THE JADED PALETTE

127 Nevis Road, Tivoli | 845-802-6813

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The Jaded Palette’s mission focuses on human welfare, environmental protection and arts education. We are committed to act as a socially responsible company, on the theory that aesthetics and activism need not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, we believe it is essential for consumers to make each and every purchase–irrespective of the amount involved–a means to speak truth to power. And by that we mean both political and corporate power.

In short, companies understand loss of profits, just as governments understand lost elections. If consumers vote with their dollars for sustainable, eco-friendly products, and are vocal in their rejection of sweatshops, child labor and environmental pollution, slowly but surely, change will occur.

The Jaded Palette is but one of many new businesses that have spurned the classical model of corporate success–earnings, dividends, profits, stock splits, more earnings– and opted for a triple bottom line: people, planet and profits. Here, more specifically, is what we do.

For a start, we try to be good corporate citizens. We support the Better Business Bureau, follow Consumer Reports’ guidelines for trustworthy web businesses, and belong to several Chambers of Commerce in our area. We buy local and sell locally as well; we use local banks and business services. We are involved in environmental issues close to home, particularly clean water,  fracking and alternatives to the decrepit nuclear power plant down-river. And we volunteer to help out: with the annual film festival, gallery-sitting, animal protection and farm issues. Then there is the broader picture, beyond our local goats and chickens.

PEOPLE AND PLANET

We believe in the practice-what-you-preach approach. As a member of Green America’s Business Network, we strive to use eco-friendly materials in our business, from non-toxic glues down to Forest Stewardship Certified paper products. (They can trace your business cards back to the actual trees felled for use in the paper). Our repurposing of old beads is our primary recycling activity, but to the extent we need new beads and findings, we purchase fair trade beads whenever possible, as well as recycled precious metals, which helps to reduce global mining of silver and gold. Mining activities world-wide take enormous tolls on both the human actors and the environment.

The Jaded Palette™ or “TJP” offers one-of-a-kind, handmade art jewelry, featuring recycled antique and vintage beads in stunning contemporary designs. Focal points are pieces of abstract art made of upcycled paint scrapings from the designer’s palette, encrusted with pearls, gemstones and Swarovski crystals in a manner reminiscent of ancient adornments. Their playfulness, asymmetry and edginess, however, reflect a thoroughly modern sensibility.