Staying local when buying your jewelry is the epitome of eco-chic luxury. Buying locally usually means custom designs, personal attention and a smaller carbon footprint. The queen of luxury, Coco Chanel, began as a local seamstress, and she had direct one-on-one consultations with her clients. While you might personally get to know the next A. LeVian (Le Vian) or Charles Tiffany (Tiffany & Co.), you can actively support your vibrant arts community and local economy, in the present. Federal and state regulations mean that your jewelry is most likely produced under safe working conditions and fair wages too. While buying from designers in your area can make you look beautiful, you will easily feel stunning.
One of the main advantages of choosing to give your business locally is the accessibility to designers. Most designers are excited about the prospect of getting to know you better and making your vision a reality. And you get the best one on one connection to the design source. After searching for local designers, you can narrow it down to the ones that match your aesthetic and whose designs resonate with you. While you can usually contact designers through email, I recommend that you pick up the good ol’ phone and give them a call or make an appointment to meet in person. There is nothing like connecting with another human being.
Here are some things that you can ask to determine their eco-chicness:
– Are they willing to have something made to order?
– How do they manufacture their products?
– Do they use recycled metals?
– Do they use ethical metalsmithing practices in their studios that are less wasteful? (If you would like to learn more about this issue, EthicalMetalsmiths.org is a fantastic resource)
– Are their designs produced locally or overseas?
– What are they doing to be environmentally conscious?
– Do they use recycled /recyclable packaging?