameworks.

Valcambi

Valcambi is also in compliance with requirements regarding transparency, traceability and conflict-free gold, including international regulations and voluntary standards and guidance such as the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, the LBMA Responsible Guidances on Precious Metals (LBMA Requirements), the Responsible Jewelry Council Code of Practice and Chain of Custody Standards (RJC Requirements), World Gold Council “Conflict-Free Gold Standard” (WGC Requirements) and Dodd-Frank Act Section 1502 (Dodd-Frank).

Asahi

Asahi complies with LBMA Requirements, RJC Requirements, WGC Requirements, Dodd-Frank, and Responsible Minerals Institute requirements regarding transparency, traceability and conflict-free gold. Moreover, Asahi has received accreditations from LBMA, COMEX, International Precious Metals Institute, Responsible Minerals Initiative and RJC.

FAIRMINED AND FAIRTRADE ACCREDITATIONS

Valcambi is a Fairmined Licensed Gold Supplier and is in complies with Fairtrade standards and requirements.

ONGOING COMPLIANCE

To ensure all of the foregoing standards are respected and upheld, both Valcambi and Asahi conduct extensive due diligence practices to properly identify and select their business partners. Concerning their products (including all gold products), both companies have put into place systems that permit traceability and submit regularly to audits on all of their practices and the practices of their partners.


DIAMONDS AND COLORED GEMSTONES

DIAMONDS

While most of our jewelry is handcrafted from pure gold, we’ve begun to add diamonds or colored gemstones to certain pieces in order to add a touch of color or sparkle. Our diamonds are all-natural (not man-made), conflict-free, adhere to the Kimberley Process, and are carefully selected to ensure high quality.

COLORED GEMSTONES

Periodically, we use colored gemstones but only when we have received assurances from our suppliers about the traceability of the stones, and that such stones are conflict-free. There is no Kimberley Process for colored gemstones, but new technology has been developed to help the industry to trace colored gemstones. It is called Provenance Proof Blockchain.

PROVENANCE PROOF BLOCKCHAIN

Gubelin Gem Lab has partnered with a tech company, Everledger, to create something called the Provenance Proof Blockchain. The joint venture created a digital decentralized “ledger” which sets forth the journey of each gem from mine to customer. The venture is attempting to get everyone involved in the gem industry to use the ledger to bring forth more transparency with respect to colored gemstones. We have signed up and have encouraged all of our suppliers to do so as well.

ALL GOLD EVERYTHING

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Responsible sourcing is an important part of our business. When you shop with us, you should feel confident and assured you are receiving pieces made with materials that are carefully, transparently, responsibly and ethically obtained. Moreover, we feel that you should know the provenance of the materials behind your jewelry. Let us tell you more about our sourcing.

 

GOLD

We source our gold from Valcambi, S.A. (Valcambi), a leading refiner of gold based in Switzerland, and Asahi Refining (Asahi), a Japanese refinery with operations in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile, and of course, Japan.

RECYCLED AND VIRGIN GOLD

Both Valcambi and Asahi use a mix of recycled gold and virgin gold to make the refined gold products that we use to make Auvere jewelry.

TRANSPARENCY, TRACEABILITY AND CONFLICT-FREE GOLD

Both companies give the highest priority to transparency and conflict-free gold and go beyond the most stringent industry standards of traceability in order to comply with all responsible sourcing frameworks.

Valcambi

Valcambi is also in compliance with requirements regarding transparency, traceability and conflict-free gold, including international regulations and voluntary standards and guidance such as the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, the LBMA Responsible Guidances on Precious Metals (LBMA Requirements), the Responsible Jewelry Council Code of Practice and Chain of Custody Standards (RJC Requirements), World Gold Council “Conflict-Free Gold Standard” (WGC Requirements) and Dodd-Frank Act Section 1502 (Dodd-Frank).

Asahi

Asahi compiles with LBMA Requirements, RJC Requirements, WGC Requirements, Dodd-Frank, and Responsible Minerals Institute requirements regarding transparency, traceability and conflict-free gold. Moreover, Asahi has received accreditations from LBMA, COMEX, International Precious Metals Institute, Responsible Minerals Initiative and RJC.

FAIRMINED AND FAIRTRADE ACCREDITATIONS

Valcambi is a Fairmined Licensed Gold Supplier and is in complies with Fairtrade standards and requirements.

ONGOING COMPLIANCE

To ensure all of the foregoing standards are respected and upheld, both Valcambi and Asahi conduct extensive due diligence practices to properly identify and select their business partners. Concerning their products (including all gold products), both companies have put into place systems that permit traceability and submit regularly to audits on all of their practices and the practices of their partners.

DIAMONDS AND COLORED GEMSTONES

DIAMONDS

While most of our jewelry is handcrafted from pure gold, we’ve begun to add diamonds or colored gemstones to certain pieces in order to add a touch of color or sparkle. Our diamonds are all-natural (not man-made), conflict-free, adhere to the Kimberley Process, and are carefully selected to ensure high quality.

COLORED GEMSTONES

Periodically, we use colored gemstones but only when we have received assurances from our suppliers about the traceability of the stones, and that such stones are conflict-free. There is no Kimberley Process for colored gemstones, but new technology has been developed to help the industry to trace colored gemstones. It is called Provenance Proof Blockchain.

PROVENANCE PROOF BLOCKCHAIN

Gubelin Gem Lab has partnered with a tech company, Everledger, to create something called the Provenance Proof Blockchain. The joint venture created a digital decentralized “ledger” which sets forth the journey of each gem from mine to customer. The venture is attempting to get everyone involved in the gem industry to use the ledger to bring forth more transparency with respect to colored gemstones. We have signed up and have encouraged all of our suppliers to do so as well.