I have found myself dealing with a major duality for the past six months or so.
For many years now, I have been very aware and dismayed about the whiplash of mining for gems across the glob. We are raping our planet, killing others, all for those beautiful pieces of our mother earth. So there is my duality.
As a jewelry designer who loves, uses and buys gem stones, am I contributing to this insanity? As much as I hate to admit it I think the answer is yes. And thus how do I justify making and selling jewelry using natural gem stones? Is there really any way to justify this? Should I stop buying and selling gem stones and start making jewelry with glass beads? Now that this has been put in front of me to take a look at, it is now for me to come to terms with.
I can't help but wonder if this has crossed the minds of any other jewelry designers? And if so, how do they deal with it.
I personally do believe that this is a major choice point for me. I have no answers at this point in time but I know that I will have to come to a place where I can live with it or just not deal in the natural gems anymore.
If any other jewelry designers out there happen upon this post, I would love to read your thought and feeling on this matter.
5 years ago