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Material Stories: Alternative Materials. Something They Are Not

Article in a series on the environmental impact of jewellery materials for Klimt02, April 2021.

Have you signed the Universal Declaration of Material Rights yet? This clever initiative approaches building materials in such a way that they can be ‘set free’ after use. Translated into jewellery, and seen over a longer period of time, this has long been common practice with gold, gemstones, and pearls.

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Patrícia Domingues, installation view of ‘Gestural Gardens’, showing natural materials, industrial materials, and materials made by the artist (among other materials: reconstructed lapis lazuli, reconstructed aluminum, reconstructed coral, Necuron). Image: courtesy of the artist.