The oak pieces are naturally activated during a long controlled burning process based on a traditional Japanese method. Binchotan contains 90% pure carbon, which is a basic and essential element for our existence, as all life depends upon the carbon cycle of the planet. The primal human need to decorate itself can be fulfilled without further exploits. ‘A diamond that wants to stay coal’, suggested Tom Waits. Skip the Diamond, that is my proposition, stick to the Coal.

Jewellery design has a strong link to the mining industry, which is often the cause of ecological and humanitarian damage. So I found an alternative material and another way to elaborate it’s life span. Instead of throwing away the binchotan after its technical life has expired it starts a new life as jewellery.

The collection is made from certified, sustainable gold from Oro Verde and Binchotan from Sort of Coal.
It’s rather thought provoking that minerals which all belong to the 6C carbon atom group, within the periodic table, end up in the hands of the most decadent and the most poor. I’m of course referring to carbon-containing minerals such as coal and diamonds. Wherever these minerals are mined, and or fabricated, it’s often at the cost of great ecological and humanitarian detriment.

Sometimes, it takes another man’s song to get you on track, ‘She is a diamond that wants to stay coal’. What’s more pure than working with a mineral in its most unadulterated form? The core of the collection ‘Been there – done what, to Binchotan and Black’, is the material Binchotan. Binchotan is also called, white charcoal, and is basically carbonized Oakwood. The wood is gathered from forests within Japan and Korea. The stems and branches are harvested without harming the tree’s root structure, so that they may continue their life cycles. Unlike commonly known black charcoal, the burning method for Binchotan consists of capturing the carbon in the wood without allowing it to escape as CO2.
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