I was hoping for some input and suggestions from anyone in the
jewellery market who is environmentally aware.
I am currently a student in Toronto at the George Brown Jewellery
Arts program. I want to create an essay (and book) based on ways
that you try to lower your impact on the Earth in our trade. Do you
collect all your gold and silver for smelting? What lengths do you
Are you more likely to suggest a customer buy new stones or reuse
their old jewellery to create new pieces?
Does your shop buy jewellery to disassemble into its starting
elements? Have you tried alternative mediums for your creations?
Are you aware of where your stones come from? How they are mined or
treated? What circumstances they are acquired in? What is in your
shop that is environmentally friendly? What do you do with your
chemicals? How do you deal with casting waste?
Any other you have would be great to hear about. I will
be certain to post the essay after its finished - and give credit
where it is due, so make sure to leave your name and shop details.
Perhaps even include pictures of pieces you have done that are
environmentally aware, or created using alternative materials.
I am working towards creating a book about this as well.
Thank you for your time and community!
Heather L. Morigeau