From the earth to the studio to our collections, we all have an opportunity to reduce our impact on the environment.
All materials take from our planet, but some are more sustainable than others. We are committed to creating from the most sustainable materials we can source whilst staying true to the premium quality our customers expect and love.
At W. T. W., we take great care to ensure that all of pieces are produced with a focus on sustainability and ethical practise. Producing all of our pieces in house gives us complete control over the entire process, from sourcing with our own hands, production to setting, finishing and packaging.
From the soil where our gold is uncovered, to the rivers where sapphires and gemstones are fossicked, there is a rich and inspiring story built into each and every piece we create. Ultimately, our jewellery respects the planet and its people.
When you choose to invest in a piece of our jewellery, you are propelling the sustainable jewellery movement forward and casting a vote for a fundamental change in the way jewellery is made.
This is our environmental heritage and it’s been this way from the beginning. Simply, sustainability is part of our DNA.
Why we love gold:
The gold mining industry is a divisive topic in the jewellery industry with factors such a ravaged landscapes, contaminated water supplies and destruction of vital ecosystems all coming into play. But there are still a number of reasons why we love OUR hand sourced and recycled gold.
Firstly, it doesn't rust, tarnish or corrode, and it won’t lose its colour over time. It’s also prized for its lasting beauty that improves with age. Explore the icons to learn why we love this metal:
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We use a combination of recycled and new materials, depending on the requirements and supply. We recycle all of our studio ‘scrap’ and excess for reuse, and source a large portion of our materials, specifically yellow gold with our own two hands in the Australian Goldfields.
This means that new gold that we use across all of our pieces is 100% pure Australian gold collected straight from the source. We are proud to consistently provide quality and consistency in this sense, along with a guarantee of sustainable and ethical sourcing and refining practise in line with our brand ethos.
100% of W. T. W. pieces are created using solid precious metals. We work largely with 9, 14 and 18 carat yellow gold, rose gold and white gold. Each individual product listing specifies its material components.
Why we love sapphires:
We love Sapphires for so many reasons and working with the natural untreated gemstone is our specialty. No two are alike; each sapphire’s hue is totally different to the next. Sapphire deposits are often located in areas that are isolated, hard to reach and complex to work in. The main areas we travel regularly to include Victoria, Tasmania, and NSW, all within Australia!
Wild to Ware is focused on sourcing all our sapphires ethically and directly from the source. This allows us to provide accurate information on where our gemstones are coming from. We take pride in knowing that each stone we source and then supply to a happy client is giving an environmental benefit the planet.
Sapphire is a tough and durable gem, and the only natural gemstone harder than sapphire is diamond.
Though the term sapphire generally refers to a blue sapphire – they are also available in a wide range of colours, such as, pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, colourless and black.
Being natural gemstones, sapphires are typically expected to contain some inclusions and inclusion-free sapphires are virtually non-existent. And, just because they’re not ‘perfect’ that doesn’t make them any less valuable and why we love them so much—perfectly imperfect, with their own personality!
Sapphires are usually heat treated (even coated!) to intensify the colour, as well as remove inclusions to increase clarity. It is standard industry practice to heat treat sapphire gemstones, and most sapphires used as gemstones have been treated. We NEVER heat treat our natural sapphires as the unheated colour is much more valuable—and beautiful!