Radical Jewelry Makeover... Have you heard of this?
Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) involves taking donations of people's unwanted jewelry, disassembling and sorting it, melting it down, and creating new, beautiful pieces for people to wear and cherish.
I recently learned about this non-profit, action-oriented group of "ethical metalsmiths" at my silversmithing class. In fact, Santa Fe will be the fifth location for RJM to take place, and we are very excited about it!
Beginning Friday this week I will be participating in this innovative event, which begins in the studio at the Santa Fe Community College. Several professional jewelers will join the students to create beautiful new pieces from old, unwanted costume and fine jewelry that has been donated by the public.
After one week of studio-intense creating, the finished pieces will be displayed at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, available for sale to the public.
Check out this video for a detailed explanation of Radical Jewelry Makeover...
Visit the Radical Jewelry Makeover Blog for the latest RJM news...
The amount of metals and gemstones being consistently mined is staggering. I can't think of a better way to create awareness for the public, students, and professional jewelers as to where our metals and stones come from, and how to better protect these precious materials.
I have been totally inspired by this group of jewelers. It is a great feeling to know that there are people out there that still have respect for the Earth, and will take the appropriate action to make a difference. I am thankful to have the opportunity to participate in this event, and proud to be a part of something so special.
Although creating jewelry from raw materials is my job, I will definitely be paying much closer attention as to where my materials come from, how they are extracted... and of course, I will be doing A LOT more recycling!
One great thing about Santa Fe is that precious metals and other materials have been recycled as a way of jewelry making for hundreds of years. Taking my silversmithing class has taught me how to recycle my silver scrap to create sterling sheet and wire, which I then use to create new designs. Read my post, "A Day with Jerry Faires" for details as to how this is done.
Although I will never stop creating new jewelry, I am anxious to be a part of an event that will help save the planet, as well as set a good example to others in my profession. Stay tuned for photos and updates from RJM Santa Fe!
This is my donation.... What's in YOUR jewelry box?