When I talk about Sundrop Jewelry to people, what jumps out is always the glass - the vibrant translucence, the repurposing of empty bottles, the “no way!” awesomeness of using a giant magnifying glass and sunshine to make jewelry.
What doesn’t strike people is the other material in a piece of jewelry, which frankly has a much larger environmental impact that anything to do with glass. Silver.
When I wrote this post in 2016, my source for Argentium silver (RioGrande.com) used all recycled silver in making it’s Argentium. Recently (in the past couple years), it appears that they have had trouble sourcing enough recycled silver to meet demand, so it is no longer 100% recycled. As of late 2021, they state “…nearly all of our silver fabrication metal is manufactured from reclaimed material.” Here’s a link to a paper with more details: https://products.riogrande.com/content/White-Paper/Some-Information-About-Silver-Sustainability-and-Rio-WP.pdf
I was wondering if you could share the source of your claim that argentium silver is made from recycled silver please? As far as I can see that is no longer true (if it ever was?!) and I am having trouble finding recycled silver so very keen to be proven wrong!