Laura Elizabeth Jewelry buys their metals from recycling plants in Los Angeles. They use household products instead of acids or chemicals to wash, clean, or polish their jewelry. Many other manufacturers use cyanide and other chemicals that hurt the workers who are making the jewelry you enjoy.
All of Laura Elizabeth Jewelry is made with recycled brass.
They use a special oven with a hood that traps toxins and air pollutants, which protects their workers and the environment!
Laura Elizabeth casts her cuffs, rings, pendants, and earrings in a building that disposes of the waste sustainably, leaving less of a carbon footprint. Laura Elizabeth uses a woman-owned business called Kegulian.
- All chains, clasps, wire, etc are sourced from manufacturers in the US (with the exception of the lobster clasp from Italy).
-Laura Elizabeth's jewelry is also vegan.
- The factory Laura Elizabeth uses to cast all our jewelry is in downtown Los Angeles. She ensures that the workers in the studio/factory are paid above minimum wage.
- All paper products are printed locally at 6th Street Printing and in-house on recycled paper. This includes shipping labels, notes/inserts, wholesale display cards. They are printed on uncoated paper to make it easier to recycle.
- All shipping and packaging is recycled and/or recyclable. They source all padded envelopes, eco-friendly shipping labels, GreenWrap (eco-friendly "bubble wrap") and cello and kraft tape from EcoEnclose.
- Laura Elizabeth bag (that your jewelry arrives in) is made of 100% organic cotton.
Laura Elizabeth uses the "lost wax metal casting" process.
They create molds their designs, such as a starfish or leaf, and then they put wax into the impression and make it into a wearable ring, cuff, or pendant.
This is the “master” that is used in production.
Once they are ready for production, they make a "tree" (with plaster).
This tree goes into oven at 1300 degrees!
The wax is melted at this heat, but because it’s filled with plaster – the plaster stays. Then, they pour metal into the plaster.
Generally, manufacturers dump the plaster in the water and therefore the sewer. However, the building they use has a special sewer that is collected by the management and dumped properly –so it’s not dumped anywhere that affects the ecosystem.