Ohhh….so Pretty!


Left to Right: Red Jasper and Fossilized Dinosaur Bone; Chrysoprase and Imperial Jasper; Chrysoprase and Montana Agate

I love Kirsten Muenster’s jewelry (and her site has the coolest music too!). Kirsten makes the jewelry herself, from recycled and fairly-sourced metals (did you know that there is enough gold already extracted so that the world’s jewelry needs could be met without ever digging a gold mine again?).

Kirsten also sources all the gems and rocks for her creations personally, contacting ‘rock hounds’ who do responsible extractions, and cutting stones out of ‘vintage’ rocks that were mined in the 1940’s 50’s and 60’s. This designer knows her geology, which I think lends her creations an extra level of sophistication. She knows exactly where the stones (and fossils) for her jewelry comes from, and designs each piece with this history in mind.

Says Kirsten, “I’ve come to acknowledge the fact that the choices I make in my own work have an impact, so I seek to be more conscious of how my decisions effect people and ecosystems.”

Read more about Kirsten and her jewelry in Summer Rayne Oakes’ Behind the Label article and on FiftyRX3.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.