Led by Kay Bradley on Low Petergate, York, this new accreditation authorises the retailer to represent and sell Certified Sustainability Rated Diamonds online and in-store across its Bradley’s Jewellers and Eco Rocks businesses.
To become an Accredited Retailer of Sustainability Rated Diamonds, Bradley’s Jewellers was evaluated by SCS and has agreed to follow a strict code of conduct. Bradley’s Jewellers now joins a group of businesses ensuring the highest level of responsibility for customers and providing complete transparency into each stone sold.
The Sustainability Rated Diamond certification program applies to both natural and laboratory-grown gemstone-quality diamonds. The program provides unparalleled transparency and due diligence around the environmental and ethical performance of diamond producers and handlers. In addition, it provides the highest level of diamond origin traceability assurance. Finally, it incorporates quantitative metrics to ensure that producers move rapidly toward full climate neutrality and net-zero impacts in other measures of environmental performance.
As the last link in the chain of custody, Bradley’s Jewellers York directly connects customers with diamonds that have been certified through this process.
Kay Bradley explains: “As an Accredited SCS 007 Diamond Retailer, we are demonstrating our commitment to bringing full transparency and value to our customers, while revolutionising the diamond industry and building a more sustainable world. Certified Sustainability Rated Diamonds adhere to the highest standards of social and ethical performance, with unsurpassed traceability back to the source and climate neutrality. I am personally thrilled to be the first female-owned retailer in Great Britain to achieve this.”
Stanley Mathuram, Executive Vice President at SCS Global Services, says: “SCS is proud to welcome Bradley’s Jewellers York as one of the first accredited retailers of Sustainability Rated Diamonds in Great Britain. Bradley’s’ participation in this leadership standard provides their customers access to diamonds with the highest level of transparency for origin, ethical stewardship, climate neutrality, sustainable production as well as sustainability investments all documented on individual certificates.”
A Sustainability Rated Diamond is a diamond from an accredited natural or laboratory-grown diamond production operation that has been evaluated against five pillars of sustainability achievement and is found to be in full conformance with the requirements of the SCS-007 Jewelry Sustainability Standard – Sustainability Rated Diamonds.
Bradley’s Jewellers sources its Certified Sustainability Rated Diamonds from Green Rocks – a leading supplier of laboratory-created diamonds. Evidence of Bradley’s Jewellers’ Accredited Retailer certification can be found here.
Elsewhere, Kay has recently been invited to sit on the National Association of Jewellers’ (NAJ) Professional and Technical Standards Steering Group to discuss issues surrounding the NAJ’s Code of Conduct, best practice, adherence to legal requirements and refreshing industry-wide guidelines.