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Bejeweled: The World of Ethical Jewelry (Hardcover)
Jewelry, long associated with luxury, is also becoming a medium for social responsibility and ethical values. Kyle Roderick, an authority on ethical jewelry, profiles fifteen designers who are at the forefront of refashioning the medium for today's consumers.
In the wake of Charles Leavitt's insightful 2006 movie Blood Diamond, which told how conflict diamonds fund civil wars, the buying and wearing of ethically sourced and sustainably mined jewelry has become a priority in today's luxury market. Bejeweled is the first book to cover this timely subject. Profiling leading international designers who are at the forefront of the ethical jewelry movement, this beautifully photographed publication examines how an ancient art is powering a green revolution in chic jewelry for everyone.
Included are renowned designers such as Pippa Small, an early user of fair-mined gold, who employs local artisans to fabricate her one-of-a-kind pieces; Dewey Nelson, a Native American Hopi who incorporates 1,000-year-old tribal motifs in his reclaimed-silver pieces; and Loren Nicole, whose jewelry features intricate hand-carved gemstones and 22-karat gold alloyed in the same formula used by ancient Roman goldsmiths. Illustrated with exquisite photographs of individual pieces, featured both alone and on celebrities, who are turning the red carpet "green" by wearing ethically sourced jewelry, Bejeweled is for all gemstone and design fans.
About the Author
Journalist Kyle Roderick is the founder and editor in chief of BIJOUXreview. She covers design-driven jewelry and timepieces for Forbes and other publications.
"This is one book that serves as an inspiration and a foundation for the 21st century’s ethical revolution and how it will shape the future of the entire luxury jewelry sector." —FORBES.COM
"From Rizzoli, this highly anticipated coffee-table book highlights the designers who have dedicated themselves to ethical sourcing and responsible jewelry-making practices. Featured are brands Coomi, Karma El Khalil and Sandy Leong, among several others, who are pushing the sustainability conversation forward. “Bejeweled” shows just how relevant that conversation is." —NATIONAL JEWELER
..."the book explores the ways in which jewelry has evolved beyond being symbolic of indulgence, into an environmentally responsible luxury business and sustainable, purpose-driven art form." —C: CALIFORNIA STYLE MAGAZINE