12/01/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Eco-Friendly Jewelry: Is There Such A Thing?

ny industrial jewelry mining can have numerous harmful negative impacts on the environment, ranging from erosion of the land, to leakage of harmful chemicals into the water supply, to the alteration of an entire ecosystem. And let's not forget about the carbon footprint of the heavy machinery that's used in the process. So yes, there most definitely is such a thing as eco-friendly jewelry -- that is, any jewelry that was mined with the least possible negative impact on the environment, or not mined at all.

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