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Diamond Industry: Improve or Loose!

By |2018-06-05T17:59:41+00:00June 5th, 2018|Blog Post, Sustainability|

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, [...]

Sparks Gallery Mother’s Day Bazaar

By |2018-04-18T22:29:15+00:00May 12th, 2018|

Join us on Saturday, May 12th from 1pm – 5pm for a one day only Summer Bazaar at Sparks Gallery featuring new jewelry & small works by local artists. Just in time for Mother’s Day and graduation gift shopping.   Exclusive offers on delicious eats at Cafe Sevilla – our neighbors in the Gaslamp.   Free event [...]

“Radical Collaboration” @ Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference

By |2017-10-17T19:56:06+00:00October 17th, 2017|Blog Post, Sustainability|

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. [...]

Lets Talk Ethical Sourcing: in Chicago!

By |2017-09-02T19:58:52+00:00September 2nd, 2017|Blog Post, Sustainability|

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 [...]

Fairtrade Trillion (or Triangular Brilliant) Amethyst Ring

By |2016-11-16T22:11:13+00:00October 17th, 2016|Blog Post|

Another well cut, elegantly proportioned Fairtrade gem from my favorite colored stone provider Columbia Gem House.  The cut was first developed by the Asscher brothers in Amsterdam, and much like round brilliants, the cut maximizes scintillation. Skillfully set in a tapered bezel, the nearly 3 ct amethyst hovers on a simple organically textured band. As always, [...]

Tanzanite Delight: an Upcycled Ring

By |2016-12-12T23:38:57+00:00July 15th, 2016|Blog Post|

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:

Exquisitely Ethical- Hot off the Press!

By |2016-11-16T23:02:13+00:00June 7th, 2016|Blog Post|

Hot off the press, Cynthia Unninayar has published the latest Eco Trends in Jewelry and how and where they are worn! More and more attention is landing on designers and makers to source materials responsibly and this is our main goal as Ethical Metalsmiths. My reclaimed 18k gold Radiant Cufflinks with Diamond Foundry cultured diamonds [...]

“Grown-up” Wedding Rings

By |2016-11-16T23:14:43+00:00April 8th, 2016|Blog Post|

For a couple of "grown-ups" getting married, simplicity is the order of the day. Set against a lovely champagne dress, the brilliant white rings sparkle with a few Australian diamonds nestled into a textured curvy band. Congratulations to this happy couple, and thank you Jolyne Harris Photography for such an elegant shoot!

Ancient-Style Gold Ring with Re-cut Lapis

By |2018-06-06T21:55:11+00:00January 30th, 2016|Blog Post|

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.