every rough gemstone incorporated into my jewelry i've discovered while i've sifted through mining debris here, in california.
unlike many mines that neglect the environment, their workers and neighboring villages, this mine is privately owned and the land and workers are taken care of. after mining rubble is picked through local ranchers are encouraged to collect the debris and use it for their orchards.
all metal utilized is recycled with impurities removed - making it's quality equal to newly mined metal but without the negative ethical and environmental impacts.
all plant material was sustainably wild-crafted and all insects were found after passing naturally.