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Natalie Frigo's passion is creating unique, handcrafted jewelry that treasures the extraordinary beauty in every client. Sculpting all of the designs by hand in her lower Manhattan studio, Natalie personally attends to each detail using the ancient practices of metalsmithing and 'cire perdue' (also known as lost-wax casting). The organic forms are then cast and finished in New York City, marrying recycled metals with personally selected, ethically sourced gemstones.
Natalie's inspiration ranges from early metallurgy and textile design to recent architectural developments, culminating in a collection that is contemporary, but by referencing venerable artifacts, also feels timeless.
Conflict-free stones ensure that no person was forced to mine a stone in unsafe or illegal working conditions. All of Natalie Frigo's diamonds, for example, are individually tracked through their full chain of custody to ensure that ethical practices are used in mining, cutting and polishing. Ethically sourced goes beyond conflict-free - these gemstones are delivered from mines that provide a living wage, ensure safe working conditions and protect the environment by limiting dangerous chemicals and developing plans for restoring the land after mining is complete.
Recycled and reclaimed metals eliminate a tremendous amount of new pollution and contaminated water. An average, newly mined 18-karat gold ring (weighing less than an ounce) creates twenty tons (!) of waste, whereas a recycled ring creates almost none. Since recycled metal is as beautiful and timeless as newly mined and indistinguishable in its use as a raw material, the choice is a simple one.
Timeless jewelry like Natalie's helps reduce waste by giving you pieces that will last generations. Buy a few great pieces of jewelry that you will love for a lifetime instead of acquiring a drawer full of things you rarely wear and then forget about after a season.
Image credit: The Glamourai, Greta Eagan, Natalie Frigo