Alongside quality, practicing sustainability is a top priority and cornerstone of J. Hannah, and we take a thoughtful and holistic approach to the many points of consideration that help a business be more sustainable.
The ethics of environmentalism, humanitarian concerns, and business operations are three areas we work to address in our efforts. “Sustainability” must be defined to hold weight, and our customers deserve to know exactly what we mean when we use this word. It is a practice and as such, an ongoing effort — something we are always actively striving for –– not a definitive marker of achievement.
The foundation of our efforts is in keeping our production local, and minimizing the waste produced by our business. The industry is rife with environmental and ethical ailments so we invest in vetted, family owned and operated manufacturers in downtown Los Angeles.
All our gold and diamonds are 100% recycled, or fair trade stones from Canada. Our stones are ethically sourced and cut. We work exclusively with mines, lapidaries, and manufacturers where everyone is fairly compensated and working under safe conditions. There are very limited independent certifications or standards for this, so we’ve done our own legwork to figure out what terms like “recycled” or “ethically sourced” mean to different suppliers.
We try to actively fight against greenwashing and false marketing by being transparent about how exactly how each piece comes together. It’s important to share how to authentically support and sustain better business practices with other jewelry companies as well as consumers, so we sincerely welcome any inquiries from our customers if they would like to request more information on our operations and ethical standards.
It remains to be seen if anyone working in fine jewelry will achieve a net-zero impact, and we are just scratching the surface of these issues. Our hope is to help usher in a new horizon by increasing visibility around this issue in our industry and setting the best example we can.