Materials and Craftsmanship
When it comes to sourcing our materials, we work with suppliers who use ethical and responsible practises. We utilise recycled materials where possible, to reduce waste, toxicity and pollution and we're working towards sharing full visibility of every single one of our pieces.
We love the challenge of designing around the natural irregularities that come from freshwater pearls. Our most commonly used pearl is a baroque pearl, sourced from responsible cultivators based in Thailand, Japan and China. We opt to use freshwater rather than saltwater pearls to minimise wastage – freshwater mussels produce up to 50 pearls at one time, and often after extraction will then produce multiple pearls again. Some of our designs also utilise recycled pearls, giving a second life to existing materials.
We've always worked with recycled silver, and we are excited to announce that from May 2020 all of our jewellers and manufacturers will work with 100% recycled silver. Our commitment to this reduces waste, toxicity and utilises existing material rather than contributing to the consumption of earth’s valuable natural resources.
ETHICALLY SOURCED GEMS
We only partner with stone suppliers who source conflict free gemstones. We are proud to be part of the emerging ethical gemstone movement, which is not only better for the workers but ethically supports small-scale mining communities. We ask to see full traceability and transparency from the mine, through to the cutting facility, to the market.
We started out in 2014, with Jasmin herself making the jewellery in her studio. As demand quickly grew, production needed to be outsourced. A small family-owned business based in Indonesia with the same ethical values as Jasmin Sparrow was introduced to the production chain. Farah is the owner and director of this company, an ambitious jeweller and entrepreneur with her own jewellery store and team of jewellers. This has become a cherished relationship that’s been going five years and counting.
As community is at the heart of the JS ethos, being able to support local suppliers and jewellers is something we value dearly. We therefore also have small teams of jewellers based in Auckland and Christchurch who manufacture a percentage of the pearl styles and do all of our gold plating. These teams also work on commissions, one-off pieces and engagement rings. We hope to bring more production back on to NZ shores as local manufacturing capacity grows.