Christina Malle Summer 2020 jewelry collection utilizes pearls that minimize environmental impact.
New York, NY. The important shifts in conversation, reflection, and action that are happening in so many sectors are happening in the jewelry industry as well. There is greater attention on inequities around the world, including in the jewelry industry and along its supply chain. The jewelry industry has an enormous impact on people—including miners and cutters—and on the earth. As part of Ethical Metalsmiths, Malle and others have been raising these issues for several years; the events of 2020 have led more people to take stock and address these inequities. The way we treat people who produce the metals and gems is inexorably linked to the products themselves. A former human rights lawyer turned fine jewelry designer, Christina Malle is dedicated to the balance of aesthetic joy, while remaining sensitive to the realities of our ever-evolving world. Recently, the designer has launched a pearl capsule collection, using beautiful pearls that are cultivated in small numbers, by companies utilizing the highest standards.
Malle sees “responsible sourcing” as paying miners and cutters a fair wage, avoiding child and forced labor, buying from known sources who can back up their own claims of “responsibility,” and by mitigating the environmental impact of extractive industries.
Pearl farms in Australia, where pearls like Malle’s South Sea baroque pearls are sourced, require clean water to help create stunning pearls of the highest-quality; the oysters in turn play a critical role in keeping the water clean. This symbiotic relationship is advantageous to all parties involved in these specific pearl sites, as well as to the people who live and work nearby. Mass-produced pearls from freshwater sites may not come from venues that share this degree of environmental sensitivity.
In addition to these pearls, Malle uses Fairmined gold, which is traceable to the mining source. These miners are paid a fair wage, avoid or mitigate mercury, and reduce the environmental impact of mining. “Recycled” gold is actually very difficult to verify, since refiners often do not know the sources of their own gold. Malle uses gold with traceable origins, either recycling under-used pieces herself or purchasing gold from Hoover & Strong in Virginia, which vouches that the gold is Fairmined or actually recycled.
Malle has launched a new Pearl Capsule Collection, which also includes the Golden Pearl Necklace, Tahitian Black Peacock Pearl on Sapphire Necklace, the matching Golden Pearl Ring, the Tahitian Pearl Necklace, South Sea Pearl Earrings with Diamonds, and the Tassel Pearl Earrings. Made in New York City, Christina Malle’s pearl capsule collection features a variety of styles available online at http://www.christinamalle.com, and through select retailers.
Christine Malle says, “We in the jewelry industry must avoid polluting people and earth with mercury, and we may not exploit people along the jewelry supply chain. Can we truly call ourselves ‘responsible’ if we do not know where our materials are from, and if we do not know who benefits financially along the jewelry supply chain? How can we know more about the precise origins of our precious metals and gemstones? Traceability and transparency are two helpful places to start, as we work towards continual improvement. I believe in the importance of beauty in the world, especially during times of hardship, and want to make sure that this beauty is not discordant in any way.”
Malle concludes, “Please ask all of your jewelers and makers where the gold, silver, and gemstones are from.”
To visit Christina Malle online, visit www.christinamalle.com.
About Christina Malle Jewelry
Christina Malle, G.G., is a classically trained goldsmith, who uses the finest materials to hand fabricate, or cast in small editions and hand finish, her timeless and elegant jewelry collections. A former human rights attorney, Christina is committed to using Fairmined Gold, and gemstones traceable to the source. She is a board member of Ethical Metalsmiths and a member of the Mercury Free Mining Group, the latter of which is working to remove mercury from artisanal and small-scale gold mining communities. Her fine jewelry features 18K gold, sterling silver, and the finest gemstones. For more information, visit http://www.christinamalle.com.
About Pure Earth (formerly Blacksmith Institute)
Pure Earth’s mission is to identify and clean up the poorest communities throughout the developing world where high concentrations of toxins have devastating health effects. Pure Earth devises cleanup strategies, empowers local champions, and secures support from national and international partnerships. Interventions to mitigate these toxic exposures while protecting livelihoods have proven to be manageable, cost-effective, and eminently do-able. By partnering with and empowering local champions, we clean up chemical and waste legacy toxic hotspots, prevent re-contamination and guard against future pollution. In 2020, Pure Earth marks 21 years as the leading NGO working on cleaning up toxic pollution in poor countries. www.pureearth.org