Ashley Heather Jewellery | Jewellery Made with Metals Reclaimed from Circuit Boards
There's a tension I am very much aware of: the desire to curate beautiful things, but to do so in a way that has low impact on our shared earth. It's harder than you'd think. That's why when I discover brands like Ashley Heather Jewellery who make things beautifully but consciously, I have to share them. See Ashley Heather's Jewellery collection is made with metals reclaimed from circuit boards from a refinery local to her in her home town of Cape Town, South Africa.
I discovered Ashley Heather's pieces a couple of years ago when living in South Africa and was struck by this technique of reclaiming metals, and giving discarded electronic products a new life, that I hadn't yet heard of. In fact, I haven't heard of anyone doing it since either- not when it comes to jewellery anyway. Reclaiming metals in this way is an innovative solution to technological waste destined for landfill or incinerators (producing a huge amount of toxins in the process if they end up in the latter). Not only is the end destination a problem when it comes to these products, but the energy that it took to produce these pieces of technology in the first place is phenomenal. What Ash is doing in re-crafting them into something beautiful rather than seeing them discarded is a story that is rooted in a love of the planet,
I have always been inspired by both the majesty and understated beauty of this fragile blue green planet of ours. I believe in creating. I believe in quality. I believe in honesty to materials. I believe in doing things differently. I believe companies can do more, be more.
How's that for a company vision?
Not only is the material in each Ashley Heather Jewellery reclaimed but the process of making each piece is one of true crafts-woman-ship, using old silversmithing techniques from her Cape Town workshop (if you're lucky enough to live there or be visiting, get yourself along to one of Ash's workshops).
Explore Ashley Heather's shop online to find your favourite piece (I'm in love with the Open Ring and Contour Broach) and join us over on Instagram where you can enter a competition to win one of her classic Dot Rings.