Social and Environmental Policy
At Wartski we understand the importance of sustainable development for the protection of the environment as well as communities both locally and globally. In addition to buying and selling antique jewellery, antique silver and the work of Carl Fabergé, we undertake restorations on behalf of our customers and make bespoke handcrafted jewellery. We recognise our responsibility to ensure that the environmental impact of our activities is kept to a minimum and are committed to continually review the ways in which we manage this impact.
It is our aim to continue to reduce our environmental impact in the following ways:
- Reducing the waste material we produce.
- Using suppliers who can provide sustainably sourced or recycled materials.
- Utilising renewable or recyclable materials and components.
- Reducing our energy usage.
- Wherever possible, using transport which produces the lowest levels of emissions.
Wartski’s environmental policy is reviewed annually.
Wartski undertakes to use second-hand diamonds whenever possible, and if not will only acquire primary sourced diamonds from suppliers who can prove that their stones come from conflict-free areas. Similarly for the replacement of other precious or semi-precious stones, these are only acquired from suppliers who travel personally to the respective countries from which they are sourced to ensure they are from conflict-free zones. Wartski uses recycled gold whenever possible; if not, gold is sourced from companies with traceable and sustainable supply chains.
Wartski supports the commitment and work carried out by The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The firm refrains from the trade of ivory, coral and tortoiseshell, and only works with antiques that contain a fraction of these materials if their age can be proven and they comply with the Ivory Act 2018.
Wartski remains mindful of the working practices, and environmental and social policy, of its suppliers. The firm is a member of the British Antique Dealers’ Association and the National Association of Jewellers and adheres to their Codes of Practice and Conduct.
It is the role of the Managing Directors to ensure that understanding of the issues involved with sustainability is embedded in the culture of the company.