BOO! Did you know that mineral mining is the most invasive form of mining? Did you know that in order to get enough ore (gold) to create one wedding band (approximately one ounce) that 30 TONS of rock and Earth must be moved ? Where do they put it?
I am working on a line that uses nothing but recycled metals...I personally would feel a lot better and more responsible about my own business.
In the meantime more and more jewelry artists are creating with recycled materials. A group of talented jewelry artists banded together and not only create beautiful work, do good deeds but also have a new exhibition up. The group... Critique Collective (click to go to their site) and their wonderful new exhibition is titled "Jewelry_cycle" and is one display at the San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design from Oct 17 - Jan 4, 2009. Make a point of seeing it if you are in that area, or visiting, or heck make it the point of your visit and go from there! (If not you can see all the pieces on flickr the link is on their site)
(Photo by Christoph Koch)
Co-curators Christine Dhein and Christophe Koch asked the collective members to create wearable art from a variety of small, discarded circuit boards.
Bracelet by Aimee Golant. Card designed by Christoph Koch.
Earrings from Reed Easley's Electric Empire Collection. Christine Dhein's necklace photos by Christine Dhein
To take further steps in educating yourself check out these sites and resources:
http://www.scrap-sf.org/ Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts
http://www.greencitizen.com/ to recycle your electronics
Other related and wonderful resources:
http://www.vukani.org/ Community development projects in South Africa
http://keetsa.com/blog/tag/recycled-metal/ Green Blog