Recycled sterling silver earrings 'Bright skies'
Recycled sterling silver earrings 'Bright skies' are tiny geometric studs with beautiful iolite gems.
Iolites are pretty minerals, sometimes known as water sapphire, because their colour somewhat resembles sapphires, or Viking compass.Vikings used flakes of iolites as polarisation looking glass to establish their position on the sea from looking at the sun. In the Northern hemisphere the skies are often cloudy and without this crystal they would not be able to sail around the world.
The gems we use have deep blue colour with violet hues. We love them!
We also have a lovely matching iolite necklace.
Q & A
Is recycled silver better?
The answer is yes and no, it really depends on your angle. Our consumption patterns are bad and if we continue to insist on growth the way we are no amount of recycling will help us. On the other hand, they say that the people who are crazy enough to change the world are the ones who do ....and we are crazy.
Only about 30% of silver comes from silver mines and the rest is a by-product of copper refining so it is really not an ‘ethical’ or green metal. That is why we use recycled silver and when possible also Fairtrade certified.
Is all silver used recycled?
No. At this moment we buy in the little scrolls that keep your earring in and we do not know much about the origins of silver used. They come from a UK manufacturer. In the future, we will be looking into getting them in Fairtrade certified silver but the options is not available just yet.
Are the gems recycled?
We love using recycled gems but those are generally only usable in one of a kind designs. For our permanent collections we use gems from various like-minded companies.These iolites come from Kernowcraft, a Devon-based company that shares our beliefs and has been working with their suppliers for years.