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 every point in the supply chain. Many of my current pieces include stones of untraced origin. It will be a process to transition to fully 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. We also use old stock stones, purchased from retired lapidary artists or their families, saving these stones from a lifetime of storage. We also occasionally source stones from damaged jewelry.
This transition will take time, so check for individual stone information in each listing, and please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Metal studios can be dirty places, but even our floor dust can hold precious metals that can be recycled. A portion of studio sweeps (dust, metal shavings, and trash containing metal - like sandpaper) are collected and donated to Sweeps for CERF. This program, through Rio Grande, refines and distributes precious metal "sweeps" to provide emergency support to artists.
Inevitably, some of our materials and supplies come packaged in plastic bags or on plastic spools, which are not curbside recyclable. When possible we purchase supplies in bulk to minimize this waste source. These materials are saved to be later dropped off at an appropriate recycling facility, along with contaminated waste water.