I’ve recently discovered a new fine jewellery brand with a mission to do things differently. Sacet not only prices their designer pieces fairly for the consumer, they also have ethics in mind throughout their supply chain. The following article was written in collaboration with the Sacet team.
What do you think of when you hear the word “diamond”.
A blue box, a special moment, or a movie featuring Leonardo Dicaprio? Blood Diamond lifted the veil off the industry to reveal the true nature of where our diamonds come from. Since then, a lot has been said and done about sourcing diamonds ethically, the United Nations has even been involved in solving this issue for a number of years now. But what happens next? Someone somewhere has to cut, polish, and craft the finished piece of jewellery. Diamond sourcing and diamond polishing are two different steps in a diamond’s journey from the mine to the shop, but the latter is rarely spoken about.
Of the 4 C’s‚—colour, carat, clarity, and cut—the cut of a diamond is the only element of a diamond’s quality that is controlled by human hands. The way a diamond is cut directly impacts their brilliance, and yet, the craftspeople responsible receive almost none of the profits for their finished work.
After a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013, there was a public outcry condemning the unethical working conditions of those that make our clothes. But what about those who make our jewellery? Things like fair pay, safe working conditions, and health benefits are often unheard of in the industry. Craftspeople breathe in diamond dust and chemical powders. When the economy slows and demand for diamonds slows, a large portion of the artisans is laid off without notice which results in distress and increased rates of suicide. At the end of the day, profits come before human lives.
Sacet has set out to make a change. They don’t have a factory, they have an artisanal workshop. Profits from their beautiful and unique designs are shared with the craftspeople via fair wages, healthcare, and education for their children.
They’ve even considered their craftspeople with their forthcoming Black Friday event entitled: “A Fair Deal for All,” where a portion of the profits for that day will go back to the craftspeople. Your deal: choose what you pay.
Look good, do good, feel good!
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