Do you ever touch or see a piece of jewelry and it evokes a rush of feelings within you? It’s as if the energy of the jewelry-maker and the materials used pass through you and you’re left there standing in awe?
These are what Kirsten Muenster’s pieces feel like. Kirsten specializes in handcrafting jewelry using sustainable materials and ethical sourcing techniques. Most jewelry today are mass-produced using materials and extraction processes that ruin not only the environment but also the passion and the original intent behind the craft of jewelry-making.
Kirsten’s art focuses on creating statement pieces that are “one-of-a-kind, modern heirlooms”. Being a direct descendant of coppersmiths and artists, Kirsten creates jewelry that can withstand time and passing fashion trends. These qualities are visible in each ring, bracelet, necklace, and earrings that she individually makes. Working with her hands in creating stunning pieces of accessories, Kirsten is a graduate of the University of Arts in Philadelphia. Kirsten honed her skills in craft techniques. Her studio is located in San Franciso where she learned the meticulous craft of stone-cutting.
Design-wise, hers are original and unique. Each edge, every line, even the angle are carefully taken into consideration She sources her materials from small family-owned mines and works with those who collect and select by hand. Kirsten’s work is aligned with ethical sourcing. Ethical sourcing is about operating with a responsible, sustainable, and socially-aware set of procedures in terms of sourcing activities.
She is a part of a community of jewelers who work with Ethical Metalsmiths. Ethical Metalsmiths, according to Kirsten’s page, is “a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to responsibly sourced metals and gemstones.”
The all-natural materials that Kirsten uses are meticulously-picked and well-researched. In order to create jewelry that aligns with her values, she uses fossilized corals, sustainable nuts and seeds, fossilized Walrus and Mammoth Tusk from the Yu’pik Tribe, and a few more.
Check out Kirsten’s stellar designs here.