Metal mining is an environmentally destructive process that that dumps cyanide, lead and mercury into local water sources. Mines are also linked to poor working conditions and low safety standards. To lower the significant ecological impact and human toll caused by mining procedures, while reducing the demand for the dirty mining process, L. SHOFF uses only 100% reclaimed gold and silver. The reclaimed metals used in L. SHOFF jewelry are identical in quality to newly mined metals and comes from a number of different sources, including existing jewelry and antique silver.
Each and every diamond we use is 100% repurposed. Many of these diamonds are existing stones formerly used in antique or broken jewelry. These diamonds require no new energy to create, leaving a drastically smaller ecological footprint than newly mined diamonds.
Like our diamonds, every precious stone that we use is reclaimed. This lessens our ecological footprint and requires no new energy to extract or create these stones.
Fossilized Woolly Mammoth
The woolly mammoth is a mammal that went extinct at the end of the Pleistocene period, approximately 10,000 years ago. These large mammals lived in tundra areas and upon extinction, their remains, including their ivory tusks, were preserved in ice. As the ice in the Arctic Circle melts and shifts, pieces of fossilized woolly mammoth rises to the surface and is easily retrieved.
Fossilized Dinosaur Bone
Dinosaurs first appeared during the Triassic period, approximately 231.4 million years ago, and roamed the Earth for over 135 million years until extinction. When certain dinosaurs became extinct, their bodies were quickly covered in rich sediment, beginning the fossilization process. Over the millions of years, the sediment hardened into a protective layer of shale, siltstone, mudstone, or sandstone, to create a fossil. These distinct types of sediment result in different and unique variations. Many fossils are easily eroded and found by wind and weather, leaving no ecological impact.
L. SHOFF was born out of a passion and a conscious effort to change the way we think about jewelry.