Why propose a collection of ethical jewelry?
Covid quarantine gave me time to reflect and research sustainable practices in my profession. I was surprised at everything I learned. In short, I am an eco-responsible and sensitive person to human rights issues in my personal life and want to align my business practices with my personal values. This collection is a step in this re-alignment.
Dwane works with titanium she has reclaimed from an aerospace suppliers' waste bin with lab grown diamonds. Gemmologically speaking, created diamond is the exact same material as natural diamond. It has the same composition and structure and therefore the same physical and optical properties. Lab grown diamonds have the same hardness and brilliance, making them just as “forever” as their counterparts. Visibly superior to CZs (cubic zirconia) and ethically accountable, these diamonds reward in every respect.
Christine Dwane is an award-winning and widely exhibited jewellery designer, goldsmith and gemologist. She studied Jewellery Fabrication at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal and apprenticed with the Swiss-German goldsmith Robert Ackermann.
She teaches jewellery making at the École de Joaillerie de Montréal and gemology at the École de Gemmologie de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec.