Judi Powers Jewelry
I attended a Waldorf, or Rudolph Steiner, high school. Part of our daily education centered on caring for the planet, our local environment, and our neighbors. That early education left an indelible mark on me and it informs both my personal and business decisions about the materials and suppliers I use. I benefit from being able to travel and meet with many of my vendors in person. I always talk with them about their chains of acquisition and ask about their employees and their families. For me, being sustainable is more than working with certified “green” materials: It's about supporting businesses that care for their employees, their communities, and our planet.
All of the diamonds used in my jewelry are certified conflict free and most are Canadian, Argyle Australia, or reclaimed (recycled) diamonds. I strive to source my colored gemstones from suppliers who adhere to The Quality Assurance and Fair Trade Gems Protocols and I use that material whenever possible. I often work directly with gemstone cutters and artisanal miners to acquire stones as close to the source as possible, including stones that are cut at the source. I am an authorized Fairmined precious metals licensee. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices. I use Harmony recycled metals for certain findings and SCScertified recycled silver and gold for my cast pieces.