Community Voices

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

The "Community Voices" pages of this website reveal what many outspoken individuals think about how metals and gemstones are sourced. Each "voice" is an individual's opinion, but taken together a unified theme becomes clear. Jewelers and consumers want ethically sourced metals and gemstones.

As you read what others have shared with Ethical Metalsmiths on the community voices page consider adding your own voice. If you live near a proposed, active or abandoned mine, we'd like to invite you to share your thoughts about how living in such a place influences your thinking and work. Our "Correspondents" pages currently highlight the thoughts and work of Rika Mouw. She is a jeweler and an environmental activist living in Homer, Alaska, the proposed headquarters of the controversial Pebble Mine. Living in this pristine, wild and now threatened environment has and continues to have a profound impact on Mouw's work and activism.

We hope you enjoy this section of the website and welcome your voice.