Recycling jewellery event in Melbourne

15 01 2011

Suse Scholem, who I saw speak at the RMIT seminar last year, recently wrote a long detailed comment on my last January calendar post .. however I thought the information so interesting that I have published it here as its own post… over to Suse:

AN EVENT for ethically minded makers:

This is a call out for people to both DONATE their unloved (or loved), old, broken or unwanted bits of jewellery and/or COME CREATE with us on the project days.

When: 29th and 30th Jan, 12-6pm.
Where: Loophole Community Centre, 670 High St, Thornbury.

I am organising a local version of the jewellery makeover project, an amazing initiative begun by the Ethical Metalsmiths, where old and unwanted jewellery is donated by members of the public, reworked and turned into new creative pieces of jewellery.

The project began as a way to inform people (jeweller’s, artists and the general public) about the social and environmental issues surrounding jewellery production and consumption, whilst simultaneously skill-sharing ethical creativity using recycled materials. The Ethical Metalsmiths ran their 5th ‘RJM’ project in Brisbane Australia , 2010. Now comes the time for some local action in Melbourne .

Finally… a place to send all those orphaned earrings, broken necklaces, sentimental bits and unwearable gifts. Basically we take all the donations, sort them by type and material, then re-work the elements to create new life for undervalued or land-fill destined goods.

ALL DONATIONS will be greatly appreciated and receive a discount voucher redeemable up to the value of $50 depending on the type of jewellery donated (precious, plated, plastic or costume). Discount vouchers can be used to purchase works created during the project, which will then be exhibited for sale at Loophole Community Centre and at an online gallery.

Donations can be made either by mail or dropoff to 24 Henry St, Northcote or PO BOX 6/330 Smith St, Collingwood… or give it to us in person on the 29th of Jan at Loophole Community Centre, Thornbury.

Those wishing to donate please email me (Suse Scholem –, and I’ll send you a simple donation form to send back with your donation.

If you wish to donate some of your goodies but don’t have the resources or ability to get your jewellery to us, contact us… (if you are local to Melbourne’s inner north or east, we may be able to help with collection.)

recycling and recyclable jewellery: Using more ethical and sustainable methods and second-hand materials to open an avenue for constructive creativity and ethical consumption.

below are some interesting and relevant LINKS:
– whats it all about. The beginnings of the project and the future for sustainable making
– homepage of the Ethical Metalsmiths who began the RJM project
– RJM comes to Australia
– website on the effects of global mining
– info on mining in Congo and its effects
– website which records and uses remote satellite sensing and digital mapping to educate the public and policymakers about the environmental consequences of human activities and to hold corporations and governments to higher standards of accountability around the globe.
– ‘Blood on the Stone’ on youtube details issues behind diamond and gem mining
– The Congo : Mining for Bling
– all you need to know about the worlds metal mining industry. The extent of the damage in terms of health and safety to political and labour oppression, and its manifestations in everything from jewellery to cellphones.

There’s also a facebook page for the event:!/event.php?eid=174709055899878



5 responses

15 01 2011

What a brilliant idea! Will spread the word…

15 01 2011

Thank you Vetti. Make sure you read the Ethical Metalsmiths information – the original remakers. It is such a great idea … and I am really excited that someone has taken the time and energy to organise one in Melbourne.

17 01 2011
Suse Scholem

Hey Karen,

thanks heaps for the post, and the response.
Just wondering if it was possible to fix
the link to the info from your main page.
Look forward to seeing lots of people there.
Also, for anyone that can’t make it, there are plans to
run another rjm project at Monash later in the year.

17 01 2011

Hi Suse – I’ve updated the link that didn’t seem to be working … please let me know if it wasn’t the one you meant.

Excellent to see that there will be another RJM at Monash … let me know when you know the dates!

21 02 2013
‘Once More, with Love’ @ Northcity4 « Melbourne Jeweller

[…] visited the exhibition with a dear friend who had donated some of the jewellery in the mystery bags – it was such a delight for her to see some of her unwanted pieces being […]

%d bloggers like this: