Your Voices

Add your voice to the growing community of concerned jewelers and metalsmiths who are looking for sources of materials that are consistent with their values.

Add your voice! Type in “Community Voices” as purpose. Fill in the blanks for first name, last name and email address. Write your message in the message area, as you would like for it to appear. Add your city, state, postal code and country. Then hit submit. Thanks!

Good luck to one and all.
Kevin Meehan
Cookstown, Northern Ireland, UK

It is our responsibility to provide the information to our clients about
every aspect of their purchase, complete transparency. Using recycled metals
is great but we need to show our clients that it's up to them to make the
purchase. Our movement to stop the toxic practices of the past must continue
thank you for being the voice that's heard over the din of the crowd!

Elizabeth Rishavy
Clermont, Florida

Jake Martin
Rochester, New York

"Thank you so much for the work you're doing to support a more sustainable industry! I've been a supporter of the Ethical Metalsmiths group from the very beginning and an advocate of industry change for years. Discovering more planet-friendly ways to produce jewelry is a pursuit worth the effort and I'm glad you're here to support us on that journey."
Katherine DalPra,
Green Diva Jewelry

I have loved making Jewellry for years now but the recent mining disasters in Europe & elsewhere have really made me consider my sources. Thank you so much for starting this off and I wish you every success.
Claire Ellis
Malton, York

Thank you for organizing this group and for promoting sustainable metalsmithing practices!
April Marie Hale
Bozeman, Montana

video by Gabriel Craig
Ferndale, Michigan

It is my firm belief we have both an ethical and a moral obligation to educate the public and to find solutions to the problems confronting our chosen profession. In 2009 I wrote this on my blog: "Awareness should lead to action on the part of the jewelry industry as well as the consumer. Big and small jewelry companies and designers such as myself have signed the pledge not to use dirty gold. I use very little gold and what I use is mostly from vintage recycled pieces. What many years ago wouldn't have even been a thought about the provenance of my materials is now of the utmost importance to me. Those who cause climate change because of ignorance make me think that perhaps there is hope to help them by education and commitment to a better future for their children and their children's children. But it will be much harder to effect changes unless we are all aware that greed and disregard for the environment are powerful motivators for those who think little about erasing the native forests, polluting the rivers, poisoning the land that for centuries has fed entire cultures, in fact destroying their way of life and perhaps as well by our choice to  continue to ignore the effect that buying a gold ring may have on everyone's future".
Allegra Smith
Portland, Oregon

I would love to know of any suppliers that you suggest that employ fair trade and more eco-friendly gold mining practices.
Jessica Field
Peapack,New Jersey

Just what I have been looking for in moving toward a better and more ethical way in my metalsmithing practice.
Lisa Linbrugger
Austin, Texas

I work with silver, not gold, but I support safe and ethical practices in all mining operations.
Gabrielle Lessard
Oakland, California

Thank You Ethical Metalsmiths! A much-needed voice for metal-smiths, jewelers, consumers, etc who want to be responsible and sustainable!
Lisa Juachon
Berkeley, California

Responsible consumers must begin with responsible businesses!

Erica Freestone

Pacific Grove, California

I am a jewellery maker who is always exploring more conscious and sustainable options for my jewellery materials. I feel it is my responsibility to educate myself and make the changes necessary to providing a more Earth friendly product.
Jeanette Walker
Prince Edward Island, Canada

I am so excited that Ethical Metalsmiths and many other organizations are advocating for responsible mining and manufacturing practices!  This awareness has been a long time coming but now is the time to take action and demand the changes that will allow us to practice our craft from materials that were responsibly obtained and processed.  Since childhood when I would ride with my family in our car as we passed huge strip mines, I have mourned the loss of trees, clean water and wildlife caused by irresponsible mining practices.  Now, as a silversmith, I have the power to effect change as part of a huge community of concerned metalsmiths, jewelers, consumers and environmentalists who can use their collective voices to demand change and transparency in the way our materials are obtained and processed.  I am anxiously looking forward to the day when I will be able to tell my customers the materials I use are 100% certified as responsibly and ethically obtained!
Carol Braden-Williams
SilverTrove Designs
Independence, Missouri

My first 2 years studying metalsmithing / jewellery design were spent in Mexico. All of the silver we used was recycled. I came back to Canada to finish school.  I am now faced with the problem of not being able to find recycled/ ethically sourced metals.
Kat Cadegan
Nelson, British Columbia

Hello, I'm a studio jewel designer-maker. I make wedding and engagement rings and I'm looking forward to buying fairmined gold and silver and this is quite urgent ! Most of my customers are looking for such materials and I do agree with them. Thanks a lot for your website, it's great!
Helene Grassin
Paulette a Bicyclette
Paris, France

I recently started my own business designing silver jewelry.  I want to raise awareness on more ethical mining practices for the environment and workers.
Yele Jewelry
Mill Valley, California

I am very keen to use ethical silver and gold in my work and will do so as soon as possible.
Zoe Watts
Vortegra Vanities
Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire UK

The only thing that will truly transform the industry is for people within it to demand access to "clean" gold mined without violating human rights or damaging the environment. I've seen the organic food movement grow and prosper through the sharing of knowledge and awareness... we can do the same things within our industry if we all come together.
Jessica Dow
Different Seasons Jewelry
Barron, Wisconsin

I design and create jewelry with Eco-Friendly social responsibility in mind using re-claimed/re-cycled metals &American made supplies as much as possible.
Geralyn Sheridan
Geralyn Sheridan Designs
Chico CA

I am very happy to have found your website and look forward to educating myself and others about ethical metalsmithing.
Mo Cambill
Austin, Texas

I am interested in learning more about mining reform and what I can physically do to become more of an active voice and helping hand locally (Austin,TX), nationally, and worldwide. My thoughts and focus are geared toward alternative nonhazardous mining methods, cleaning abandoned mines and recultivating the land, as well as working directly with the artisansl miners to make their jobs, lives, and communities a healthier, safer place.
Kristina Watkins
Austin, Texas

Yes please to ethical sources! I have recently changed my course to become a jewelry designer-maker and the issue of the damage of mining really bothers me. I will be very glad to be able to source responsibly mined products and even happier when that is the norm.
Finola Prescott

Bravo! Ethical Metalsmiths...Bravo!
Marci Mack
Sacramento, California

Your comments have raised my awareness on the harm, and I am grateful that I found this site. Thank you all so much! I will definitely do my part in making my forthcoming business safer, and would like to work with some of you in the future. Thank you all for reaching out. You are all wonderful!
Pamela Stengel
Greendale, Wisconsin

The dream is to one day have no need for "ethical" metals. All metals should be ethical! They should be sourced ethically, extracted ethically, refined ethically, so on and so forth!
Amanda Loos
Burbank, California

I am excited to find a group such as Ethical Metalsmiths working for a "greener" jewelry world! It is exciting to think of the possibilities and the hope for the future!
Julia Daniel
Atlanta, Georgia

I'm a jewellery student and I'm searching for more information on ethical jewellery supplies. Ethical Metalsmiths has been incredibly helpful to my research.
Maike Browning
Edinburgh, UK

I'm so glad to have stumbled on this site. My jewelry and wind chimes are made of broken glass that I find on the streets of Baltimore or that is given to me, or that I get from wine and perfume bottles. I also use found pieces of metal. However, to make pendants, I do use sterling silver and, once, gold. I too want to make beautiful things with as little harm as possible. Thank you for helping make that more likely.
Carol Casey
Baltimore, Maryland

Todd Reed Inc. has long been involved with social and environmental responsibility issues in the diamond business, and as we examine every aspect of our business, we see that the more wide spread concern is to be found in the mining of precious metals. Working together as designers, artists, and manufacturers, and activists, we can affect a positive and lasting change in the mining industry.
Kim Carpenter
Todd Reed Inc.
Boulder, Colorado

Very glad to find your website! I'm a silversmithing student who has been struggling for some time with the ethical implications of what I do. However I do think it needs to be stressed that the impact here is not just an environmental one. Friends recently returned from Bolivia, for example, told me stories of children as young as 8 or 9 working in silver mines there in horrific conditions that would likely mean those kids would not survive into adulthood. Although the environmental impact is a considerable concern, I feel that there also needs to be much greater awareness of the real human suffering involved in extracting most stones and metals. Change will only come through customer demand, and groups like this can be a real force in driving that demand. Keep up the great work.
Eimear O'Connell
Queenstown, New Zealand

I desperately want to find an ethical bullion supplier in the UK. I have written to Greenpeace to see if they have any ideas. I'm so glad to see other people feel the same way.
Isabella Day
Birmingham, UK

The fact that precious metals could be continually recycled is part of why I was drawn to make jewelry. Environmental issues have always been extremely important to me, and besides driving across the country in my car, my studio is the only place in my life where I haven't been able to live completely consistently with my beliefs. Thanks so much for spearheading something bigger that I believe in but have only been able to make change on a very small scale.
Janice Ho
Hannibal, Missouri

Not being able to source ethical precious metals is seriously affecting my jewellery business. I find it hard to motivate myself when I am so uncomfortable about the origins of my materials and I find it very difficult to answer customers' demands for higher ethical standards.
Sandi Marshall
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Are there ways I can help promote this within your organization? Ways to link with your work and make my business practices safer for the environment? Thanks.
Amber Mahler
Rochester, New York

We are seeking ways to support meaningful mining reform.
Olyvyan Lattea
Pasadena, California

I'm another Australian who would love to help the cause of ethical metalsmithing in any way I can and am interested in learning more about ethical and environmentally sustainable jewellery. It's great to see this as part of a more general global movement towards sustainability.
Kim Preston
Potts Point, Australia

What we need is a LIST OF SUPPLIERS that we can buy from. If the mission of this initiative is to connect metalsmiths with ethical suppliers, please do so! Does this list not exist because there are no reliable sources?
Jason Hazzard
Toronto, Canada

Looking forward to making as little negative environmental impact as possible.
Christine Lawrence
Hereford, Herfordshire, England

Thank you for being here.
Nacala Ayele
Seattle, Washington

I remember the first Earth Day and took the Gaia hypothesis to heart. I have always tried to express this in the choices I make daily. When I began working with metal I used recycled copper left over from the housing industry and old jewelry components. Later, when I began to use gold, silver and precious stones it wasn't as easy or economical to use recycled metals. Recycled metals from refiners was/is almost impossible to find. I want and need a resource that is sensitive to this emerging market. I want and need to make jewelry in a sane and safe way.
Victoria Wollen-Danner
Charleston, Illinois

I am pleased to have found this website. It is very reassuring to know that there are jewelers and metalsmiths calling for standards on the production of our materials.
Christine Rosa
Chicago, Illinois

This is long overdue! I do think this is more of an awareness issue - which I think is more hopeful than plain "don't care"! I would love to know where I can source clean metals. I would never use conflict diamonds in my work, so why not apply the same standards to the metal we use.
Hannah Peters
Near Bath, UK

I'm very interested in ethically & environmentally friendly jewelry materials, eco-friendly design practices and learning new green design techniques here in the Tampa Bay Area.
Andrea Acailawen
Apollo Beach, Florida

BIJA Infinity's jewelry is not only made with recycled sterling and gold, its design is inherently reusable. I wanted to make something that would reduce, reuse, and recycle, and am glad to have done so. Thank you to ethical metalsmiths for providing a community forum for this important issue. I am also concerned with the trend of mass-market jewelry makers using recycled electronic wire, which may contain, mercury, lead, and other known toxic heavy metals. Putting those metals in your body, especially in a sensitive acupuncture point, is quite dangerous! Let's also raise awareness on this health issue.
A. George
Kilauea, Hawaii

Ethical and sustainable mining is something I want to see become the normal practice in my lifetime.
Vicki Ioannou
Burradoo, New South Wales

I am in constant conflict as a jeweller, I want to make beautiful things that will be cherished forevermore but many of the raw materials I use are damaging to the environment. I can commit to recycling old gold where I can and being aware of alternatives.
Sinead Buckney
Canberra, Australian Capital Terratory

Chaya Studio offers jewelry design with a personal touch and a global awareness.  We are dedicated to creating high quality, ecologically responsible jewelry of unique designs and a heartfelt purpose.  The materials we use include recycled precious metals, fair trade gem stones and conflict-free diamonds.  We are dedicated to providing beautiful, distinctive and responsible indulgences with a greater goal - to create sustainable change worldwide.
Chaya Caron
Portland, Maine

Thanks for what you are doing!
Kerin Rose
Burlington, Vermont

My work is based on recycling old, dicarded and broken jewelry. It seems to so many people that what I do has very little effect on the enviroment. But if each of us take a small step toward more eco-friendly design we will create a giant shift in the way we approach jewelry design and metalsmithing.
Michelle Mattingly
Mountain View, California

This is such an important issue and it's great to see it being tackled!  I'm glad to be a part of it.
Dianna Badalament
Sacramento, California

I am a jeweller living and working in New Zealand who would love to be able to source both recycled gold and silver. So far the only companies I can find are US based, does anyone know of any where closer?

Hannah Clayton
Whtianga Thames
New Zealand

It's great to find out about an organization like this. I purchase fair trade silver when I can, and I recycle jewelry through my business. I would love to spread the word about my jewelry recycling services to your members.
Jessica Reiss
North Vancouver, British Columbia

I believe it is so important to change the way metals are mined to be more conscience of the natural environment around us.
Laura Brookes
Toronto, Ontario

I am interested in finding out where to find responsibly produced materials that I can incorporate into my jewelry.
Carley Saravia
Minneapolis, Minnesota

We need to be informed and connected as metalsmiths to our larger community where our materials come from.
Valeria Kasinskas
Portland, Oregon

This is the most important issues facing metalsmiths today. I use recycled sterling and gold from Hoover and Strong, and I find base metals in thrift stores (look for brass doorplates, etc) and scrap yards. This web site is a wonderful resource, thanks.
Thomasin Durgin
Memphis Tennessee

Please send only email communication; I hate to waste paper :)
Cassandra Wells
Holiday, Florida

I am really impressed to have stumbled upon this website and to find many like-minded people using it!
I am studying in Hastings England on a Contemporary Crafts course and would love to find more ethically sourced silver - as I am very aware ongoing situation regarding human and environmental concerns and hate being a part of it. Does anyone have any ideas where I can source recycled or ethically sourced silver from?

Jeny Sugg
St. Leonards on Sea

I'm trying to locate a similar Australian organisation. Please let me know if you have any information about this. Thank you for all your hard work. Much admired!
Judy Irwig
Sydney, Australia

Operate a small jewelry design business in my home and would LOVE to be a part of supporting thoughtful design and compassionate production of materials.
Kate Wilkonson
Seattle, Washington

Great organization - would love to learn more.
Barbara Polinsky
New York, New York

Thanks for being green!
Alexis Sky
New York, New York

The more I know about how the materials are produced the less I want to be a jeweller.
Catherine Sutherland
Halifax, Nova Scotia

This is great! We need more of this. I want to start a chapter here in my state!
April Vincent
Wheeling, Illinois

Yay! Thank you so much for developing this inspirational site. I am thinking of starting a small jewellery design and manufacturing business from home and am committed to using materials that have been sourced in an ethical, fair and environmentally sustainable way. I am very keen to find a source of recycled silver for my jewellery making. It is so uplifting to read of everyones growing support and awareness in creating a more ethical and environmentally conscious metal smithing practice. I look forward to finding out more information. Thank you , Thank you!!!
Bonnie Palm
Bathurst, New South Wales

Thanks for your work and this website. I support your efforts and hope to get involved in my own little way!
Gail Bixler Lafavers
Houston, Texas

Our goal is to create products with as little impact on our planet as possible. It is our responsibility to our children to leave them a better world than the one in which we live.
Andy Benedict
Colorado Springs, Colorado

I would like to learn more about how I can access ehtically obtained supplies without exhausting my budget.
Dana Leigh
Keene Valley, New York

Thank you to all of you from the core of my being. Finding this community buried on the internet is a wonderful surprise. As a newcomer to this industry I feel I can start on the right foot. Can't wait to learn more about making this world safer and talking with beautiful, talented people from all over the world.
Monica Boyd
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia

WOW I was so glad to finally find a website, with other concerned Jewellery designers/goldsmiths! and I can't wait to get updates on the changes being made in the business.
Melissa Lawrence
Vancouver, British Columbia

As I'm nearing the launch of my jewelry company, I'm becoming more and more interested in being a responsible small business owner and providing information about making ethical choices to my customers. I'm glad I found this site and welcome any info! Thanks!
Sarah Greenberg
Oakland, California

I am inquiring about ethical metalsmithing and looking for more information and resources because I am an advocate for a green movement in jewelry design. Thanks so much!
Nikki Montyoa
Los Angeles, California

I am a confused jewelry artist. I want to do the right thing but I can't find any ethical vendors!
Vernell Bevelander
Sayville, New York

Our business is involved in buying large quantities of used gold jewelry from pawn shops, jewelers, and the public. We are not a refinery, but we sell large quantities of gold to refineries every week. It is part of our marketing goal to educate the public through the internet about the harm caused to the environment by increased precious metal mining. By doing so, we hope to encourage more people to recycle their unwanted gold, and when it comes to replacing it with new gold purchases, that those purchases be made from retailers who buy from environmentally responsible sources, such as jewelers using only recycled gold for making new jewelry.
Carl Blackburn
San Diego, California

I am so pleased to find this site and have been hugely encouraged by all the other people who are also voicing their concerns. Please let me know where and how I can source ethical metal.
Yume Martin
Ashburton, Devon

I am very pleased to have found a group that can help me in my endeavour to source ethical metals and jewellery materials. Thanks!
Carolyn Barker
Alice Springs, Northern Territory

My shop uses only recycled mill products to hand fabricate custom rings in silver gold and platinum.
For over a year and counting...

Sally Brock
Seattle, Washington

I am a studio jeweler that is making a production line out of recycled gold and conflict free stones. I would like to become more of a force in this movement and be of service to your mission.
Jennifer Dawes
Santa Rosa, California

I am SO grateful to you for developing this site! I had begun to develop a blog with the same vision and purpose, but you are already there! I am about to launch my jewelry website, which will represent my own work and the work of other artists who are pledged to fair trade and environmentally responsible jewelry and to the education of the public. I will certainly link to your wonderful site.
Dorothy Wallstein
Ojai, California

Great Idea!
Robert Goetsch
Lawrence, Kansas

I am a prospective designer interested in integrating my values into my creativity and love of jewelry. Please keep me updated with news and ways I can help.
Lauren Bern
San Francisco, California

Looking forward to learning more. Currently, I use predominantly recycled silver and gold in my work, and also look for found-objects (river stones, sea glass) to incorporate. However, I also use mined stones and new metals, so am eager to find responsible suppliers.
Karen Goeller
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

I want to tell my customers that my jewellery is ethical....I only make  small amounts but  I care about the world and its people and I hate the idea that I am adding to pollution and I want the people who mine my gold to be treated respectfully - why can't I use re-cycled gold?
Emily Nixon
Penzance, Cornwall

I am interested in sustainable mining.
Dream Mullick
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Looking forward to learning more.  Currently, I use predominantly recycled silver and gold in my work, and also look for found-objects (river stones, sea glass) to incorporate.  However, I also use mined stones and new metals, so am eager to find responsible suppliers.
Karen Goeller
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

I've always been looking for an organisation like this one. Great work! Hopefully it helps.
Karl Pfefferle
Munich, Germany

This program is going on at a great time when the rest of America seems to be "going green".
Calina Shevlin
Winterville, North Carolina

I think this is a great thing.
George Rousis
Kansas City, Missouri

Absolutely in agreement with the principles - just wish I could find an ethical source of tin.
Melanie Guy
Callington, Cornwall

I am very interested in using ethically mined and produced materials (mainly silver) for my small jewelry business.
Molly Coburn
Dublin, Ohio

It is apparent that global and environmental issues need to be acknowledged and acted on at this time.
Holly C. Akins
New Orleans, Louisiana

I am a small jeweler, using old jewelry and scraps that are either donated or found in thrift stores. I am glad that your organization exgists to heighten my awareness and the consumer's awareness. After reading some of your information I can better direct my efforts to nurture ethics in such an industry.
Tierra Blom
Eagleville, California

I have always been an advocate of treading lightly on the earth. I have the will, and I hope joining this group of activists will help me to find the way to do the right thing.
Victoria Woollen-Danner
Charleston, Illinois

Walk the talk... my designs are often inspired by flora, thus I want to do my part to preserve that which I am passionate about... future generations are counting on us to make sure there is a future for the human race on planet Earth.
Jenn Dewey
Telluride, Colorado

Please list suppliers of ethically mined metals- copper/copper alloys.
Jan Baum
Towson, Maryland

I am looking for a source of ethical copper for my mother's coppersmithing work. I hope that this organization is successful in helping craftspersons in realizing the goals of environmentally and socially beneficial activity.
Jesse Cohen
Conception Bay South, Newfoundland

It's great to find a group who is organized around the idea of sustainable practices for jewelers and metalsmiths.
Trish Ramsay
Columbus, Georgia

Thank you for creating this community! I have a very small artisan jewelry business that I run out of my home. I am deeply committed to using materials that have been sourced in an ethical, fair and sustainable way. I predominately use silver and semi-precious stones in my work. I will keep on asking and demanding until I get what I need!
Stephanie Wolf
San Francisco, California

In my studio, environmental impact is reduced in a variety of ways. Responsibly sourced metals are only one aspect; by working at home I have no daily transportation needs, I limit electricity usage by working primarily during the day and not using an air conditioner, little heat, etc. My tradeshow booth is made from primarily recycled elements, and my packaging is recycled and/or reusable. It is important to view one’s life and career with a wide angle, instead of focusing exclusively on one aspect. However, for an organization or movement to be successful, it is a good idea to focus on one thing and collaborate with other groups that are complementary.
Lena Echelle
Dallas, Texas

I like making nice things, and don't want to feel bad about where my materials come from. I strive to use as much recycled and repurposed product as I can in my goods. Thanks for all your good suggestions! Please keep it up!
Amanda Thon
Melbourne, Florida

As a student studying silversmithing and jewellery I'm keen to participate in continuing ethical metalsmithing approaches. I also think ignorance is no excuse, which is why I will be informing my classmates in this topic and hopefully we can see an end to unethical working practices in Metalsmithing.
Pauline Edie
Glasgow, Scotland

Thank you for your efforts to help push for the much needed changes in our industry.
Sharon Logsdon
Castle Rock, Colorado

Tamara McFarland    
Loleta, California

Thank you for committing your time and energy to this worthy cause. I am a professional metalsmith who struggles with these moral issues daily. I believe together we can clean up the industry and continue our passions with a clear conscience.
Chrissy Cook
Morgantown, West Virginia

I am glad that the true costs of precious metal mining are being realized by the individual artists who use some of the material. The truth of modern industrialized mining methods is both frightening and discouraging. They are responsible for tremendous environmental degradation and the corporate culture wielding them seems to hold no issue above profit. Awareness of the problem is the first step. Action is the next. Where I live, in the western part of the U.S., there are abundant examples of the destruction of the landscape by huge open pit copper mines and a long legacy of abandoned silver and gold mines that are responsible for poisoning many headwater streams. In the U.S., one of the key issues is the long overdue reform required on the mining law of 1872. Before any real effective changes can be made to the way mining is done on our public lands, this law must be changed to make mining corporations accountable for their environmental impact on public lands, establish a realistic lease fee schedule, pay realistic royalties on materials extracted, and assure that there will a reasonable restoration of the land when the mining activity ceases. Changes can be made if we demand them. Tell everyone you know about this. Most importantly, contact your elected representative and tell them how you feel about it.
Tom Ferguson
Mesa, Arizona

As a relatively newcomer metalsmith I am deeply concerned about the materials I am using. I have signed up to the no dirty gold campaign and I try to source my materials from reputable sellers. I am delighted to join your campaign and look forward to being an active participant.
Lesley Jones
Chesterfield, Derbyshire

I own a small sustainable jewellery design and manufacturing business in Adelaide, Australia. It has taken many years of research to fully understand the impact traditional jewellery making is having on our planet and find ways to avoid it. I have found moving to sustainable practices to be very uplifting, It is great to know my work has not caused a child brain damage through mined silver refining practices. My current ranges use over 99% recycled materials,(soon to be 100%) and are 100% recyclable, I don’t use any animal products and much of my waste now feeds my garden. Reaching sustainability is an ongoing process and in many cases a more expensive one, but it is possible and it does help. I have found if you market your products correctly, a higher market price can be achieved which helps to offset the additional costs. My jewellery now sells here in Australia, the USA and Japan. The Eco movement is in full swing, jump on its a great ride!
I am happy to share many of my techniques and encourage constructive criticism. Please see my web site for more sustainable jewellery information.

Ben Manning
Utopian Creations
Adelaide, Australia

Thank you for bringing this to public attention. Keep up the good work!!
Alison Layton
Roxbury MA

I'm a Designer Maker in silver and gold in the UK. I'm looking for an ethical silver supplier. I've currently been making handmade bespoke silver jewellery for 3 years now and have become increasingly aware and concerned of the terrible impact that the precious metal and gemstone jewellery industry has on human ecology and the natural environment. I'm extremely excited and passionate about my work, human rights and the natural environment. To combine all these aspects and make a difference is my goal.
Julia Thompson
Langport, Somerset

I am a a traditionally trained jewellery Designer and when I relaised that my practice did not fit my lifestyle that is entrenched in permaculture around three years ago I began doing research on how to modify my practices sos that I could be a sustainable jewellery designer. I simply began making jewellery out of anything that was destined to landfill. I use cold joining techniques such as riveting to avoid using gas and acids during the soldering process. I have however used a minimal amount of silver refined from scrap for riveting, and when I have resorted to soldering on rare occasions, I have used vinegar as a pickle. I am very excited at the prospect of perhaps using responsibly sourced metals.
Kim Thomson
Willunga, South Australia

As a high school student looking to pursue a career in the jewelry field, I was shocked at just how quiet this issue is. I came across this site purely by chance (I was looking up an artist who happened to have a piece in the Golden Opportunity gallery on this site) and am glad I did. It's kind of scary to know just how easy it is to remain ignorant of these types of things. I can only hope that soon, the voices will be heard and changes will be made. I ended up writing a paper on this for my English class and my teacher was just as shocked as I was that she had never heard of it.
Tina W
Stamford, Connecticut

I am so glad to see this movement gaining ground! I am very interested in responsible sources for both the metals AND the stones I use.
Frances Killam
Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Thank you for bringing this to public attention. Keep up the good work!!
Alison Layton
Roxbury MA

I'm a Designer Maker in silver and gold in the UK. I'm looking for an ethical silver supplier. I've currently been making handmade bespoke silver jewellery for 3 years now and have become increasingly aware and concerned of the terrible impact that the precious metal and gemstone jewellery industry has on human ecology and the natural environment. I'm extremely excited and passionate about my work, human rights and the natural environment. To combine all these aspects and make a difference is my goal.
Julia Thompson
Langport, Somerset

I am a a traditionally trained jewellery Designer and when I relaised that my practice did not fit my lifestyle that is entrenched in permaculture around three years ago I began doing research on how to modify my practices sos that I could be a sustainable jewellery designer. I simply began making jewellery out of anything that was destined to landfill. I use cold joining techniques such as riveting to avoid using gas and acids during the soldering process. I have however used a minimal amount of silver refined from scrap for riveting, and when I have resorted to soldering on rare occasions, I have used vinegar as a pickle. I am very excited at the prospect of perhaps using responsibly sourced metals.
Kim Thomson
Willunga, South Australia

As a high school student looking to pursue a career in the jewelry field, I was shocked at just how quiet this issue is. I came across this site purely by chance (I was looking up an artist who happened to have a piece in the Golden Opportunity gallery on this site) and am glad I did. It's kind of scary to know just how easy it is to remain ignorant of these types of things. I can only hope that soon, the voices will be heard and changes will be made. I ended up writing a paper on this for my English class and my teacher was just as shocked as I was that she had never heard of it.
Tina W
Stamford, Connecticut

I am so glad to see this movement gaining ground! I am very interested in responsible sources for both the metals AND the stones I use.
Frances Killam
Chelmsford, Massachusetts

I am a jewellery/metalwork student from Dundee, Scotland (UK), I am studying for my dissertation which is researching how to become more ecological as a practicing jeweller. This website is a fantastic help, however I am curious to know whether the issue of being ecological in the workshop has ever been addressed by anyone? For example your tool stocklists, disposal of acid and other toxins, water/gas/electricity usage and of course sourcing of materials such as silver, copper and gems? Please get in touch if you have an opinion about this or have any helpful information. (These are very important issues that we plan to address.)
Fiona Coull
Dundee, Angus

Recycle, reuse, seek out sustainable and ethical sources for materials. Be innovative...
Kirsten Muenster
San Francisco, California

I am very interested in responsibly mined metals for my jewelry biz.
Amy Ambroult
Holbrook, Massachusetts

The path to sustainability is a journey with many paths, not an end destination. There is always room for improvement and for taking our commitments to a deeper level. It is time for unified action, and your efforts are clearly a step in the right direction.

I applaud your inclusive, broad-based approach and sincerely hope that development of a third-party certification system will foster the growth of responsible operations at all levels of the supply chain for our diverse jewelry industry.

I think it is important to remember the human impact across our supply chains, as well as the environmental implications. In addition to environmental protections, I hope this new framework will adequately address fair labor standards and healthy working conditions for the millions of workers around the world who extract, process, and manufacture the materials we in the jewelry industry use on a daily basis.

Your leadership in this effort is a critical link in the chain that can help us progress to a win-win-win relationship between suppliers, jewelry designers, and our customers. The beautiful piece of jewelry that results is an expression of the physical and emotional connections between them. We will all benefit from taking the time to "polish" these links, ensuring the sustainability of our industry for generations to come. Thank you for your dedication and positive actions to fulfill this important mission!

Meredith Restein
Eastville, Virginia

Thank you for creating this resource and forum. The environments, social and political impacts of the the mining and other jewelry related industries are of great importance. It is very difficult to find information on ethicly responsible resources in these industries and I applaud you for going to great lengths to do so.
Margarette Simmons
New York, New York

I am happy to find a growing global community who can help to solve these fundamental issues. If we can't responsibly produce jewellery, then we live a lie. It is up to us to make these steps, however small, however great, to ensure that our work is ethical.

Vaune Mason
Wellington, New Zealand

I, too, am a concerned jeweler, who would like to have sources for my materials that respect the planet and everyone that lives on it.
Melissa Senstrom
Ames, Iowa

When I started my business I focused on natural stones but now I want to make sure I am using the most responible suppliers for silver and gold.
Nicole Blanchard
Plymouth, Massachusetts

I'm excited to find this resource for sustainable jewelry making.
Yasi Ayat
Sebastopol, California

Myself and my partner would like to add to the comments and whole heartedly agree. We work in gold and silver, and hate the fact that it is unethical. We are very interested in using totally 'clean' produce, and being in contact with anyone who might be able to help us. I hope many more join with this and that one day everyone uses ethical metals and gems.
Simon Switzer + Georgie Evans
Wadebridge, Cornwall

Please enter your comments. We will add you to our community voices page: I own a jewelry and gift retail store and I am inspired by the voices of people here who try to influence the mining industry in a positive way. My store features mostly silver jewelry and I am continuously asking my suppliers about the sources of their silver in order to add to the pressure for ethically obtained silver. I encourage anyone else who is buying silver to do the same.
Jason Robinson
The Crown Jewel
Ashland, Oregon

I have been a goldsmith for 35 years. Until about 7 or 8 years ago I hadn't given the consequences of gold mining much thought. Now it is the only way I practice my trade. I have not bought new fine gold for over 5 years. It isn't hard to find sources if you live near an urban area. My website is soon to undergo a complete change, in an attempt to educate the consummer regarding "dirty gold" and "blood diamonds." I am going to try my best to convince people to change their buying habits and ask jewellers some tough questions about the sources of their raw materials.
David James Dickson
Langley, British Columbia

Responsible mining is critical in building a sustainable future for metalsmiths and their craft.
Cedar Sky
St. Stephen, New Brunswick

I am currently using only gold from old jewelry, but am looking for a source of "clean" gold, if that exists. I make it a practice to spread the word to clients and colleagues about the atrocious current gold mining methods.
Patrice Cake
Vancouver, British Columbia

The time for change has come and its up to us to set changes in motion.
Jasmine McAleavey
Dundalk, County
Louth Ireland

I am looking for sources for recycled gold and silver, as well as refineries and casters that use the least amount of chemicals and pollutants.
Heather Lilleston
Brooklyn, New York

If each of us do our part, we can all make a big difference in the industry, from conflict diamonds and fair trade gems to clean and ethical mining practices.
Alexandra Hart
San Diego, California

I am currently in my third year of a jewellery course and am surprised at how uninformed I was about were the metals that I used came from. I feel that this needs to change and become an important issue brought to use in the classroom.
Natalie Hayes
Wrexham, Wales

Excellent website. I look forward to staying informed.
Tamra Gentry
Chicago, Illinois

Precious metals, minerals and gems enrich our lives, enrich our sense of beauty. All are FREELY GIVEN from the earth, all are ours for the taking. These metals allow goldsmiths to express their passion and combine it with their expertise and personal skills into beautiful enchanting jewelry. Let us please become aware of the long term mining risks in all aspects. Current techniques bear great risks for communities and the earth itself. PLease, please support sustainable mining, support ethical goldsmiths and jewelers. Please be aware the earth has given so much already freely and continues to do so...let us be thankful and give back to thank this wonderful planet by supporting all sustainable initiatives.
Lisa Almere

Flevoland, The Netherlands

I am a student studying jewellery, writting my dissertation on Responsible Jewellery. I am very interested in the subject and wish to receive as much information as possible. Thankyou.
Laura Louise Kennedy
Sheffield, England

I am interested in recieveing more info and connecting with other conscious artists.
Marla Trudine
Redondo Beach, California

I absolutely refuse to buy new gold.
Mike Jewett
Jacksonville, Florida

I want to purchase some gold for investment purposes, but do not want any part of destroying the earth's or people's or animals' or birds' or whatever's lives in the process.
Mary McMahon
St. Louis, Missouri

I'm glad that this issue now has a voice.
Patricia Tschetter
Dallas, Texas

I own a shop & gallery of fine handcraft, including metalsmith jewelry, by independent artisans from around the North America. Greenjeans was founded on the values of craftsmanship, sustainability, and conscientious living. As such, we are concerned about the consequences of mining practices and are interested in working with artisans to find more sustainably sourced materials for their extraordinary work.
Amy Shaw
Brooklyn, New York

Thanks for presenting this information.  I hope it makes it possible to find ethically sourced materials.
Louise Norrell
Athens, Georgia

I heard Christina and Susan speak at the recent ACJ conference 'Carry the Can' in London and was amazed at how little I knew about my industry and how much I took for granted. I was appalled by some of the statistics and now feel strongly that I need to keep informed and ultimately find out where my materials are coming from. Thank you - ethical metalsmiths - for taking on this mammoth issue and making this information available to all of us.
Janice Derrick
Port of Spain, Trinidad

The Ethical Metalsmiths website is great! Thanks for the work you put into it! I almost didn't find the Gallery, but am so glad I did. Lots of excellent pieces and important statements being made!
Nikki S.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

It is very gratifyng to know that within the jewelry industry their are persons who care about how their materials are produced.  Thanks!!!
Emil F. Kadhum
Watkinsville, Georgia

I am very happy that this group exists, as a metalsmith I am very concerned about mining practices and my role in using these materials. I hope that by bringing together groups of like minded people that we can bring about change in the mining industry and help and support artists who choose to work with ethical materials.
Carolyn Scandiffio
Toronto, Canada

Because it is important to me to feel good about my work, I have been struggling with my decision to make jewelry as a living. I'm glad this website is providing a forum for discussing the issues. Let's share our ideas/opinions!
Catherine Nolet
Brooklyn, New York

Please ensure that all gold mined is done so with minimum environmental impact. No cyanide pools to be continually purified for perpetuity. No Mercury to endanger health of people now and in the future.
Martha W Bushnell
Boulder, Colorado

Quite simply - No more dirty gold.
Stuart Scott
Tarbert near Glasgow, Scotland

Human rights are important everywhere and so is producing with care for the environment.
Neil Cooper
Rockaway, New Jersey

Please keep me updated about what i can do to support the sales of recycled materials as well as the development of legislation.
Hannah Sullivan
Indialantic, Florida

I am so glad to have found a group of fellow goldsmiths who are concerned about the negative effects of mining on the environment and on the people who work and live in areas where mining takes place. I believe change has to start with each of us and grow as we come together. I have a lot to learn and am glad that I have found a place to start.
Sara Scheufele
Springfield, Massachusetts

I'm interested in sources for responsibly mined metal - primarily silver, but also copper and gold. Thanks!
Leah Hitchcock
Berkeley, California

It is so wonderful to stumble upon this great website, as ethical material sourcing can feel like a dead end at times. Any information leading to clean materials would be greatly appreciated, and will be shared within my jewellery community in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Jacqui Kerr
Vancouver, Canada

Thank you for creating this group to work on a problem that has been bothering me for years!
M'lou Brubaker
Goodland, Minnesota

Being an "Ethical Metalsmith" should be our first priority. We must be concious of our use of chemicals, the sources of our materials, and the environmental damage to which we all contribute. This site is a great first step.
Elizabeth Wells Oppenheim
Oakland, California

If there were a source to buy small quantities of socially and environmentally responsible gold ("green" gold) I would buy from that source. Please keep me informed.
Nan Lewis
Wyckoff, New Jersey

I linked up to your site via the New York Times article about "Dirty Gold." Hooray for you! I work primarily with sterling and fine silver. How can I learn more about mining of these metals and the impact on communities, environment etc? Can you direct me? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work!
Patricia Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

Just found your website after a reference to it in a New York Times article today (4/6). I work primarily in silver and am wondering if there is any comparable info about eco-friendly & ethic-friendly silver mining practices? Thanks!
David Hunter
Brooklyn, NY

I suspected this was a problem for years but after reading the article I was sick to my stomach. I'm glad that a group has formed to rally around this issue. I wish to do my part.
Patricia Tschetter
Dallas, Texas

I am very interested in learning how to successfully utilize ethical and responsible materials into my work as a goldsmith. I have found a great deal of information offering reasons why goldsmiths should do this, but it has proved considerably more difficult to find concrete suggestions for actions that one should take. I am meeting with the Chief advisor to the UN's Global Mercury Project with the hope that I will learn about further opportunities for goldsmiths to participate in this movement. I also look forward to learning from Ethical Metalsmith.
K Hume
Vancouver, British Columbia

I cannot tell you how much I have wrestled with these issues myself. I am currently in a transition period trying to find alternative ways in which I can use my skills as a metalsmith without my work having such a negative impact on the environment and those people who live near heavily mined areas. I was appauled when I first discovered how the industry actually works. When I was in school I felt responsible just by being an was quite disheartening to find that many artist materials have a very harmful impact on the environment. Thank you for putting together such a website...I know that just to put this small amount of information together was quite difficult as well as liberating. I will be sending this website to every jewelry artisan I know. I would also like to recieve any information and news that you recieve.
Iyabo Shabazz
Atlanta, Georgia

I’d like to receive (email) updates and information from Ethical Metalsmiths. Thanks for exposing the shortcomings of this industry and inspiring others (using myself as an example) to take a stand…
Carmel, California

I am a Senior in jewelry design at Moore College of Art and Design. I heard Christina Miller speak about ethical metalsmiths and I am very interested in getting more information, particularly on where the best places to source our metals would be.
Rachel Vittorelli
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The web that connects us to one another and our environment must be observed, respected and preserved. When possible please choose sustainable, eco-friendly, and ethically responsible products.
Dawn Russell
Hoboken, New Jersey

it would be nice to be able to purchase guilt free material... i do not use precious stones or gold in my work due to the wars, pollution, and hate they fuel... but i do use silver and other metals in my work which i would prefer not to come with environmental consequences... if environmentally friendly metal was available i would by it.
Christine Bossler
Detroit, Michigan

I am looking for more ethically mined, and recycled metals for my jewelry making. And I will definitely be using them as soon as they are available to me!
Kelsey Gerhard
Dallas, Texas

I just visited your amazing website, which is right up the alley of the discussions we were having in my casting class at Penland this past summer.  I am conflicted in my love of working with gold, and the haunting feeling of knowing that I would probably disapprove of where it comes from. Your website is the first source that I have found that helps with pertinent information.  I will visit often because I want to find out when you have been able to identify a source for purchasing gold that is not "dirty," even if it costs significantly more.  I would love to tell clients more about where the material comes from, and imagine they would be very responsive if its gathered in a manner that doesn’t cause damage. Thank you for the work you are doing.
Stacey Lane
Director of Student Affairs and Studios
Penland School of Crafts

As a practicing metalsmith and an educator, I long for the day where both my students and I can use gold with a clear conscience. Given the degrading state of our global environment, there is simply no other choice than to be responsible and ethical in all of our practices. I have no doubt that given a choice, who wouldn't choose "clean gold?" Unfortunately, there always seems to be a period of reluctance to adopt new practices but this is overcome when the pain of the status quo is greater than the upheaval of change. It requires sheer numbers to make this concept a reality. As a metalsmith, I would always choose gold that was the product of responsible mining practices and as an educator, I will continue to make all of my students aware of the issues that surround gold and its use.
James Thurman
Denton, Texas

I am a jewelry designer in Toronto, Canada. I am just launching my small business after doing exhaustive research on how to run my business and uphold my values. I have been searching for environmentally responsible sources for recycled gold, casting grains and wires, environmentally responsible goldsmiths, ethically responsible sources for gemstones and diamonds, etc. It has been quite a challenge!! I applaud your organization and its efforts in bringing these issues to the public's awareness, I believe there is a way to do the things we love and that bring us joy without compromising our values and ethics. You are pioneering a new way of doing things, quite a paradigm shift!
Susan Carter
Toronto, Canada

Thanks to all of you doing this outstanding work. Considering how many disgusting things man has done to this world environment and to each wonders when we will start to become civilized. Keep it up.
J. Fred Woell
Deer Isle, Maine