Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Socially & Environmentally Responsible Jewelry

We all need to be aware of the impact of our purchases. The jewelry industry and how its raw materials are obtained has had a long history of controversy. Most recently the world became aware of Blood Diamonds and Gold in the Congo. That's why we choose to work with Hoover & Strong exclusively - using their Harmony Metals for all our jewelry creations. Whether you purchase from us or not - please ask questions, make sure your jewelry source is trying to be responsible and knows where their raw products come from.

More about the US Metal refiner Hoover & Strong:

Hoover & Strong Jewelry Products Now Available with SCS-Certified Recycled Content Scientific Certification Systems issues first certificate in jewelry industry August 4, 2009 - Emeryville, CA – Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a globally-recognized independent third-party certifier and sustainability expert, today certified the recycled metal content in jeweler Hoover & Strong’s HARMONY Metals™ line.

We are Hoover & Strong Authorized Jewelers - please see link:

If you haven't seen it on the news here's a link to How Gold pays for Congo's Deadly War

We're all trying to save money in this economy. If you're searching for a life long piece of jewelry to commemorate a special event you don't want something that has caused pain and suffering. Small jewelry companies work closely with their sources and should be able to tell you where their materials come from. Large companies selling mass produced, imported, inexpensive jewelry lines are less connected to their sources and may even be unaware of human rights issues in jewelry factories overseas. Wherever you find that special piece of jewelry, please just ask some questions. The more customers ask, the more accountable those in the jewelry industry will become and hopefully we can end the use of Dirty Gold.

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