Ethical Jewelry- What does it really mean?

We’re crazy about jewelry, and serious about doing it ethical. Our vision is 100% ethical jewelry. This means free of mercury, without endangering our forests and wildlife, and supporting artisanal miners and makers. Not just our jewelry. But all jewelry, worldwide. 

To us, ethical jewelry means a journey to transform our supply chains for gold, gemstones and diamonds. Together, we get to know all the wonderful people involved in making your dream jewelry. It’s our end–to-end promise that the jewelry you so dearly love, is also a way for you to show your love for everything around you. 

Take our word that at Studio DUSA, you can shop guilt-free. 

Our Values

Connection

We make jewelry – that in itself means what we make becomes mementos, living objects, stories, and bridges between people. Jewelry is a personal keepsake that binds people together with a loved one, a never-forgotten one, the one that got away. With themselves. 

Through our work, we want to make meaningful connections between all actors in the chain. From miners and cutters to metalsmiths and marketing managers, and to our beloved clients. A jewelry is built on connections. Ours especially.

Transparency

We believe in being honest about our impact and our journey towards our mission. We stand behind the origin of our raw materials and the methods through which our jewelry is made. Your trust isn’t something we take lightly. 

Impact

What you do has an impact. What that impact is – that’s up to you. We’re here to interrupt, gently. To transform a destructive impact into a positive kick. The kind that changes the lives of those we work with. 

When we challenge the status quo and show that it’s possible to make jewelry in a different way, we believe more people will follow. Through our jewelry, we invite you to join us and make a difference. 

MATERIALS

Sourcing | Metals | Diamonds | Gemstones

The ethical jewelry brand, Studio DUSA, is an extension of Our mission to  simply help. We believe that a good start will result in goodness, all the way through. And we start with the materials. 

 

Sourcing principles

We could have chosen the path of least resistance. We could have just said “our jewelry is 100% conflict-free, pinkie promise.” We could have bought Fairmined eco-gold, and stones from areas where mercury pollution isn’t rampant, and laws effectively regulate the mining. But we didn’t. Why? Because absolutely nothing would have changed for the millions of artisanal miners.

We believe that all jewelry businesses should apply these four principles: 

Traceability. We don’t just buy diamonds from the big pile. We know where it comes from. We try meet the miners and when we can, we work with independent cutters. 

Make it better. Think long-term and think change. The best isn’t good enough, we want continuous improvement. 

Support the artisans in our supply chain. Pay a price that doesn’t keep the poor poor. All of us deserve a living wage and healthy working conditions. We lead by example to encourage other miners to switch to low impact mining too. 

Mercury-free, panned gold. We only buy gold where no mercury is used. Traditional techniques like gold panning have a much lower impact on the environment than more industrial methods. 

At DUSA, we’ve always been committed to the small-scale production of responsible, traceable, and honest jewelry. To take this commitment a step further, we use recycled gold, and conflict-free, fair-trade gemstones in every piece we make. 

Created from existing jewelry, industrial metals, or electronic components, recycled gold is refined back to its purest elements, making it not only equal in quality to newly minded metals, but much more responsible. 

We also work with a locally owned manufacturer here in Israel — not only to have better control of the quality, but to ensure the people who make our jewelry are fairly compensated and working under safe conditions, too. The owners and their employees hold a special place in my heart, and it’s important to me that we support one another.

 

 

 

 

DIAMONDS

The diamond industry is ruled by a select, untouchable few – mostly men, mostly Caucasian, all wealthy. Artisanal miners are struggling. We want our jewelry to make a difference in the live of the people who make our jewelry possible. So we buy at fair prices, as closely to the source as possible.

What we do in practice? 

 
Giving Back – Tree Planting | Packaging