NATURE'S WILD BEAUTY CAPTURED IN THE EARTH'S FINEST RAW MATERIALS
SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICAL INFORMATION
Bee Lavish is pleased to be working with Ocean Diamonds who are based in Cornwall. A leading specialist in marine diamonds, the skilled divers they work with retrieve one of nature's most precious gifts from the seabed in between ferocious storms on the coast of South Africa. This is the only place in the world that diamonds are found beneath the waves.
Marine diamonds are wild, brilliant and deeply compelling; carried along by river torrents to the sea billions of years ago, only the strongest diamonds survived this journey and remained hidden under the ocean. Ocean Diamonds ensure that they are consciously and carefully sourced during optimal weather conditions, meaning diving occurs infrequently, and responsibly, using locally made small boats and diving equipment close to the shoreline. The divers are highly skilled in local knowledge and are proud to retrieve marine diamonds with no unnecessary disturbance to the seabed, leaving minimal trace.
Marine diamonds are exceptionally high quality, completely natural and free from any artificial treatment. Artistry (cut), diamonds are laser inscribed and certified, as are coloured diamonds. All the marine diamonds also adhere to the Kimberley Process to prevent and remove conflict diamonds from entering the trade supply. Ocean Diamond's supply chain is fully traceable and audited to ensure their marine origin is preserved; from seabed, to the diamond divers, through to the artisans who cut them, or leave their beauty raw.
Each marine diamond is gifted a Certificate of Provenance by Ocean Diamonds, specifying the country of origin and the coastal area of retrieval. As alluring natural treasures that carry a unique connection to the ocean, each diamonds origin is , deeply compelling and important to document, so that you can connect with whole story and wild beauty of your jewellery.
WILD NATURAL DIAMONDS FROM BENEATH THE WAVES, INFUSED WITH THE CHARACTER OF THE SEA
A DEEPLY ROMANTIC & COMPELLING CONNECTION TO THE STORY OF YOUR JEWELLERY'S ORIGIN
INDIVIDUALLY & COURAGEOUSLY HAND RETRIEVED BY PROFESSIONAL DIAMOND DIVERS
CONSCIOUSLY SOURCED & CAREFULLY CERTIFIED
When it comes to jewellery or adornments being lavish doesn't have to cost the Earth. Bee Lavish designs are individually created using high quality and carefully sourced materials. Bee Lavish values the origins of luxurious natural materials and the longevity of carefully made timeless design. Design that tells a story of its rich history as raw materials and strives for balance between elegant, simple designs with a natural carefree delicate and wild beauty.
Bee Lavish designs use Recycled precious metals and is a Registered Fairtrade Goldsmith, both of which come from a reputable UK bullion supplier. As part of ethical sourcing recycled precious metals are fully traceable, are supplied to Bee Lavish with a guarantee and are fully equal in quality to non recycled precious metal. Fairtrade Gold is the world's first independent ethical certification system for gold. It has strict standards including working conditions and the protection of the environment. Small scale and artisanal miners are paid fairly to provide financial security and receive additional funds to invest in their business, family and communities. Fairtrade Gold is sourced responsibly and is fully traceable. As good practise and part of being sustainable, Bee Lavish collects any leftover precious metal from designs, melting them down into new projects.
Porcelain clay used by Bee Lavish is of the finest natural quality, is sourced here in the UK, and is genuine natural kiln fired porcelain. Mineral bodies in ceramic clays are natural, abundant and sourced from the earth, they create products that with care can last several lifetimes. Unused or dried out out clay can be reclaimed and re-used, and although it takes a very very long time, porcelain is ultimately biodegradable. Bee Lavish does not use any toxic glazes or finishes on designs, instead preferring to let the natural beauty and translucency of raw porcelain shine through, embellishing only with natural precious metals or adding alongside natural gemstones. The kiln used is small and economical to run and is only fired in appropriate batches to minimise usage.
Bee Lavish uses a range of natural and wherever possible, ethically sourced gemstones from reputable suppliers. Care is also taken as much as possible that gemstones are natural and untreated stones. Whilst Bee Lavish does use natural pearls these are also sourced from reputable pearl suppliers. A pearl is an organic gemstone formed from layers of iridescent nacre and whilst not all oyster farmers are the same, some do follow a strict and more sustainable way to produce pearls. The oysters they grow are of great value to the eco system, purifying water and attracting sea life to feed on and clean their shells. If however, you do not like the use of natural pearl in jewellery or adornments, then this can be customised for you.
Newly added to Bee Lavish materials are Marine Diamonds. After searching long and hard to source ethical diamonds Bee Lavish has been accepted to trade with Ocean Diamonds. Please click their name for details about the compelling origins and unique retrieval of these romantic and precious natural stones that capture the essence of the sea within them. With a strong emphasis on their provenance (certificate of origin), and the importance of connection, marine diamonds deeply connect to the whole story of your jewellery and the closeness to the sea. Any diamonds used that are not marine diamonds are sourced from an ethical trader. Both methods have traceability and responsibility at the core of their business and adhere to the Kimberly Process, which prevents and removes the trade of conflict diamonds.
Bee Lavish packaging is always being re-assessed and improved on wherever possible with recycled, recyclable, reusable and/or natural materials ultimately being strived for.
I hope the gleam of precious metals, fine natural gemstones and the ethereal finish of porcelain calls to you. My designs are all centred around blending nature's graceful forms, whimsy romantic elements and a little wild beauty, to create a story from the materials natural origins, to the maker's marks, and the chapters that your own experiences will add.