Get green with Mayapple jewelry at ArtWalk

Article Published: Nov. 12, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Get green with Mayapple jewelry at ArtWalk

This week ArtWalk is featuring its newest jewelry artists.

The two Kentucky artists, Josie Lamb Williams and Mark Williams, share a common goal - to bring people back to nature. They have reached this goal through their line of jewelry, Mayapple Creations, in numerous ways.

The looping, spiraling, flowing motifs in their silver work are derived from cultural symbols of the past and natural patterns. Fair trade recycled glass, sweatshop-free beads, "ethnically-sourced" pearls, and naturally expired elements from nature that were gathered by hand are added to the silver patterns.

All of the silver used in the jewelry is 100 percent recycled argentium sterling silver, which resists tarnishing much better than regular sterling silver and helps reduce the destructive effects of mining. The metal is formed by hand using traditional tools and wire wrapping, allowing the artists to avoid using the harmful chemicals required for soldering. Not only are they safe for the artist, environment and wearer, they are also affordable.

In addition to using responsibly gathered materials for their jewelry, they also try to keep their business operations green. The shipping materials and labels are made from recycled paper, and their Web site utilizes sustainable energy. They also help their community by donating jewelry to help raise funds for local organizations.

Mayapple Creations jewelry is located on ArtWalk's main level. ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King Street in downtown Boone. For More information, call (828) 264-9998, email ( , or visit

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