Laura James Goes Eco

25 Jul

Laura James Goes Eco

Last time we looked in on jewelry designer Laura James, she was getting into heavy metal and had plans to take a metalsmithing class at Penland.

James' latest jewelry collection reflects many of the new metal working techniques she picked up going back to school as well as her renewed interest in eco-friendly jewelry and distressed designs:

The current Green Movement craze has bitten rising independent jewelry designer Laura James of Laura James Jewelry ( ). James aims ahead of the curve this season by merging high fashion with a recycled edge.

Known for her runway-inspired designs, Laura James introduces an eco-vibe to her latest jewelry collections for 2007. Continuing to create high quality, fashion-forward jewelry, James stays on trendy track this season with the environment in mind. The Cristalle collection offers a glamorous take on the Green Movement with vintage recycled crystals in every design. Her SoHo Collection offers daintier designs incorporating recycled vintage rosary beads and carved jade pendants. Both collections also have semi-precious stones and fine metals such as fourteen karat gold fill, sterling silver, and twenty-two karat gold vermeil intertwined throughout each piece. Lastly, the Metals Collection is a nod to the emerging Arts and Crafts revolution that is currently sweeping the runway. In this collection, James showcases her metalsmithing techniques learned at Penland School of Craft with handmade acid-etched floral brass discs that dangle from recycled vintage crystal and hand-forged wire.


"It is exciting to be able to create jewelry that is not only coveted to be worn, but ultimately benefits us in the long run." said Designer Laura James. "The education is out there teach us how to make this world a better place and utilizing that information in our own craft is the next step. The challenge of incorporating the latest runway trends into jewelry that women everywhere can have access to and to be able to make a difference simultaneously is ultimately my goal in this business."

Using recycled vintage materials, semi-precious and organic stones, gold and silver; James aims to create high quality jewelry with an affordable edge.

Prices in the Laura James Jewelry collections range from $30 to $300 and can be purchased both on-line at and in over thirty select retail boutiques in six states. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, James currently resides and operates Laura James Jewelry in Charlotte, North Carolina


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  2. Marc July 26, 2007 at 8:17 am #

    I don’t really see how just recycling crystals makes a product green. What about using recycled metals from Hoover and Strong? Where are her pieces made and what are the working conditions in her factories? What are the practices in her own workshop? Recycling? Carbon off sets? These are serious issues, particularly when companies focus on one element, a very small element in their over all production and call it “green.” I cover them in depth on my blog,

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