The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference First annual: October 12-13, 2017 The Chicago Responsible Jewelry conference features panels and speakers on topics relevant to current world and jewelry industry concerns. Discussions and panels will include, artisanal mining's effects on communities and the environment, the future of man-made diamonds, how to buy and sell responsible jewelry, ethical [...]
Hot off the bench this week: this customer's superb color Tanzanite was updated into her preferred contemporary style bezel ring while recycling the original setting. A custom hand-fabricated ring was made of 100% reclaimed/refined 18k gold with the orientation of the oval set across the finger:
I was honored to be asked to create this powerful project: to make a gold bangle bracelet from the gold collected by my client's late husband, incorporating the diamonds from their engagement ring, and the birthstone of their son...to wear in perpetuity.
The gem for this simple and elegant engagement ring is out of a pendant given long before they were engaged, thus incorporating more power and sentiment to the piece. Made from 100% reclaimed/recycled gold, of course!
Worth more than just scrap, this heavy gold bracelet with meteorite has become a statement bib-necklace with just a few minor changes and a simple extender chain. A bold way to honor the gift, while updating the style!
Ethical Metalsmiths next fun event will be a Trunk show at Terra Firma in Berkeley CA: Four Ethical Metalsmiths will show their amazing work for a one day event celebrating Terra Firma's recently opened Berkeley location, sales to benefit Ethical Metalsmiths! It promises to be a special and elegant event with a reception starting at [...]
The latest use of responsibly mined Australian Silvermist Diamonds ™ for those who prefer subtle and delicate while contemporary, these new tiny pebble earring studs measure 5mm, and are made from 100% reclaimed recycled and oxidized sterling silver.
Repurposing old unwanted or damaged jewelry is a fun way of recycling! Jewelry materials are usually valuable so nothing goes to waste, and then there's a NEW piece reborn from the old. This ring is made from 18k gold scrap and a re-cut lapis lazuli cabochon, in a setting referencing Early Renaissance Jewelry.