Undoing the damage of the mined diamond industry
As a family business, Cullen Jewellery is passionate about giving back and supporting those harmed by exploitative industry practices. The Jewellery industry is known for its damaging impact on African countries and communities due to diamond mining — and we are determined to do things differently.
In addition to not using mined diamonds and other mined gemstones, we aim to help rebuild these communities and create a better future for those who live within them. We do this by supporting humanitarian organisations and providing marginalised communities with funds, nutrition, shelter, healthcare, education, and employment to help break the poverty cycle.
At Cullen Jewellery, each staff member directly sponsors a child in a developing country through their employment. This not only helps provide the child with an education but also helps to support their entire family with money, food, and other essentials.
Each staff member is given one additional week of paid leave, with which they can volunteer locally or internationally to support those in need. Beyond making an impactful contribution to the world, this allows them to learn new skills, meet new people, and see the world from a different perspective.
Whether it's through our donations to charities or our support of local and international associations and community endeavours, we want to empower people and help them reach their full potential.
While we do not work with mined diamonds, we see their negative impact and work with partners to restore the land and places affected. For generations, the mined diamond industry has caused ruin in many developing countries. Innumerable locales have been forever altered due to large-scale strip mining operations, which leave the land barren and devoid of life.
These locales are not only home to countless plant and animal species, but also to indigenous peoples who have inhabited these regions for centuries. Through our efforts, we hope to bring new life to these areas and create a more sustainable future for all.
Working with the Eden Reforestation Project, we plant 10 Trees for every ring sold. By planting these trees, we are working towards regenerating the landscape while simultaneously creating employment for the local communities.
To reduce our use of finite resources, we exclusively use recycled precious metals in all our jewellery. We source our metals from certified recyclers who follow responsible practices, and we use minimal processing to protect the environment.
Cullen Jewellery has a pledge against mining and mass production. The former happens at the expense of local ecosystems and communities, while the latter involves fast fashion principles that are currently overrunning the fine jewellery industry. Accordingly, we only use lab-grown gemstones and specialise in made-to-order products.
Cullen Jewellery is committed to protecting the climate. As a result, we only offer lab-grown diamonds and moissanite as these gemstones do not come with the high environmental and social costs of mined diamonds.
Cullen Jewellery recognises that energy is required to grow them. While these stones need far less total energy to produce than mined diamonds and are violence-free, we are going further by only using lab-grown gemstones that are 100% carbon-neutral by 2023. Therefore, when choosing from Cullen Jewellery’s lab-grown product range, you can rest assured that you are making a responsible choice for the planet.
By working with a third-party auditor, we aim to offer 100% carbon-neutral lab-grown gemstones exclusively by 2023. This process involves reducing our carbon footprint and offsetting any emissions produced in the growing process. We are committed to being a sustainable company and are proud to take this vital step in the fight against climate change.
As a Melbourne-founded business, we feel it is our responsibility to give back to the community that has supported us throughout the years. That is why we regularly donate to and sponsor local organisations and charities. These include:
Diamond mining has many detrimental impacts on communities and the environment. This ranges from deforestation to infrastructure destruction. The mined diamond supply chain also results in conflict and blood diamonds. Beyond that, human rights abuses, violence, and corruption are synonymous with the exploitative mining process.