VKecojewelry

Eco Friendly Ethical Jewelry Engagement & Wedding Rings

Portland, Oregon · 1162 Sales

VKecojewelry

Eco Friendly Ethical Jewelry Engagement & Wedding Rings

Portland, Oregon 1162 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   We use only conflict free diamonds, other diamond alternatives and 100% recycled metals. 5% of the profit of each sales goes to support Earthworks "No Dirty Gold" efforts.

If you would like to learn about why gold is dirty, visit www.nodirtygold.org

Announcement

We use only conflict free diamonds, other diamond alternatives and 100% recycled metals. 5% of the profit of each sales goes to support Earthworks "No Dirty Gold" efforts.

If you would like to learn about why gold is dirty, visit www.nodirtygold.org

Valerie Kasinskas

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Valerie Kasinskas

Hand Forged Ring Recycled Palladium Matte Finish
$90.00
Hand Forged Ring Silver Eco Friendly Metal
$85.00
Twinkle Necklace Recycled Silver Eco Friendly
$70.00
Brilliant Shine Hoop in Raw Silver
$125.00
Palladium Sterling Band Hand Forged Ring
$275.00
Brilliant Shine Hoop in Oxidized Silver
$135.00
Ethical Black Diamond Textured Ring Hand Forged
$130.00
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Wedding ring consultations booked out all day today! Spring is in the air!

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Just forged & about to anneal this design and forge some more!

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ABOUT & PHILOSOPHY

ABOUT
VK Designs demonstrates fresh thinking in the field of metal smithing with a foundation in traditional techniques and high quality craftsmanship.

We only use conflict free diamonds and all recycled metals, so shop with confidence. 5% of each sale goes to support the “NO DIRTY GOLD” CAMPAIGN.

Valerie Kasinskas of VK Designs has been trained by master metalsmiths & holds a bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, she is the sole designer and creator of each piece.



PHILOSOPHY
Why recycled metal? Gold and silver mining is without a doubt one of the world’s dirtiest industries: it uses cyanide, generates heaps of waste, and leaves a long-lasting scar on landscapes and communities.

80% of all gold is used to make jewelry. For more info visit: NODIRTYGOLD.ORG

VK Designs is dedicated to using ethically obtained materials to show support of the belief that every person deserves respect and and the chance at a healthy life.

I became dedicated to ethical materials after traveling and having first hand experiences in my husband’s home country of Peru. I’ve been humbled & inspired by people who have been directly affected by gold mining. Some of them being the people of Choropampa, which has the largest gold mine in South America. In July of 2000 there was a massive mercury spill that devastated the community. Many people died and many suffer permanent heath problems from this exposure. This incident is only one example of how mining communities are negatively affected.

I support efforts that are safer and cleaner than this by using 100% recycled metals. I also utilize only certified conflict-free stones and donate a percentage of my profits every year to organizations that support ethical practices & materials in the field of jewelry.

I transform recycled metal and unexpected stones into comfortable, functional jewelry. The forms are organic, feminine, bold, textured but are also leaning on the edge of modern and simplistic. I work in palladium, platinum, palladium sterling, sterling silver, palladium white gold( 14k & 18k), yellow gold (14k, 18k, 22k & 24k) and rose gold (14k) and love working with uncut or raw diamonds as well as rose cuts and other unexpected shapes. I focus on wedding rings and engagement ring but create all types of special pieces including necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

My daily mantra is to make each better than the one before. I make this happen in many ways which range from using ethical materials in my creations to donating a portion of my profits to support the reform of the mining industry.

I carefully choose the most responsibly sourced materials & demand transparency with my suppliers. I stay informed and support mining reform efforts locally and internationally.

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  • Valerie Kasinskas

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Valerie is the founder of VK Designs. She demonstrates fresh thinking in the field of metalsmithing with a foundation in traditional techniques and high quality craftsmanship. She is dedicated to source conflict free diamonds and responsible metals.

  • Rachel Tourville

    Designer, Maker

    Rachel co-designs and works on the jewelry bench alongside the founder of VK Designs, Valerie Kasinskas. She is fueled by a drive to improve the world we live in, clean design, and good coffee. Rachel and Valerie are identical twins.

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