Jewellery, though usually tangled in sentiment and personal stories, also holds a history of unsustainable and cruel working conditions. On her trip across Asia, founder of Edge of Ember, Lynette Ong, fell in love with the talents of local artisans and wanted to change the ways in which we interact and buy fine jewellery.
Edge of Ember doesn’t believe fine jewellery should cost the earth and is made by makers across Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Italy and Germany.
Ong, who was born in Singapore and resides in London, is passionate about removing the stereotype that ‘Made In Asia’ often means something of poor quality, that has been mass produced in unsavoury conditions.
Instead, Edge of Ember partners with small-scale groups across Asia for their commitment to fair pay, good working conditions, social responsibility, unbiased and equal treatment of all and rigorous environmental care.
75% of Edge of Ember’s creations are made with recycled metals and by 2022, the company wishes to fully transition to recycled silver and gold. Edge of Ember has also carried out a full Life Cycle Assessment of their production and operations to calculate the company’s carbon footprint. Using these metrics to work out the areas of business that needs to minimise its carbon emissions, Edge of Ember then offset this footprint with carbon credits.
Edge of Ember is also one of the first jewellery companies in the UK to launch Re/Make, a jewellery recycling programme where customers can send unwanted sterling silver or sold gold jewellery to recycle for store credit in return.