Monday, December 05, 2011

Ethics at the Bench

Who: Kerstin Laibach of Atelier Laibach
What: Handcrafted Jewelry
Where: Hausen im Wiesental, Germany and Dorset, England
Why: Frosty, warm and inviting, Kerstin's designs are created in fine and sterling silver, 14K and 18K gold, palladium and platinum, many with 24K gold accents. Her supercool collections include FlowerPower, BritRocks, Vegan-inscribed, Men's Ethical Jewellery, Sculptural/Architectural and Handmade Chains. She also specializes in custom designs from the ground up or rejuvenating your current pieces.
Kerstin is 100% committed to ethical practices, such as:
~ using only recycled precious metals and no newly-mined gems
~ striving for chemical and hazard-free crafting
~ pursuing carbon-inverted targets (putting more back into nature than taking from it)
~ adhering to cruelty-free/vegan principles
~ donating 10% of sales to wildlife and conservation
At 34 years of age, Kerstin is one of many in the new eco-respecting metalsmith movement firing up around the world. Wielding torches with talent and integrity...gotta love it.

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