PROCESSES & MATERIALS


Sustainability

Most of my materials are recycled or salvaged - I purchase my metals from a refinery in Sydney that recycles and refines silver and gold. 

I use second hand pearls that I find in charity shops / thrift stores. 

All stones are ethically made ( lab created ) or recycled. 

Ethically made

All BaseBorn pieces are ethically made - I make everything by hand in my home studio, and any components that are outsourced (e.g. castings that require equipment I don't have) are sent to local and reputable businesses. 

Glossary 

Sterling Silver: 

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. The Sterling Silver I use is 100% Recycled and contains no Nickel, a metal sometimes included in silver that can cause allergic reactions in some people. 

9-karat gold:

Principal Elements - Au (gold), Ag (Silver), Cu (copper), Zn (Zinc) 

9-karat gold contains 9 parts pure gold and 15 parts additional metals such as silver, Copper, Zinc etc.. Calculated as a percentage, the purity of a 9K alloy is 37.5% ­­ – this is the proportion of pure gold it contains.

9k gold is harder and more durable, often paler in colour, than 18k gold which contains double the amount of pure gold. 18k Gold has a yellower colour and is softer and more easily scratched. For these reasons and to keep my products affordable yet luxurious, I choose to use 9k gold when I work with solid gold but am of course open to custom orders for 18k.

Freshwater Pearls

Best known for their whimsical shapes and wide variety of sizes and colors, the character of a freshwater pearl is found in its distinctive surface texture and the warmth of its luster. The nacre of a high-quality freshwater pearl does not typically have the glossy, metallic finish found in akoya pearls, and they are evaluated on separate quality scales.

Freshwater pearls are produced by Hyriopsis cumingi (triangle shell) and Hyriopsis schlegeli (Biwa shell) commercially in China, and other bivalve mussels that live in lakes, riverbeds and creek bottoms in Japan (Biwa pearls and Lake Kasumigaura pearls), as well the United States (Mississippi River Basin).

At freshwater pearl farms, each mussel is surgically implanted with 24 to 32 tiny pieces of mantle tissue, a process known as nucleation. Once the tissue has been inserted, a sac forms and cells begin secreting nacre (pronounced NAY-ker), forming a calcium-carbonate compound - a pearl. Over the course of 2 to 7 years, the mussels deposit layer upon layer of nacre around the growing gems, generally producing more than two dozen pearls clustered on the inside of each shell.

My pearls are sourced second hand from thrift stores and repurposed into my designs. I test for authenticity, they will always be real pearls!