I attended a Waldorf, or Rudolph Steiner, high school. Part of our daily education centered on caring for the planet, our local environment, and our neighbors. That early education left an indelible mark on me and it informs both my personal and business decisions about the materials and suppliers I use. I benefit from living in New York, where I can meet with many of my vendors and talk with them about their chains of command and see first-hand how their staff is treated. For me, being sustainable is more than working with certified green materials: It's about supporting businesses that care for their employees and our planet in equal measure.
All of the diamonds used in my jewelry are certified conflict free and most are either Canadian, Argyle Australia, or recycled diamonds. A recycled diamond is a natural diamond, cut and polished from mined rough, previously set in jewelry then removed, and re-introduced into the supply chain. Recycled diamonds are conflict free, free of human rights abuses, and 100% recycled. I am an Authorized Dealer of Certified Canadian and Harmony Recycled Diamonds and Gems.
I strive to source my colored gemstones from suppliers who adhere to The Quality Assurance and Fair Trade Gems Protocols and use that material whenever possible. I also work directly with gemstone mine owners and artisanal miners to acquire stones as close to the source as possible, including stones that are cut at the source.
More than 90% of the metal I use is recycled and has a traceable chain of acquisition. I am an authorized seller of Harmony Metals, which I use for findings including clasps, ear nuts, and earring posts.
I am an authorized Fairmined precious metals licensee. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations who meet world leading standards for responsible practices.
My cast pieces are made using SCScertified recycled silver and gold content.
Judi Powers Jewelry is individually packaged in unbleached cotton pouches and boxes made of recycled materials.