I am smitten by the “slow” movement. I have always had crunchy granola tendencies. I love birds and woodland creatures. At our house, there is a chipmunk that feels free to scurry in through the open back slider door and help itself to tasty dog kibble and whatever else the dogs and kids leave everywhere. It doesn’t bother me too much, so I just let it be. I live in the woods and have given up on fighting back nature. I have transformed our property into a permaculture homestead, as best I could but landscaping is not an inexpensive endeavor and takes time. I try to eat local and low on the food chain, but running the kids around for various sports and after-school activities unfortunately means, some fast food meals creep into my lifestyle. I try to do my part to help save the planet, solar panels, cutting off lights, etc..etc. After all, who doesn’t want to do their part to save the planet? (Well, I can think of a few who don’t seem to care …but let’s just move on.) But for all my green efforts, I work in an industry, that relies on mining the raw materials for its eye-catching and sparkly products.
The modern jewelry industry, like the fashion industry, produces new product at an alarming, even wasteful rate. I won’t be a jewelry snob and claim that there is a lot of crappy jewelry being made. That wouldn’t be fair. But no matter one’s tastes, there is simply too much consumption. Economic development is not unlimited. There actually are limits to growth especially if you like trees, abundant species of animals, clean air, flowers and green spaces like I do. I take comfort in knowing that the jewelry I make is respectful of the planet. I use recycled materials when possible and I do not make a gazillion pieces that are going to wind up in a garbage bin or expending energy to be smelted. I handmake each piece, so my process is necessarily “slow.” You will not “see yourself coming” because of mass prouction. The jewelry I make is meant to last a long time and to be passed down through generations. I am hoping it will not be wasted or be considered wasteful. There are a lot of jewelry choices out there, but please consider that from a resources allocation perspective, you can feel as good about purchasing my jewelry as I feel about making it.