Ethics Statement

Sonkai jewellery is made from ethically sourced materials. We are committed to protecting people and the environment, which is why we are careful with who we work with (and how we work with them).

 

How do you select metals?

- We use 100% recycled precious metals to create both our stock items and most of our bespoke pieces.

Being registered as a Fairtrade gold user means that we are able to use Fairtrade or FairMined metal, too.

 

Are your diamonds conflict-free?

- Yes. We work closely with a small number of carefully selected, trusted stone suppliers, who are all participants in the Kimberly Process.

 

What is the Kimberly Process?

The Kimberly process ensures that each diamond shipment is traceable to an ethical source. It requires its member countries to certify their diamonds as conflict-free. 

Any country that is certified by the Kimberly Process must only trade with other countries also certified by the Kimberly Process. There are now over 80 participating countries!

So, there is much greater accountability and transparency in the diamond industry today. 99.8% of diamonds are now certified conflict-free. 

As the Kimberly Process is so successful, you can be confident that you are buying conflict-free diamonds. If you would like complete reassurance that your diamond jewellery is conflict free, you could purchase a lab grown diamond (which we can do at Sonkai).

 

Can I upcycle my jewellery?

- Certainly - we often upcycle jewellery. Having an existing item reworked is a wonderful form of recycling (or upcycling).

You can make use of both metal and gemstones, which would otherwise be wasted.

 

Where is your labour carried out?

- Sonkai’s labour is carried out here in our workshop in Norwich, Norfolk. We likewise use UK-based businesses for some specialist services, e.g. casting.  

No exploitative overseas labour is used to make our jewellery.