You can make a difference

in a really good way

THIS IS THE STORY OF HOW JEWELRY SAVED ME

Have you ever been breath-taken by a beautiful object or experience, and thought to yourself, "Wow, what did I do to deserve this?" 


You have, right? 


I've asked myself the above question. Many times. But then, almost immediately, my restless, joykill of a mind will automatically go to: "Wow, what did others have to do so I could deserve this?" 


For as long as I can remember, I've always been this way. I just want to make sure the things I enjoy don't unintentionally harm the world or the people who made it. It's exhausting, but looking back, it's been worth it.

HOW THIS ALL STARTED. HINT: SAVING THE WORLD IS EXHAUSTING...


During my studies in tropical forestry, I spent months at a time living with indigenous Dayak communities in Indonesian Borneo. 


I looked at why these beautiful people sold their forests and ancestral lands. What I found out was that they all just wanted to have a mobile phone and wear skinny jeans, send their kids to university and be a part of the world they saw on TV. 


Maybe even build a private bathroom with a real toilet. You know, one that flushes. 


They didn't want to be left behind. They just wanted to keep up with the Joneses. 


Fast forward ten years, two babies, and a bout of depression later, I was crippled by a major burnout that turned out to be my saving grace. 

WON'T YOU LOOK AT THAT... I'VE GONE FULL CIRCLE


I only recently realized this. I thought I'd left international development for jewelry design, but actually, I was still trying to find a solution to the same problem I saw 10 years ago. 


After my burnout, I moved to Bali and started creating jewelry from my spare bedroom. 


At the heart of it lay a desire to use jewelry for good. A promise was born.


Gardens of the Sun is now a vehicle to help indigenous people feel a part of the global economy. To help them see how they’re a crucial part of it by empowering them with emotional appreciation and better prices for their craft and knowledge. 


Since 2018, I’ve been on a mission to personally meet every single person in our supply chain to see how we can make a meaningful difference in their lives. 

TAKING THE GUILT OUT OF JEWELRY SHOPPING


I know you don’t want to fund violent conflict or destroy the environment. 


Who does? 


Gardens of the Sun is focused on the entire journey of the jewelry. So it can be as ethical, transparent and traceable as possible. It's an ethos that goes beyond skin-deep.


We promise to make your jewelry part of something bigger; to make it positively meaningful for those who wear it and make it. 


So I hope that every time you wear Gardens of the Sun, it reminds you of the positive impact your choices have on this world. 


xox
Meri

Want to make an impact with your jewelry? 

AA Meri check Moody Borneo Salt and Pepper Diamond Ring - Gardens of the Sun Jewelry
AA ATRI Radiant Grey Diamond Ring in Rose Gold - Gardens of the Sun Jewelry
AA Yudi SKU Ceylon Crystal Sapphire Ring - Gardens of the Sun Jewelry
Blue Spinel Ring in Eco Gold
Champagne Borneo Diamond Earrings in Eco Gold
AA Meri check Dark Blue Sapphire Ring In Eco Gold - Gardens of the Sun Jewelry

your values matter

Because what you love shouldn't hurt anyone, right? 


You can now make your experience guilt-free.


Going beyond conflict-free, we make it a point to source from locations that aren't involved in child labour, forced labour or modern slavery; war economies, armed conflict and terrorism; and financing criminal networks. We keep it clean.


From our workshops to office headquarters and our suppliers, each step in the supply chain is powered by happy and healthy working conditions. Veggie office lunches and yoga, flexible hours, generous parental leave - they're the bare minimum.


We use alluvial gold extracted by artisanal female miners. We source from them directly, paying them a 20% premium for their mercury-free practices, 10% of which goes to a capacity-building fund that each woman has access to.


We plant at least one tree for every purchase. With your support, we've donated $8,072.58 to good causes in 2018 and another $3,781.86 in 2019. We try our best to give back what we've been generously given, in manifold.



WHY THEY CHOOSE GARDENS OF THE SUN

Trapeze Blue Topaz Necklace
Trapeze Blue Topaz Earrings
Black Hematite Earrings with Hidden Gems
Opal and Aquamarine Ring
Kite Citrine Ring
Boulder Opal Necklace

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We love to receive love letters. We love to hear your stories, and what your jewelry means to you. We love to work with storytellers who are interested in sharing our mission. 


Just write us! It'd make us so happy.




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