Ethics

Ethics

Wood

We use only sustainably sourced hardwoods, and the majority of our woods come from cabinetmakers and other artists that have pieces too small to be used for their line of work. We take these pieces and turn them into beautiful jewelry that our customers can be proud to wear.

Some of our woods are popular choices and we need more than we can get from the cabinetmakers alone. When we purchase these woods we do so through companies that are members of the Forest Stewardship Council and follow ethical harvesting and management of their supplies.

 

Precious Metal

All of the precious metals used in our products is SCS certified 100% recycled. SCS is a global leader in verification of environmental and sustainability claims with internationally recognized standards. Learn more about SCS certification.

 

Canadian Diamonds

Northwood Jewelry only uses Canadian diamonds where diamonds are used in our products. Canadian diamonds are mined in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and meet the requirements of the Kimberley Process. A Canadian diamond can be traced back to the mine of origin based on records and a chain of warranties required to validate a Canadian diamond claim. Learn more about the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct.

 

Gemstones

At Northwood we often create our gemstone rings with lab-created colored stones or use a Charles and Colvard Moissanite in place of diamonds. We believe these gemstones contain all of the beauty and perfection of naturally occurring stones without the environmental disadvantages that mining natural resources can bring.

We encourage our customers to use lab-created gemstones whenever possible.  A lab created gemstone is not a ‘fake’ stone. It possesses the same chemical, physical, and optical characteristics as the naturally occurring gemstone, but is grown in a lab – typically from a ‘seed’ of a natural gemstone. These stones are beautiful and free of defects, and can also be guaranteed conflict-free.

When a natural stone is requested we will source one for our customers only if we can be reasonably certain of its origin and integrity.

In addition to the sourcing of our materials, Northwood believes in the responsibility we have to use these materials with respect. We use every material with care and recycle materials wherever possible to make sure nothing is wasted. We craft our jewelry with the highest regard for craftsmanship and longevity of our products to ensure our customers are receiving an ethically sourced, ethically made, and long lasting item that they can love and enjoy for many years to come.  

 

Packaging

We do our best to package our jewelry to ensure your piece reaches you safely. While this means more than just minimal packaging, we are committed to using high quality products that can be recycled or reused once you receive your item, and while we understand that receiving your wooden ring in a wooden ring box would be beautiful, we do feel that most wooden ring boxes that we can source commercially are made in an unsustainable way and involve a lot of chemical varnishes and unnecessary processing.

We do occasionally work with a local craftsman to create handmade wooden keepsake boxes for customers when they are requested. These are made from fallen local woods such as walnut or maple. If you would like one of these boxes, please ask us for more information. If the artist has time in his schedule we would be happy to have a box made for you along with your ring for a reasonable price.