ethical metalsmiths

Custom Made Wedding Bands With Ethically Sourced Materials by Patsy Kolesar

In the fall Simone and I started working with Sarah and Alex to design and make their custom wedding bands.  

Sarah and Alex wanted something one of a kind that matched who they were.  They were invested in having their rings made by local artists and having the materials for their rings as ethically sourced as possible.   They are a very active, adventurous, and unique couple and wanted rings that really fit with them.  

Simone and I came up with a few different design ideas for them and the concept they liked the best was "meandering rivers".  Alex and Sarah had told us they had spent some time traveling in Africa and also loved being out doors on our west coast.  We started looking at the landscape both in BC and in Africa and were drawn to these great meandering rivers.  

For their rings we used 100% recycled white gold alloyed with palladium.  We also used 3 natural ethically sourced blue sapphires mined in Australia for Sarah's ring.  

Both Simone and I are very invested in our personal lives and in our businesses in making ethical choices, buying local as much as we can, and supporting other small independent businesses.  Sarah and Alex really held us to this standard when we were making their rings. They asked lots of questions about where exactly materials were coming from and how they were mined.  

Mining industries are historically pretty dirty.  They have caused lots of damage to our environment and to people.  In the past number of years some organizations have formed who are invested in changing this industry and making it more transparent.  Simone and I were so inspired by how invested Sarah and Alex were keeping their wedding bands as ethically made as possible that we decided to donate $100 from our project with them to one of these great organizations.   We chose to donate to Ethical Metalsmiths, who are doing great work.  Here are a few other organizations who are also doing great work:

Alliance for Responsible Mining

Initiative For Responsible Minding Assurance 

Earthworks - No Dirty Gold Campaign 

Here are the end results of Sarah and Alex's custom made wedding bands. 

© Simone Richmond Jewellery & Patsy Kay Kolesar Design 2013

© Simone Richmond Jewellery & Patsy Kay Kolesar Design 2013