At Dear Rae, we’ve always had a strong emphasis on creating and producing consciously, and we are committed to working as sustainably as possible within our business.
First and foremost, we are well aware of the consequences that mineral mining has on the ecology. We therefore take meticulous care to ensure that the diamonds we deal with are conflict-free and comply with the Kimberley Process. All stones are certified through the leading gem certifiers of the world, including GIA, EGL and DIA.
Secondly, we take great care to recycle and refine all our metals. We capture all the dust and offcuts in the bench skins which we then send to the refinery for processing. We even go as far as to capture any old sandpaper and vacuum cleaner bags that may contain metal dust - every particle counts! Every little piece is refined where possible to avoid waste and encourage recycling.
We do not plate any of our metals and they do not contain any trace of nickel. We absolutely love the idea of recycling diamonds and gold, and encourage our customers to bring us their old or outdated jewels to be reset or melted down. The great thing about gold is that it can be reused repeatedly and its quality and integrity will not be influenced. All of our metals are also mined locally.
Thirdly, we do not use any harsh chemicals that cannot be disposed of normally and safely. In both our studio and workshop, we use local biodegradable cleaning products called Green Bee Biodegradables. All our packaging is locally made and can be recycled or reused.
Last, but certainly not least, we are cognisant of the fact that our planet is demanding collective collaboration for a more sustainable future. To do our part within our immediate communities, Dear Rae has pledged to donate 5% of all profits from every collection launched to a local establishment or initiative that exists to create a better tomorrow for all.