If you’re approaching the big day and searching for an exclusive ring that will weigh on your finger but not on your conscience, jewellery designer Kerstin Laibach has the answer.
Offering metallurgical advice – dispelling myths about precious metal allergies and instructing customers on how to avoid the pitfalls of plated and cast jewellery – and with a trademark insistence on crafting ethical jewellery, there’s no greenwash. Each of Kerstin’s pieces is earth and animal friendly, entirely vegan, with every last detail of her designs hand-forced only from recycled precious metals. Nothing is cast, there are no computer aids, no factory parts and obviously no damaging chemicals used.
“It’s not about the monetary value of a ring’s precious metals and gems and its short-lived rhodium enhanced sparkle which should decide a purchase”, says Kerstin. “I create jewellery as an artist, not as a brand, and as such enter into a close liaison with my couples to ensure the exact rings of their wishes while guiding them along a genuinely green path.”
For ethical and sentimental value, Kerstin encourages partners to consider their family-related, old, unwanted gold and stones to be integrated into their new rings. Fifteen per cent of her profits go to wildlife and environmental protection including land-care education or sustainability projects in developing countries, helping subsistence based communities to protect complex eco-systems instead of digging it up for gold.