Posted on March 18th, 2012 in Comments Off
Green jewelry is jewelry made in a more sustainable way than conventional jewelry, with less detrimental impact on the environment. The market for green jewelry has grown as people have become more conscious of where the jewelry they wear comes from. Green jewelry can be virtually any type of jewelry—bracelets, anklets, necklaces, rings, earrings, and more. Green jewelry is made from reclaimed materials. The metals used are not mined destructively, as when jewelry is made from new gold, silver, or other precious metals. Metals are repurposed from other uses, and remade into forms that jewelers can work with. Sustainable copper jewelry, for example, is made from electrical wire and pipes, among other things. Gold is reclaimed from old jewelry. Silver can also be reclaimed from broken jewelry or old silverware. Old spoons, for example, can be repurposed into bracelets and earrings.
Green jewelry, also called socially responsible jewelry, is as beautiful as pieces made from non-sustainable practices. Stones used to make green jewelry may have inspiring stories that rival the beauty of the pieces. There are numerous organizations that certify that jewels used in the creation of green jewelry come from socially responsible and sustainable sources, using fair trade practices. Among them are The Clarity Project, Fair Trade Jewelry, and The Responsible Jewelry Council, which is a part of the United Nations Global Compact.