Jewelry Around the Globe
Anna Beck Jewelry Designs is a Los Angeles-based contemporary jewelry collection that uses one of the oldest jewelry making techniques in the exotic Far East. Hand crafted on the island of Bali, each piece in the Anna Beck jewelry collection is layered with tiny gold or silver disks individually cut and affixed to the metal base to produce Anna Beck’s signature jewelry style. The gold plating and finishing process takes several days to complete. Today Anna Beck's jewelry designer, Becky Hosmer splits her time between Bali and Los Angeles. Her affection for Balinese people and culture, coupled with the island’s vibrant scenery, provides inspiration that she merges with the casual elegance of California Style.
Anne Sportun's creativity is driven by her belief in a universal language of shapes and symbols. Finding pure beauty in nature's organic forms, she balances the precise with the irregular, the perfect with the prosaic. Sparkling gems adopt an understated elegance that transforms them from special-occasion dazzlers to wear-everyday pleasures. Based in Toronto, she's been honored with a Canadian postage stamp featuring her hands and rings.
Founded in 1987 by Carola and Nils Eckrodt and grown year on year since then, the COEUR DE LION brand stands for colour indulgence, a love of life and democratic luxury that is affordable for many people. Today, the Stuttgart location employs 150 members of staff, 145 of whom are female.
Founders Griffin and Paul partnered with Costa Rican bracelet artisans, Jorge and Joaquin, in hopes of spreading the “pura vida” spirit with others. Today Jorge, Joaquin, and 100+ of their amigos hold full-time jobs thanks to Pura Vida Bracelets. When Jorge and Joaquin first met Griffin and Paul, they were only selling a few bracelets a week. Now, the bracelets are worn by millions of people around the world and serve as a tangible reminder to slow down and live in the moment.
Founded by Gwendolyn Floyd, Catherine Mahugu, and Ella Peinovich, Soko has designed a proprietary smartphone commerce app that transforms the mobile phone into a tool enabling global artisans in underserved communities access to international markets. The result is a plethora of affordable, stylish jewelry that is ethically handmade in Kenya from sustainable materials available on the company’s site. Soko’s goal, in the spirit of social entrepreneurial outreach to developing communities, is to ‘transform the fashion industry for good, one accessory at a time’.
Over 1,300 Kenyan artisans work with Soko. Many jewelers earn up to four times what they would normally earn, thanks to more exposure for their products. Soko’s mobile app and innovative crowdsourcing supply chain allow consumers to pay less while artisans earn more. The company’s commitment to ethical production and social impact is embedded in their business, creating ethical fast fashion.