Earth Day 2020 - A love letter

April 22, 2020

Happy Earth Day!

I've been reading so many articles recently about shifts in the environment that are uplifting!

Articles like this one about Delhi (which I visited last year), where the air pollution is usually so bad that you can actually taste it (I can attest to that):

When I opened Metalicious for business, it was my mission to:
  • Give back to the community 🥬
  • Use local small businesses in NYC 📎
  • Create jobs in my community 🏙
  • Use ethically mined gemstones 💎
  • Use recycled metals only 🏆
And with YOUR help, I'm proud to say that on a daily basis, we achieve all of these goals. ❤️💪
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I am passionate about running an ethical and sustainable business that inspires other business owners to make intentional choices.

Because I believe that together we are stronger.
I want to share with you some of the ways we've achieved these goals-- you and me-- together:

🥬Give back to the community

This year I achieved my goal (and surpassed it) of raising $30,000 for City Harvest in NYC. This is a charity that is so close to my heart. And right now, City Harvest is providing much needed food for families that have lost their income. I get choked up just thinking about it-- many of these kids go to school with my kids. And by contributing to City Harvest we're helping these kids and their families.

📎Use local small businesses in NYC
The majority of businesses in the Diamond District in NYC are small sole proprietor businesses that employ staff that hail from all different backgrounds. Jewelry making, stone setting, polishing, casting etc, are typically low paid jobs even though they require a skillset that not many have-- passed down through generations of families.
So, by buying from me, you are helping to keep these small businesses afloat as well as keeping people employed and paid fairly.

🏙Employ locally
Metalicious has employed women and men directly to help out at my studio with everything from bench work to shipping your orders. Small businesses like mine created 1.5 million jobs annually here in the US which contributes to our overall economy. My staff are truly the nicest people and I am lucky to get to work with them.

💎Use ethical gemstone sourcing
You probably know by now that "I don't do diamonds", so that means researching and sourcing ethical gemstones, from garnets to diamonds, emeralds to rubies and using lab created gemstones. You can read more about my ethical sourcing here.

🏆Use recycled metals where possible
One of the local businesses that I use in the Diamond District in NYC is a casting house that only use recycled metals. That means that they melt down pre-existing metals, rather than mining for metal in the ground. You can read more about that here.

Without YOU, none of this would be possible!

The Earth and nature are one of my biggest inspirations.

I created the Elements collection as a nod to the environment and the beautiful world that we call home.
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There really are so many things to be grateful for, even during these uncertain times.

I am grateful for this earth, let's continue to protect it-- together.