Vanessa Priest TA Quaystones
QuayStones jewellery is inspired by the sea, coastline and fauna of Northumberland, and is manufactured in the UK from reclaimed metals. All QuayStones jewellery bears a full Edinburgh assay mark and many items incorporate seaglass, pearls and semi-precious stones.
In 2023 the company showed at Spring Fair for the first time and was selected as a finalist at both the NAJ Designer of the Year and Retail Jewellery Emerging Designer of the Year 2023 Awards.
At Spring Fair 2024 we will be showing the new lines added to the Mooring ring and Strata silver jewellery ranges. These will include a suite of jewellery based on boat and anchor chains, a delicate b ...
Sustainability Role in overall company's strategic plansCentral to QuayStones ethos is to step as lightly on the planet as possible and to bring awareness of environmental issues such as sea pollution, coastal erosion and species decline through our designs.Sustainability initiativesFrom the start we have used reclaimed metals to make our jewellery and ensure all our products are hallmarked for quality. We use found and reused objects in our designs and in the point of sale supplied to new customers. Our packaging has been chosen for its eco-friendly credentials and we reuse and recycle as much as we can.Pledges for the yearWe would like to reduce our carbon foot print further and will be looking at ways to save energy and time in production and supply. To this end we have invested in smelting equipment to reuse in house all the scrap metal generated in production.Sustainable ProductsStrata jewellery collectionThe Strata jewellery collection, cast from reclaimed silver, was designed to highlight coastal erosion as the pieces were based on the vanishing rock formations that can be found along the Northumbrian coast.Recycled silver jewelleryQuayStones currently buys all it’s silver from suppliers that use reclaimed metal and from 2024 we will be smelting our own scrap silver to reuse in sheet and cast form. As always every piece will have a full Edinburgh office assay mark as a guarantee of metal purity.Sea glass JewelleryWe have always collected sea glass on our walks and now we are using this in our designs. Because of the nature of this material every piece of our sea glass jewellery is unique.AT THE FAIRSocial equity at your companyQuayStones is very invested in the community of their town and is regularly involved in local events such as fund raising and beach clean ups.PackagingOur packaging is made with recycled contentOtherOur packaging was chosen from a range designated as eco-friendly and supported by EU regulations.MaterialsWe have products made from recycled materialsOur products are made from upcycled materialsOur bullion comes from Cooksons who now only supply reclaimed metals and we use sea glass in some specific designs.Ethical ConsiderationsFair wages are paid to the people who make our productsOur products are made by people employed in good working conditionsAll our products are made in the UK and therefore the suppliers are all subject to UK employment law.Enviromental ImpactWe have a sustainability policyWe consider the environmental impact when creating our productsWe have chosen our suppliers and packaging based on their eco-policies and use of recycling and eco-friendly products (Dahlinger eco-packaging)