McFarlandDesigns

Ethical Gemstone & Moissanite Rings in Recycled Metals

California, United States · 2318 Sales

McFarlandDesigns

Ethical Gemstone & Moissanite Rings in Recycled Metals

California, United States 2318 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars
(1059)

Announcement   Welcome to McFarland Designs, your source for ethically handmade jewelry in alignment with your values, specializing in moissanite engagement rings, unique fair trade colored gemstone creations, and recycled wedding bands. For more information about my work, please visit www.mcfarlanddesigns.com.

5% of my gross sales are donated to various charitable causes (recipients vary from month - see current info on my website) to $91,960 for charity since May 2007!

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Last updated on May 3, 2016

Welcome to McFarland Designs, your source for ethically handmade jewelry in alignment with your values, specializing in moissanite engagement rings, unique fair trade colored gemstone creations, and recycled wedding bands. For more information about my work, please visit www.mcfarlanddesigns.com.

5% of my gross sales are donated to various charitable causes (recipients vary from month - see current info on my website) to $91,960 for charity since May 2007!

Tamara McFarland

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Tamara McFarland

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5 out of 5 stars
(1059)
Scott Lefler

Scott Lefler on Jul 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

She said "yes." What more do you need? It's simple, elegant, and the environmental impact is negligible. There is no better way to say "I care about the earth and I care about you" to the person you want forever.

jensemaeric

jensemaeric on Jul 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love this ring that Tamera custom made, and most importantly my fiance loves it too. Tamera did great work on this, and she completed it in a very efficient manner. The hammered rose gold is such a unique look, we have gotten many compliments, and the ring is great. Thanks Tamera for all of your help!

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Welcome to McFarland Designs, your source for beautiful custom jewelry in alignment with your values.

Recycled metals and ethically sourced gemstones are skillfully combined to create wearable works of art that you can truly feel good about, confident that their creation did not exploit workers or the environment. Specializing in sustainable, eco-friendly wedding rings. Made by hand with love.

In all that I do, I strive to minimize harm to people, animals, and the environment, and to leave the world a better place than I found it.

I use 100% recycled Harmony Metals and ethically sourced gemstones in my designs. I realize that the terms ‘ethical’ and ‘fair trade’ are somewhat subjective at this moment in time in the jewelry industry, as there are no established guidelines yet for fair trade metal and gemstone mining; therefore, I believe that the best way for me to be true to my ethical intentions is to offer complete transparency to my customers. I pass along to you every bit of information I can find about the origins of my materials, so that you can make your own fully informed judgments and decisions.

Please check out my Hoover & Strong page to learn more about where my metals come from - http://www.mcfarlanddesigns.com/hooverandstrong.htm

The situation with gemstones is a bit more complicated. Everyone has different ideas about what the best ways are to protect workers and the environment, and as with many other ethical conundrums, it can be tough to know what the right decision is. While I am always open to considering other perspectives, here’s what I’m comfortable with right now – (1) lab-created stones, (2) stones that are mined and cut in the US, and (3) stones obtained from outside the US through channels that can be verified to be promoting environmental health, worker safety, and local communities.

Lab created stones are, to me, a no-brainer. I’m not talking about fakes (no cubic zirconia for me, thanks) – lab created stones, also called synthetic, cultured, or man-made, are physically identical to their mined counterparts. Just as gemstones are formed in nature through heat and other forces within the earth, man-made stones are cultivated through applying similar forces within a laboratory, resulting in a stone that is optically and molecularly identical to a mined stone. Lab created stones’ main impact on the environment is in the power used to run the laboratory, an amount far less impactful than what is incurred with traditional gem mining.

I also like to work with stones that are mined and cut here in the United States; that way I can be assured that US laws about workers’ rights and environmental protection have been observed. (Yes, I know that our environmental protection laws leave much to be desired, but it’s something.)

There is only one company that I know of currently working to supply jewelers with verifiably fair trade stones from outside the US, and that is Columbia Gem House (CGH). Please click here to read more about CGH's commitment to fair trade - http://www.mcfarlanddesigns.com/cgh.htm - CGH has ranked the stones that they offer into four fair trade categories - http://www.mcfarlanddesigns.com/cghfairtrade.pdf - at this time, I have chosen to work with stones from categories one and two.

Wherever possible, I make decisions in my studio that take into account the environment and my commitment to conservation and animal rights. I use recycled office paper, ship my jewelry in boxes made from recycled materials when possible (although I have yet to locate a good source for clamshell-style jewelry boxes from recycled materials), and I ship all orders in gently used bubble mailers that I obtain from a local radio station.

Each month, I donate 5% of my gross sales to a different charity. These are often animal-related causes, since these are some of the nearest and dearest to my heart, but I've also featured international women's rights groups, children's health organizations (only those that don't test on animals, of course), marriage equality efforts, and more. I consider this to be an integral part of my business, and a way to bring more meaning to my work, and to the jewelry I sell.

Interested in learning more or requesting a custom made item? More helpful tidbits here - http://www.mcfarlanddesigns.com/ethical-custom-jewelry.htm

Thanks for caring!

xoxo

Tamara

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  • Tamara McFarland

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    I'm a small-town girl with a big-time need to create beautiful, sparkly jewelry. I live in rural Humboldt County, CA, with my family - my husband, 10-year-old son, 4-year-old daughter, and our menagerie of rescued critters.

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