We’re crazy about jewelry, and serious about doing it ethical. Our vision is 100% ethical jewelry. This means free of mercury, without endangering our forests and wildlife, and supporting artisanal miners and makers. Not just our jewelry. But all jewelry, worldwide.
To us, ethical jewelry means a journey to transform our supply chains for gold, gemstones and diamonds. Together, we get to know all the wonderful people involved in making your dream jewelry. It’s our end–to-end promise that the jewelry you so dearly love, is also a way for you to show your love for everything around you.
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Connection | Goodwill | Transparency | Self love | Impact
Gardens of the Sun is a women-owned jewelry business that empowers like-minded people to become part of a real, positive movement. We play by the following five rules.
We make jewelry – that in itself means what we make becomes mementos, living objects, stories, and bridges between people. Jewelry is a personal keepsake that binds people together with a loved one, a never-forgotten one, the one that got away. With themselves.
Through our work, we want to make meaningful connections between all actors in the chain. From miners and cutters to metalsmiths and marketing managers, and to our beloved clients. You are invariably linked to the very woman who panned the gold from a riverbank in Kalimantan. A jewelry is built on connections. Ours especially.
We believe in giving back because we've discovered this is the rule to a good life.
Giving back to the people in our supply chain through fair pay, capacity-building funds, health and safety assurance, and by respecting their craft and sense of artistic pride.
Giving back to the environment by planting trees, rehabilitating former mine sites and protecting the environment from unnecessary damages, such as mercury pollution.
Giving back to our community by fostering a two-way communication line and thoughtful customer care. In the end, we're not really giving anything away. We're merely returning what we’ve been given, in manifold.
View our impact report to review our monetary donations in 2018.
We believe in being honest about our impact and our journey towards our mission. We stand behind the origin of our raw materials and the methods through which our jewelry is made. Your trust isn’t something we take lightly.
We write poetry because this is how one makes love to oneself.
Do not cover your wins with fallen leaves. Do not disguise your masterpieces in ordinary clothes. Do not camouflage the phenomenon that is you, just because the world chooses to turn down miracles. The truth is you cannot live a lie, or run away from sunshine, no matter how hard you try. This magnificent explosion that is your life was always meant to take your breath away.
What you do has an impact. What that impact is - that’s up to you. We’re here to interrupt, gently. To transform a destructive impact into a positive kick. The kind that changes the lives of those we work with.
When we challenge the status quo and show that it’s possible to make jewelry in a different way, we believe more people will follow. Through our jewelry, we invite you to join us and make a difference.Shop guilt-free
Sourcing | Metals | Diamonds | Gemstones
The ethical jewelry brand, Gardens of the Sun, is an extension of our founder Meri’s mission to help indigenous women have more chances in life. We do this by giving them higher prices, offer less damaging ways to mine precious metals and gemstones, and reforest ex-mining sites. We believe that a good start will result in goodness, all the way through. And we start with the materials.
We could have chosen the path of least resistance. We could have just said “our jewelry is 100% mercury-free, pinkie promise.” We could have bought Fairmined eco-gold, and stones from areas where mercury pollution isn’t rampant, and laws effectively regulate the mining. But we didn’t. Why? Because absolutely nothing would have changed for the millions of artisanal miners.
Our choice: let’s fight the good fight! Anyone who has an inkling about us knows that running away isn’t our thing. That’s why we’re deliberately staying in Indonesia, working where mercury pollution is the worst, and where diamonds and sapphires are mined solely by artisanal miners. We’re there where the miners need us most.
Our recipe for ethical jewelry is based on 4 sourcing principles. We believe that all jewelry businesses should apply these four principles:
Traceability. We don’t just buy diamonds from the big pile. We know where it comes from. We meet the miners and when we can, we work with independent cutters.
Make it better. Think long-term and think change. The best isn’t good enough, we want continuous improvement.
Support the artisans in our supply chain. Pay a price that doesn’t keep the poor poor. All of us deserve a living wage and healthy working conditions. We lead by example to encourage other miners to switch to low impact mining too.
Mercury-free, panned gold. We only buy gold where no mercury is used. Traditional techniques like gold panning have a much lower impact on the environment than more industrial methods.
Giving Back | Tree Planting | Packaging | Office Culture
For every purchase filled with love, we send love back to Mother Earth. Our vision of jewelry that not only makes you feel good, but also does its best to be good, isn’t possible without the support of our incredible community of experts and artisans. We believe that a business can only grow as much as the people behind grow. So we empower our employees and suppliers to grow and spark change too.
Twice a year, our team designs a one of a kind collection of jewelry for a good cause. 100% of the proceeds will go to a charity of our choice. In 2018 we donated over $8,000 to causes we believe in. Have any suggestions? Do send us an email.
The sparkling sea, the strong roots of mangroves and lush forests paint a vivid picture of Biak Island, Papua. Resting on Indonesia’s furthest Eastern point, she’s teeming with life and wonder. Under her canopies of greenery she keeps safe the largest number of endemic bird species in Indonesia. The Black-winged Lory and Victoria Crowned Pigeon which sweep bright colors across the skies, while reptiles and amphibians roam the lands.
But paradise was almost lost in 1996 when a duo of natural disasters struck the peaceful island. On February 17th, 1996, the coastal communities of Biak Island were hit by a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2, and a follow-up tsunami that reached 7 meters (23 feet) high.
Mangrove estuaries which protect the earth, preventing bare soil from washing away into the sea, were destroyed. Local communities and the ecosystem of the island were disturbed. While recovering from these disasters, the island has been challenged by deforestation, illegal logging, and the growing expansion of monoculture plantations.
For every purchase of a Gardens of the Sun piece, we’re committed to planting five trees in Biak Island. Through the Eden Reforestation Project, your purchase employs local communities in reforesting their land. This targets one of the leading causes of deforestation, gives jobs to thousands of local villagers, and creates a connection between the local community and its recovering environment.
Not only that, your sigh of pleasure at wearing your jewelry is complemented by a sigh of relief from Mother Earth, forging a connection that will last years and decades into the future.
Your Gardens of the Sun jewelry comes gift wrapped in beautiful, recycled packaging, lovingly hand-crafted by Banana Paper Bandung. This is a community enterprise in Bandung, West Java, that makes paper from banana stems.
Banana stems produce fruit only once. After harvesting the fruit, farmers cut the banana stems so new plants can grow. These stems become waste that’s usually composted after harvesting, but their high cellulose content makes it a great source for paper. Each ton of banana paper made saves between 15 and 20 trees. It also uses less energy and water than the normal paper industry, so there’s less environmental pollution andless post-consumer waste.
Our packaging isn’t just more sustainable. Our clients have told us it feels like getting a special gift from a dear friend.
In our little Balinese studio, we employ 17 people. When we moved in, our premises were blessed by a Balinese high priest. In the summer of 2019, we expanded and built an additional photography studio. This room was again blessed by a high priest. And we take care of our little paradise together. We fill it with good vibes, the playful wrestling between our foster puppies, the daily incense and offerings to the unseen spirits.
Every single one of us receives fair pay, a generous maternity or paternity leave, health insurance, a training budget, a weekly vegetarian office lunch, free yoga sessions in our dedicated yoga studio, volunteer days to contribute to a cause we care about, and continued pay when we are ill. Ah, and the free jewelry is a nice perk too!
We always have a choice.
From the women of Borneo, to a cluster of artists in Yogyakarta, a young man in Bandung with a vision, to a Dutch girl in Bali who loves designing jewelry and then to thoughtful people like you, we all have a choice to make smart decisions and become aware of their impact on the world.
It only takes one person to make a difference, but a community to change the world.
In the end, you decide. The more people choose mercury-free, artisanal gold jewelry and share our story, the sooner ethical jewelry becomes the new normal. We invite our clients and fellow jewelers and designers to join the cause. You’ll be doing a whole lot more than just purchasing jewelry.
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