Happy Earth Day!
It’s a great time to celebrate the “green” jewelry movement, and jewelry makers who are focusing on environmentally sensitive designs. These can take the form of up-cycled jewelry (making jewelry out of found objects), as well as recycled pieces using pre-owned diamonds and gemstones, or reclaimed and Fairmined gold. Here are three eco-friendly jewelry designers who are doing their part to make the environment better – and more beautiful!
Up-and-coming designer Dana Bronfman was recently singled out by National Jeweler magazine in their “One to Watch” series. Trained as a bench jeweler and metalsmith, Bronfman hand designs all her pieces, often using pre-owned or recycled diamonds and reclaimed gold.
“My jewelry is created with reclaimed gold in New York City and I use post-consumer diamonds whenever I can find them to create my designs, as I am passionate about environmental conservation,” she told NJ earlier this month.
Bronfman jewelry photos courtesy of DanaBronfman.com.
Bronfman makes all her jewelry locally so she can control the craftsmanship and quality, and keep her carbon footprint small. She will be exhibiting at JCK Las Vegas in June, and has been named one of the “Rising Stars” of this important jewelry trade show. danabronfman.com
Melissa Joy Manning
“I love a good story,” says red-hot jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning on her website. “For me, making jewelry is the manufacturing of a tangible story — and I find it incredibly interesting to give something old new life and incorporate it in modern design.”
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Manning’s use of recycled metals. She uses only recycled sterling silver and gold sourced from a Green Certified refinery with the highest environmental standards, along with alternative materials like Leland Slag (a stony material created while refining ore in Michigan auto plants) and raspberry nickel (leftover from shuttered US zipper factories).
“We also use upcycled stones wherever possible,” Manning continues, “along with antique tribal and reclaimed charms, which offer an innovative, forward-thinking take on the term precious.” melissajoymanning.com
Monique Péan is committed to promoting environmental and social responsibility. From her statement necklaces and bracelets to her one-of-a-kind engagement rings, Péan uses responsibly sourced and sustainable materials including: 18K recycled gold and platinum, conflict- and devastation-free precious stones, diamonds and fossils, which are gathered with no mining involved.
Péan launched her fine jewelry company in 2006. In 2009, she was one of the recipients of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award and was “assigned” Tiffany & Co.’s former CEO Michael Kowalski as her mentor. Most recently, Péan was a recipient of the 2015 Wallpaper magazine design award for Best Jewelry.
Partial proceeds from sales of Péan’s eco-friendly jewelry collections go to Charity Water, an organization that brings clean drinking water and basic sanitation to developing nations. MoniquePéan.com