Sunday 26 September 2010

Interview: Tania from Oria Jewellery

Tania, what are the main environmentally friendly aspects of Oria Jewellery?
Oria sources our silver from Bolivia and gold from Argentina. The miners still use traditional methods, which do not involve the use of cyanide and mercury in their extraction, which are highly toxic to the environment, animals and people.

Do you think ethical jewellery and ethical clothing have different challenges?
Yes. Currently there is an extremely limited supply chain for ethical jewellery. There are a very small number of mines that produce ethically, therefore there is a limited quantity of metals and gems available to the jewellery industry.

What do you think the future holds for ethical jewellery?
Public awareness and demand is on the increase. This is pressurising jewellery manufacturers and retailers to look at how they produce and who they stock. Next year we will see the launch of Fairtrade Gold, which is extremely exciting and marks a significant milestone in acknowledging the importance of ethical sourcing. For more information and to see our full range of jewellery please visit:

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