Joanne and Brian Leber are Chicago based craftspeople and independent jewelry designers who combine technical expertise, classic styling, and social consciousness in their unique jewelry designs. Melding their knowledge and formal training in gemstones, jewelry making, art, and music, these designers create heirloom pieces that are wearable and beautiful.
Earthwise Jewelry® is the first collection of its kind made with recycled precious metals and gemstones that are mined responsibly and traded fairly. Since 1999, it has been the premier responsibly produced fine jewelry line.
In addition to his college degree, Brian is certified by the American Gem Society and the Gemological Institute of America, having learning the craft of fine jewelry making through a tradition passed down from his father and grandfather. Considered an industry expert on social responsibility and ethics, Brian is quoted widely in the national and international media. He has testified before the US Congress and spoken extensively on human rights and environmental issues related to the jewelry trade.
Joanne received her degrees in fine art and design. She uses her talents to design and hand sketch jewelry for Leber Jeweler Inc’s Earthwise Jewelry® collection in addition to custom design work. She is a lifelong advocate for human rights and environmental issues, serving as both board member and active supporter of a host of organizations.
The couple works endlessly, independently and with outside organizations, to improve and uphold ethical standards within the jewelry industry and to educate the public.