(On this page: ethics & sustainability, caring for your jewellery, pieces available to order, FAQ)
Shadowed Earth jewellery is made using recycled sterling silver, recycled 18ct solid gold, & consciously sourced gemstones. All jewellery is made by Jess in her tiny shed studio, with quality tools and natural materials including beeswax for saw blades, and citric acid to pickle jewellery instead of harmful chemicals.
Ethics & sustainability
Each step of the process is carefully thought out, making sure the practice of making the jewellery is as ethical as possible. This includes:
Choosing bullion: when it comes to sterling silver and gold, we decided to use recycled metal as this meant no new materials are having to be extracted, avoiding both environmental and human exploitation. It is reusing what is already in circulation, and so reducing waste, and is from a trusted supplier to ensure the materials are 100% recycled. For gemstones, we source Australian opals and European amber from a trusted supplier.
Designing: for this step, Jess creates jewellery designs that use the offcuts from making rings and earrings, and so no metal is ever wasted. Each and every bit of scrap is incorporated back into the jewellery.
Making: sustainable British beeswax is an easy substitute for saw blade wax, as well as a citric acid pickle bath for cleaning the jewellery after soldering instead of a harsh chemical one.
Packaging: our business cards, information cards, paper packaging and mail packaging are made from 100% recycled materials. The gift packaging is made from an organic cotton drawstring bag, hand dyed by Jess with local plants (such as nettles and oak leaves) and food waste (such as onion skins and avocado stones). She then stamps the bags and packaging with a hand carved botanical stamp.
Caring for your jewellery
Shadowed Earth jewellery is made for everyday wear, to be comfortable as well as to withstand daily living. Here are a few of tips for looking after your jewellery:
Silver tarnishes from oxidation, so store your jewellery in an airtight box when not wearing to prevent the air from oxidising the metal. Jewellery can also become tarnished from exposure to chemicals such as perfumes, skin creams, make-up, oils and other personal hygiene products. Gold will not tarnish, but may dull from any of the above. We recommend cleaning your jewellery with a gentle eco friendly soap, making sure to dry them well afterwards. Jewellery polishing cloths are fantastic for bringing silver and gold back to life with some shine and sparkle, and are easy to source.
Avoid keeping jewellery with gemstones in direct sunlight, as this will cause the colour of the stones to fade.
If you have any other questions about caring for your jewellery, please get in touch via our email, or through Instagram.
Here are our current designs – if you would like to buy any pieces, please get in touch via email, or through our Instagram.
How do I buy a piece of jewellery?
- We do not currently have an online shop, but are happy to take orders through our email or Instagram. Please take a look at the pieces available to buy above, or on our Instagram.
- Some pieces are also available to buy through Wild West Works in St Just, Cornwall
How long does it take for my jewellery to arrive?
- All jewellery is made to order, so please allow 3 weeks for your pieces to be made, packaged and shipped to you.
How much does shipping cost?
- 1st class delivery is free to mainland UK
How do I find my ring size?
- You can either have your finger measured by a jeweller (we recommend doing this), or use this website for more information on finding your size.