Environmental and Social Policies

Do what’s right. It is by this simple concept that House of Dubhrós conducts business. It is on this concept that we have created many environmental and social policies that make mainstream jewelers cringe. We believe, however, that this simple concept makes our creations all the more beautiful.

Since we make all of our jewelry and relics, we can guarantee that none of our pieces were made in sweatshops, or with slave labor.

The House of Dubhrós will not buy from any company with a history of human rights violations, animal cruelty, or who engage in environmentally destructive practices such as strip mining.

Whenever possible we prefer to buy our gems and material from private collectors that still hand gather, to lessen the impact on the environment.

We use Faux Bone in place of animal bone whenever possible.

We rarely use materials gathered from live animals (like teeth, claws and tusks etc.) in our creations; however, when we do, we only buy from native dealers or other individuals who can guarantee that their inventory came from food animals or were a byproduct of thinning out a population. Most of the organic components we use come from recycled sources, such as materials salvaged from estate sales and the like.

We will not work with diamonds. The plain fact is that the demand for diamonds has funded civil wars and fueled bloodshed for decades now. Even if you actually manage to acquire a “clean diamond” from one of the companies who claim to offer such, you are still contributing to the demand. There are a lot more beautiful and, contrary to popular belief, durable stones out there. A diamond may be the hardest but it is brittle. Jade, however, is unmatched in its resilience, and it is one of the traditional stones of marriage and courtship.

We will never use modern coral or pearls in our designs. For both of these materials there are substitutes that are much more durable, and arguably more beautiful, that do not cause the level of devastation that coral and pearl farming and collecting are known for. Often the individuals actually doing the work legally are underpaid if at all, and poachers are common in both industries.

Fossilized Coral

We at House of Dubhrós believe that beautiful jewelry need not destroy the beauty in nature; this is why we use only fossilized coral in our jewelry. There are several advantages to fossilized coral in addition to protecting the quickly vanishing coral reefs, which are currently home to 25% of all marine life--that’s over 2,000,000 different species.

1. Fossilized coral is harder than most types of coral. Coral tends to be a 3 on the mohs hardness scale. This means a single penny can cause a nasty scratch across your expensive coral, while fossilized coral can be a 5 or 6; almost twice as hard.

2. Fossilized coral is much rarer than live coral. Without human interference the coral reef is capable of not only regenerating itself but actually growing larger in a matter of decades. Whereas fossilized coral takes a very unique set of factors to form and even then millennia must pass before new fossilized coral is formed. Less than 1 in 1000 species on earth will ever be represented in the fossil record, and there is even less of a chance that a living coral will be fossilized, by some estimates only 1 in 42,000,000.

3. A piece of history shrouded in folklore. Each piece of fossilized coral is a part of history; it is literally millions of years old. All folklore on live coral can be applied to its fossilized ancestors, but fossilized coral also has the advantage of having the properties and superstitions reserved for fossils applicable to it as well.

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