jewellery piece comes in a Kerstin Laibach handmade pouch
made with bamboo / hemp, raffia and vegan sealing wax.
unique ethos ...
a clear conscience is goldsmith artist Kerstin Laibach's
founding principle as she seamlessly introduces a genuine
ethos of sustainability into contemporary and classical
jewellery design. Kerstin excels in entirely handmaking
every detail of her pieces, including chains
and intricate closing mechanisms, a "slow"
principle ensuring absolute integrity in both quality and
uncompromised ethics. The result is a perfect blend of environmental
harmony and personal expression ... true synchronicity for
those who embrace the giving or receiving of cruelty-free,
sustainable jewellery made to precise goldsmith standards.
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or continue scrolling for a concise synopsis of Kerstin
Laibach's meticulous approach to fine ethical goldsmithing.
aware not only means questioning the source of your jewellery,
but also how it is made. Kerstin Laibach's holistic
approach assures that every available measure is taken to
create truly earth-kind jewellery through her unique ecological
traditional goldsmith techniques, Laibach embraces kindness
to all nature, without compromising on contemporary style
or classical elegance.
Responsible, Sustainable and Green.
Only Recycled Precious Metals and Gems ... Never
When you purchase
a Laibach jewellery piece you will be helping to protect
wildlife and the environment and also helping to lift subsistence
based communities in developing countries out of poverty
and away from the dependency and dead-end vortex of mining
- along with the devastation it creates to their own homelands.
Laibach is regarded as the " ultimate ethical goldsmith"
and "ahead of her time", she feels that
"ethical" and "gold" in the same sentence reflects
an uncomfortable juxtaposition when fragile forests
are still unnecessarily dug up. Kerstin states that "Gold
will only become ethically stable when it is no longer mined
at all. and there is already enough previously mined
old gold available to be recycled indefinitely".
Kerstin Laibach presents the purest ecological form of fine
jewellery ethics by using only sustainable recycled
precious metals and gems and never environmentally
damaging new-mined ... this also includes no fair-trade
gold either, which is mined.
Learn More ...
is the difference between recycled gold and new-mined gold?
below including updates about ethical goldsmith artist Kerstin
more about Kerstin Laibach's unique principles: a true ecological
path to creating pure ethical jewellery.
Holistic Approach ...
Kerstin Laibach does not cast her jewellery but forges every
aspect of her pieces with meticulous care by hand from raw
recycled metals. Her design themes range from sculptural-contemporary
to classic-ethereal ... intricate metal craft which often
sweeps around the sensory feel of locally gathered stones.
Natural pebbles, including sea-glass pieces, are set in
their original organic form without any cutting.
Kerstin never uses computer programmes to design or make
her pieces and handcrafts every single part - from fine
chain links to stone setting. Computers can never match
or replace the instincts of human tactile senses; organically
feeling the formation of a piece - the subtle changes which
evolve through sensory touch as the piece is shaped into
a finished article which instinctively feels right. The
unique feeling, comfort and durability of a Laibach piece
is achieved through this skilled and tactual approach.
Kerstin also intergrates a uniquely ecologically advanced
anthroposophic element into her crafting methods, which
are also suggested in some of her designs.
Ethical Standards with Clarity ... never Greenwash ...
is very important to the whole ecological foundation of
the Laibach ethos, so we always aim to provide a hundred
percent clarity through our progressive principles.
It is an environmentally enlightened mindset that Kerstin
Laibach's work appeals to ... clients from all corners of
the world who recognise and wholly appreciate the difference
between greenwash and true ecologically-tuned crafting practices.
Even then, the Laibach principles are constantly revised
through our ongoing mission to passionately maintain the
highest level of integrity, so that your trust in this unique
service is always fully warranted.
Beauty Without Cruelty ... Suitable for Vegans ...
jewellery is suitable for vegetarians and vegans - and to
the most stringent standards - whereby no animal derivatives
are used during construction and no procedures or crafting
materials used which might damage habitats. Kerstin Laibach
is the first goldsmith worldwide to create entirely with
unique "bio-vegan" principles. This pioneering
approach takes ethical jewellery to the next level and to
its ultimate ecological conclusion.
(For Laibach atelier's dedicated website pages which describes
in full detail an "unparalleled" vegan-friendly
approach to jewellery making see ...
Purely Vegan Jewellery Art
Ethical Wedding, Engagement and Partnership Rings ...
when committing to your life partner. A respect for your
loved one is reflected through the way your wedding, eternity,
engagement or handfasting rings have been chosen and crafted
... with compassion and environmental care. Kerstin Laibach
provides an extensive ethical wedding and partnership jewellery
service. Every question answered and every important stage
and fine detail of your life-long rings presented and discussed.
intricate restoration work is regarded as "exceptional"
by antique jewellery evaluators.
Recycled or reclaimed materials are used in all restoration
and repair work undertaken, and there is an age threshold
relating to the reclamation and restoration of old jewellery.
of old wedding rings is a Laibach speciality, either for
new couples wishing to "recycle" discarded family
jewellery into new bands or married couples wishing to renew
Tree Creations and Hand Inscribed Pieces ...
piece is also a key moment for you to consider its ecological
message ... a moral sentiment which will echo throughout
"Hand-forged" and "hand-inscribed" are
now rare fine goldsmithing skills, but Kerstin Laibach still
applies these principles in her everyday crafting practices.
and Sculptural Statements ...
unique design approach to architectural
and sculptural jewellery
demonstrates how true goldsmithing can still explore the
boundless realms of the abstract without compromising on
fine detail and wearability. Her standing Finger Sculptures
are a fascinating new concept in hand jewellery and can
be viewed at a Laibach atelier sub-site www.fingersculpture.com.
Kerstin says, "Even with the more engineered style of
some of the Rise pieces (Finger Sculptures), I like to use
the shapes and lines of natural stones to determine the
structure that surrounds them. It's a miniaturized approach
to how artistic forms, sculptured by nature, and manmade
art in architecture can harmonize."
Wildlife and Conservation ...
combine to create a unique, bespoke service; supporting
related good causes while enabling you to wear a little
luxury with a clear conscience.
Your personal piece comes with relevant ecological information
and details of how a percentage of profits (15%) is awarded
to relevant wildlife protection and re-naturing programmes.
Kerstin Laibach's website extends a warm welcome worldwide
to all who embrace new ethical horizons. If you are in doubt
about ordering high-value pieces though the internet, particulary
precious wedding bands, please read a word
Along with many examples of Kerstin
this website provides extensive information on Atelier Laibach's
proactive ethical approach to goldsmithing including discussion
way ethics are marketed in the jewellery business.
There are also updates
relating to the environments which Laibach atelier helps
plus information on shows,
galleries and exhibitions where
you can see the collections and discuss your requirements
are being added to weekly. Some displayed pieces with stones
may no longer be available, however a similar but not identical
design can sometimes be made to order. Band rings are usually
repeatable. (Bespoke designs and some special Collection
pieces are not repeated.)
If you have trouble remembering the spelling of kerstinlaibach.com
you can also simply type in ethicalgoldsmith.com
to reach this website.
Kerstin Laibach's Facebook Page is Now Active
Kerstin Laibach has a private atelier situated in the Wiesental
Valley nature park (the birth place of Constanze Mozart)
in the heart of the southern Black Forest, Germany (soon
to open a main atelier/gallery in the same area). If you
are commissioning a Laibach piece or wedding rings in high-value
precious materials and are in the vicinity of south west
Germany, Switzerland, or east France (Alsace), meetings
can often be arranged. 15% of profits of German made pieces
are awarded to selected Central European based wildlife
organisations including Truz in the Three Country Corner
of France, Switzerland and Germany.
Kerstin Laibach also has a busy workbench in Dorset, England,
(notably for UK clients the most ecologically ethical fine
jewellery handmade in Britain). If you are commissioning
a Laibach piece or wedding rings in high-value precious
materials and are in the vicinity of south west England
or London, meetings can sometimes be arranged. 15% of profits
of UK made pieces are awarded to selected UK wildlife organisations
including The Somerset Wildlife Trust and The Seahorse Trust.
For the exhibition diary covering all countries
Atelier Work Schedule Notices... Update late 2013
Due to an increasing
number of commissions for Kerstin Laibach's hand-forged
wedding and engagement rings,
please ensure that you allow plenty of time in advance of
your special day to place your ring request.
will soon be opening a new main atelier / gallery in the
beautiful old town area of Schopfheim in the Black Forest's
Wiesental Valley close to the Swiss border. It will serve
as a base for international client appointments as well
as welcoming local wedding clients and customers for repair
and fine restoration work.