ECOLSON™ Code of Ethics

Deontology is the philosophy that drives our company as moral and good. ECOLSON™ deontology reflect a force for excellence. It is based on the intentions of designing and handcrafting gold jewelry with a Code of Ethics which we are obligated to uphold. For sharp and smart customers, it makes the difference. Deontology Ethics defined hereafter by ECOLSON™ Art foundry, is based on the principles of :

  • the Ethics of the Syndicat General des Fondeurs de France and Galleries d’Art de Paris, established in 1993
  • the British Hallmarking Council created by the Hallmarking Act since the International Convention on the Control and Marking of Articles of Precious Metals, established in 1973
  • the American Union of Decorative Artists and Craftsmen AUDAC, established in 1928.

ECOLSON™ Artwork is entirely designed and handcrafted in New York state, USA. 

The foundation of our Deontology is the commitment to a better quality of life and stronger economies in which our company is located. Producing domestically helps lower emissions and reduce carbon footprints. Artwork made in the United States is superior due to stricter regulations and standards in the jewelry industry. As an American company, it is important that all our products are made here in the USA with supreme care and loving attention to details. The company ECOLSON LLC is a proud certified member of Jewelers of America.

All artwork sold by ECOLSON™ as “Gold Masterpiece” is made in certified American gold with no less than 14 karat. All artwork is in solid gold. It has no empty core or surface plating. The exact karat and weight of each masterpiece is specified on its certificate of Authenticity. Gold purity (karats) is further described in our Pricing section.  ECOLSON™ fine jewelry can be produced for you in 14k, 18k, 22k and 24k.

Gold has occupied a unique social status for millennia, from the ancient Egyptians to the modern U.S. Treasury. Gold is recognized since primitive times to symbolize wealth and luck as well as strengthen confidence. When gold is discovered in nature, it is found pure and undiluted. Pure gold is 24 karat. It is very malleable and makes it inappropriate for jewelry due to its softness. 

Our fine jewelry is diluted via man-made process known as “alloying” to make it harder and more resilient to scratches. The 14-karat gold is composed of 58.3% pure gold and 41.7% alloy. This is the most famous option for engagement rings and other wearable jewelry in the United States, the UK and the other Western countries. The 14-karat metal composition offers the best combination of a rich color, more durability and resistance to wear and tears. 

ECOLSON™ uses ethical gold from Precious Metal Refining, in compliance with the EICC – GeSI Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative.

Since 1998, United has provided support of environmental and social impact concerns of precious metal mining by supplying refined precious metals, sourced from industries other than mining, to the jewelry market worldwide. United refines gold to meet a highly consistent standard and to make them suitable for use in jewelry casting. 

United Precious Metal Refining operates in compliance with the EICC – GeSI Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative for sourcing only from “conflicted” areas of the world subjected to Responsible Supply Chain due-diligence. The countries which are presently included in the list as of “conflicted areas” are : Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. For deontology concerns, we believe that by avoiding metal sourced from these areas, we reduce both human and environmental harm, as well as the distances traveled and energy expended to bring metals into jewelry production.

Unless otherwise stated in the item specifics, any artwork obtained by foundry will include – engraved from the casting process in the thickness of the metal – the following permanent and visible markings:

  • the sculptor’s signature (initials EC)
  • the serial number in Arabic numerals (e.g 1, 2, 3 etc) defining the masterpiece identity by chronological order
  • the edition size in Roman numerals (e.g. X, L, C etc) defining the rarity of the Artwork

The Roman numerals are :

Edition size
(number of unique items
produced from the same Edition)
X  10
XX  20
L  50
C  100
CC  200
D  500
M  1,000
V*  5,000
X*  10,000











 For illustration:

The masterpiece numbered 6/C is the 6th masterpiece produced out of an edition of total 100 units. The number 6 is unique and there is no more than 100 masterpieces produced.

The size of the edition is determined before the completion of the first casting process and is irrevocable. This choice depends on ECOLSON. When the quantity pre-determined is reached, it cannot be exceeded.

The first masterpieces of an edition can be offered in private pre-sale to the most loyal partners and customers at the sole discretion of ECOLSON.

Any artwork rejected by the artist must be destroyed by the foundry.

Inspired by the traditional codes of the most historical European standards, the hallmark of our fine jewelry is meant to tell an item’s precious metal purity and origin. ECOLSON artwork will have the following laser engravings :

Deontology Hallmarks
  • Sponsor’s mark. This is the main logo of ECOLSON LLC, being the designer of each artwork.
  • Millesimal fineness mark. This mark tells you how fine, or what quality, the metal is, as well as indicating the metal type. This numerical format was made compulsory and shows the precious metal content of the article, expressed in parts per thousand.  We mark a piece to the lowest standard of precious metal, so it guarantees that the quality of the whole article is no less than the fineness indicated. 
  • Origin. Traditionally, European countries have each a symbol to identify the origin of the jewelry. ECOLSON engraves its artwork “USA”.
  • Traditional fineness symbol. Applied as standard at per the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office in the U.K.
  • Date letter. It changes annually on January 1st. The font, case, and shield shape all change so each can only indicate one specific year.

Each model offered for has the following specifics provided under “Additional information” section :

  • Model 
  • Material
  • Purity
  • Color
  • Size (mm)
  • Weight (g)
  • Signature
  • Numbering
  • Edition limit
  • Origin
  • Medium
  • Hallmarks

Each genuine model is namely registered and delivered with a certificate of authenticity signed by Edouard Colson.

ECOLSON does not charge any cost for shipping. 

Our products are shipped with supreme care and attention following our customer’s particular indications if any. Premium tracking information is provided at the date of the shipment.

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ECOLSON strengthens its personal deontology values by sharing its profits. Having the power to improve the lives of others is a privilege that comes with its own sense of obligation. ECOLSONdonates to selected American foundations with the aim to promote sport, education, peace : the American Red Cross, the Tiger Wood Foundation, the National WWII museum, the National Park Foundation.

ECOLSON artwork is protected by trademark. The reproduction of ECOLSON artworks and deontology Ethics code is strictly prohibited.

Our Code of Ethics clarifies our mission, values and principles, linking them with standards of professional conduct which is fundamental to our successful operation. Deontology provides a framework and a standard for ethical decision making within our organization. It informs our customers, vendors, and other external stakeholders what is valued by ECOLSON™

Buying an ECOLSON™ masterpiece is not only an amazing Jewelry purchase. It is an investment on the art- and commodity markets while transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. Our company meets high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We mobilize our investors community toward collective action to address society’s most critical challenges. Whether you decide to obtain one for you, as an exclusive gift, or as a simple investment, these products will make you feel incredibly unique.

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