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A note from our founder Christina: "Living in Bali during the Corona virus crisis in 2020, it was devastating to see the effect the lack of tourism has had on the economy there. The majority of businesses had closed down and many have retreated to the villages, living on basics rations.

I met with one local artesan, a silversmith who has a small workshop handmaking these beautiful silver pieces of jewellery, but each day he had no customer to sell to! I fell in love with them and commissioned him to make 100 pieces for Free Spirit! He was overwhelmed and so happy, as was I to help him and his family! We have received such great feedback from you all who have bought our jewellery so far and we continue to support our local artesans – Your purchases really do make a difference!"



Buying “ethcial” and “eco” jewellery can be confusing, however and we have been getting a few questions from you recently so we have put together a Q & A to help!



What is Recycled Sterling Silver?

Recycled sterling silver is precious silver that is not mined from the ground. Instead, it is produced from extracting the silver from unwanted jewellery, scrap silver, electronics, even medical equipment or other used metal products. Once the silver is separated from the other metals it is mixed with, it is melted down and reused to make new silver products.

 

Is Recycled Sterling Silver as good quality as non Recycled Sterling Silver?

Absolutely! No purity is lost in the extraction process of sterling silver from used sterling silver items. The final product is just as pure and of equal high quality.

 

How do you Recycle Sterling Silver?

There are two types of silver recycling that are most commonly used. The first is small scale silver recycling, which is the method our local artesans in Bali use. It is a time consuming process practice done by hands of skilled workers, using the traditional methods of silver extraction. The second process is large scale recycling, which tends to take place on a commercial scale, at an industrial level


Why is Recycled Sterling Silver better for the Environment?

During metal mining, an incredible amount of electricity and energy is used to extract metal ore, not to mention the ongoing smelting and processing operations which emit greenhouse gases. Using recycled metals omits this whole process and therefore saves 95% more energy than if a company uses raw materials.

 

How is your Recycled Sterling Jewellery Hand made?

We've put together a step by step guide for you here, or watch the video!





What is Reclaimed Bone?

Our Moon Child pendant and earrings feature a crescent moon made of reclaimed bone. In our specific case, this is cow bone from cows in Bali that have died of old age. Yes it's true! Where are artesans live in a small village outside of Ubud, it is typical for a family to have one cow to help graze the land or pull ploughs in the field. The Balinese look after their animals very well and the cows are worth more to them alive than dead. Balinese cows are small in size, and they are not able to produce milk and therefore are not farmed for their milk or their meat. When the cow dies of natural causes or old age, only then the skin and bones will be used for handicrafts.



Is the Packaging Eco Friendly?

Yes, at Free Spirit we only use recycled packaging for all our products! The Jewellery boxes are also made from recycled card and delivered in our COMPOSTubble packaging from Better Packaging.  You can even select our Eco-Gift Wrap option at checkout if you are shopping for a gift!



Anything else I should know about Recycled & Ethical Jewellery?

We love the sentimental journey of using recycled silver and reclaimed bone or other recycled materials.. we feel it brings with it it's own story, it's own journey, the silver had a life before, a purpose and by reusing & recycling we carry its story to the next generation!

 

Shop our exclusive collection of Recycled Sterling Silver Jewellery.

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Australia Address
Free Spirit
C/o Fighting Chance / Avenue
Level 1, 28 Rodborough Road
Frenchs Forest
NSW
2086

ABN: 38623852562

UK Address
Free Spirit Ltd
2 Waterside Business Park
Livingstone Road
Hessle
East Yorkshire
HU13 0EG

VAT No: 362 4101 35

Email: info@freespirit.co Whatsapp: +61415825987

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