OUR COMMITMENT TO A SLOWER PACE OF LIVING
Hand-crafted in small quantities
YU STEPANEL jewellery is made by hand and to order, which means no waste like in a big batch production. Thus, hopefully promoting healthy shopping and consumption habits as well as the practice of care and use, slow fashion vs. overproduction and overconsumption.
All pieces are crafted locally and mostly in-house to play our part in reducing the footprint on our planet.
As a responsible brand, YU STEPANEL works towards creating most of its pieces from recycled and repurposed materials. Recycled sterling silver (Ecosilver) and recycled gold is used whenever and wherever possible. The artisan method of production means the possibility of recycling waste metal as much as possible, employing ethical workshop practices using as little chemicals as possible, lower energy usage and responsible water use practices (recycled/renewable water and energy sources, like solar panels in workshop are part of the brand’s roadmap).
Trusted supply partners
YU STEPANEL cherishes its relationships with supply partners and small family businesses who have been by our side us through the lifetime of the brand. We get our services support from small family-run ateliers we know well and our materials from the companies we trust, namely, London’s Cooksongold.
Cooksongold who are part of the Heimerle + Meule GmbH group, with a certification based on the Responsible Gold Guidance (RGG), the inclusion on the LBMA Good Delivery List for gold and the Code of Practice certification by the RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council). All these labels certify that the gold used and all the products made from it are free of conflict, are innovative and of high quality. Being a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council, the company promotes ethically, socially and environmentally responsible processes in which human rights are respected at every stage of the supply chain for jewellery containing diamonds, gold and platinum, from mining to retail. RJC has been a full member of the ISEAL Alliance, the global sustainability standards association.
While still in search of the perfect solution, so that the box you receive your pieces in is as kind to the planet as it is appealing to you, YU STEPANEL packaging is created with longevity in mind to offer you a lifelong storage of your favourite jewellery. Thus, work in progress, but at the moment YU STEPANEL premium cardboard packaging is fully recyclable. YU STEPANEL shipping packaging is made of recycled materials.
Good On You
YU STEPANEL is recognised as a responsible brand by Good On You, the leading source with a trusted ethical ratings system as part of the United Nations’ global mission to “Ensure sustainable production and consumption patterns”.