I realize I am Blog posting back to back, but I did not want to make that last one too long. I did want to share some exciting news. As you may or may not know since our takeover from our father we have been re-arranging how the business functions. There are now two of us designing and fabricating (Devin and I), which obviously influences our inventory and custom abilities. We have been updating the look of the store. Thanks especially to South Paw signs, Under the Sun Painting, and an especially huge thanks to Jory Brigham: jorybrigham.com . You may have also noticed that our inventory has been changing. Not only with our own lines but with other artists and manufacturers. We have now started the process of taking that a step further. Our goal is to be able to provide our clients with jewelry that is built around a purpose.

With companies like Tom’s Shoes, Warby Parker Glasses, and Patagonia paving the way in their industries. We are making it a mission to promote that style of business in the jewelry industry. For those not familiar with those companies they have all created a new style of retail. Yes they sell items and make a profit, but they also give back to the world, create social and environmental change, and educate people. They may not be perfect, but they are doing something that helps get the story of how people can make a difference. They are all very inspiring in their own ways. Considering we are going to by shoes, glasses and jackets regardless anyway, I certainly feel better buying it from a company that cares. A company that has philanthropy built in to to its business model. A company that doesn’t just look at its bottom line. These are people we want to support and these are people we also want to emulate.

With that in mind we have bee searching out companies that support this idea. As well as using business practices that support our mission of sustainability, philanthropy, and ethics in the jewelry trade. Sustainability is something we all seek. Often times we just are not sure what that means or how to go about it. And it is ever evolving, but now we have an outlet to further that mission. My first official jewelry class after mentoring under my father was “Green Jewelry Techniques” a course in sustainable bench practices up at The Revere Academy. Point being sustainability has always been near and dear to my heart. It is a necessity in todays world. We are already seeing the stress that our past industrialization is putting on our planet today. In this pursuit we are finding some great companies and artist that not only create beautiful art but create it for a cause. Whether it is companies like Harper Belle that has partnered with Vitamin Angels. For everyone one of their pieces sold a child in need is provided with vitamins for 5 yrs. Or Dawes Designs: www.dawes-design.com, who uses 100% recycled precious metals and ethically sourced gems in all of her pieces. She is also on the board of Ethical Metalsmiths: www.ethicalmetalsmiths.org Really a pioneer and great role model in our industry! We are also now carrying Alkemie Jewelry: http://www.alkemiejewelry.com/pages/about-us Who use 100% recycled brass and silver and donate a percentage of sales to the Seva Foundation. This way of doing business will eventually become the norm. It will be that way because it is mutually beneficial for all entities involved. I would definitely call it a win win win!!! We will keep you updated with new editions, fun education, info. on our jewelry partners and what ever else pops up. Please let us know if there is anything at all you would like further explanation on or are interested in knowing about.

Thanks for reading!