Rose Ridgeway, international jewellery designer and founder of Cicely Cliff, looks as jewellery the way others look at art. It is personal; it tells a story and has a background. Every piece of jewellery is a statement.
She also thinks jewellery should be examined like art – not just the stone and the design, but also the story behind the materials. Having spent a couple of seasons on an opal field in Western Queensland, Rose supplies the opals used by Cicely Cliff personally and ensures traceability for everything else.
Rose has a particular passion for the precious opal and considers it to add to the essence of Cicely Cliff, which prides itself on ‘redefining luxury’.
Rarer than diamonds and millennia in the making, opals take up to 5 million years for a single centimetre of the stone to form. Known for the play of light (known as ‘fire’), within them, opals are categorised by type, colour, pattern, clarity and origin.
However, if Rose doesn’t know where the stones come from, she won’t use them, and that’s not negotiable.
“I want to know for certain that no person or place has suffered for my pieces. If there is a way to create a positive impact and minimise environmental damage, I’ll always choose that route,” Rose says.
“We use high quality materials to create customised pieces, but make sure they are sustainably sourced so it lessens the environmental impact. Our silver is 100% recycled, our packaging is made from reclaimed wood and our stones are traced to the source.”
With football field sized areas of rainforest cut down daily and sea levels engulfing islands in Southeast Asia, consumers are becoming increasingly environmentally aware in their purchases, and industries are changing to adapt to the conscious consumer.
“If you look at the world we live in, you must agree we are lucky. We have luscious forests, huge seas, climates of every kind, not to mention an abundance of cultures across the globe. But the world is in trouble and we’re taking part in Earth Day to raise awareness of that fact and to encourage people to help,” Rose says.
Started on the 22nd April 1970 and now joined in by over one billion across the world, Earth Day educates on the impact our actions are having and how to make a positive impact through our choices. We are becoming more conscious of how and where our purchases come from and what that means, but we can still do more.
Earth Day this year focuses on “Ending the Plastic Pollution”. It aims to educate on the impacts of using plastic, from landfill waste to the effects the waste has on our sea-life.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle has been the environmentalists’ mantra for years and Rose works hard to ensure that Cicely Cliff lives up to this.
Cicely Cliff encourages clients to bring stones from unwanted jewellery to turn into new pieces, all silver is recycled and packaging is made from reclaimed wood – no plastic involved.
By making these options the standard, more people will start expecting the same commitment from every business. Leading up to Earth Day, Cicely Cliff will be donating 15% of profits from every sale to Kalaweit. Kalaweit is a charity fighting deforestation in Borneo and rehabilitating the creatures affected.
About Rose Ridgeway
Rose Ridgeway grew up in the rainforests of Borneo on a research station 7 days travel from civilisation. Trilingual and a lover of ancient history, she has made maritime history as sole female crewmember in Greece and lived on an Australian opal mine 1100 km from the coast. Internationally nomadic, Rose lives between Bali, Indonesia, NSW Australia and the Devonshire countryside in the UK.
About Cicely Cliff:
Cicely Cliff uses sustainably sourced materials to create uniquely customised jewellery for discerning luxury lovers across the world. Each piece goes through an extensive personalisation process to ensure complete individuality for the final product. From opals mined, cut and polished by the founder herself to 100% recycled silver and reclaimed wood packaging, every step of the journey ensures every piece has a story to be proud of. 10% of each sale funds a charity fighting deforestation in Central Borneo and rehabilitating gibbons and other creatures affected by the deforestation.