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dotOnly recycled precious metals and not directly mined and therefore no further displacement of fragile eco-systems.
dotLocally-gathered surface stones.
Cruelty-free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
dot15% of profits donated to wildlife protection and re-naturing - also land-care education in developing countries.
A genuine approach to chemical-hazard-free crafting.
No plating. No casting. Nothing designed or made with computer software.
Carbon-inverted targets (Dedicated to putting more back into nature than taking from it).
Every detail handmade by Laibach.
No greenwash answers to customer questions.
No newly-mined gems ... ever.
dotAtelier Laibach is the first jewellery maker worldwide to use
The  About The NOVA Key Ethical Label Key ethical label.

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Atelier Laibach jewellery pouch
Your jewellery piece comes in a Kerstin Laibach handmade pouch made with bamboo / hemp, raffia and vegan sealing wax.


Redesign, Recycle, Repair, Reclaim...
Laibach's Ten Year / Pre-Millennium Threshold Principle ... Working with old Jewellery

Kerstin Laibach feels that a piece of jewellery should have undergone some long-term appreciation by its owner; that the precious materials extracted from our fragile earth years before have been treated with a sense of respect and gratitude. In recent years an increasing amount of perfectly wearable, well-made jewellery is sold for scrap. Often, such pieces only need professional cleaning and perhaps minor repair work to return their appearance to a desirable item.

Laibach atelier believes that it has found a generally accepted ethical balance when dealing with previously used jewellery as part of the Laibach restoration, redesigning or recycling service:
Kerstin will not usually take on the recycling of nearly new jewellery containing recently mined materials, I.e. pieces less than ten years old. This is in regard to pieces you wish to trade in with us for either cash or credit on a new piece of jewellery. Even recycling (the refining of precious metals) creates a carbon footprint, (but obviously nothing like as huge as freshly mined). So if you want to consider a change, based on your unwanted piece, Kerstin can offer you a way to create something fresh from your discarded jewellery with absolute minimum environmental impact ... and if you wish to help reverse its carbon footprint she will offer you the option to pay 10% extra for this service which will go to environmental, wildlife and re-naturing projects.
On this principle, your old jewellery can be completely deconstructed and redesigned by Kerstin into something to suit your taste, while giving something back to the environment. We must repeat however, that lost stones etc. cannot be substituted with new (based on Laibach ethics). Used (antique) stones or lab-created options can however be used as substitutes, either supplied by you the client, or sourced by Kerstin Laibach in some cases.


If Kerstin Laibach creates any pieces for sale in her collections using previously mined gems, including diamonds, these are only reclaimed from pre-millennium / damaged jewellery of no intrinsic / historical interest. In other words, only recycled from old jewellery originally purchased as new before December 31st 1999.* Most often, any reclaimed or purchased stones in Laibach piece will be genuine "old" cut, dating the stones to the beginning of the 19th century and much earlier.
Please note that in practice it can difficult to determine the exact year of a more recent jewellery piece without certification of original purchase date, but in practice Kerstin Laibach is more likely to be reclaiming gems from pieces dated many decades previous to Dec 1999*

* Time-Line Exception to the Pre-Millenium Principle:
Pieces made from old precious stones reclaimed from jewellery sent in by customers for scrap are based on our ten year threshold principle.


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