Mirage Metals views sustainability as an ongoing process of evaluating, seeking improvements, and always working to learn and grow. If you ever have ideas, suggestions, or questions - please feel free to reach out!

Most pieces are made in solid silver. Since there is no plating to wear away, these pieces last a lifetime with care. They also require less water and chemical use than plated jewelry. Our sterling silver chains are made in USA or Italy, ensuring fair labor and quality.

We are transitioning to working in certified recycled silver, in a tarnish-resistant alloy. As I run out of sterling silver sheets and wires from my previous supplier, I will replace them with the certified recycled silver. This tarnish-resistant alloy requires less frequent maintenance than traditional sterling silver, and can be cleaned as needed with a polishing cloth.

While I do believe recycled metal has its merits, I am also aware that it is not a complete answer to the question of sustainability in jewelry. Other industries demand precious metals as well, so even if the entire jewelry industry switched to recycled metal, mining would still occur. Because of this, I seek out other sustainability strategies alongside the use of recycled metal.

As humans, we can't help but love stones. As ethical consumers, we must question the social and environmental impacts. The mining and cutting of stones can be secretive, making ethical sourcing an ongoing challenge. It is my intention to create pieces that treat people fairly along each point in the supply chain and share sourcing information with you, so you may understand the journey of your jewelry and make informed choices.

All new stone purchases are considered based on the traceability of origin and cutting. At times I opt for rough stones, which do not require cutting and polishing - an area of concern over worker wellbeing. I will also continue to use old stock stones, purchased from retired artists and collectors, sparing these stones from a lifetime in a dusty garage.

While I have updated my purchasing criteria, it will take time before each piece meets these standards. 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 further questions. 

Each order is carefully packaged to arrive on your doorstep in low-waste, eco-friendly style. Each part of the shipping process has been considered, and is either made from natural fiber + reusable, or fully recyclable.

We use recycled shipping boxes from EcoEnclose, which is a fellow local Colorado business, and seal them with plastic-free kraft paper tape. Our business cards are printed on recycled kraft paper by Tower Press, a woman-owned business. The cotton bags are made in the United States, and can be used to store your jewelry or other small treasures.

I encourage you to reuse first, then recycle.

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. Studio sweeps (dust, metal shavings, and waste containing even a small amount of metal) are collected and donated to a program which refines precious metal to raise funds for emergency support to artists. 

Inevitably, some materials and supplies arrive packaged in plastic bags or on plastic spools, which are not curbside recyclable. I do my best to reuse these, and when possible I purchase supplies in bulk to minimize this waste source. Copper-contaminated waste water and hard-to-recycle packaging are saved to be dropped off at our local recycling center periodically.

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