Gold mining is a practice that has been around for decades. It has helped the world, both past & present create the most beautiful pieces of jewellery, well before we realized the impact it has on the environment. We’ve seen itravage landscapes, contaminate water supplies, and contribute to the destruction of vital ecosystems. For a material that is considered so 'luxurious' and 'fancy', it is surprising to see how much harm it causes. You would think it’s made in the best way possible, both for the human beings working for it and the environment.
Much of this waste carries with it mercury and cyanide, which are used to extract the gold from the rock.” In fact, gold mining relies heavily on the use of toxic chemicals and produces so much waste that once you learn, it is hard to grasp…
But change is happening: for example, the No Dirty Gold initiative is seeking change in the industry, in order to ensure that gold mining operations respect the environment as well as human rights. There ARE ways to mine gold more sustainably, and we need to ask businesses to make sure that they are respecting both the planet and the workers involved in the mining industry and not just thinking of their bottom dollar. It’s good to know the industry is making progress and the standards for mining are rising, however with the Gold industry being a multi-trillion dollar industry, there will always big the large corporations pushing back and ensuring to protect their financial interests.
Recently, many luxury and high-end jewellery brands have made changes in the way they source gold although we have yet to see the proof of those actions. When it comes to the environmental issues, it’s always hard to quantify and truly evaluate the consequences of the actions of mining for metals, good or bad. The only thing we do know, is that it is essential to get to know a brand before purchasing from it and see that they are committing to better practices.
Moreover, we’re lucky enough to live in a time were there is plenty of new innovations developing every day. For example, we’ve seen the creation of lab-made gold: a new way to create this sought-after material in a more sustainable and maintainable way. We can only hope that it will become more and more accessible to help protect our planet and slow down the mining of precious metals.
Our main priority at Luna & Rose is to make sure we source and work only with sustainable materials and that we are always thinking of our planet first. That is why we work with Recycled Sterling Silver and are constantly researching the best materials to bring your favourite pieces of jewellery to life. But most importantly, we aim to inspire: if we can influence someone, somewhere, to make a change and walk a little lighter on our planet, we’ll consider our job done!
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As a small brand like Luna & Rose, we know how important it is to support each other and empower other businesses we love, trust and believe in! Today, we want to show you our favourite Black Owned Fashion Sustainable Brands, a way for you to discover new resources, while taking care of our planet.
As we’re doing our best to keep ourselves educated and updated on the Black Lives Matter movement, one of our favourite ways to do so is to listen to podcasts. We’ve been loving learning from teachers, historians, and just regular people experiencing racism and issues we don’t even know about.
As we’re launchingour new Signet Rings, why not take the time to learn more about this timeless piece of jewellery?
First and foremost, signet rings represent a wide range of personalized ring, usually representing family symbols, signs, monograms and more. They were used to represent someone’s identity and they were traditionally used to sign into melted wax. How amazing is that?! A unique representation of someone’s signature right on their finger. In that sense, signet rings were extremely meaningful.
Luna & Rose necklaces come in a variety of lengths from 18" to 23". Our 18" chain necklace is made from our Fine Chain with the 20" and 23" length chains in our 'Everyday' Chain. These are the same chain design, just slightly heavier in weight for the longer lengths. For a rough guide (as we all have different, amazing bodies) the 23" chain sits around or just above your nipple line...
We're big fans of layering necklaces and I'm pretty sure you are too. All of our chains are adjustable in length by 2" to make sure you can style your layers to perfection and mix them up with other pieces in your jewellery wardrobe.
Although all necklaces are adjustable, for the perfect layered look we suggest that you purchase your necklaces on different length chains. This way you get to see the beauty of both pendants and there's less chance of scratching! We also personally like wearing the smallest pendant on the shorter length and the larger heavier pendants longer. That's just our personal choice though, we're all awesome & individual humans and ultimately you get to decide how you style your pieces!
Below is a little guide of some of our favourite pieces layered and their lengths:
|SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
|CLASSIC T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.
Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
Feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any further issues.
Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 4 = Ring Size H 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 14.9mm (Recommended Pinky Size)
Size 5 = Ring Size J 1/2. Diameter measures 15.7mm (Recommended Pinky Size)
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm (Recommended Male Size)
Size 10 = Ring Sizes T 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 19.8mm (Recommended Male Size)
Size 11 = Ring Sizes V 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 20.6mm (Recommended Male Size)
Size 12 = Ring Sizes X 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 21.3mm (Recommended large Male Size)
If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.
Luna & Rose chain bracelets also have a 2" adjustable chain length with a clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 16cm & 17.5cm
If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.