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Ethical Metalsmiths Names President

Christina Malle has been an Ethical Metalsmiths member for over 10 years.

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Christina Malle
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(PRESS RELEASE) CINCINNATI, OH — Ethical Metalsmiths (EM) announces the appointment of incoming President Christina Malle of Christina Malle Designs in New York.

Christina Malle of New York is taking the reins from outgoing president Monica Stephenson of Anza Gems who has served as Ethical Metalsmiths’ board president for the last three years, from May of 2020 to 2023. Monica will remain on the Board of Directors.

Christina has been an Ethical Metalsmiths member for over ten years, has served as an Advisor and joined the Board of Directors in 2018. She is a goldsmith, GIA certified Graduate Gemologist and a former human rights attorney. Her company, Christina Malle Designs, became an official Fairmined Licensee in 2019. Christina has been a vocal advocate for environmental and human rights accountability in the jewelry industry and has written and spoken widely on the topics.

Christina was educated at Dartmouth College (AB), New York University School of Law (JD) and the Gemological Institute of America (GG). She learned goldsmithing at New York City’s 92nd Street Y and from master goldsmith Donna Distefano of New York.

Christina observed that “While it is daunting to follow in the footsteps of Monica Stephenson and her predecessor Alexandra Hart, it is reassuring to know that they are both continuing in leadership roles at Ethical Metalsmiths. Between EM’s very active and formidable Board of Directors, its fantastic Advisory Council and indispensable Executive Director Barbara Wheat, we anticipate that EM’s work towards a more responsible jewelry community will steam ahead energetically.”

“As I step away from the role of President of Ethical Metalsmiths, I acknowledge the accomplishments of the organization over the past several years, and celebrate with gratitude the many minds and hands who contributed to its success. It has been an honor to watch EM’s community of kind and caring members grow, connect in myriad ways, and share resources and best practices in their own journeys. I enthusiastically welcome Christina to continue to nurture the organization which goes far beyond any one of us, and ultimately affects all of us.” Monica Stephenson, outgoing president.

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See full list of Ethical Metalsmith Board Members here.

About Ethical Metalsmiths

Ethical Metalsmiths, founded in 2004, is a member-based nonprofit and a community of caring buyers, jewelers, designers, and suppliers. Committed to transparent, responsible and environmentally-sound practices for all facets of the jewelry industry, we strive to educate and connect people globally, from mine to market. EM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and membership is open to all, whether one is a “metalsmith” or not.

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