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Sophisticated yet friendly
Luxury without pretense
Hip but not trendy
Designer jewelry that is powerful and rare
OUR CUSTOM WORK
And More Rings
Responsible. Repurposed. Eco-Friendly Designer Jewelry.
We actively seek out gem sources that support fair trade pricing, ecologically advanced colored gemstone mining techniques, gem separation, energy consumption, green-house gas emission, land reclamation and rare species protection policies. We work with like-minded gem faceters who monitor mining conditions and personally oversee their own cutting operations. As for our practices in our Minneapolis manufacturing studio, we are fully committed to the highest standards there also. All clean manufacturing scrap from our custom shop is re used. Floor sweeps, sink sludge and mixed scrap are all reclaimed. All casting investments and cleaning fluids are disposed of properly. Office and kitchen waste is minimized through recycling and composting with very little ending up in the dumpster. We remain committed to promoting sustainable business practices, believing that it is particularly important in an industry whose product is inextricably connected to the earth. “I believe that people are basing more and more of their buying decisions on how ethically responsible a business is run. People want a better world and are using their dollars to show that.
They want to support a product that does good AND feels good to buy and wear. The significant meaning of wedding jewelry can only get deeper with the addition of eco friendly practices" comments T Lee. The Kimberly process, created to eliminate the flow of “conflict or blood diamonds”, requires participating countries to tightly control the import and export of rough diamonds and to establish control systems over their private sectors that trade in rough diamonds. T Lee believes her shop is doing one step better than selling only ethically mined diamonds-when sourcing diamonds for clients, her first choice is buying ‘post consumer’ diamonds from her vendors. “These are stones that have been in the market stream, who’s mining damage to the earth and potentially to peoples rights, is done. These recycled diamonds are recut if necessary, re-certified by a gem lab and ready for a new life in a piece of our custom jewelry. There is no need to move dirt and break civil rights for freshly mined diamonds. I can even get post consumer melee (small diamonds) now! I pushed this idea hard to one of my young diamond dealers 10 years ago and now he has more post consumer diamonds in his inventory than anyone else I know of, he found out what we already knew-our clients care”. Whether from privately owned mines or from village co-ops, we have a network of sources the world over than offer the most beautiful and humanely produced gemstones on the planet. All pieces are hand-fabricated by our expert craftspeople and are constructed using reclaimed and re-refined gold, platinum and palladium.
In the heart of NE Minneapolis for 38 years
509 1/2 First Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
RETAIL STORE HOURS:
Tuesday-Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
House Call Design: by appointment