Our workshop is located in Setesdal where we design and craft our jewelry. Located in Valle, the workshop was established by Grete Fossen and Ørnulf Hasla in 1984. We have been here since, drawing inspiration from the breathtaking surroundings to design our jewelry. At our workshop in Valle, we are devoted to silvermithing and craftsmanship. We have apprentices working alongside our goldsmiths in order to learn the craft. We wish to preserve the traditions for craftsmanship for future generations. In addition to our modern designs, the workshop creates traditional pieces at our workshop carrying the brand name Fossensylv.
We are constantly working on being more sustainable. All the metal used to make our jewelry is recycled, we are also changing our packaging to Eco Friendly boxes, and we are working on getting biodegradable plastic bags to store the jewelry in.
And remember, we can help you repair your old jewelry if it is broken!
After completing the Hasla Jewelry design, and all the masters for our collection we collaborate with our factory i Bangkok, Thailand, and in Jaipur, India. The talented goldsmiths produce our collections in their modern workshop. The factories are certified members of the London based Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). RJC is an international, not-for-profit organization established to reinforce consumer confidence in the jewelry industry by advancing responsible business, ethical and environmental practices throughout the jewelry supply chain, from mine to retail.
This means that we can confidently tell you that:
-Your jewelry purchases is enhancing, and not exploiting the lives of other human beings.
-Buying this jewelry has a positive impact on sustainable economic development in other communities.
-The environment is not harmed by the manufacturing of this jewelry.
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Hasla Jewelry uses mainly Nano gems. This is a glass-ceramic material with unique physical and optical properties.The material is uniform in color and is very close to the natural gems in hardness, refractive index, and luster. We choose to use lab and synthetic gems in concern of sustainability and ethical trade. It is hard to trace the origin of the gem mines.
According to the GIA, colored gem mining and production is associated with child labor, forced labor and environmental destruction.
Gem mines has a consequential impact, especially for mines located in ecologically sensitive areas. Washing gems contaminates waterways and land is often cleared of trees or farms to create more digging sites.
The number of unfilled and un-re- claimed pits as a result of past gemstone mining is significant and the pits need to be refilled so the land can be used for farming. Water-filled pits are habitats that breed malarial mosquitoes creating horrible health problems for local communities. Deforestation and siltation of rivers are also often associated with certain gem stone producing regions.
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