Ethical Jewellery Resource: Our guide to understanding the industry

There are many different angles to ethical jewellery and a lot of layers to unpack. 

We understand that this breadth of information can seem quite overwhelming and so we wanted to help break it down for you.

As an ethical jewellery label, we believe that it is important as a brand to have a balance between limiting environmental impact (at ANUKA, through the use of 100% recycled silver) and also supporting the livelihoods of those who are reliant on the mining sector (at ANUKA, by making with Fairmined gold).

At the heart of ethical jewellery is traceability and having the knowledge and insight as to what that really means is essential when buying into sustainable brands.

So if you’re thinking of investing in ethical jewellery, here are some things to consider.

See the subheadings if there is something specific you are looking for. 

Metals

The Shadow of Gold - This impactful documentary sheds the light on how both large scale mining companies and small scale miners extract gold.


River of Gold - Documentary

Explores illegal gold mining in the Amazon and uncovers the consequential environmental and human degradation.

Dirty Money: Dirty Gold - Netflix documentary

Focuses around the tangled web of money laundering, illegal mining and environmental destruction surrounding the gold industry.

 

Empowering Women With Fairmined Gold 

We chatted to a representative of Fairmined Gold to get some insight on females miners and talk through the positive impact Fairmined is having on the small scale mining communities along with the positive environmental legacy they strive for.

Why Supporting Fairmined Is So Important 

We are passionate about Fairmined Gold, proud to be a Licenced brand and honoured to use it to make our jewellery - find out why.



Fashion Industry 

The True Cost - Documentary 

 

A film about the fashion industry, where garments actually originate from and the impact of fashion on people and the planet.

Fair Luxury - Website 

An independent collective of jewellery industry changemakers with a shared vision for a responsible and sustainable future for people and planet. 

Ethical Making Resource - Website/community

A resource for buyers and collectors looking for information on purchasing ethically made jewellery.

Our planet

Before the Flood - documentary

A documentary by National Geographic, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as he witnesses climate change first hand.

1% to the planet blog

Giving back and limiting our impact has been an important part of ANUKA from the very start, and this year I wanted to take it one step further by joining 1% For The Planet.

Diamonds/gemstones

Ethical Gemstones and How To Buy Them 

How to spot if gemstones are ethical and what to look out for that may mean otherwise.

A Guide To Buying Diamonds 

A blog on understanding the 4 C’s of diamonds, natural vs lab grown and how to source ethically.

 

We will continually update and add resources to this blog as we find them, to keep the information as insightful and up to date as possible.