25 March 2012

Green Gold

The new season of Mad Men is premiering this evening and I can't help but dig through my closet of vintage vixen favorites in anticipation. Joan Harris played by Christina Hendricks and the steely Betty Francis played by January Jones are dressed to the nines on screen and I am anxious to see what the next decade will bring.

Among the precious heirlooms that I cherish are a gold choker from Grandma Fran and my mother’s wedding ring. It’s always an occasion made more special when I wear these prized pieces.

Many jewelry designers are choosing to craft with eco gold and other precious and not so precious materials, often giving new life or purpose to an element.Choosing eco-friendly gold jewelry—and other precious metals like silver and platinum—helps you avoid one of the world's most eco-unfriendly activities: gold mining. This "green gold" can be completely recycled or newly mined under strict environmental regulations.

If you are in New York April 12th – 13th, check out GOLD: Vision, Value and Values conference showcasing contemporary artists who make art and jewelry with gold, as well as historical work and techniques. They’ll address the challenges and opportunities faced by artists and innovative approaches to minimize mining’s ecological footprint and social impact, sustainability and fair trade.

Speakers include jewelers Temple St. Clair, Heather Moore, Monica Rich Kosann, Rebecca Koven, George Sawyer, and Toby Pomeroy, George Harlow, curator of Minerals and Gems, American Museum of Natural History and Jennifer Krill, executive director, Earthworks.

Strike green gold by registering today with promo code “ecogold” Student ($125) and One-Day rates available.

A conference uniquely designed to bring a broad range of people and ideas together all of whom have a stake in GOLD. This is the second GOLD conference organized by Initiatives in Art and Culture. Registration is open now.

An evening event at Fragments complements sessions held daily at CUNY Graduate Center (Fifth Avenue @ 34th Street). Hazzah!

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