East Fourth Street Jewelry, Susan Crow
East Fourth Street Jewelry is handmade in a low-impact, environmentally conscious studio. Crow is inspired by raw industrial, mechanical simplicity, as is evident in her simple, modern designs. East Fourth Street specializes in earrings, bracelets, pendants and wedding rings for both men and women, beautifully designed with clean backstories. A resident of Northfield, Minnesota, she holds BS in Design and a post-graduate certificate in Sustainable Design and has been designing jewelry for more than two decades.
As a “Green-Design” Jeweler, the backstory behind the source of her gold, silver and gemstone material is vitally important. Susan Crow's jewelry is handmade of 100% reclaimed gold and silver or Fairmined 18k gold, provided by an SCS-certified recycled precious metal refinery. This refinery combines scrap metal with metal by-products found in industrial waste and repurposes it into clean refined precious metal. 95% of the jewelry findings used are from vendors that use 100% recycled precious metals. She also only uses ethically-sourced, Fair Trade or reused gemstones. This ensures that the gemstones conform to strict environmental, labor, health, and safety protocols and have been kept in a tight chain of custody. Diamonds are reused, GIA-certified or Jeweltree-certified from Canada.
For sustainably harvested gemstones, Susan Crow looks to Margit & BIll Thorndal at Madagascar Imports. Madagascar Imports, Ltd. has decades of experience in Madagascar as a primary source of gemstones. Thorndal comments, "most people think of unique flora and fauna when Madagascar is mentioned, but it is also the source of some very rare and exotic gemstones. The rough for these gemstones is mined by artisan miners who are subsistence farmers. There is tremendous poverty in Madagascar, and the money people receive from finding gemstone rough is often their only source of real income, — funds necessary to send their children to school and improve their daily lives. Madagascar Imports, Ltd. uses cutting facilities which have passed the highest level of scrutiny; workers at these factories are highly skilled, well paid, and work in comfortable working conditions. Madagascar Imports is a long-time member of the American Gem Trade Association and adheres to its strict code of ethics regarding disclosure of all gemstone treatments.
Susan Crow is licensed by ARM (Association of Responsible Mining) to buy and sell jewelry made of Fairmined gold. East Fourth Street is a member of the Fellowship 500/Ethical Fashion Forum, Fair Action Jewelry, and Ethical Metalsmiths. In 2012, Susan Crow was invited to showcase her work at Lincoln Center as part of GreenShows during New York City's Fashion Week.
Ethical Fashion Forum unites 500 pioneers and innovators in fashion and sustainability. UK-based, it has now grown well beyond the original 500 "pioneers," of which East Fourth Street Jewelry is one.
The nonprofit Ethical Metalsmiths supports Fairmined certification standards. The organization links miners, jewelers and a US refiner with a consortium of US jewelers, working directly with artisanal mining communities in Peru to bring traceable, responsible, artisanally-mined gold into the US Market. Using Fairmined metals is supporting responsible, certified miners and their families, including strict requirements for social development, environmental protection, labor conditions and economic development in their mining communities. For the first time ever, Rosa Reyes, President of AURELSA, a Fairmined certified gold mine in Peru, led her 86 member cooperative to put 100% traceable, artisanally mined gold into the hands of 23 pioneering US jewelers including Susan Crow's East Fourth Street Jewelry. These pioneering jewelers, organized by Ethical Metalsmiths (EM), are using this premium gold to actively re-write the story of jewelry. “The goal for responsible sourcing isn’t just to offer materials that lessen the negative impact of our industry, but instead to create alternatives that can provide a positive impact in the communities and environments where these resources are extracted. Fairmined gold is a material with a story we want to share.” Fairmined gold is the achievement of the world’s pioneering and industry leading network of responsible artisanal and small-scale miners, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM).
Learn more about the Ethical Fashion Forum's Fellowship 500 list of jewelers here.
Learn more about ethical mining practices via Ethical Metalsmiths here.
Our selection is always changing. Our inventory may not reflect the pieces shown on this web page, and Susan Crow is in the business of doing special orders. For more information on her work, including what we might have in stock or could be ordered, please email or call us at 319.351.8686.