Metals: John Paul Designs strives to use recycled metals whenever possible or applicable. All of the gold we use is 100% post consumer recycled that is from Hoover and Strong. We also do a large amount of dismantling of jewelry, removing gems, separating the karats and colors and reusing a client’s gold and platinum to create new works of art, as well as "recycling" gemstones.
Diamonds: All of the diamonds that are used in JPD's signature line as well as our custom designed work, utilize conflict free diamonds. John Paul Designs fully supports the Kimberley process, which is an International process used to track and certify diamonds. In April 2003, congress and President Bush passed a law adopting the Kimberley Process that requires all US diamond retailers to buy diamonds from manufacturers who have documentation warranting that the merchandise was obtained through legitimate channels. Today, the US Customs Service actively enforces the Kimberley Process requirements as diamonds enter American ports. The Kimberly Process is by no means perfect though we stand behind it while it becomes more standardized.
Tools: Having grown up in an auctioneering family, John Paul was raised on buying things used. Well, it has been in his blood ever since. Be it rummage sales, estate sales, thrift stores, auctions, craigslist or antique stores, he buys absolutely as much as possible, used. Nearly all of his larger equipment and tooling is 50-100 years old. Some of his favorites are an anvil from Sweden and a fly press from the turn of 19th century. Nearly all of his smaller hand tools are from the 40's-70's. Growing up in the Midwest, he was surrounded by skilled laborers and manufacturers. That and his auctioneering background allows him to know what to look for. He finds great pleasure in rescuing old tools and working them in to his day-to-day operations.
Displays: Nearly all of the displays are old artifacts and objects of interest that he finds while "making his rounds" as he likes to call it, antiquing and junking. Over the years, this has led to a fair amount of people who bring things they see that remind them of JPD's displays. Occasionally, some people find his displays more interesting that the jewelry! Egad!
Packaging: We strive to use as many American made items as absolutely possible. John Paul is a huge proponent of buying American made items from our hand stamped Kraft bags to the light bulbs in our fixtures. JPD is relentless in pursuing an objects origin and supporting our nations manufacturers.
Belief: A friend of his once said, " I want everything in my house to be beautiful, so no matter where you look or what you touch, you see or handle something beautiful." Well, John Paul liked this and found that it resonated with his intentions and he felt at ease knowing that he wasn't alone. You would be hard pressed to find something other than perhaps an electronic device in John Paul's life that isn't American, European or Japanese made. (He loves the Japanese aesthetic Wabi Sabi!)