For the past 12 years, Rosenkrantz has worked with artisanal miners to establish small scale mines in remote parts of Africa. The first mine was located deep in the jungles of Southern Tanzania. The mine is run without the use of chemicals or machinery and Rosenkrantz works to preserve the beautiful nature surrounding the mine, while supporting the local community.
The company’s CEO, Iver Rosenkrantz co-founded the World’s first all-women mine in 2019. The mine – Zimbaqua – is located in the Northern part of Zimbabwe. Read more on (www.zimbaqua.com)
How extraction of precious metals and gemstones takes place is of the utmost importance to Rosenkrantz. While upholding the highest standards for sourcing across the mining supply chain, Rosenkrantz is committed to excellence in the improvement of the practices of both large and small-scale mining operations.
As an African based jewelry company, Rosenkrantz is aware of the potential impact of mining on the environment. Rosenkrantz acknowledges and embraces the company’s responsibility to minimize these impacts.
All suppliers are screened and approved by the Rosenkrantz compliance team, with the aim of reducing the impact on the environment while uplifting the communities involved by focusing on the wellbeing and education of women and children.
Rosenkrantz Africa was founded in 2016, however, our history in Africa working in conservation and minerals dates back to 1999. These decades of work is a part of our obligation to contribute positively to the livelihood of future generations and the world they will be living in.
It is our responsibility to respect and protect the human rights of the people affected by our sourcing and manufacturing”. Iver Rosenkrantz
In rural African communities, the mining and trading of coloured gemstones are cultural traditions and sources of livelihoods which have been passed down for generations.
Approximately 40-50% of the coloured gemstones in Rosenkrantz jewels are sourced from small-scale and artisanal mines in East Africa. Rosenkrantz collaborates directly with the miners in order to monitor and guarantee fair treatment of people.
By sourcing directly from small-scale and artisanal miners, Rosenkrantz ensures that miners reap the rewards and compensations for their hard work. By this, the miners are also able to tell the stories behind the gemstones featured in Rosenkrantz jewelry.
Our goal is to promote responsibility and traceability in mining and sourcing of gemstones across Africa.
“To us, being socially and environmentally responsible requires involvement. As an African brand, we endeavor to know the origin of every gemstone used, in order to tell their stories.” Iver Rosenkrantz
OUR OTHER MATERIALS
Rosenkrantz considers all the facets of the materials used in jewelry: The sourcing of gemstones and precious metals – the cutting and refining – and finally the goldsmith crafts with which they are worked upon.
Rosenkrantz adheres to guidelines for species sustainability (such as leathers) by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List and The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendices.
Rosenkrantz does not use materials such as ivory, as the company supports the efforts to preserve endangered species, especially elephants and rhinos. Rosenkrantz directly supports conservation efforts in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
“The best way to eliminate poaching is by giving poachers in Africa an alternative source of income to support their families with. We believe artisanal and small-scale mining is a good alternative, but only if fair trade and treatment of the miners is safeguarded, in order to make the mining practice attractive.”
HEALTH & SAFETY
Through the company’s work with artisanal and small-scale miners such as Zimbaqua (www.zimbaqua.com) in Zimbabwe, Rosenkrantz remains committed to promoting the health and safety of the people that contribute to the company’s success.
Rosenkrantz follows the standards of the internationally recognized ISO 14001, in order to contribute to a better version of Africa, where people may live in harmony, while the company’s goals are aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Read more here:
OUR PRODUCT PACKAGING
As a responsible African jewellery company, in compliance with international standards, laws and regulations, Rosenkrantz is aware of our social and environmental responsibility. Therefore, the packaging is of just as high quality as the jewelry inside is aesthetically pleasing.
Our product packaging adheres to the Forest Stewardship Council – FSC Regulations and is ISO 14001:2015 Certified as well as FSC- Chain of Custody Certified; (SGS- COC- 010306). Our wooden boxes are made from FSC-certified forests, recycled material, or controlled wood.
Rosenkrantz is dedicated to the responsible sourcing of the precious metals – gold, platinum and silver – as featured in the jewelry.
Constantly monitoring the sourcing of these precious metals and working closely with suppliers to promote environmental and social responsibility, the raw materials are sourced in Africa, without compromising the Rosenkrantz commitment to responsible practices.
Currently, 50% of the gold used in Rosenkrantz jewelry is recycled. Newly mined gold is exclusively sourced from ethically-run mines, which practice environmentally sound extraction methods by regulated labor.