S A L T  G R A S S | Jewelry

Bespoke Metalsmithing

WHO & WHAT

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Salt Grass is an ethical metalsmith company based out of Portland, ME.

Designer and owner, Kristi Frank is an intuitive abstract artist who creates jewelry with distinctive silhouettes. Each piece begins with Kristi's memory of her childhood in Santa Fe, NM - an unusual rock formation, distant horizons, the smell of crushed soft clay dirt. These memories are morphed, shifted by frothy oceans, verdant summers and the flora of her current home in coastal Maine. Two opposing lands, the Desert and Sea, mingle to form an ever-fluid body of work. Each piece pushed and pulled until it finds balance, reduced to the perfectly imperfect forms that satisfy everyday life, and suggests affection for the subtle details of this world.


OUR MISSION

To create, responsibly.

Salt Grass Jewelry is made with integrity and intention. We have taken great steps to guarantee authenticity and uphold the reputation of our sources, material, and products. We exclusively use recycled metals for all of our silver and gold. Our stones come from small lapidary companies across the Southwest and New York’s historic diamond district. Our studio is powered by renewable solar and wind energy through Arcadia Power, and we recently replaced all "bio-degradable plastic" with plant-based, compostable clear bags.


Kristi understands that we have a moral and social obligation to make better choices in the products we use, buy, and make.

2% of all sales go to the National Resource Defense Council.

“The NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.”

We are continually looking to grow and better educate ourselves with regards to environmental business practices. See an area where we can improve? Let us know!


Read more about Kristi & Salt Grass in these interviews.


White Sands, New Mexico

White Sands, New Mexico


BACKGROUND

Kristi has studied art through various universities, colleges, and workshops over the years. She graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2010 with a BFA in sculpture and small metal work. 

Following graduation, Kristi moved to New York City where she began working as a full-time metalsmith for a number of female-run independent companies. There she learned the nuts and bolts of jewelry production and gained unparalleled knowledge about business through her various mentorships. The confidence she gained from these women inspired her to start her own company.

 

Abiquiu Reservation, New Mexico

Abiquiu Reservation, New Mexico

S A L T  G R A S S

also known as distichlis spicata is a very tolerant grass that can grow in the mountains, the desert or the cost. It is known by several common names, including seashore saltgrass and desert saltgrass and is widespread in New Mexico.

 

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

 

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