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Don’t Know What To Do With Your Old, Unwanted Jewelry? How About A Radical Jewelry Makeover! Lighthouse ArtCenter, Armory Art Center And Resource Depot Bring Successful Project, Radical Jewelry Makeover​ ​To South Florida During Winter/Spring Season 2020. You Can Take Part!

Lighthouse ArtCenter, Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM), Armory Art Center, and Resource Depot are seeking donations of old unwanted jewelry for the community jewelry mining project happening in Tequesta, FL this coming winter 2020. RJM has been traveling nationally and internationally to communities since 2007, educating jewelers of all levels about mining and material sourcing issues involved in jewelry making through a fun, fast paced, 8 week-long project.  Jewelry students and professional jewelers from the region will transform donations into radically fresh and responsible jewelry.  The project culminates in an exhibition and sale of these wearable creations at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery March 19-April 24, 2020. The Opening Reception is on March 19, 2020The Rickie Report shares the details of how/where to donate your unwanted jewelry NOW – December 21,2019, the Kick Off Party/Symposium on January 4, 2020.  Jewelry students and professionals will transform the donations between January 4 -March 4, 2020.  Want to get involved? It is EASY!

 

 

 

Radical   Jewelry   Makeover   –

​South   Florida

 

 

 

 

 

​​A PROJECT OF: Ethical Metalsmiths 

SUPPORTED BY:

Lighthouse ArtCenter, Armory Art Center, and Resource Depot

 

 

 

 

Those tangled chains, unmatched earrings and banged up bracelets sitting at the bottom of jewelry boxes around the South Florida area are exactly what jewelry artists participating in ​Radical Jewelry Makeover – South Florida ​want to get their creative hands on. Until December 21st the non-profit, Ethical Metalsmiths and Lighthouse ArtCenter are accepting donations of old, unwanted jewelry at several Palm Beach County area locations (see complete list below). Donors will receive discount coupons to apply toward the purchase of a new piece and sales will benefit student scholarships and Ethical Metalsmiths‘ efforts to educate and connect people with responsibly sourced materials.

 

 

RJM draws attention to the creativity and skills of local jewelry designers, reveals the stories behind our personal collections and encourages re-consideration of our habits of consumption. Currently, materials used in jewelry production are sourced from some of the poorest countries in the world, sacred lands and disputed territories. Often this sourcing comes at a great cost to the environment. In Tequesta, FL, RJM will bring together volunteer “miners,” who dig out and donate their old jewelry, with volunteer jewelers and students, working together as refiners and designers to collaborate on an exhibition of re-made jewelry. Radical Jewelry Makeover will​ ​offer an informed and creative alternative to traditional mining practices and jewelry production. ​You can help by donating some of the smallest items in your home, jewelry, for reuse and recycling.

 

WHY  IS  THIS  IMPORTANT ?

 

 

Did you know Titanium is mined in the State of Florida? Heavy minerals like Titanium have been mined in Florida since 1916. Titanium can be found in the sand of many of the beaches that line our State and is used for a variety of things from paint and makeup to helicopters and spacecraft. Today, the EPA estimates that hard rock mining is the most toxic industry in the United States. Additionally, Earthworks reports that an estimated 70% of the gold mined each year is used for jewelry, and that a single gold ring leaves more than 20 tons of mine waste. Ethical Metalsmiths, an artist run non-profit organization seeks to galvanize mining reform efforts by staging an “alternative supply chain” and is working with the Lighthouse ArtCenter, Armory Art Center and Resource Depot to bring their successful project, Radical Jewelry Makeover​ ​to South Florida in the Winter/Spring season 2020.

 

HOW TO DONATE YOUR JEWELRY:

 

To donate jewelry of any quality, quantity or material type please download and submit the official project donation form. It is available for download or in print at the various donation drop-off locations. Considering giving gold or silver? Consider this, if you get your jewelry appraised prior to donating, RJM can honor your donation if given with an official appraisal document at its full value as a tax-deductible donation to Ethical Metalsmiths. **** Donation Form can be found below.

 

WORKSHOPS:

 

 

PROJECT TIMELINE:

 

●  Drop-off Donations will be accepted now through December 21 (drop of locations listed below).

●  Kick off Party/Symposium January 4, 2020 from 10am – 2 pm at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery

●  Jewelry students and professionals will transform the donations between January 4 – March 4, 2020

●  The exhibition at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery will take place March 19-April 24, 2020.  There will be an Opening Reception March 19, 2020.

DROP OFF LOCATIONS:

 

 

●  The Lighthouse ArtCenter, 373 Tequesta Dr or 395 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, FL 33469

●  The Armory Art Center, 811 Park Pl, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

●  Resource Depot, 2501 Florida Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

●  Jewelry Creations Workshop, 1400 NE 131 St. North Miami, FL 33161 (By appt.  only, call or text 305-610-6560

 

MAIL-IN DONATIONS CAN BE SENT ANYTIME​:

 

● Mail to: Lighthouse ArtCenter Attn:

Maria Tritico- RJM   373 Tequesta Dr.   Tequesta, FL 33469

 

 

For More Information, please contact:

●  Lighthouse ArtCenter, Maria Tritico

373 Tequesta Dr.   Tequesta, FL 33469   (561) 746-3101 maria@lighthousearts.org

●  Armory ArtCenter

811 Park Pl.   West Palm Beach, FL, (561) 832-1776

●  Resource Depot, Chelsea Odum

2510 Florida Ave     W. Palm Beach, FL   (561) 882-0090

About Ethical MetalsmithsEthical Metalsmiths is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage social change that values jewelry made with ethically sourced materials. They do this by educating people about irresponsible mining, promoting transparency in jewelry supply chains and highlighting the collective efforts of jewelers actively changing their practices. ​Ethical Metalsmiths’ vision is a world in which people can create and enjoy jewelry made with materials from responsible sources that protect and sustain the earth, its peoples and cultures.​ ​www.EthicalMetalsmiths.org

 

 

 

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