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of its kind, Kerstin Laibach's pioneering "bio" vegan
ethics ensure the purest ecological path possible throughout every
aspect of hand-forged jewellery work.
| "No life or
environments should suffer for the sake of jewellery...
This principle sets the foundations of goldsmith Kerstin Laibach's
covering her entire collections, her workbench tools and crafting
In every last detail, the Laibach atelier workshop in the
Black Forest, Germany and workbench in England is meticulously
tuned to ensure that absolutely no crafting processes, or
parts used, are detrimental to animals or the environment
... and this also means nothing new-mined.
A professional goldsmith with a thoroughly genuine bio-vegan,
cruelty-free ethos had not previously been realised until
the founding of Laibach atelier; brought about through close
mentoring by the long-established nonprofit resource VeggieGlobal.com.
Join us in celebrating Kerstin Laibach's beautiful pieces,
which by true nature, celebrates hope for an earth and animal-kind
future in all aspects of jewellery craft."
Inscribed by Kerstin Laibach
obvious omission of any animal based derivatives in Laibach's
vegan friendly jewellery, it is also important to recognise it
is made only from recycled materials and not from new-mined,
which destroys or displace pristine environments ... This also
means no fair-trade gold, fair-trade platinum or fair-trade silver
either, which is mined ... and of course no new-mined diamonds
or other gemstones ... only antique.
The genuine ethical choice for vegans and vegetarians or anyone
with a green conscience is lasting jewellery that strictly adheres
to ecologically sound principles. Therefore Laibach jewellery
is not just made from recycled but it is also entirely
earth friendly (also not made with hazardous chemicals etc.) ...
of which VeggieGlobal and Looking-Glass have created the term
called "thrucycling"... a huge step beyond recycling
and upcycling . (Thrucycling describes an item that is made from
earth friendly materials and will not adversly pollute the earth
if ever discarded.)
Kerstin Laibach's goldsmiths workbench is a unique vegan environment
developed through extensive research, adjustments and even re-invention
of some traditional jewellery makers tools and processes. In Kerstin
Laibach's atelier / gallery there is genuine feeling of positive
karma attached to the design and crafting of a piece of jewellery
- knowing that end result is as truly earth-kind as it possibly
Laibach Leaf Ring of which the leaf veins subtly spell the word
is the difference between recycled gold and new-mined gold?
As with all
Laibach jewellery, fifteen percent of profits is awarded to Kerstin
Laibach's chosen conservation and wildlife protection projects.
how Laibach helps.
Kerstin Laibach jewellery designs are suitable for vegans and
vegetarians, this also means Kerstin's
Wedding and Partnership Rings.
Kerstin Laibach's main site
to view all the
Laibach collections, restoration services and more.
(This Laibach Principles checklist is goverened by VeggieGlobal.com)
makes every last detail of her jewellery. Because nothing is factory
cast or contains ready-made parts (called findings), all aspects
of a Laibach piece can be "ethically" accounted for;
how it was made, what it was made with and exactly what it contains
... from start to finish.
There are many
aspects of jewellery making which involve animal slaughter ...
some obvious and others far less so.
First ... some of the obvious
animal parts Kerstin Laibach atelier does not use are:
- Elephant Hair.
- Porcupine Quill.
- Any other product derived
Laibach atelier also does not use these less realised habitat
destroying/damaging ingredients and animal-derived ingredients,
tools and processes::
- No newly-mined gold, silver,
platinum, paladium, precious or semi-precious gems or any other
newly extracted metal or stone which destroys ecosystems and
habitat including commercialy harvested amber.
- No cuttlefish (Cuttlebone
casting is commonly used to create patterns in jewellery making).
- No ebony or any other
woods from endangered forests.
- No shellac.
- No leather, felt* and
hair/fur based tools. (Laibach has replaced these with own-made
non-leather / non-felt alternatives.)
- No egg (for patina effects)
- No animal fat polishing
paste. (VeggieGlobal specially sourced an alternative polishing
paste without animal derivatives. Laibach atelier is the first
goldsmith workshop to use this ... Some other vegan-based jewellery
makers are now beginning to follow this principle)**
- No crafting plastics (neither
new or recycled) (i.e. microplastic material which damages ocean-life
and animals dependent on it)
- No commercial modelling
clays which include PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Such manufactured
clays leach plasticizers and their constituent chemicals, which
upon disposal pollute land and marine environments (ingested
by various species) and thus are not safely biodegradable. PVC
within such clays is not industrially recovered for recycling.*
- No bioresin. Although
the resin itself is sourced from plant materials, the hardener
contains highly hazardous isocyanates. The effects of this irritant
may be blocked when working with the resin, but the causative
agent remains in the non-reusable material, subsequently becoming
an environmental hazard upon disposal.*
- No type of product which
is animal tested, or product containing hazardous chemicals
which can damage the environment.
even with jewellery making, the best environmental solution can
be to stick to a natural / traditional path with a few environmental
tweaks instead of contrivances misleadingly marketed as a greener
here for information on strict vegan polishing
/ Vegetarian ... The Passion Behind All Laibach Pieces
purely vegan, there is absolutely no compromise in design, elegance,
durability or longevity throughout Kerstin Laibach's entire portfolio
of handmade jewellery pieces. Crafting with a clear moral purpose,
and with the planet's wildlife at the forefront of her creative
impetus, Kerstin's environmentally-tuned innovations reach beyond
the predictable boundaries of jewellery-craft. The result is a
holistically hand-forged heirloom for you or your loved one to
cherish forever and which can be worn always with a clear conscience.
/ Vegetarian inscribed Collection
/ Vegetarian Inscribed Collection,
your ethical preference can be spelt out in words or letters on
a jewellery piece either loudly, using bold lettering, or by subtly
drawing conversation to your piece as friends admire the intricate
design pattern spelling out your chosen word. Whichever way, Kerstin
Laibach can craft your piece for either preference ... bold or
The pieces displayed in Kerstin Laibach's Veg*n Inscribed Collections
pages are based on recycled precious metal variants - with or
without lab-created or antique diamonds. Each piece is bespoke
and Kerstin can offer design variations to your wishes. If you
don't see exactly what you wish for please get in touch and Kerstin
will personally do her best to help.
Necklaces, pendants, pins,
earrings, rings and bracelets can be inscribed or embossed with
various wordings or lettering. Please see Laibach atelier Prices
and Options page
for more details.
see this page
regarding Laibach's careful approach and alternatives to ensure
you will be completely satisfied with the bio-vegan (organic-vegan)
processes throughout the commissioning of your Laibach piece.