Green Practices

For us, being an Eco-conscious business means more than using a recycling bin. We strive to reduce our environmental impact by working exclusively in recycled metals, utilizing heirloom and conflict-free gemstones whenever possible. By making all the jewelry locally and in a shared artist community we reduce our carbon footprint. Our commitment to green practices transcends beyond the business into our way of life.

 

Materials

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Whenever possible, we encourage our customers to reuse, repurpose and reimagine materials from their heirloom jewelry for custom designs. Working with heirloom metals allows our customers the option of having Rebecca work the original metal into a new design or the option of recycling the metal and receive a refining credit on a new design. "New" metal that Rebecca works with in the jewelry collection designs is sourced from a refinery in St. Louis that provides us with recycled silver, gold and platinum. We even save and recycle metal sweep filings from the studio bench!

Much of the custom work incorporates inherited stones so that we can limit our investment in the stone trade economy as much as possible.  We do not keep an inventory of large stones which allows us to find the perfect stone for each jewelry project.  When we need to source a stone, we work exclusively with importers who adhere to the Kimberley Process - a global initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds.  We also offer lab-created diamond and gemstone options, which are chemically identical to natural gemstones and reduce demand for newly mined materials.

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Production

Rebecca collaborates with a local team of highly skilled artisans here in Chicago.  Most of her work is custom design and made-to-order jewelry pieces. We keep a minimal inventory in-house and consciously try not to overproduce the jewelry collection for each piece to maintain its one of a kind, handmade integrity. 

Our studio is located in the Lillstreet Art Center in the vibrant creative Ravenswood neighborhood in Chicago and is easily accessible by the Montrose Brown Line station just steps away for travel to and from Chicago's downtown. It is also three blocks from the Ravenswood Metra station servicing Evanston and the North Shore from Union Station downtown.

 

Business

All forms, invoices, and receipts are sent electronically to eliminate paper waste and we employ energy-efficient lighting throughout the studio.  Instead of using disposable cups, we support fellow artists of Lillstreet by offering beverages in handmade ceramic mugs during meetings in the studio.  Working within a shared space reduces the need to use many resources and allows us to save on critical utilities such as water, electricity and natural gas.

Necklaces and earrings are packaged in jewelry boxes made from recycled paper. Rings are packaged in fair-trade wood boxes from sustainable forests in Guatemala.  Shipping materials are recycled and reused, ensuring the utmost protection of jewelry pieces for their journey.