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We are makers of sustainably made, finely-designed, handmade jewellery; produced without harming our community or our environment.
All Coral Covey jewellery can be identified with the Coral Covey maker's mark and a ‘925’ silver stamp.
Got a special request? Would you prefer a longer chain with one of our pendants or need a special ring size - no problems. Send us an email and we can get started on creating something special just for you. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded by the Australian jewellery designer, Laura Deakin, the Coral Covey name is the unity of Laura's two grandmothers, Coral McKissick and Glades Covey, who were important influences in her life and taught her a great deal about caring for her community and the environment. The Coral Covey studio is situated in Munich, one of the jewellery capitals of the world. Inspired by this city’s rich tradition in a rapidly changing world, Laura see's the ethical production of Coral Covey jewellery as key in making an environmental difference. Everyone involved in the designing, creating and packaging of each piece is dedicated to the creation of fair, honest and beautiful jewellery.
Each piece is designed with a friend or loved one in mind and attempts to encapsulate aspects of their extraordinary personality. As our collection grows, the jewellery has come to represent characters from all walks of life. We hope everyone can see an element of their friend or loved one in their chosen piece. We always consider how the piece will be worn and viewed. Every piece is handcrafted using the highest standards of gold and silver-smithing.
We are always creating new and interesting pieces for our ever growing clientele, so be sure to check back over the website regularly or join our Mailing List to see read the latest on our designs.
Our uniquely designed gift packaging uses recycled materials while our studios are powered using 100% sustainable gas and electricity. For more information see Ethics & Environment.
The Coral Covey Stamp
Each Coral Covey original piece bears our maker's mark. This symbol combines the oval shape (a form traditionally common in jewellery) with the fern leaf (an ancient plant species that has been on Earth for more than 300 million years). With a deep respect for jewellery's historic place on the body and a strong commitment to our environmental responsibility, these two forms combine to symbolise Coral Covey.
Every piece also carries a separate stamp of ‘925’. This is our guarantee that the piece you are buying is made from sterling silver. To read further information on where we source our reclaimed silver see Ethics & Environment.
If you have any further questions please contact us.
Ethics & Environment
At Coral Covey we are committed to making jewellery with a difference and we have made it our business to know where all our materials come from. By offering only certified jewellery pieces we aim to empower our customers with the knowledge that they are selecting a genuine product. Here are some of the ways we are making sure our jewellery is ethical and environmentally friendly:
To cast the body of each piece (e.g. the starfish) we use 100% reclaimed sterling silver that is purified in Hanau, Germany by Heraeus Materials Technology GmbH & Co. This company is committed to making a difference environmentally. For further information on Heraeus and how they source their materials please check out their website and see their certificate and code of conduct.
The Munich based Coral Covey studio is powered using 100% renewable gas and electricity, supplied from Polarstern. This company is committed to providing a completely green alternative for energy users.
The 100% renewable electricity provided by Polarstern comes from a hydro-electricity station situated less than 10km east of Munich, in Feldkirchen. Here Polarstern has not only integrated the hydro-electric system, but they have developed wetlands that allow fish and other animals to pass easily up and down the river, making this a real haven for wildlife.
The 100% renewable gas provided by Polarstern is produced exclusively from the waste made when processing organic sugar beets. By avoiding the use of manure or energy crops such as monoculture maize, Polarstern are proud to call their gas truly sustainable and carbon neutral.
"Polarstern is a labour of love with the mission to improve the world."
Jakob Assmann, Florian Henle & Simon Stadler - Founders of Polarstern, Munich
For more information on how this company is not only improving their own community but helping communities abroad, we recommend visiting their website: Polarstern
Our packaging is made using recycled paper boxes, 100% cotton ribbon and naturally dyed felt. For details see our packaging section.
Did you know...
Gold and silver mining is one of the most environmentally and culturally devastating industries worldwide. It has been known to displace communities, contaminate drinking water, poison workers and destroy pure ecosystems.
- To mine the gold for one wedding ring alone can generate up to 20 tons of waste.
- Mine waste can contain as many as three dozen dangerous chemical by-products including cyanide, arsenic, petroleum, lead & mercury. All these chemicals requiring special handling, storage and protection. However many people living and working in developing nations, even children, are mining for gold and silver without any protection.
- The mining industry has some extremely destructive extraction techniques, including ‘heap leaching’. This method drips a cyanide solution through a mountain of ore. The solution strips away the gold and other heavy metals which are collected in a pond. The water is then run through an electro-chemical process to extract gold.
- While some mining by-products are immediately toxic to life on contact, others such as heavy metals, are more insidious in nature and remain in soils for generations. If these soils dry and create dust or the contaminated land is used for agriculture the heavy metals contaminate people through direct inhalation or ingestion of food grown in heavy metal soils. These metals, such as lead and mercury, accumulate in our bodies (and those of the animals we eat) over time leading to severe health problems.
- It is estimated that half of all the gold mined from 1995 to 2015 is likely to have come from native lands, the traditional territories of indigenous people. When mines receive native title approval the anticipated environmental impact is often underestimated or under represented.
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We like to think of our packaging as the cherry on top of your favorite cake.
It is very important to all of us at Coral Covey that all aspects of what we do are environmentally friendly. We have taken special care to select locally made materials sourced from companies that exhibit environmentally sound practices:
- Our jewellery box is made using recycled paper by the innovative TINY BOX COMPANY.
- Our red and cream ribbon is made from pure cotton.
- The felt bed inside is made using naturally dyed merino sheep wool.
- Our advertising material is printed on 100% recycled paper.
- Our postage and packaging materials are made using recycled paper.
- Every package posted by Coral Covey includes a donation to the 'Go Green' service. Go Green