There are so many changes in the jewelry industry right now, many changes for the better! Diamonds have long been the centerpiece, at least in the USA, of the "luxury" and Jewelry world, and also the most attention-getting part of some of the worst news about the industry. When the film "Blood Diamond" came out, [...]
It has always been a great concern of mine to operate as Responsible a business in the jewelry industry as possible and fortunately many of the issues are now reaching consumers. A long time member of Ethical Metalsmiths, and now helping run it, this is one of the most effective ways to help improve the [...]
It was an international gathering of pioneers and initiatives of all scales and covering not only "sourcing" but the big picture at the First Annual Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference! Grateful to Susan Wheeler for the idea and successful creation of this incredible conference in such a great city, attracting many regional participants from surrounding states. [...]
Attendees of the symbiosis exhibition opening event at Sparks Gallery will have a chance to win this hand fabricated French Oak Leaf Pin/Pendant! Raffle to benefit Ethical Metalsmiths. Collaboration is one of the many themes of this show. There are so many ways to interpret SYMBIOSIS- I would argue we are never truly alone, and each [...]
Proud to announce that Ethical Metalsmiths will be the beneficiaries of a raffle and wine sales at the Opening Night Spectacle of my solo show: Symbiosis at Sparks Gallery. Please RSVP for this event happening September 30 at 6pm. No kidding, it will indeed be a spectacle!
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 [...]
This client decided to surprise her daughter with a special sentimental gift for successfully submitting her dissertation... Special because it was a childhood favorite pair of earrings until one was lost, and now, all these years later its brought back to life as a celebration! This Radical Jewelry Makeover project is part of a movement where value [...]
To celebrate, these two decided to opt for a Radical Jewelry Makeover™ of their jewelry to these rings- "Admiring the beautiful ring redesign commissioned to mark 15 years together. Now we're matching! Thanks Alexandra Hart for your beautiful work." As always from 100% reclaimed and recycled precious metals!
I am so pleased to share one of my favorite suppliers of exquisite gemstones has been a PIONEER in Fair Trade Colored Gems, long before consumers and industry really wanted to think about sourcing... Columbia Gem House has been a founding advocate of improving the industry through advocacy AND practice, and has helped create the Jewelry [...]
Great coverage of the contemporary jewelry consumer's picks: an Environmental Activist using her purchasing power to better the world! Thank you Barbara Palumbo for a great feature in InStore Magazine. Have you noticed that becoming an Activist is happening more often? See here the Pure Flight Collection: Feather Earrings made from 100% reclaimed metals and 100% [...]