Today, many consumers buying jewellery are concerned that it should meet ethical standards. Raw materials should not fund wars; that their extraction should not harm the environment and that indigenous peoples and workforces should not be exploited. The global jewellery industry has done much over recent years to address these concerns and there are many initiatives in place to regulate mining, improve best practice and give back to the communities in those countries where gold and diamonds are mined. The diamond industry alone employs 10 million people globally and income from gold and diamonds makes a real difference to the developing world by providing jobs, roads, healthcare and education.
Matthew Stephens works diligently to maintain a clear policy of transparency and traceability for all materials used in the production of jewellery. To help reinforce the standards our jewellery makers follow a Code of Ethics which are as follows: