Now before anyone gets their collective undies into a origami
pattern, this is a joke I’ve told for well over a decade.
Back during Shakespeare’s time, metalsmith/ jewelers were the
original lets go “GREEN”, lets recycle, lets compost artists. This
long before Al Gore was a glee in his mother’s eye. The shops back
then liked to take large barrels and fill them with sawdust (the
start of recycling), That would eventually be thrown out on the
fields (Start of composting) To further recycle the men would pee in
the barrel for a couple of weeks (lack of close bathrooms of any
kind) Any copper they put in that barrel was going to turn green
(beginnings of alchemy and patinas) So you know what we need to do
today? Have Al Gore pee in a barrel!
I know before anyone says it that all of those beginnings happened
in one way or another long before that, but I tell this joke at a
As for recycled silver and other metals, How did we get those metals
in the first place? After that when it was reused, it was recycled. I
don’t know of a jeweler out there that dose do something g with their
scrap. Long before the advent of electricity, other forms of energy
were used. We are not being new and inventive to save energy, we are
doing it old school.
Aggie, the retro jeweler