Lab Grown Diamonds
In recent years, awareness about diamond mining has grown, and customers are looking for an ethical, sustainable, alternative to mined diamonds.
Thankfully, new technologies have made it easier than ever before to verify that our lab-grown diamonds are conflict-free. At Kate & Kole, we use lab-grown diamonds in all of our sustainable jewellery pieces, this is a decision we made from the founding of Kate & Kole and are proud to have championed the use of lab grown diamonds and diamond alternatives. From our very first engagement ring to the smalls in our wedding bands, we work exclusively with lab grown diamonds.
When you choose recycled gold jewellery from Kate & Kole, you're participating in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to new production. You're also supporting a more circular gold supply chain.
All of our pieces are made with between 70 to 100% recycled gold and silver, an offering unique in Australia to our refiner. This allows us to offer a gold buy back program which helps nurture this sustainable practice. By trading in your gold with us, we can pass it back to our refiners, sustaining their new gold supply. We offer our gold buy back program to existing Kate & Kole customers and encourage you to recycle any gold jewellery with legible gold marks. Feel free to contact us for more information.
We believe that beautiful things can be made responsibly. That's why our jewellery is shipped in compostable bags and packaging designed to be used again and again. When you return your packaging to us in good condition, we'll give you a $15 discount code to use with your next purchase.
Sustainability - A note from Sara
Sustainable Practices at Kate & Kole
Since being founded in 2015 we have championed the use of Lab grown diamonds. This decision was one that came from Co-founder Sara Spence’s passion for sustainability.
Our diamonds are sourced from reputable growers who have been chosen for their commitment to sustainable practices. Most are either carbon neutral certified, or in the process of being certified. Our head supplier is based in Sydney and we work closely with them to ensure that we are only purchasing from growers who also prioritise sustainable practices.
Choosing only CVD grown stones eliminates a number of larger growers in the market due to the conditions required to create these slower grown stones. An extra certificate of sustainability can be acquired for customers who are interested in an even higher level of environmental consideration.
Our Gold & precious materials
The large majority of our silver and gold is purchased from a refiner who provides 100% recycled material. They mine no new material. Almost every piece of Kate & Kole jewellery would contain a component (if not the entire piece) from this refiner. This is something we are incredibly proud of.
In a few cases, it is not possible for us to source material from the above supplier. Chain for example is something that we don’t manufacture in house and have worked closely with our supplier to ensure we are able to offer our customers the next best thing. Chain that is made in Melbourne using ethically sourced materials. If our family owned and operated supplier cannot fulfill our entire order in house they source chain on our behalf, following our supplier trade principals.
We offer a buyback program to encourage customers to return gold and silver to us for refining through our supplier so they can keep up their excellent work of operating mine-free.
We have created a description of the manufacturing process of each piece so as a consumer you can be clear on the type of piece you are purchasing. You can find this description on each product page.
Designed & Made in Australia with Lab Grown Diamonds and 100% recycled gold.
— this means the piece is made entirely of recycled gold, and only contains Lab grown diamonds. The piece was made and set in our Newcastle or Brisbane studio.
Designed & Made in Australia with Lab Grown Diamonds and a mix of recycled and ethically mined gold. — this means the piece has a component that may contain new material. An example of this would be a fine platinum band which needs to be machined from new material. The piece is still made and set in our Newcastle or Brisbane studio.
Designed & Made in Australia with 100% recycled materials. — this means this piece is made in our Newcastle or Brisbane studio using only recycled gold or silver.
Designed & Made in Australia with ethically mined materials. — this piece has been made using ethically sourced and mined materials. An example of this would be a men’s wedding band which is machined for us by a local supplier.
This piece was designed in Australia and made by an international manufacturer for Kate & Kole. — A very small range of items are not possible for us to make in house. Our tennis bracelets and necklaces, for example, are made by a carefully selected manufacturer.
This piece contains a component that was imported for Kate & Kole. — this piece contains a component that has been imported for us to use in one of our designs. A common example of this custom made chain that may include a clasp which has been imported.
This piece was imported for Kate & Kole. — We import a selection of hinged earrings that we are unable to manufacture in Australia. These pieces are imported for us by our Australian suppliers. Our hinged earrings are imported from Italy.
We have created a suite of packaging using FSC approved papers. We offer a buyback program for any packaging that is returned to us and offer our in-store customers the option to opt for a minimal packaging offering where safe transportation doesn’t need to be considered as highly.
We have a team of eight jewellers who work from our Newcastle studio. This team makes the majority of our ready to wear pieces and designs that make up our collection offering including personalised pieces.
We have a small team of jewellers and setters in Brisbane who make our bespoke pieces such as wedding bands and engagement rings.
We are proud to say that we make upwards of 95% of our pieces in our Newcastle & Brisbane studios. With any pieces not made by our in-house teams, being clearly stated on the product page.
To reduce our impact on the environment on a smaller scale we have made decisions as a brand to use less harmful chemicals that are traditionally used in jewellery manufacturing, we limit rhodium plating where possible, we use hydrogen instead of gas torches, and recycle all material waste that is created during the manufacturing process.
If you have any questions on the above, or have a question regarding a particular item, please get in touch with our customer service team.
We believe in the responsibility we hold to our customer, and that means that we will always strive to be transparent about our strengths and shortcomings. Our commitment to sustainability is ongoing and developing.