The following is an excerpt from Ethical Metalsmiths' December newsletter:
It has been shocking to learn that the precious metals and gems that are integral to our work are shadowed by a dubious past. None of us made a decision to work with silver mined by children or gold leaving a trail of mercury contamination. No one believes that supporting armed conflict or polluting rivers to make jewelry is acceptable. No one thinks mining should have absolute priority over all other public land uses in the US. No one knowingly wants to make, buy or wear jewelry that is tarnished by such practices.
Although mining issues are complex and far reaching, we believe that well-informed metalsmiths and jewelers, because of their deeper knowledge and connection with materials and their understanding of the cultural and social values of jewelry, have a unique perspective and potential to bring about needed changes. This is why we founded Ethical Metalsmiths. Click here to read the full article.
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