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Ana-Katarina has been at the forefront of sustainable sourcing since she purchased the first diamonds mined in Canada in 1999. A former war correspondent, she researches the origins, mining and cutting protocols and practices of all of her materials with the same journalistic process and integrity. In 2007, Ana-Katarina began sourcing recycled gold and fair trade gems. Today, she uses vertical transparency guidelines to source all of her materials; 18k recycled gold and palladium, conflict free and fair trade diamonds, precious stones and fossils. Ana-Katarina is a member of the Ethical Metalsmiths and AGTA and is a supporter of Women for Women International.

 

Sustainable Materials

Sourced with love and respect.

 

Diamonds

Ana-Katarina has been at the forefront of sustainable sourcing since she purchased the first diamonds mined in Canada in 1999. Today Ana-Katarina’s diamonds are reclaimed from old pieces of jewelry as well as sourced through ethical vendors who prove social and environmental sustainability business practices.

 

Gems

Ana-Katarina sources her stones from ethical vendors who mine and cut their gems using responsible and human-based business practices. Many of Ana-Katarina vendors have been on the forefront of changing social and environmental production practices from the mine through to the cutters. Ana-Katarina tries to have all of her vendors vetted through the non-profit Ethical Metalsmiths.

 

Recycled Gold

Ana-Katarina casts her designs using recycled gold grain. There is no difference to the quality of the gold in Ana-Katarina’s pieces. Gold mining is harmful to the earth and the process causes run-off of hazardous chemicals into the drinking water around the mines and used by the indigenous people.

 

Prehistoric Woolly Mammoth Ivory & Bone

Prehistoric woolly mammoth ivory is anywhere from 10,000 to 200,000 years old and is found in Alaska, Canada, Chukotka, Yakutia, Magadan and Siberia where the tusks have been preserved in the permafrost. These massive tusks are unearthed in many ways. Today, gold miners dredge up mineralized tusks from frozen river banks, bush pilots spot the huge tusks jutting out of the tundra, and Eskimo hunters find mammoth remains incidentally while sourcing their daily food. All of the mammoth ivory and bone used in Ana-Katarina’s work are mined in accordance with all applicable federal and state regulations.

 

Petrified Walrus Ivory and Bone

Fossil walrus ivory is found on Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska by the ingenious Yupik Eskimo. The fossil ivory tusks, teeth, oosiks, and bones have been preserved in the frozen, mineral rich soil for up to 2,500 years.

 

Sea of Cortez Pearls

These beautiful pearls are farmed in one of the only sustainable pearl farming projects in the world. The pearls are from the rare rainbow lip oyster and range in color from peacock hues, gray and black. This is the only pearl oyster that belongs to genus Pteria that grows cultured pearls. All other marine oysters belong to genus Pinctada.

In the late 1990's, the Sea of Cortez was transformed into a sustainable pearl farm and haven for local marine species, and in 2000 it became the first commercial pearl farm. This unique project has fostered one of the largest areas in the region for aquatic and land flora and fauna biodiversity.

 

Quality & Process

Created with superior craftsmanship and love

 

Sustainable Business – Supporting Craft

Ana-Katarina believes in supporting local businesses, craftspeople, and their communities. Since 1999, Ana-Katarina has produced her designs in the country where she resides, and in the last 19 years she has lived and had ateliers in Boston, Istanbul, and Kuwait.

Today, Ana-Katarina continues to adhere to sustainable business practices and supporting the US craft industry. Each Ana-Katarina jewelry piece is lovingly handmade by the most highly trained craftspeople in her New York City atelier. Ana-Katarina’s master jeweler, who oversees all aspects of production, was trained in Paris and in Harry Winston’s New York atelier. Ana-Katarina and her craftspeople remain dedicated to achieving and maintaining the highest standards in luxury jewelry and sustainability. Ana-Katarina supports fair trade and strict labor and safety practices for all of her partnerships.

We are losing a cadre of skilled artisans through production outsourcing. This has caused the industry to dwindle as more and more young people are either leaving the profession or choosing other careers outright. I choose to support these artists and their communities through my business practices. In 2013, I moved back to the States and have been producing my pieces in NYC ever since.

 

Philanthropy

Love begets love.

ANAKATARINA donates a percentage of its sales to Women for Women International.

 

Projects

Iconic Women

The American Woman campaign celebrates the authenticity, beauty, strength, achievement and creative power of the American Women. This campaign is a response to how the media, specifically advertising with its obsessive use of extremely young models equating youth with beauty, represents the "ideal image" of the American Woman.

This campaign honors Iconic Women for their diversity of ethnicity, body type, and age. My intention is to acknowledge women who defy the media’s norm of sensuality and beauty and continue to express their feminine power no matter their age. Women who are not just "hangers" for fashion, but are real people living into this power. This campaign celebrates women who personify the characteristics of the ANAKATARINA client.