Recycling makes a happy bride and groom!

Recently a lovely couple came to Liza Shtromberg Jewelry to buy wedding rings.

Pave diamond white gold engagement ring

We told them they can trade in their unwanted gold and platinum jewelry and receive store credit. Their family decided to pitch in and donated a few pieces of unwanted jewelry, and one of the rings had a center diamond that we were able to use in the style the bride loved the most. We were able to modify the setting to fit the size of the diamond. With the biggest expense in a diamond ring being the center diamond, and the credit from the recycled gold, the couple was able to get their favorite styles by spending only 25% of the total cost of the rings!

And they lived happily ever after…

Create your own happy wedding ring story at Liza Shtromberg jewelry. Be green, and save green with our unwanted jewelry recycling program, and by choosing engagement and wedding rings made with 100% recycled metals and diamonds at Liza Shtromberg Jewelry. We have a new selection of solitaire styles, with complimentary his and her wedding rings.

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Jewelry Trade-In Program: Recycle Your Diamonds and Old Metal into New Jewelry

Because the jewelry you wear is a direct expression of your self, consider enhancing your diamond jewelry to accommodate your own personal style!  

Settings BEFORE, with diamonds removed

Reset diamonds AFTER

Diamonds carry sentimental value which can live forever, but their setting doesn’t have to!  Whether you want to keep that wonderful gift, but let go of the memories, or keep the memories and revamp the gift, Liza Shtromberg would happily honor your diamond by designing a new setting that fully compliments your character and personal style.

BEFORE: setting with diamonds removed

AFTER: stackable diamond rings

In addition to the personal benefits of owning a custom diamond setting you love to wear, there’s the added advantage that you will wear your new ring proudly knowing that resetting your diamond into our post-consumer recycled metal settings was an environmentally conscience alternative to mining for new diamonds.   An affordable choice, a reset diamond can also provide you an opportunity to test your creativity in its reinvention.

Moreover, you are welcome to bring your unwanted gold and platinum jewelry to trade in for store credit!  We will weigh and test your gold jewelry so that we can provide you with an offer for the market value of the gold in store credit which can be used on any existing item in our store.  In fact, if you’re also resetting a diamond you can apply the gold from the diamond’s old setting as store credit towards your custom diamond ring.

Turn an antique diamond ring into a unique designer diamond ring in a single meeting with Liza Shtromberg at her studio located at 2120 Hillhurst Ave., in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.  For more details or to set up an appointment, please call us at 323.913.1444.

Jewelry the Green Way

Eco Modern Ecoresin and Organic Flower Sterling Silver Necklace

Eco Modern Ecoresin and Organic Flower Sterling Silver Necklace Photo Credit: Adam L. Murray

In the past, the concept of being “style conscious” meant being conscious of one’s own style, not necessarily being concious as an individual or member of the human condition.

But in a world where we are learning to make the most of the resources we’ve got, on a day to day basis, that individual and collective conciousness has crept into every aspect of our lives.

Even fashion.

There was a time when “eco-friendly” and “organic” were dirty words in the style world.   In fact, being “green” usually meant having to give up any and all high-fashion credibility.

Thankfully, that was then.  And this is now.

We live in a world where hybrids are hip, local is the ony way to grow, minerals are the new makeup, and recycling is exacted without a second thought.  Consumers have never been so concerend about where the clothing and accessories they wear have originated.  Sweat shops are faux pas.  Excess waste is frowned upon.

It is possible that going “green” is even more difficult for the jewelry industry.  But with a little bit of effort, and a lot of ingenuity, it is possible.

From ethically-mined stones to recycled metal, to discovering entirely new  materials to use, designers are discovering ways to ensure that you don’t have to sacrifice the bling to spare your concience.  Let’s also not forget that handmade and locally-made jewelry are more humane than anything mass-produced.

The necklace above, for instance, is made from two layers of pre-consumer recycled ecoresin encasing a purely organic material.  Beauty and eco-consciousness?  It is possible after all.

Who ever would have guessed these two ideals could  co-exist in such lovely harmony?

As far as the part of the consumer, keep in mind that sterling silver in jewelry is an inherently recycled material.  Gold can be green, if purchased informatively.  And of course, any recycled gold is green. Some stones are mined ethically.  Some are not.  Do your research.  And don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Below are some useful links to help you on your ethically stylish journey.  The first step is taking the time to care.  The second is to become educated on what you’re buying and wearing.

And remember, you don’t have to sacrifice the jewelry or fashions you love to be “green.”  The key in everything is to find a healthy balance.  Remember that and you’ll always be a beautiful asset to your environment…

http://www.nodirtygold.org

http://www.conflictfreediamonds.org/

http://www.greenjewelry.com/

http://www.fairjewelry.org/

-A great resorce for all things green: The All Shades of Green Blog: http://allshadesofgreenblog.blogspot.com/

-And don’t forget to read our Eco-Friendly Bridal and Wedding Jewelry post below!

The Eco Modern Bride

In a new collective consciousness where being Eco-friendly is not only looked at as being responsible and ethical, but even stylish and hip, it only makes sense that the wedding industry would catch on. 

Contemporary weddings have often been thought of as being lavish, extravagant and even excessive events.  This ideal has led modern brides to start seeking out ways to “green” their weddings, from the decorations to the invitations, from the food to the attire.  Green, Eco-conscious weddings are becoming a cultural phenomenon, a much-welcomed change and a hopeful trend. 

Coinciding with our own ongoing effort to go green, we at Liza Shtromberg Jewelry are hoping to contribute by offering bridal jewelry, engagement rings, and wedding bands in recycled fine metals and conflict-free diamonds and gemstones. 

Even metals can be recycled, which provides an opportunity for not only brides but anyone who wears jewelry to take one more step towards going green.

 

So have no fear.  Achieving a green wedding is less complicated than you think.   Celebrating a very beautiful thing while making your own effort to lessen your own carbon footprint really does make a difference.

And that in itself is also a very beautiful thing. 

If you are in need of inspiration, here are some great resources:

-The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget, by Kate Harrison

Eco-Chic Weddings: Simple Tips to Plan an Earth Friendly, Socially Responsible, Affordable Green Wedding, by Emily Elizabeth Anderson

Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration, by Mireya Navarro

The Everything Green Wedding Book: Plan an Elegant, Affordable, Earth-Friendly Wedding, by Wenona Napolitano

-www.greenweddings.net

-www.greeneleganceweddings.com

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