Seeking Old Jewelry for Radical Jewelry Makeover

Radical Jewelry Makeover: Wisconsin, a collaborative project of Ethical Metalsmiths, is seeking donations of old unwanted jewelry for a community jewelry mining project happening this Spring. Those tangled chains, unmatched earrings, and banged up bracelets sitting at the bottom of jewelry boxes around our community are exactly what jewelry artists participating in Radical Jewelry Makeover: Wisconsin want to get their creative hands on.

Radical Jewelry Makeover has been traveling nationally and internationally to communities since 2007, educating jewelers of all levels about mining and material sourcing issues involved in jewelry making through a fun, fast paced, month-long project. Jewelry students at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison, UW-Stout, and professional jewelers from the regional community will be transforming donations into radically fresh and responsible jewelry. The project will culminate in an exhibition of these wearable creations displayed at the Union Art Gallery in April 2018; smaller pop-up exhibitions in the Milwaukee area will follow.

To donate jewelry of any variety, quality, quantity or material type, please submit the official project donation form in a sealed plastic bag along with your items. The form is available at all donation sites and is available for download here. 

Be sure to make and keep a copy of the form for your own records.

Donors will receive discount coupons to apply toward the purchase of a new piece and sales will benefit UW student scholarships and Ethical Metalsmiths' efforts to educate and connect people with responsibly sourced materials.

Donations accepted
Now through Friday, February 16

Racine Art Museum
441 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, Noon – 5:00 pm

RAM’s Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts
2519 Northwestern Avenue
Racine, WI 53403
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

View other drop off locations here or mail-in donations can be sent anytime to
Union Art Gallery
200 E Kenwood Boulevard
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Ethical Metalsmiths is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage social change that values jewelry made with ethically sourced materials. They do this by educating people about irresponsible mining, promoting transparency in jewelry supply chains and highlighting the collective efforts of jewelers actively changing their practices. Ethical Metalsmiths’ vision is a world in which people can create and enjoy jewelry made with materials from responsible sources that protect and sustain the earth, its peoples and cultures.