Here’s a collection of answers to the most common questions that I get. If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please use to web contact form to send me a message, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

What's the price to get a piece of jewelry made?

It depends on a lot of factors and can therefor not be answered right away. If You take the time to think about these things before asking about the price, I’ll be able to help out in a much easier and quicker way:

MATERIAL -What material do you want it to be made in (gold, silver, palladium or platinum)?
STONES -Do you want stones (colour, size, shape, quantity)?
DETAILS -Do you want any details (pattern, letters, shape, a special surface etc)?
MEASUREMENTS -Dimension (width, size etc)?

The price is based partly on material cost and partly on working cost, so how much for example a ring will cost to create, can differ very much depending on these things (among others).

Why can the cost differ in other shops/jewelrystores?

To make ‘ethic jewelry’ all by hand like I do, take a lot of time and effort. One has to bear in mind the time it takes to create and make everything, step by step. The products involved such as tools, materials and so on, is also high quality which affects the price. When everyone participating in the production-chain gets their fair share, the price is often higher.

I make most of the jewelry all by hand from scratch and therefor the quality is higher compared to for example mass-produced jewelry, that are completely or partly made in a factory or by a machine. These are not possible to compare. The process of how jewelry and other products are made, can differ a lot and the price is not always in the same range.

I usually say that if a handmade quality piece of jewelry seam expensive, you should probably ask why the one your’e comparing it to — is so cheap.
Have all of the workers involved in the manufacturing chain really been payed and treated properly and fairly?

What can I order from you?

Almost anything is possible to create. My usual response to this question is that the only limit is the cost and maybe the imagination (which I do have quite a lot of so that’s not really a problem either).

What is a blood-diamond?

A blood diamond or a conflict diamond is a gemstone that reached the market in a way that didn’t guarantee the safety of the people working in the mines. That means if you buy a diamond that has no fair trade certificate or other guarantee from the retailer/goldsmith/jeweler that tells you where it’s from or how it has been produced, it’s possible people got harmed or lost their lives during the process.

 

Information from one of my diamond retailers website- AA ädla stenar:

Why should you care about gemstones origin?

Both large and small scale mining is often associated with heavy and dangerous labor. Mines can collapse or fill with water and the use of toxins that find their way into waterways, poisoning people and nature for many generations to come. The air in the mines is often filled with microscopic silica particles find their way into workers’ lungs after years of working in poorly ventilated mine shafts developing fatal lung disease.

Small-scale mining is a livelihood that is often very poor people exercise, often illegally and in fragile ecosystems. The knowledge of how safe, long-term and effective way, look for these coveted minerals and metals are often nonexistent. This results in accidents and fatalities.

It is estimated that between 13-20 million men, women and children in developing countries work with small-scale mining. Approximately 13% of all gold mined today comes from small-scale mines. The majority of the colored stones mined comes from small-scale mining.

Both adults and children are working with grinding stones and the risk of dying early and very painful death in silicosis if they do not have adequate protective equipment. In some countries financed arms smuggling and guerrilla war against the legitimately elected governments by right gemstone mining and trading in these precious stones. Brutal assault occurs on the local population who are forced to work under slave-like conditions without getting payed.

To be sure that there is not some form of abuse in either human or nature, there need to be a transparency in the different levels of trade. It must be possible to trace a gemstone or precious metal from the mine to the consumer. This is often difficult when it comes to the majority of gemstones and precious metals used in the jewelry industry.

Since the 1990’s, criticism has grown over how the environment and people’s lives have been adversely affected by the mining sector, especially in developing countries. Since 2000, the commitment to ethical, social and environmental issues increased sharply while initiatives to advocate fair trade has become more. Today it is estimated nearly 1.5 million workers benefit directly from fair trade has become the fastest growing market in the world. From 2007 to 2008, sales of Fairtrade products has grown by 47%. Europe represents nearly 60% of the global fair trade market.

What is Fair Trade Gems? from Eric Braunwart, President Columbia Gem House

The simple answer is, Fair Trade Gems® is a choice.  It is the choice of purchasing gemstones from suppliers that have a visible supply chain from mine to market.  Remember, gemstones are not just mined.  They go through many stages before they get to the consumer.  So when a company has a transparent supply chain you, as the buyer, can determine if the mining, cutting and jewelry manufacturing is done in a manner that meets your own company goals.

We started Fair Trade Gems because we saw several things happening within the colored gemstone industry that concerned us.  We have been cutters of some of the finest gemstones in the world for over thirty-five years, dealing with small and medium size miners.  What we saw first-hand, and learned through the process, is that it is not a level playing field for all involved along the supply chain.  As there were no rules or protocols in place, Columbia Gem House, Inc. and CEO, Eric Braunwart, developed guidelines, or protocols, that addressed economic, ecological, and social issues confronting the colored gemstone industry.  Columbia Gem House, Inc, committed itself to follow these guidelines and assure that everyone along the supply chain was treated in an honest, healthy and ethical manner.  In addition, we wanted to address the ecological issues and make sure that we were part of leaving the earth as we found it.

Fair Trade Gems not only offers the choice of a totally transparent supply chain, but also addresses the other quality assurance issues of the day, including disclosure, treatment and synthetic stones being sold as naturals.  We continue to educate the consumer, retailers and other dealers as to the choice they can make, and products they can buy.

Fair Trade Gems is not the world gem police, nor do we wish to be.  We believe that everyone should be able to make their own decision but, in order to make that decision, we believe that all the facts should be known.  If that means exposing cutters dying from Silicosis and children cutting and polishing gems, then that is what needs to be done.  We offer solutions and we do this out of our own pocket, without being asked or prompted, because it is the right thing to do.

We believe luxury products, such as jewelry and gemstones that support the environment and social issues along the supply chain, can truly bring love, hope and beauty to everyone involved. Isn’t that what jewelry should represent; beauty in all forms?

Information collected from http://www.aa-adelstenar.se

Can I use for example some old jewelry heirloom in/for my wedding ring?

Usually it’s possible to use old/used gold. The result although can vary quite a lot depending on what we have to work with.

An old plain wedding ring usually works great for example. If it’s 20-23 carats gold it’s a lot softer than the regular swedish 18 carats but it usually works. It will be more fragile than 18 carats though. An old chain does not work all that good partly because of the many weldings. The result’s usually not good and I don’t take on that kind of work unless the customer really understands that the result probably will be bad and that the cost can go up quite a lot during the creation time.

I do prefer to use my own alloy so I know what I’m dealing with. Sometimes the structure of the metal can be fragile and crisp when using old alloys.

When it comes to using old stones (diamonds for example) when creating a piece of jewelry, it’s often something one has to discuss if it’s possible, or if it’s desirable if you don’t know the origin of the stone.

Do you work in titanium?

Short answer- no I don’t.

I’m a goldsmith and work only in precious metals such as silver, gold, platinum and palladium.

I bought a gemstone online, can this be setted in my wedding ring?

In my own designs, I only use gems I know the origin of to avoid the exploiting of  blood diamonds and also to be sure the quality measures up. So if you order one of my designs you can’t bring your own stone. The diamond you buy online is very hard to control where it came from and you can never be 100% sure that no one got harmed during the procedure ”from mine to retail”.

I’ve worked with several customers in the past that has bought diamonds themselves and all to often they got disappointed receiving the stone because it didn’t match up with the description and also the quality is poor. Sometimes to poor to work with at all.