Nyssa creates fine jewelry that fits into a sustainable lifestyle with a careful mindset to use this planet in a way that will not borrow from future generations. We went above and beyond to find the best craftsmen and mining partners to work with, all screened for sustainability and ethics.
We’re serious about sustainability, so we exclusively work with recycled or Fairtrade-certified precious metals to create our fine jewelry pieces. Most of our collections are crafted in recycled gold to combat waste and to protect the environment from the damage done by new mining. Gold is a renewable resource that can be melted and reused repeatedly without degrading in quality, making it a perfect candidate for recycling. We also recycle our own jewelry pieces and accept back any Nyssa gold jewelry at 20% of the purchase price to turn your old pieces into new jewelry.
Select collections are crafted in Fairtrade gold. Nyssa partners with Fairtrade-certified gold and silver mines to ensure the miners receive fair wages for their hard work and to look after our planet and local mining communities. The mines meet strict standards in environmental protection and workplace safety. Other than fair wages, workers also get a premium to spend on improving their livelihoods. By purchasing Fairtrade-certified precious metals you indirectly invest back into the healthcare, water facilities, and education of local miners and their families.
Nyssa only works with diamonds that were screened by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), a government-led scheme that allows us to verify that our sparkles are conflict-free and ethically-sourced. We also go the extra mile and double-check that our partners adopt environmentally-friendly practices and offer fair pay and working conditions to their miners, in compliance with United Nations resolutions.
We work hard to make the jewelry industry more transparent, one gemstone at a time. Nyssa partners with ethical gemstone programs, like Moyo Gemstones and Anza Gems, to source our genuine gems. Our partners work closely with female miners in Tanzania and Kenya— so close that most gemstones can be traced back to the exact woman who mined them. The women who mine these beautiful gems are paid a fair price for their hard work.
Ten percent of our total order value of Moyo Gemstones is invested back into the Moyo miners, supporting their education, vocational training, equipment, and other important things like transportation from their remote villages to the actual mining sites.
This is how we do our part in helping independent miners and their communities in gem-rich East African countries create an environmentally sustainable and locally-focused gem trade where miners, gem cutters, and their families benefit from their own labor.