Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Meet D&H Sustainable Jewelers

We absolutely love D&H Sustainable Jewelers, the greenest jewellery store in San Francisco (and the country, we suspect). They are hosting an event to meet Anne Sportun from Toronto, Canada. Her line has a heavy focus on bridal/engagement but she will also be showing her complete collection. Her work could be described as contemporary classic. The show dates are September 23rd 11am-8pm, 24th 11am-8pm, and 25th 11am-5pm. We are going to check it out, join us!

We asked Lindsay to tell us a bit about her company. 

1. How did D&H Sustainable Jewelers start? 

Shawn and I have both worked many years in the jewelry industry. After working together for several years at another company, we began to see a demand from our clients for jewelry that's sourced and made in an ethical manner-- conflict free diamonds and precious metals that were not mined in a way that negatively impacts the environment and social climate.  This was a concept that he and I had both already felt strongly about, so we began to talk about opening as sustainable jewelry store.  We began planning and one year later it all fell into place. D&H Sustainable Jewelers opened its doors in January 2011.

2. What do you love most about working with jewelry?

The obvious answer is being able to design and work in a creative environment. The not so obvious answer is that it gives us great joy to be part of significant moments in people's lives. Jewelry often commemorates an anniversary, an engagement, a wedding and so on.

3. Why green?

Over 20 tons of toxic waste is generated in order to mine enough gold to make one simple wedding band. The technology and resources exist today for us to recycle and re-use precious metals without any sacrifice to quality and design. So, why not?

4. Do you only sell engagement and wedding rings?

Though our business focuses largely on bridal jewelry, we also carry necklaces, earrings, and bracelets in a variety of styles. We feature the work of fifteen different jewelry artists as well as pieces that we design and make in house. All items are carefully crafted using recycled precious metals and ethically sourced gemstones. 80% of our designers are local artists.

5. How do you work with the team of Locally Grown Weddings?

Both the wedding and jewelry industries traditionally come with a certain level of environmental impact. I see the partnership between Locally Grown Weddings and D&H as a way to expand the new philosophy of sustainability in business. Both companies work hand in hand to promote our ideals in fun and meaningful ways. Be it through photo shoots, happy hours, or wedding workshops, we all work to get our message out to as many people as possible.

Featured Locally Grown Weddings Members:

Photography: Aurora Meneghello
Flowers and Design: Madeline Trait

Featured Locally Grown Weddings Partner:

Jewelry: D&H Sustainable Jewelers

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