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Leblas – Where Luxury Jewellery finds its Ethical Side

Posted on 13 January 2010

Leblas Fine Jewellery is an ethical jewellery boutique founded by Clare Winfield and award winning jewellery designer Arabel Lebrusan. The core concept behind the brand lies in the belief that a business can be culturally and socially responsible, and that ethical jewellery can be contemporary and chic. Winner of Coutts New Jeweller Award 2009, Leblas is quickly becoming one of the hottest new ethical jewellery designers.

Leblas ethical jewelleryLeblas exclusively uses 100% recycled gold and silver metals from a carefully selected refinery, which are segregated from all other metals and then transferred directly to our workshops in Spain. By using recycled materials, we know that we are helping to reduce the carbon footprint caused by excessive mining. Leblas does not compromise quality for ethics, which is why we only use 18k gold and high-quality conflict–free Canadian diamonds and other traceable gems.

Each Leblas piece is designed to reflect the traditions of jewellery artistry. Handmade jewellery-making is fast becoming a lost craft, disappearing from generation to generation, whilst today more and more jewellery is being mass produced in the East. It is crucial for us to sustain this valuable talent by working only with specialised filigree artisans, and we aspire to start an artistry apprenticeship program to encourage young jewellers to take up this valuable skill.

Leblas carries diverse collections ranging from a “Heritage” line, which includes our signature 100% handmade Filigree collections, as well as the top selling “Diamond Square”, “Alhambra”, and “Sequin” lines.  In addition, we are dedicated in designing beautiful one-of-a-kind wedding and engagement collections, where our precious diamonds and metals are fused together to create inspirational and unique pieces.

Leblas ethical jewelleryIn addition to being ethical in the materials and techniques used to make its jewellery, we use recycled paper and biodegradable inks and paper, all certified by the FSC.  We also support young talent by acting as a stockist to upcoming jewellery designers, such as Missoma, Francesca Sibylla Augusta, and SHO, and Lily Cole’s ethical knitwear line “The North Circular”.

Finally, Leblas provides a range of customer services, which are critical in creating and maintaining close relationships with each of our clients.  Our bespoke service allows customers to create their dream jewellery pieces, and our jewellery care and re-design services ensure that jewellery is not wasted and is longer-lasting.

We have our own boutique situated on Sloane Street in London and an online store (, which is easy to navigate and provides valuable information regarding jewellery care and buying guidance. Most importantly, we offer worldwide free shipping and returns, thus customers interested in ethical jewellery are not restricted to the UK.

Leblas makes a difference, from using recycled gold and silver to supporting local talent and doing our part to save the environment.

Article by Nina Tukaj

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