Learn about the ethical materials we
source to handcraft our fine jewellery
We’re proud to say that Nyssa is a registered Fairtrade Goldsmith
(Registration number: R1327).
The Fairtrade scheme transforms the lives of small-scale and artisanal
gold miners by providing them with fair wages and safe working
conditions. Every miner receives a guaranteed Fairtrade minimum price,
as well as a Fairtrade premium payment for every kilogram of gold
mined. Visit the Fairtrade website to learn more.
The majority of our jewellery is crafted in 100% recycled gold from
reclaimed jewellery pieces. When you send jewellery back to us
through our lifetime buy-back program we melt down your pieces
and create new products from them, to be enjoyed again and again.
We only work with diamonds that are certified conflict-free by the
Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). This government-led program allows us to verify that our stones are ethically-sourced.
Our current batch of diamonds was responsibly mined in Russia.
Beyond being conflict-free, all of our diamonds are handpicked to
meet or exceed industry standards. Our diamonds are D-G colour
and SI1+ clarity on the GIA Diamond Grading Chart, which means
they’re colourless and eye-clean.
All of our gemstones are genuine mineral stones that were
mined under safe, ethical conditions. Check out our individual
product pages for details on each gem’s country of origin.
The garnets in our Moyo collection were mined by female
artisanal miners in Tanzania. Each gem can be traced back
to the exact woman who mined it. We invest 10% of our
gemstone order value into the education, vocational training,
and equipment of the miners.
18-Karat solid gold is made of 18 parts of gold and
6 parts of alloys, making it very high in its purity.
18K is the closest you can get to pure gold without
sacrificing durability and strength. With a rich yellow
colour, stunning shine, and a heavier weight and feel,
our 18K gold jewellery strikes the perfect balance
between luxury and longevity.
The pureness of gold is measured in karats (different
from ‘carats’ with a ‘c’) in parts of 24. Gold is naturally
very soft and fragile, so alloys are added to increase its
durability and hardness. 9-Karat solid gold contains 9
parts of gold and 15 parts of alloys. Extremely durable
and accessible, our 9-karat pieces are perfect for those
looking for affordable jewellery to wear every day without
worrying about scuffing and scratching.
Our vermeil (pronounced “ver-may”) jewellery is made
of Fairtrade 925 sterling silver and plated with a thick
layer of recycled gold. To be considered vermeil, this coating needs
to have a thickness of at least 2.5 microns, and the gold
used must be at least 10-karats in purity. We go the extra
mile, and gild all our vermeil jewellery using 5 microns
of 18-karat solid gold, a coating that is 100% thicker than
the industry standard.