Ethical Jewelry: Apse Adorn
A brand, a society, who believes that life is about more than what we adorn ourselves with.
That adornment has power, beauty, purpose -- but was never meant to be a coping mechanism, a mask to hide behind.
Jewelry that speaks a powerful truth to dispel the lies about our value; jewelry that encourages and reminds us where our true identity lies.
Elegant, artistic, minimalist designs that glint in the sunlight and move with you.
Jewelry that gives back, with 10% of profits going to a cause you can choose.
Meet Apse Adorn.
Out of all the amazing jewelry brands I've had the privilege to work with, Apse Adorn might be the one I'm the most excited about. Their mission statement sounds like something I might've dreamed up myself. And their designs are the closest I've seen to perfection.
Each piece is hand-crafted in Bellingham, WA, and the materials are ethically and sustainably source. Every design has a thoughtfully-chosen name and uplifting, unique message behind it.
It's not commonly known that much jewelry is made unethically, in the same way that many garments are. To discover a brand that is not only committed to responsible creation of their pieces, but also strives to spread a message of hope and give back to the community, is a rare gem in itself.
If I had to choose a favourite out of all three pieces, it would be the necklace. It's the kind of understated elegance a girl can wear every day -- in fact, it's the kind of piece my style icon Jeanne Damas actually does wear almost every day, so naturally I've followed suit. But beyond style, an amazing 50% of sales from this necklace (of which there are four beautiful engravings to choose from) go towards their partner, the non-profit DVSAS, which supports individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual exploitation.