Ethics in jewelry is basically about
Responsibility and Traceability, for
People and the Planet.
If the materials in a piece of jewelry are traceable, the customer can make an informed choice about its provenance, the origin of a precious metal or gemstone.
The toughest factor to monitor is the supply chain traceability. We must consider who made our jewelry and how they were treated from a human rights perspective. The jewelry industry is rife with human rights abuses, from mining to stone sourcing, to manufacturing. The number of hands that touch the average piece of jewelry from start to finish is many. Artisan-not factory-made jewelry is one effective way to maximize and authentic origin and minimize the travels and risks the piece might have. Through strategic global partnerships we ensure that we know exactly who made each piece and the origin of materials as much as possible.
This subject of ethical jewelry can be included in the Conscious Consumerism movement to avoid fast fashion, and lean towards buying with purpose by knowing ‘Who Made My Clothes or Who Made My Jewelry?’ If you haven’t seen The True Cost movie about human rights abuses in fashion, it is a must-see, and to know that similar issues affect the jewelry industry globally.
What is Conscious Consumerism?
Conscious Consumerism is thoughtful and mindful purchasing. It may be affected by your preference to consider the environment, social implications, human rights, or other factors. Katherine recently gage a TEDx Talk titled "The Road to Economic Empowerment is Conscious Consumerism, inspiring us to "Wear Our Values" instead of contributing to unethical business practices around the world.
Set Your Intention.
Do Your Research.
Make Smart and Mindful Decisions.
"You can start small, one necklace, one chocolate bar at a time."
How important are style and substance in your life?
Substance is everything. But it is so profound, it is often opaque. Style is the light that glints off substance—allowing us to catch a glimpse of it —sometimes, but not always.
What gives you daily strength and inspiration?
Of course I gain great strength from family & friends. But also by thinking about the inspiring ones who have come before us. Those are our collective ancestors —the warriors, the goddesses, the trailblazers, the people who didn’t settle for mediocrity, mediocre justice, mediocre education, mediocre culture. They dreamed about the future. So now we are living in their future. We follow in their footsteps and owe them a great debt.
What woman do you admire most and why?
What are words of wisdom that you use to share with others?