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Meet our responsible design collective: 4 of our independent designers that are changing the game when it comes to sustainability

2021-07-27

At Auverture, our purpose is to unite individuals through fine jewellery to make a world of difference. But to create real and lasting change, we must help to develop a responsible industry. This is central to our ethos.

When we talk about responsibility, we know that this must start at home. What can we do as a company and a collective to contribute to a better world? It begins with our independent designers. Specifically those designers that are innovating with sustainable and responsible jewellery and that are promoting lasting industry change from the ground up. Welcome to our sustainable design collective. In the first of our series we’ll be meeting four of our independent designers and brands that are already making a world of difference. 1. PIPPA SMALL 

Having opened her first jewellery boutique in Notting Hill in 2007 – with one in California following shortly after – Pippa Small has collaborated with some of the world’s premier designers and fashion houses. Her travels have also given her an opportunity to make a huge difference to communities across the world.

She continues to venture across the globe and explore ways of making jewellery, reviving traditional skills and techniques in communities in Central and South America, Southern Africa, Asia and the Middle East. - She has worked with arts foundation Turquoise Mountain in Kabul, Afghanistan to protect and promote traditional craft for over 10 years. - In 2016 she started to work with Turquoise Mountain in Myanmar to revive traditional gold work and provide training and employment opportunities for the next generation. - In 2018 Pippa visited Jordan and is now working on collections incorporating ancient motifs from the middle east with Jordanian goldsmiths and refugees from the troubled region on a training programme with Turquoise Mountain. - Pippa has worked extensively with the goldsmiths and stone cutters of Rajasthan, inspired by the immense creativity of the artisans and the diverse flora and fauna and landscapes. - She is now working with the first certified Fairmined gold from Yani, Bolivia. And she continues to be recognised for her ongoing contributions. - She was named ambassador of the human rights organisation Survival International and awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2013 for ethical jewellery and charity work. - In 2016 she won Ethical Jeweller of the Year and the prestigious Walpole Corporate Social Responsibility award. - She has been named winner of the Green Sustainability Award by Town and Country magazine. 2. WWAKE It’s easy to spot Wwake’s designs – defined by their signature contoured shapes and unusual stone arrangements. Designed by New York-based designer Wing Yau, each design uses recycled and fairmined gold and non-conflict diamonds. The jewellery is then locally produced in New York. Striving to support an entire chain of people, with careful sourcing, planning, and learning, the brand is a member of the Jewelry Industry Summit and Ethical Metalsmiths, as well as being one of the 2017 winners of the CFDA x Lexus Fashion Initiative for their work in sustainability. Trained as a sculptor, Yau is well known for Wwake’s use of opals. The brand brings a sustainable ethos in the sourcing of these stones directly from the miners themselves or from activists in the coloured-gemstone industry. 3. ANA KHOURI Brazilian-born Ana Khouri believes that the only way forward for the world is to collectively scale back our environmental footprint. And that entails nothing less than a fundamental change in the way we live and what choices we make. For Ana, jewellery is just another part of the whole spectrum. Having first studied fine arts, specialising in sculpture, Ana is known for her extravagant accessories. But sustainability also plays a major role for her New York-based label. She continues to work with both Fairmined and FairTrade to support sustainable development of artisanal and small-scale mining communities. The gems used in her collections are also ethically and responsibly sourced. This ensures that communities are kept as preserved as possible - environmentally and socially – whilst workers have better working conditions, focused on keeping their well-being with better compensations and fair working hours. 4. STEPHEN WEBSTER The London-based contemporary fine jewellery brand was established in 1989. Known for its powerful aesthetic and instantly recognisable collections, a respect for traditional British craftmanship and goldsmithing is at the heart of its design ethos. Whilst the brand is dedicated to cutting edge-processes and the creation of daring, intricate designs, Stephen is committed to using materials that are always thoughtfully and responsibly sourced. As a pioneer of FairTrade gold, Stephen is focussed on producing the finest jewellery with sustainability at the heart of every step. He’s also an advocate of ethically sourced materials, travelling to mines in Tanzania and Peru to meet the mining communities and trace the origins of the precious materials. RESET was launched in 2019 – an initiative to repurpose existing jewellery made of precious materials, as a responsible method to recycle. And in 2018 in collaboration with Plastic Oceans International, an engraved personalised sterling-silver straw designed to reduce plastic waste was launched. The brand also actively supports charities such as Direct Relief, Fashion for Relief, Waterkeeper Alliance, (RED), and MIND. Check out our designer family for more information on our responsible independent designers and to view their latest collections.

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