Where do your metals come from?

Where do your metals come from?

The gold and silver that I use in my hammered jewellery collections are sourced from two American refineries and two Canadian refineries that producing their metals from recycled sources. This includes items like sheet, wire, and chain. By sourcing this material there is less need for new mining to happen, and I can be assured that I am providing my customers with a more ethical and environmental source for their jewellery.

For wedding, engagement, and custom rings, I use gold from either 100% recycled gold from Umicore Canada, or conflict-free gold from the Royal Canadian Mint. If you have a preference, please don't hesitate to request which you prefer for your piece.

In my own studio, I have always taken extra efforts to create a healthy environment and reduce my use of chemicals and toxins by using safer alternatives. All scraps and dust from working with the metal, are collected in my studio and saved for refining.

 

Recycled Metals

At Chayle Jewellery, we use metal suppliers that are committed to ethical sourcing and environmental sustainability in all aspects of their operations. The casting grain, sheet metal, wire, and chains that are used in Chayle Jewellery are manufacture using 100% recycled materials in the manufacturing processes.

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SCS Global Services Certifications

SCS Global Services is an international leader in third-party certification and standards development in environmental and sustainability claims according to global standards. The suppliers of Chayle Jewellery have received SCS's certification for 100% recycled metals, verifying that when Chayle Jewellery buys their manufactured metals—gold, silver, platinum, and palladium products—they have 100% recycled content.

     

    Conflict-Free Gold

    For the majority of my custom wedding bands, engagement rings, I use gold sourced from The Royal Canadian Mint. Their operations refine metal from conflict-free sources (Canadian gold mines in Quebec), and from recycled sources (scrap dealers and pawn shops, and high-grade industrial scrap dealers).

    The Royal Canadian Mint Refinery's Responsible Precious Metals Program

    The Royal Canadian Mint is aware of the allegations of illegal precious metals mining occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other internationally recognized conflict areas, and that profits thereof may be fuelling human rights violations.

    The Mint opposes all activities that deny basic human rights and is firmly opposed to all activities which finance or contribute to abuses of human rights. In response to these concerns, the Mint's refinery has introduced the Responsible Precious Metals Program, aimed at identifying and validating the chain of custody of incoming gold-bearing refining deposits.

    The Mint is committed to meeting its social responsibilities, and encourages its refining customers to do their part in ensuring that their materials are not sourced from illegitimate mining operations in either the DRC or other internationally recognized conflict areas, by participating in the Mint's Responsible Precious Metals Program.

    LBMA Good Delivery Gold (since 1919) and Silver (since 2011)

    COMEX Good Delivery Gold (since 1974) and Silver (since 2013)

    TOCOM Gold (since 1988)

    EICC-GeSI Conflict Free Smelter ISO 9001:2008

     

    Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Certification

    Chayle Jewellery Studio uses suppliers that are certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.

    RJC is an international body, headquartered in London, that certifies fine jewelry product manufacturers and suppliers for responsible ethical, social, and environmental practices throughout their operations. Certification and membership requires an independent third party audit covering all aspects of operations, from our supply chain and production to business ethics and employee health and safety.

    Members must meet RJC's Code of Practices which respects human rights throughout the jewelry supply chain for diamond, gold, and platinum group metals. RJC members commit to implementing continuous improvement processes to increase performance and achieve higher standards.

     

    Solar Energy

    Our American supplier (Rio Grande) for the sheet metal and chain we use in the hammered jewellery collections, is produced in a solar powered facility. They converted their parking lot into a covered parking lot with solar panels in 2010.

    "Our home city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is one of the sunniest places in the United States. Since 2010, our facility has been 100% powered by roughly five acres of solar panels shading our associates' parking spots. This solar array generates more electricity than Rio Grande uses. We feed the surplus back into the local power grid, reducing our energy consumption to 'net-zero.'"  - Rio Grande

     

     

    January 01, 2017 by Chayle Cook
    What is Sterling Silver made from?

    What is Sterling Silver made from?

    Sterling Silver is an alloy of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% pure copper. It is used in jewellery because of it's beautiful white colour and workable malleability. Silver will tarnish over time, however the alloy I use is a new low tarnishing variety.

    See my jewellery cleaning & care tips for more information of keeping your silver jewellery looking its best. 

    * Sustainably sourced, recycled silver.

    March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook
    What is Gold-Fill?

    What is Gold-Fill?

    I am introducing a beautiful material called Gold-Fill to my collections. With it's luscious real gold layers, it is an exciting alternative for gold lovers!

    Gold-Fill is extremely durable and long lasting. The metal is fused with a thick sheet of real 14K gold and then heat rolled into shape. The final thickness is so durable that I am able to hammer and polish the jewellery as though it were solid gold.

    Also known as “rolled-gold”, Gold-Fill is a thick (20%) layer of 14K gold fused onto silver. It should not be confused with gold-plating. It is a durable and long-lasting material that can be hammered and soldered without any damage or change to the gold! Gold-Fill is an economical alternative from karat gold and is superior in durability in comparison to gold-plated jewellery.

    The gold-fill and silver that I offer in my collections are sourced from two American refineries that have sustainable practices by producing their metal from 100% recycled sources. By sourcing this material there is no need for new mining to happen, and I can be assured that I am providing my customers with a more ethical and environmental source for their jewellery. I also work with two Canadian refineries and casting houses for my casting grains needed for make my wedding bands and custom ring designs.

     

    March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook
    Tags: Metals
    What are Gold karats and colours?

    What are Gold karats and colours?

    Gold is a beautiful and long lasting metal that has been used since ancient times and still stands as a symbol of quality and wealth.

    Karat

    Gold is marked by its “karat”. This refers to the quantity of pure gold that is in each gram. For example, 24K is pure gold and 14K is 14 parts of pure gold in every 24 grams of metal.

    24K = 100%
    18K = 75%
    14K - 58.333%
    10K = 41.667%

    Colour

    All pure gold is a yellow colour, but by alloying gold with other metals we can create different colours.

    Yellow Gold = Silver & Copper alloy
    Green Gold = Silver alloy
    Rose Gold = Copper alloy
    White Gold – Palladium or Nickle alloy

     Read more about our metal sourcing here.

    March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook
    Tags: Metals
    What is Turquoise Patina Copper?

    What is Turquoise Patina Copper?

    The Turquoise Patina I use is a hand-made natural patina on Copper. The colour is produced from the reaction between the copper jewellery and the vapours of sea salts and ammonias (like vinegar). The effect is similar to the green copper roofs on the parliament buildings in Ottawa, or the blue copper on the buildings by the ocean in Nova Scotia.

    Additionally I buff on a thin layer of conservator’s wax to add additional gloss and protection.

    **This patina should avoid soap, water, and chemicals to maintain its dramatic colour.

     

    March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook
    Tags: Metals
    What is Red Patina Copper?

    What is Red Patina Copper?

    Red patina on copper is the most durable patina that can be done on copper. It is a heat-treatment patina where the copper jewellery is heated to temperature and then quenched in cold water. This captures the bold and long-lasting red colour.

    Additionally I buff on a thin layer of conservator’s wax to add gloss and protection.

    **This patina should avoid soap, water, and chemicals to maintain its dramatic colour.

     

    March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook
    What is Black Patina Silver?

    What is Black Patina Silver?

    Black silver is a patina that creates a dark tarnish over the surface of the silver. I use this patina for a dark dramatic look or to emphasize line engravings and patterns done into silver. It is a great option for men's jewellery as there is no need for polishing and cleaning after purchase and it gives a edgy alternative look.

    Additionally, I will buff on a thin layer of conservator’s wax to add additional gloss and protection to fully black surfaces.

    **This patina should avoid soap, water, and chemicals to maintain its dramatic colour.

    * Sustainably sourced, recycled silver.

     

    March 04, 2015 by Chayle Cook