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Emily Phillippy

Breakout: The Gemstone Glossary

The Jewelry Glossary Project formed in response to the growing use and misuse of key terms related to sustainability and responsible sourcing in the jewelry industry. To promote effective communication and accountability through shared understanding of key terms, the JGP created a jewelry glossary with an initial set of ten key terms. 

In February 2019, the JGP conducted a survey for feedback on their proposed definitions. The JGP concluded their survey in June after receiving feedback from over 400 participants.

The JGP will be presenting their findings at the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference and will discuss how attendees can use the Glossary to increase clarity and shared understanding in their brand practices. 

Emily Chelsea Jewelry Design

Emily Chelsea Jewelry is a Philadelphia based jeweler specializing in custom designed engagement rings and wedding bands. Meticulously designed and expertly crafted, Emily Chelsea Jewelry is first designed with precision and accuracy then finished by hand for a handcrafted look.

Emily has always aimed at pushing the limits in whichever art medium she worked in. Often inspired by architecture as well as the organic world, she was always finding new and creative ways to put that into a wearable art form. Emily found this most enjoyable in metals- using either 3D computer modeling software or carving and fabricating in metal. Upon graduating with a BFA in jewelry/metals/CAD/CAM in 2011, Emily interned and worked with a few local jewelers before deciding to start her own business in 2013. Emily hopped back and forth from Philadelphia, PA to California and has officially settled back in to Philadelphia with her home studio in Fishtown.

Emily Chelsea Jewelry is committed to social responsibility, environmental conservation and equality. Emily Chelsea Jewelry uses 100% recycled precious metals or Fairmined Gold and diamonds and colored stones that can be traced back to responsible sources. Emily will not use gemstones that do not come from an ethical source unless specifically requested.

Emily uses eco-friendly studio practices to reduce her impact on the environment- this includes using non-toxic chemicals, recycling scrap and dust from her work bench and equipment and repurposing packaging and mailing materials.

Emily Chelsea Jewelry does not use diamonds only labeled “conflict free” as this label does not insure that diamonds are actually free of conflict. For this reason, we only use recycled/repurposed diamonds or Canadian or Australian mined. To read more about the conflict free issue, see our blog post here.

Emily Chelsea Jewelry is also committed to transparency and education. Being committed to transparency involves showing what comes from a reliable and vetted source and what comes from an unknown source. Not all materials have traceable origins and we will be honest what can and cannot be done. Part of being transparent is in the process. Keep asking questions and please support us as we press on- pursuing more environmental and ethical sources in the jewelry industry.

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