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September 06, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

We’re on the last leg of 2019, and I’m trying to catch my breath. It’s been an amazing year for Gardens of the Sun, full of accomplishments that seem like fever dreams. Our team is still reeling from the excitement of holding our first ever exhibition!

The two-day event was titled From Forests to Fashion: Dayak Arts & Cultural Exhibition. It was a fun opportunity to showcase our work, alongside gorgeous woven bags from Handep, and a short movie screening from the Ranu Welum Foundation

The exhibition focused on the indigenous Dayak people of Kalimantan, and gave visitors a quick glimpse into their rich culture.

It was so good to meet people from all over the world, all passionate about sustainability.

We shared stories and exchanged thoughts - I learned more than I thought I would.

The exhibition was held in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day. This day means a lot to me, as Gardens of the Sun works closely with indigenous Dayak miners from Central Kalimantan for gold and sapphires.

Sape performance by Suy

Photos by Dod Cahyahendra on display 

Through the exhibition, I got to share stories of the Dayak people who work closely with us. From their environment to how mercury poisoning affects their lives. The exhibition served as a wake-up call for how much we can do as creators and consumers to make it better. 

During the two-day exhibition I also got to show off something we’ve been working on the past couple of months.  

Drum roll please...

Introducing Gardens of the Sun’sORIGINS Collection.  

The mini launch showed off ethical rings that are traceable from A to Z. 

We know the brilliant women who mined our gold. 

We know where the gemstones and diamonds are from. 

We know who cut our stones. 

And of course, we know the amazing artisans who craft our jewelry.

This collection of ethical jewelry represents my hopes and dreams for the future. 

It represents how I see the future of the industry could, and should be!  

In the coming months, I’ll be talking more about the importance of ethically mined gold (subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page to be updated with our latest stories).

I'll be sharing why it’s such a big deal that Gardens of the Sun is on this journey beyond jewelry.

I hope that you’re as excited as I am to be on this ride!

To preview Origins collections, click here..