Most of my materials are recycled or salvaged - I purchase my metals from a refinery in Sydney that recycles and refines silver and gold, or I repurpose my scrap metal into new pieces.
I use eco friendly versions of the harsh acids that most commercial jewellers use to clean their work.
I use second hand pearls that I find in charity shops / thrift stores / markets.
All stones are ethically made ( lab created ) or recycled.
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.
Made to Last - Made to be Worn
As our queen of fashion activism, Dame Vivienne Westwood, says : "Buy Less, Choose Well, Make it Last."
I design and make my pieces with longevity and timelessness in mind. I want you to love and treasure your jewellery, and be able to wear it every day for years and years to come. This is why I offer one free re-polish & re-plate per year, so your investment always looks its best and you don't have to be scared of "wearing it out".
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.
Brass is an alloy made of mainly of copper and zinc. The proportions of the copper and zinc can vary do produce different types of brass. Because of the pliable yet durable nature of brass, this metal is popularly used by jewellery designers. The beautiful warm tones of brass ranges from yellow to dull gold.
Brass is prone to tarnishing! Do not be alarmed if your brass item starts to go dull and discolour, just clean with some brass cleaner which you can get from most hardware stores and even supermarkets. Brass can also cause a slight green tint to the skin it rests on, but this is not harmful and doesn't happen to everyone. Personally, I can wear brass with no skin change.
Gold Fill :
Gold-fill is constructed in two or three layers from a core metal, usually jewellers’ brass, then a gold alloy is then bonded to the surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. Unlike plated (aka electroplated or "dipped") metals, gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% gold by weight.
Gold-Filled generally lasts much longer than most gold plated jewellery, and looks and feels like solid gold.
Gold-filled does not de-laminate or peel like plated or "dipped" products. Nor does it tarnish as readily as silver. Many owners find that they never have to clean gold-filled items at all. It is a highly cost effective yet good quality alternative to solid 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.
Best known for their whimsical shapes and wide variety of sizes and colours, the character of a freshwater pearl is found in its distinctive surface texture and the warmth of its lustre. 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 or craft markets and repurposed into my designs. I test for authenticity, they will always be real pearls!