Rusted Roots

If all that glittered really was gold, our environment would be in even worse shape than it is now.

Yup: Mining for the precious metal releases tons and tons of mercury emissions into the air.

So make Al Gore and Leo DiCaprio proud — get some Rust Belt jewelry by designers Page Neal and Anna Bario. For every necklace, ring, bracelet, and earring they design, they use repurposed materials and environmentally conscious practices.

Check the Alluvial Collection for inspired pieces like the Sisal necklace (enameled chain looped through textured sterling), the Shoot ring (a carved and hollowed oxidized silver ring), or the Cass earrings (sterling and vintage white chain). You’ll find that accessorizing feels even better when the metal you’re wearing has a history outside of a mine.

In fact, it’s a breath of fresh air for us all.

Available online at rust-belt.org.