why we love by natalie frigo
Posted: Jan 31 2016
The Natalie Frigo jewelry collection offers a nice departure from the delicate shapes that have become so ubiquitous over the last several years. Using the ancient practices of metalsmithing and 'cire perdue' (also known as lost-wax casting, Natalie uses organic forms, such as claws and skulls, which are then cast and finished in New York City, marrying recycled metals with personally selected, ethically sourced gemstones. The result is an edgy, yet refined collection of wearable statement pieces whose strong point of view has garnered the attention of Elle, InStyle, The Glamourai, Harpers Bazaar and Conde Nast Traveler.
Natalie's inspiration ranges from early metallurgy and textile design to recent architectural developments, culminating in a collection that is contemporary, but by referencing venerable artifacts, also feels timeless.
Natalie uses conflict-free stones and recycled and reclaimed metals in her collections. This ensure that no person was forced to mine a stone in unsafe or illegal working conditions, and eliminates a tremendous amount of new pollution and contaminated water. An average, newly mined 18-karat gold ring (weighing less than an ounce) creates twenty tons (!) of waste, whereas a recycled ring creates almost none. Since recycled metal is as beautiful and timeless as newly mined and indistinguishable in its use as a raw material, the choice is a simple one.