Episode #460: Building a Community of Ethical Makers with Ethical Metalsmiths

Building a Community of Ethical Makers with Ethical Metalsmiths

In today’s episode, we’re diving into some incredibly important topics about ethical and sustainable jewelry production, making, and sourcing!

This is a hot topic that everyone wants to talk about and learn about, so we’re also going to explore the Ethical Metalsmiths Organization. 

I’ve been on their advisory board for a couple of years, and I just love what they’re doing to mentor designers and create community in a very different way than we do over here at Flourish and Thrive Academy. 

If you don’t know about Ethical Metalsmiths, go look them up right now – I highly recommend that you become a member because they’re awesome.

Today I’m chatting with Jennifer Dawes and Jay Moncada from Ethical Metalsmiths about becoming an ethical metalsmith and what it looks like to build a sustainable jewelry brand!

Jennifer is a jewelry artist specializing in ethical, sustainable, and socially responsible jewelry design. Her goal and vision is to be the go-to jeweler for conscientious, thoughtful people who are making a difference in the world.

Jay is a third-generation gem trader with roots in Columbia – the birthplace of the finest emeralds in the world. He cofounded Perpetuum Jewels, the only U.S. company with a continued standing certification as a responsible source of the trade!

Listen in for a candid talk on how to build a business that’s in alignment with your values of doing good to the earth and having a clear line of the supply chain!

Let’s dive in!

Why Responsibly Sourcing Jewelry Is Crucial

Jennifer dives into why consumer behavior shows that it’s incredibly important for more makers to educate themselves on producing more ethically sourced jewelry. The thing is, you’re going to have to start explaining your business practices to your customers. Tune in to hear why consumers want more and more information that what they’re getting is responsible!

Exploring Ethical Metalsmiths Membership 

Discover what joining Ethical Metalsmiths looks like and what game-changing resources are provided. Learn about their membership levels, including their student, educator, and emerging jeweler level for those who are just starting. This conversation is for you if you want to learn how to gain amazing mentorship, vendors, and best practices. It’s truly a phenomenal community. 

How to Join the Activism  

Want to join the action committee? Anyone can join, and it’s a fabulous go-to if you want to address an issue within the industry. If participating in activism that needs to happen within this industry is close to your heart, listen in to learn how to become a part of it. It’s perfect if you want to be immersed in a community with an amazing mission and purpose that wants to hear your voice and create positive impact and change! 

Here’s a Quick Overview of Episode 460: 

We’re diving into some incredibly important topics about ethical and sustainable jewelry production, making, and sourcing!

This is a hot topic that everyone wants to talk about and learn about, so we’re also going to explore the Ethical Metalsmiths Organization. 

I’ve been on their advisory board for a couple of years, and I just love what they’re doing to mentor designers and create community in a very different way than we do over here at Flourish and Thrive Academy. 

In the latest episode of the Thrive by Design Podcast, I chat with Jennifer Dawes and Jay Moncada about becoming an ethical metalsmith and what it looks like to build a sustainable jewelry brand!

We talk about:

  • Consumer behavior and why responsibly sourcing is a must.
  • How to gain resources, mentorship, vendors, and best practices.
  • How to join the activism.
  • More important info on creating a biz that loves the earth!

If you don’t know about Ethical Metalsmiths, go look them up right now – I highly recommend that you become a member because they’re awesome.

Listen in for a candid talk on how to build a business that’s in alignment with your values of doing good to the earth and having a clear line of the supply chain!

Let’s dive in!

xo, Tracy

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