Forget about knitting and making soup: Tiffany Kunz’s grandmother, who went by the intriguing name of Ruth LaGrandeur, inspired her grand-daughter with her jewellery designing and lapidary skills.
Today, Kunz creates chic accessories from locally sourced, reclaimed bronze and silver and finished by hand in her Los Angeles based studio.
She strives to create art in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner using certified fair trade stones and reclaimed metals. All supplies, from pricing tags, look books and business cards to shipping parcels and jewelry pouches, are made from renewable resources or recycled materials.
Tiffany also strives to work with the most natural elements available in the jewellery-making process and takes care to ensure the everyday use of eco-conscious practices in her studio space. Moreover, to ensure the durability and longevity of each piece, an organic coating is used to protect these creations from tarnish and sensitivity.
In addition to the eco -friendly practices used in her signature line, Tiffany also adds social responsibility to her list of eco-credentials. Sheworks with Raven and Lily, a social business dedicated to empowering impoverished women worldwide through design partnerships and micro-enterprise opportunities.
Specifically, Kunz helps women in Ethiopia by designing jewellery from beads cast from old bullet shells–the remains of former wars in the area. They women then use Tiffany’s designs as a template and create the pieces themselves, thus allowing them to earn a living, receive HIV care and provide educational opportunities for their families.
We’re obsessed with the raw, natural qualities of Tiffany’s work, especially the hammered metal bracelets, as pictured above. To see more designs and learn more about this ethical designer, please visit here.