Bar Jewellery was born from a belief that desirability and sustainability can exist in harmony. We don't want to produce products that harm the environment or the people in our supply chain. Every decision that we make, however small is informed by these principles.
We have detailed below as much information as possible, to give you a full overview of how we work. If you have any questions, suggestions or think that we could improve, please email email@example.com
We keep a close connection to every piece that we produce, each product starts life in our East London studio and is designed by sculpting wax or by hand forming the solid metal.
Where we produce
If you are interested in where a specific product is produced, you will find this information in the product description.
We keep in close contact with our manufacturers and makers, with the majority of pieces locally cast and hand finished in London, UK either by our local artisans or in our own studio. We produce many of our pieces in London using the lost wax casting method, one of the oldest known metal forming techniques.
A small selection of our products are made in collaboration with a family run business based in the West of England.
Alongside our range of pieces made in the UK, we also work on complex, hand formed pieces in collaboration with our factory in Denpasar, Bali. The factory is making important steps to enrich the local community while building on Bali's rich history of jewellery making and the immaculate craftsmanship in the region. The founder of our Bali based factory is originally from New Zealand and built the company after seeing the need for better quality, innovation and ethical standards in Bali. Over the 20 years since starting out, the factory has built a strong connection with the local community and prides itself on ethical and sustainable practices.
The pieces are hand-crafted by artisans who benefit from continual training, along with fair wages and safe working conditions. The factory is committed to improving and contributing to their local area and coordinates with the local village head to recruit locally where possible. They place importance on training unskilled, unemployed locals, empowering them with new skills. Workers are trained and educated to understand the importance of working in a healthy and safe environment.
The Materials we use
Using recycled materials is of huge importance to us. We are constantly improving and developing the materials we use to make sure that they are as sustainable as possible. Despite the metal we use being recycled, there is no difference in look, feel or value from regular silver.
Made in London
The silver that we use for all of our London based casting is recycled 925 sterling silver. We source the metal directly from a European supplier who is a member of RJC (The Responsible Jewellery council)
, and can ensure that the precious metals are produced in a socially correct as well as ethically and environmentally sound manner. They use no newly mined material and all of their precious metals come from 100% recycled material.
Some of our pieces produced in London are constructed using recycled silver wire, which is sourced from a supplier who solely sells recycled silver.
For many of our larger pieces, we work with brass, sourced by our manufacturer. The brass industry throughout the world depends on recycling to survive, since making brass from new copper and zinc would be uneconomical. Its extremely low use of new raw materials mean that brass is widely considered to be a sustainable metal.
Made in Bali
Our Bali based factory use only 100% recycled silver which is fully traceable. The silver is sourced from the Thai division of an international company, who recover and sell precious metals from various sources such as metal industry scrap, industrial recyclable products eg. electronic scrap and car parts. Some of the silver also comes from our factory’s in house scrap recycling processes where no metal goes to waste, any excess silver is collected and melted down to be used again.
The factory also uses brass, as described above, its extremely low use of new raw materials mean that brass is widely considered to be a sustainable metal.
Our Bali based factory plate some of our pieces with a silver tone (which is either white rhodium, a white rhodium mix or silver) they also use 18ct gold plating.
We use a resin for a small selection of our pieces made in Bali, this is a polyester resin, synthesised from waste from paper and pulp production. Our factory reuse and recycle any leftover resin to make sure nothing goes to waste.
In some cases, we have been unable to source suppliers for verified recycled chains or small component parts. We are constantly sourcing and researching sustainable materials and focussed on improving as our resources grow.
In House Plating
18ct Gold plating is used to give the yellow gold colour to our products, the base metal will be either brass or silver (see product description).
We use a silver tone plating to give a bright finish to some of our silver pieces which prevents them from tarnishing and keeps them looking fresh for longer, for our larger statement pieces we use brass as a base metal with silver tone plating to create the silver colour. The silver tone plating is either a white rhodium mix, palladium or silver.
The gold and silver tone solutions we use are sourced from a company who has the following certifications:
LBMA Good delivery List for Gold and Silver, LPPM Good Delivery List for Palladium and Platinum, LBMA Responsible Gold (These certifications confirm that any metals used for casting or plating, do not come from Conflict-Affected and High risk areas funded by the economical interest for precious metal controls)
Compliant with the Dodd-Frank Act. (Certifying that any metals used are conflict-free)
CISQ certified (A member of IQNET - Guaranteeing uniform behaviour and common guidelines between the various bodies in accordance with the applicable international standards and guides)
EMAS Registered (A body monitoring and promoting continuous improvement of environmental performance)
In our studio processes, we prefer to use natural or biodegradable alternatives to the strong chemicals used in the jewellery production process where possible. We use a vegan, non toxic polishing compound to give the shine to our products.
As much as possible our boxes, packaging and all of our printed material are recycled. Where this has not been possible, it is sourced from sustainable forests, where trees are felled and replaced with seedlings that will eventually grow into mature trees.
Our boxes are made from FSC®-certified cardboard and water-based glue. They are produced in a single factory in Denmark, keeping the CO2 emissions for the transport of the boxes to a minimum, resulting in a lower carbon footprint. The boxes meet strict requirements regarding toxic chemicals and products that are damaging to the environment or eco-system. The FSC® mark guarantees that all materials come from an FSC® forest, where no more wood is cut down than the forest can reproduce. This means better protection of the animal and plant life, and all foresters have proper training, safety equipment and a decent wage.
All of our packaging is recyclable and plastic free.
We recycle as much as we can, including returning or re-using packaging supplied by our manufacturers so that it can be used again and again.
We operate a friendly, respectful and relaxed office environment and believe in treating our manufacturers, staff and interns well.
As described above, the artisans who produce our products are always paid a fair wage (see 'where we produce').
We want to make positive, sustainable products accessible, which is why we keep our prices as low as possible.