Jon’s designs are predominantly made in platinum or 18ct gold. We are licensed to work with Fairtrade and Fairmined gold, as well as Fairtrade and Fairmined Ecological gold and platinum. We can also advise on recycling your own gold or platinum.
Platinum is rare, pure, naturally white and inherently hard wearing, which means the carefully polished finish lasts longer, although it takes more time at the workbench to get that perfect finish.
Jon’s rings have a generous weight, which makes the ring last longer, helps keep the integrity of the form when being resized, and means the ring can be refinished many times without weakening it. Because of this weight, and because platinum is even denser than gold, Jon’s platinum designs have a satisfying feel in the hand.
18 carat gold is 75% pure gold, alloyed with 25% other metals, which enables the gold to be workable, and also means different colours of gold can be produced. Our most popular colour is white gold, which is actually a slightly grey-white colour. Our 18 carat white gold has a high palladium content, making it naturally whiter than cheaper alloys.
The majority of jewellers plate their white gold with a very thin layer of rhodium to make it appear the same colour as platinum, but Jon’s white gold pieces are un-plated. Our decision not to rhodium plate is partly to allow us to use the colour of white gold as a choice in our palette, and also for the practical reason that the plating wears off in a relatively short time. We can, however, rhodium plate any white gold design, if you would like it to match existing plated pieces.
Ethical Gold & Platinum
We’re also very pleased to be able to offer Fairtrade and Fairmined gold and Fairtrade and Fairmined Ecological gold and platinum, alongside gold from recycled sources.
We have already made pieces in ethically and ecologically mined platinum from Oro Verde; the same mining co-operative that our Fairtrade and Fairmined Ecological gold comes from. As of December 2012, the world's first batch of officially certified Fairtrade and Fairmined platinum entered the UK from Oro Verde. Read more about this exciting development on our Blog.
Gold and platinum certified to Fairtrade and Fairmined standards provides small scale miners and their communities in developing countries the opportunity for better living and working conditions. Certified Fairtrade and Fairmined Ecological gold and platinum is mined under stringent ecological restoration practices, and without the use of chemicals. You can find out more in our Ethics and Fairtrade section below.
Please Contact Us if you would like to commission a piece in these precious ethical metals.
Another ethical alternative is to use recycled old gold, which reduces the human and environmental costs of conventional, newly mined gold.
The recycled gold we use comes from a refinery which sources old industrial and post-consumer gold, including jewellery and giftware. It is refined back to pure gold, before being alloyed to 18 carat standard. Our refiner is independently audited and certified through the whole process, guaranteeing that the gold is 100% recycled.
After being refined, recycled gold is just as pure as newly mined gold, so there’s no difference in quality or appearance.
Recycling Your Own Old Gold & Platinum
Many people have old or inherited jewellery at home that is meaningful but not a style they would wear.
Recycling pieces like this into a new design is a great way to turn them into something to enjoy, while retaining the sentiment attached to their history. It can also be a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to newly mined gold.
Some old pieces aren’t suitable for melting in the workshop, but we can still use the value of the gold or platinum content for refining to offset the cost of a brand new piece.
We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have about the options available, either in person at the workshop, or by phone or e-mail. See our Contact Us page.