The mining and cutting of stones can be a secretive and dangerous trade, bringing numerous environmental and ethical concerns. It is my intention to create pieces that treat people fairly along each point in the supply chain and clearly communicate to you, so you may understand the origin of your jewelry and make informed choices. Many of my current pieces include stones of untraced origin. It will be a process to transition to transparent stone sourcing, but an important one.
All current and future stone purchases are considered based on the traceability of mining and cutting, with preference to USA-mined stones cut in safe conditions. I will continue to use old stock stones, purchased from retired lapidary artists or their families, saving these stones from a lifetime of storage. I also recycle stones from damaged jewelry at times.
While I have updated my purchasing criteria, it will take time before I can say I use "ethically sourced stones" and have it apply to each available piece. It is important to me to be transparent as I make this transition, so check for individual stone information in each listing, and please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
I work with care and intention to avoid unnecessary waste. I use every scrap of metal that I can, and save any leftovers that are too small to use to be refined and recycled. Even with care, jewelry studios are dirty places, and precious metals are found in unexpected places - like our floor dust and paper towels. I collect my studio sweeps (dust, metal shavings, and waste containing even a small amount of metal) to donate to Sweeps for CERF. This program, through Rio Grande, refines precious metal "sweeps" to raise funds for emergency support to artists.
Inevitably, some of my materials and supplies come packaged in plastic bags or on plastic spools, which are not curbside recyclable. When possible I purchase supplies in bulk to minimize this waste source. These materials are saved to be later dropped off at an appropriate recycling facility.