We really enjoy reusing gemstones from existing jewellery, particularly when they have sentimental value. It's lovely to think that something with special connections that has been unworn in recent years can be given a new lease of life and admired daily rather than being confined to a box. Reusing gemstones also means that no new mining has taken place so we really like it from an ethical perspective too - although it is impossible to know where the stones have come from, there is a sense that the previous owner has taken the brunt of the environmental cost.
If you would like to use your own diamonds in a piece of jewellery, you must make sure that any loose diamonds you buy come with Kimberley Process documentation, otherwise we won't work with them.
We will not handle diamonds without Kimberley Process guarantees with the following exceptions:
- We will set customers’ own loose diamonds owned by the customer before the year 2003 on the basis that we see a probate form, receipt or similar.
- We will unset and reset customers’ diamonds in an item of jewellery owned by the customer if the piece clearly dates before the year 2003. This is because there is often no meaningful way of knowing the provenance of the diamonds because prior to 2003 there was no Kimberley Process guarantees in place. Find out more >
- We will unset and reset diamonds in an item of jewellery that has been made since 2003 if there is a receipt for the item or other evidence that the diamonds were Kimberley Process certified.
For customers who want to source diamonds elsewhere, we require a written guarantee from their supplier that the stone is conflict free. Any reputable supplier will have no problem giving you this.
It is also possible to reuse metal but this isn't always so straightforward - see reusing metal for details.
If you have an engagement ring or piece of jewellery from which you would like to reuse the gemstone, the best way to start the process is to send us a picture, or (if you live locally to one of our studios) bring it in to show us. Our designers can have a look and start discussing the possibilities with you. Contact us to get things started.
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