I remember being a child and the first time I walked into the back room of a jeweler. He had a torch in his hand and magnifying glasses on his face. He seemed like a magician playing with fire and I always loved magic. I believed that a master can turn anything into gold. I still believe that, but on a deeper level. Another interest I had during that time was searching for antique coins. Growing up in the Mediterranean city of Tunis, I found a medley of these including Punic, Roman, Byzantine, Vandal, Jewish, Islamic, French…so began my fascination with collections.
Many years later, I arrived in New York City, and the old dream of playing with fire, shaping gold and collecting objects came back to life. I went to the GIA to study Gemology and finished intensive programs in goldsmithing and diamond setting. To learn more, I went to India to search for gems and started setting them in gold and silver. I’ve been surrounded by gemstones and a flood of patterns ever since. Even after all of these adult experiences, my childhood is what ultimately defines my sense of beauty and esthetic choices. I still enjoy creating collections and surrounding myself with the magical beauty found in precious metals and gems.
In our studio, we’re doing our best to reflect our awareness of the impact of metal mining. We source gold from suppliers of recycled metals, or artisanal mines whenever possible to reduce our fingerprints. It’s important however to know that we are functioning in the middle of an industry that is just awakening to the importance of this issue, and it is by no means anywhere close to where it should be.
We work with natural stones to the extent that is possible and encourage customers to use their own recycled diamonds.
Ultimately, the change will really take shape when we are fully aware of the effects that our daily choices make. The change is slow but real and that is what makes us hopeful.
Adel Chefridi Studio is located in Kingston, NY.
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