Thinking about "Ethical"
Ethicality is one of those things that tends to have a different meaning to everyone. To me, it means that nobody was hurt or being treated badly during the process of making the item. For example, no sweat shops. That's why all materials are either made 100% by me or pieces of the jewelry are outsourced ethically and then shipped back to me for assembly and storage until it is shipped out to a customer. Whenever I have to outsource something, I do extensive research into how and where it's made so that I know that it is coming from a place of safe practices.