an attempt to not create more waste than we possibly can, Shimmerlings
has joined the Sustainable Jewelry Movement. This is a group of
individuals and companies who have chosen to be more conscious about
their choices and how consumables are used, reused, and how waste is
part of this quiet movement, there are companies and artists that only
use vintage and recyclable or natural products in their creations; companies
that do not create additional manufacturing for their products.
There are others that will not deal with anything except Non-Conflict
Diamonds, and others that do their purchasing on a strictly conscious
level, not to attain any gemstones from any person or company that may
overlook the efforts of those who labor on behalf of the gemstone business.
While often this makes the manufacturer or Artist's job more difficult,
it is always worth
the effort. Our Sustainable Jewelry Line is our initial
attempt to be a member of this very important movement.
are using vintage pieces found at sales, consignments, and antiquity
shops for our materials. We often completely dis-assemble the
initial product and reuse all the initial components; or we may take
a portion of the piece and simply use it in a new design. We are
currently working on an addition to this line that takes advantage of non
jewelryitems that others believe to be "trash" and create
wonderful jewelry designs from them.
a bit of research, we have found some wonderful artists who incorporate
vintage, old, used, and even "junk" pieces into their designs.
Wonderful artists who use a myriad of items for collages, or antique
spoons for necklaces, old license plates for bracelet components, vintage
door hardware for earrings and other objects to create their art....a
true 'trash to treasure' sort of thing. In that we feel all of
these artists should be given their just desserts, we will list links
to their sites on ours...Yes, it is THAT important to us.
is these artists who we would like to praise, give thanks, and follow
in their steps. It is our hope that our line will be a wonderful
reflection of what we are attempting to do, and that it will grow as
our vision, and spirit grows.
at Shimmerlings are not attempting to simply sell jewelry under a 'guise'
of being "Sustainable", we have always utilized this conception
thoroughly throughout the company. Our paper products, whenever
possible, are all created from recycled paper, our ink cartridges are
reused, our shipping boxes are recycled, and we reuse the boxes that
are shipped to us. We reuse most everything that arrives as part
of any shipment, packaging, plastic bags, fill, and paper. As
a company and a family, we recycle plastics, papers, metal and everyother
conceivable thing possible and allowable. Our attempt is to never toss
anything in the trash that can be viably reused. And as my grandmother
used to say "Never cut anything that you can untie"...meaning,
not to create waste with something that can be used again. Our
goal is to leave as much that comes to us, in the condition it arrived,
and reuse it the best way possible.
has actually been purchasing and saving vintage materials for quite
some time...now we believe she will have the outlet that she's been
looking for with those pieces!
our discoveries, visit the links we have posted below, and become part
of the movement, whether that be here or elsewhere!