Diamonds Without Guilt

Everyone knows blood diamonds are bad. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you will have seen Leo Dicaprio sporting a South African accent (swoon) in the 2006 film ‘Blood Diamond,’ which gives you the gist of the problem and that it’s quite severe. Four years later, Naomi Campbell was met with outrage when she admitted that she had been given blood diamonds. It’s clear that the distribution of these diamonds fuel conflict, so why are they still being used by some brands? The jewellery that you buy should be guilt free, do you really want a rock hanging from your ears that has someones blood on it? (metaphorically of course, there isn’t actual real life blood on it)

I recently wrote an article for Eluxe that shares 13 brands that use materials that are ethically sourced, made from recycled materials or made in small communities that are economically struggling. For example, Made Jewellery have their pieces made in a small community in Africa, and they pay a fair wage for the services of the workers. This means that the locals can use their creative skills and get a good wage for doing so, rather than doing hard labour for very little gain. If you think that sustainable jewellery sounds a bit iffy, check out the article and decide for yourself…You’ll be pleasantly surprised, I guarantee!

http://eluxemagazine.com/fashion/eco-friendly-jewelry-brands/

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London Fashion Week: Day 2

Today was my second day of London Fashion Week. I was invited to go to the Andipa Gallery in Chelsea to an exhibition on sustainable fashion throughout different cultures and times. The pieces that were in the exhibition were amazing, there were belts from ancient Egypt, head pieces from the 1700’s and fur coats from Tibet. The difference in cultures was amazing, some showed class by using gold or silver thread, some showed the same thing by using bright, extravagant colours.

Overall it was a really good experience, and Chelsea is always amazing to wander around, especially on a Sunday (because it’s quiet.)

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