Independent jeweller on Low Petergate, led by Kay Bradley, has been granted Accredited Retailer status by SCS Global Services.
Independent jewellery retail business, Bradley’s Jewellers York has been named an Accredited Retailer under the SCS 007 Certified Sustainability Rated Diamond Standard by SCS Global Services, making it the first female-owned retailer in the UK to achieve such status.
Led by Kay Bradley on Low Petergate, York, this new accreditation authorises the retailer to represent and sell Certified Sustainability Rated Diamonds online and in-store across its Bradley’s Jewellers and Eco Rocks businesses.
To become an Accredited Retailer of Sustainability Rated Diamonds, Bradley’s Jewellers was evaluated by SCS and has agreed to follow a strict code of conduct. Bradley’s Jewellers now joins a group of businesses ensuring the highest level of responsibility for customers and providing complete transparency into each stone sold.
The Sustainability Rated Diamond certification program applies to both natural and laboratory grown gemstone-quality diamonds. The program provides unparalleled transparency and due diligence around the environmental and ethical performance of diamond producers and handlers. In addition, it provides the highest level of diamond origin traceability assurance. Finally, it incorporates quantitative metrics to ensure that producers move rapidly toward full climate neutrality and net zero impacts in other measures of environmental performance.
As the last link in the chain of custody, Bradley's Jewellers York directly connects its customers with diamonds that have been certified through this process.
Kay Bradley explains: “As an Accredited SCS 007 Diamond Retailer, we are demonstrating our commitment to bringing full transparency and value to our customers, while revolutionising the diamond industry and building a more sustainable world. Certified Sustainability Rated Diamonds adhere to the highest standards of social and ethical performance, with unsurpassed traceability back to the source and climate neutrality. I am personally thrilled to be the first female-owned retailer in Great Britain to achieve this.”
Stanley Mathuram, Executive Vice President at SCS Global Services, says: “SCS is proud to welcome Bradley's Jewellers York as one of the first accredited retailers of Sustainability Rated Diamonds in Great Britain. Bradley’s’ participation in this leadership standard provides their customers access to diamonds with the highest level of transparency for origin, ethical stewardship, climate neutrality, sustainable production as well as sustainability investments all documented on individual certificates.”
A Sustainability Rated Diamond is a diamond from an accredited natural or laboratory-grown diamond production operation that has been evaluated against five pillars of sustainability achievement and is found to be in full conformance with the requirements of the SCS-007 Jewelry Sustainability Standard – Sustainability Rated Diamonds.
Bradley’s Jewellers sources its Certified Sustainability Rated Diamonds from Green Rocks – a leading supplier of laboratory-created diamonds. Evidence of Bradley’s Jewellers’ Accredited Retailer certification can be found here.
Award-winning Bradley’s Jewellers York is currently in the midst of a significant period of growth, including the launch of its Eco Rocks brand and York Rainbow and York Daffodil collections. Later this year, the company will collaborate with Fabergé and host a special evening at Castle Howard to celebrate its customers, partners and its local community.
Elsewhere, Kay Bradley has recently been invited to sit on the National Association of Jewellers’ (NAJ) Professional and Technical Standards Steering Group to discuss issues surrounding the NAJ’s Code of Conduct, best practice, adherence to legal requirements and refreshing industry-wide guidelines.
About Bradley's Jewellers York
Bradley's Jewellers York is an independent, family-run jewellery business on Low Petergate in the historic city of York, United Kingdom. Its 500-year-old, Grade II Listed Building is a local icon and fine jewellery destination that’s overlooked by the spectacular York Minster Cathedral – the oldest Gothic building in England. The store itself was a former apothecary and has been beautifully restored by the Bradley family to its magnificent Dickensian stature. Bradley’s Jewellers York specialises in engagement rings, wedding rings, eternity rings and its own bespoke collections, including the Rainbow Collection and Eco Rocks – its new laboratory-grown diamond collection. Bradley’s Jewellers York was a Finalist in two categories at the UK Jewellery Awards 2021, including Best Independent Retailer (Five Stores or Fewer) and Bespoke Jeweller of the Year.
About SCS Global Services and SCS Standards Development
SCS Global Services is an internationally recognized leader in third-party certification of environmental and sustainability claims. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, SCS has representatives and affiliate offices throughout the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa. It is the certification arm of Scientific Certification Systems, Inc., a chartered benefit corporation.
Additional information is available at www.scsglobalservices.com/services/certified-sustainability-rated-diamond.
SCS Standards Development is a non-profit organization committed to the development of standards that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Standards are developed in alignment with best practices and guidelines provided by internationally recognized bodies to ensure a robust, transparent and collaborative approach. SCS Standards is the official standards development body for Scientific Certification Systems, Inc.
For more information, visit www.scsstandardsdevelopment.org.
SCS Media ContactStanley Mathuram | Executive Vice President
SCS Global Services To find out more, contact Stanley Mathuram, or call 616.299.1073.