Eco Green Mindful Custom Jewelry, anyone? [Angie Star]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 23, 2009
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I’m not a big jewelry guy, but I have always worn a ‘protection cord’ (red string that is given in Buddhist tradition by one’s teacher as a sort of reminder and blessing to be ‘awake’ and present), a thin light Italian-style necklace with a couple little doodads on it, and a pinky ring (in the tradition on my grandpa’s elegant, small pinky rings with monogram or what-have-you). So when I lost my Gypsy Jewel-bought big old Tibetan version of a hulking Mafioso pinky ring a few months back, I decided once and for all to

1) have my next ring be local, not shipped halfway across the world

2) and have that ring support the work of a local artiste

3) have that ring be crafted in an ‘eco-responsible’ manner

4) because if it would be crafted by a local artiste, have it be custom: put my initials WHL in the back of the ring, and the Shambhala Buddhist ‘Ashe’ symbol on the front—in a vain effort to remind myself to be heartfelt, genuine and confident. (Ashe is a sacred calligraphy and meditation practice that reminds the peaceful warrior to be, well, heartfelt, genuine and confident).

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So, naturally, I turned to my friends at the local green-minded Angie Star, a lovely little jewelry boutique where I’d previously bought a necklace for my grandma Carol. They do a ton of custom work for weddings etc, so I figured they could do a little ring pour moi.

Via Lindsey Cash, the artist who made the ring:

“Your ring is recycled sterling silver with copper. It also has a recycled sterling and recycled gold inlay. It’s all hand cut, formed, and hammered.

And, here’s a little general info on our green practices at both Angie Star and our other store, North Star—with some specifics about the North Star building.”

A leader among eco-conscious jewelers in Boulder—and located in a green building—all precious metals used and sold at North Star Jewelry Supply are 99 percent recycled. Other sustainability efforts have included a pledge to buy from green companies only, and Olsgard has plans to offer sterling silver buy-back services to local jewelers. Students will also soon have the opportunity to enroll in a new green jeweler certificate program.

Owner Angela Olsgard and her staff act on the belief that what people do in their daily lives affects others. 

Much of what U.S. consumers buy today is made in another part of the world, either by machines or often by people who aren’t paid a fair wage. In contrast, choosing designs from Angie Star Jewelry contributes to the success of a conscientious business, fuels the local economy and supports the livelihoods of dedicated artists. 

The art of jewelry making calls upon the world’s natural resources, and historically the international trade market for precious metals and stones has not honored human rights, Olsgard points out. 

“We consider it critical to reduce our impact by wasting nothing,” Olsgard said. “We recycle our unused gold fill and sterling (silver). We are committed to creating our art in as sustainable a process as it can be.”

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“The world’s resources are far from infinite, and it is important for each of us to do what we can to reduce, reuse, and recycle,” said designer Katherine Sanz. “North Star is the only source for recycled silver in the area, and we strive to be a model for sustainable artists everywhere.”

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Eco Green Mindful Custom Jewelry, anyone? [Angie Star]”

  1. Hey, I heard about a new jewelry company that is launched and have a lot less expensiveness prices then Green Karat. You can check their website and find lot of green jewelry pieces that are alike green karat but at very competitive rates. They specialize in green wedding bands and non-conflict diamond rings. The company is as green, environmentally and socially conscious, as a jeweler can be and unique thing is that they are offering three very exciting features which no one is offering right now.
    1-Green Box Program
    2-One Tree & One Ring a Time
    3-Make Your Own ORO Ring
    4-ORO Certificate of Authenticity [ Each ring you buy from carries a Unique Tag Number ]
    The head of the company is Shimon Farkas and you can see how extensive her background is in all things green at her current website., He & his family is in jewelry business for three generations and featured on the ABC Morning News and New York Fashion Show. Shimon Farkas is the prime manufacturer of green jewelry all in house and nothing is outsourced to any third party that gives him leverage to cut down his cost and share it with the customers and also with assurance he is offering ORO Certificate of Authenticity with each ring.
    The aim is to make the pieces extremely affordable AND eco-friendly. Should be a really innovative website too, you can also ask for any Custom Design and that can be made within a matter of few weeks.

  2. […] I hand cut, formed, and hammered Waylon’s ring from recycled sterling silver and copper. I added a sterling and gold inlay on top of the copper, which gives it a really unique organic feel–just like the eco man himself! Waylon was also nice enough to write a little ditty about the ring for his mindful life online mag. Check it out here! […]