All of my jewelry is handcrafted by me in my Private Studio (sorry it's not open to the public) and I use SCS recycled metals and ethically mined stones in my jewelry. I purchase metals from reputable US based suppliers that follow high standards for recycled metals and green processing. I was an Eco Friendly Jeweler way before it became popular and to this day I still adhere to strict ethical standards. This makes my supplier pool very small but I'd rather be ethical and maintain green practices than contribute to further pollution.
I also source out stone cutters and diamond suppliers such as Dream Diamond Ltd. that follow ethical mining standards to ensure that I'm creating pieces that you can wear with confidence. When I have my wax carved and CAD designs cast, I use a Casting Company in the US that uses recycled metals.
I donate to the Toolbox Initiative which is a program that enables jewelers in West Africa to be self sustaining by providing much needed commercial tools and supplies that are not readily available to them. Rio Grande Jewelry Supply is a partner that supplies the tools at a special discount. The Toolbox Initiative Gallery.
I also fund loans on Kiva which enables someone to grow a business and create opportunities for themselves where otherwise this would not be possible.
No Dirty Gold is one of the campaigns by Earthworks. Earthworks is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development, in the U.S. and worldwide. Earthworks stands for clean water, healthy communities and corporate accountability. They work for solutions that protect both the Earth's resources as well as our communities.
*When you purchase your jewelry from large Corporate chains you are supporting businesses that pollute the environment and land through irresponsible business and mining practices. Unfortunately many will claim to participate Green practices when they do not. As a small one person shop I have complete control over where I purchase my raw materials and stones, so I can attest to being an Eco Friendly Jeweler with confidence. To sign the pledge to be a responsible consumer and not buy Dirty Gold sign here.
For more information on how you can help, visit their website: www.earthworksaction.org