By  on November 20, 2019

“Sustainable” remains a vague, amorphous term in fashion — and particularly so in the jewelry industry, where brands continue to face multifaceted challenges in responsible sourcing for metals and gems.

Just ask Melissa Joy Manning, founder of her eponymously named sustainable fine jewelry company, a California-based brand that practices a zero-waste design process, incorporates recycled metals, sustainably sourced diamonds, precious gems and handcrafted jewelry in her green-certified studio in Berkeley. Manning’s aesthetic is striking, and her pieces stand out through the use of uncommon stones — think of pink Montana sapphires or watermelon tourmaline — complementary colors and textures, and limited-edition pieces, such as recycled 14-karat gold earrings with mismatched blue opal and mosaic turquoise that contains a matrix of copper mineral, creating a “wonderfully imperfect” look. Yes — wonderful indeed.

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