Gold and diamonds have been fought over and sought after for centuries, and the modern market is no different. With the increase of environmental destruction and the taking advantage of mine workers, we at Jaume Labro have made a promise to only purchase from ethical companies with transparent business practices and sources.
Since the 1600s, Mokume Gane has been celebrated as an intricate Japanese metalworking art, originally inspired the ancient art of Damascus steel sword making. With Mokume Gane, wondrous, nature-inspired decorative patterns were hand-hammered to craft the handles and sheaths of katanas. Mokume Gane blades were a reflection and symbol of status in feudal Japan – specifically in samurai society – and the intricacies of each piece were intended to impress. Today, Mokume Gane is most often showcased in jewelry pieces.
The continued demand for diamonds and other precious gemstones has resulted in hundreds of years of destruction of ecosystems and whole communities. At Jaume Labro, we follow the route of each gemstone and guarantee that we only purchase the highest-quality pieces which follow the strictest restrictions and regulations.
That said, choosing a gemstone can be a tough process, and we’d like to make that process a bit easier. So here is a list of our favorite gemstones to work with and some facts that may influence your next custom jewelry piece!
We guarantee that we will only support environmentally responsible suppliers – and you can choose to go even further as ‘your’ trees are planted in an ancient forest under threat. Perhaps one day, you will go and visit ‘your’ tree, but even if you don’t, your jewelry will remind you that somewhere in Africa, a tree is reaching towards the sky because you chose Labro.
Find out how your hand crafted jewelry goes toward building a better future for children like this little girl. Yes! We can make a difference! Your ring could change a life for the better. When you choose a wedding ring or an engagement ring from Jaume Labro’s studio, you’re not just getting something that’s uniquely beautiful to wear and to look at. You’re also making a difference to those less fortunate than you.
It’s a charitable initiative with more than one difference: Greenpop, the environmental charity that you can choose as a beneficiary when buying designer rings from Labro gives you a chance to share in saving an ancient forest. A real live tree will be planted in your name for around $8. Just think what a difference ten trees or twenty trees could make!
Be inspired! Be amazed! It may seem like a long leap from luxury jewelry to one man’s dream of social and educational empowerment for Sierra Leone, but remember, you can opt to donate 5% of the cost of your fine designer jewelry to this cause, making it shine with a special luster in your eyes, or you can get involved yourself through volunteering or donations! Meet Mr. Marcos Portillo de Armenteras the man behind the Wara Wara Community Schools project.