SUSTAINABILITY, ETHICS & OUR ABOVEGROUND DIAMONDS
"Monarc’s Aboveground Diamond Collection is jewellery series that does not compromise social and environmental justices. Aboveground production is boutique, based on modern-day craftsmanship, and upholds the modern tenets of worker’s rights and social responsibility.
From the outset we wanted to create an engagement and commitment offering that is more in line with the core values of love and marriage. Monarc’s Aboveground Diamond Collection brings sustainability and transparency to jewellery items that signify some of life's most important moments."
Founder + Creative Director
01: ATOMICALLY IDENTICAL DIAMONDS
Aboveground diamonds are atomically identical to mined diamonds; the stones grow through the same processes that occur in the Earth’s layers, but unlike mined diamonds, they do not compromise social and environmental justices.
02 : PURE PROVENANCE & CARTEL-FREE
While mined diamonds generally pass through several owners with an origin impossible to trace, aboveground diamonds have transparent provenance. The diamonds we use are 100% traceable and guaranteed to be cartel-free.
03 : ZERO CARBON FOOTPRINT
At our partner's foundry located in San Francisco, a team re-creates the environment in which nature forms diamonds. Engineers harness the energy of the sun to make a better diamond.
Solar power credits are used to reduce aboveground diamonds carbon footprint to zero. Aboveground diamonds are born from a fiery heat; a plasma of unprecedented energy density is the key step in re-creating the Earth’s ability to host and grow these natural stones. One by one, carbon atoms stack on top of a thin foundation of diamond, extending the unique crystal structure and tetrahedral symmetry inherent in diamonds created by nature. Atom by atom, a stone grows into a pure, jewellery-grade, gem-sized diamond.
04 : FINISHED BY HAND & CERTIFIED
A diamond rough is cut and polished into beautifully faceted gems. Monarc Jewellery offers a wide range of cuts to appeal to every taste. Monarc’s Aboveground Commitment Collection diamonds are cut to the highest standards. A GIA Gemologist grades our Aboveground diamonds – this is the final step in the process of preparing each jewellery item for market, and we fully warrant this grading report. That is, you obtain a certificate, not just a lab report.
OUR PRECIOUS METALS
Monarc's commitment to the environment is to only use recycled raw materials where possible and limit our footprint by using the latest technology to manufacture in the most environmentally responsible way.
More than 80% of precious metals in Monarc product is produced by recycled waste and alluvial gold from the Jewellery Industry within Australasia. Our precious metal suppliers are renowned for their heritage and the quality of their bullion. These bullion suppliers and refineries are accredited by LBMA's 'London Good Delivery List' and the Responsible Jewellery Council as meeting ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards.
The refining processes of silver, gold, palladium and platinum have been developed with environmental sustainability in mind. Our bullion suppliers' laboratories operate extraction systems with automatic PH dosing. Systems are documented with an Environment Management Plan (EMP), which are frequently monitored and reviewed to comply with stringent protocols and international best practice standards.
OUR PACKAGING & DELIVERY
At Monarc Jewellery, we are about reducing unnecessary energy consumption, we offer our products and marketing efforts through sustainable resources.
Monarc packages orders in beautiful environmentally friendly paper boxes and renewable and sustainably sourced cellulose film. We operate a strict single-use plastic ban in our international workrooms.
We partner with a local packaging suppliers who guarantee responsible production and observance of eco-regulations, we use recycled FSC certified wood as the primary material for our jewellery boxes.
B2C: Our retail delivery boxes keep your parcel safe and are 100% biodegradable and recyclable. We work with freight partners who provide responsible, CO2-neutral delivery options.
B2B: Our wholesale deliveries are packaged in renewable and sustainably sourced cellulose film that is derived from wood pulp originating from managed plantations. This cellulose film carries a number of independent certifications and approvals, including home compostability and marine biodegradation.
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