1. Our Materials
We believe that recycling is the bare minimum, but a necessary step to keep the industry sustainable. The majority of stilnest jewelry is made from recycled gold and silver. The materials used for recycling come from the jewelry and watch industry. Recycling happens in Antwerp, Belgium. Purchasing a Fairtrade-Gold item? The material for this has been mined fairly, according to Fairtrade regulations, in the South of Peru.
All materials we use are selected in a socially and sustainable responsible manner. For our materials, we work with 3 goldsmiths, 3 foundries, and 5 fineries. Our foundries are certified and members of the Responsible Jewellery Council.
We believe in slow craft and produce made-to-order. Each piece of jewelry has a clear purpose and we avoid overproduction. Once the design is done, we create it from wax. This is now poured into a mold made of liquid plaster. Once the plaster has hardened, the mold is strongly heated in an oven and the wax is burned out. The resulting hollow plaster mold is now poured with liquid fine metal (e.g. 925 Silver). Once the material has hardened, the plaster is removed. What remains now is our piece of jewelry, which can then be hand-finished by our goldsmiths.