Sustainability

 


We are committed to putting sustainability at the core of everything we do.




We draw inspiration from a better future and invest in ensuring our work has little impact on the environment. We take responsibility for prioritising recycled materials in the pieces we make and working in a manner that is enlightened and intimate. Completedworks' pieces are designed to last for decades and are created by master artisans according to our mission of championing a sculptural aesthetic that - transcending both seasons and trends - aspires to be permanently relevant in a changing world. All our gold jewellery is made from either recycled or fair-trade gold, while a significant proportion of our silver is made from recycled or reclaimed silver.

 

Materials and Innovation

Recycled Gold

We use recycled metals processed by refiners that are dedicated to taking responsibility for adopting the best sustainable practices as soon as they become available.

Fairtrade Gold

Non-recycled or reclaimed gold used in our work is certified Fairtrade. Fair-trade certified gold ensured that the small-scale and artisan miners from whom the gold is bought are paid a fair price - ensuring decent working conditions and sustainable practices for local communities.

Conflict-free Diamonds

We work with conflict free diamonds coming only from companies that adhere to the Kimberley Process, preventing the distribution of conflict diamonds in both rough and polished cut stones.

Canadian Diamonds

With a reputation as one of the most ethically and environmentally conscious choices for diamonds, we offer diamonds that are certified from Canadian mines. The mining and production of all Canadian diamonds is subject standards set by the Canadian Code of Conduct and the Government of the Northwest Territories. This strict code is designed to protect the Arctic environment, mine workers, and local employees.

Reclaimed Marble

We only use reclaimed marble in our jewellery - often painstakingly sourced from quarries that closed centuries ago.

 

Sustainable Practices & Impact

Design Process

The Completedworks design process is built around challenging consumerism and over-consumption by creating classically designed pieces that remain relevant even when the world changes. We consciously avoid trends that feel momentary or transient in favour of an aesthetic which is more poetic, graceful and long-lasting.

The Cost of Mining

In order to extract enough gold to produce one wedding band, 20 tons of waste is created. For perspective, that means that for every five wedding bands made we are responsible for an amount of mining waste equivalent to the weight of one blue whale.

But the true cost of mining was also highlighted to us by a book of photographs by Sebastiao Seldgado. The book included images he took at the Serra Pelada gold mine in north-west Brazil in 1986 - shocking images, almost pre-industrial in their visceral depiction of the miners - they caused us to thinking completely differently about mining.

Packaging

Our packaging is made from recycled paper.

 

Care & Repair



As individual consumers, the single best thing we can do for the planet is to keep the things that mean the most to use for longer. Completedworks jewellery is designed to last a lifetime and we highly encourage you to send it back to us for repair or refurbishment if it looses its lustre.