Introducing Ethical Jewellery - Kaligarh and Made
We’re so excited to announce the launch of two amazing jewellery brands on www.wearethought.com!
Jewellery is something we all love and wear. We put so much thought into the origins and processes of the clothing we wear, so what about jewellery? We believe that access to ethically made jewellery is just as important as clothing, so partnering with these sustainable brands has been a big, shiny secret we’ve been dying to tell!
Keep reading to discover the two jewellery brands launching today…
Kaligarh was founded as a tribute to the artisans of the Himalayan region. Most small-scale artisans work independently, in their homes or in small workshops tucked away in the alleys of the old towns of the Kathmandu Valley. They go to great effort to identify artisans with whom they can work directly, and pay them premium rates. The artisan is at the centre of the company, and is treated with respect and dignity. With most of them caring for large, multi-generational families, urgent health and personal issues arise from time to time. In such cases, they support our artisans the best as they can, including through advances and flexible work schedules. Since the Nepal earthquake in 2015, they have provided interest-free loans to our artisans to rebuild their homes.
The communities of the Himalayan region are especially vulnerable to environmental change, including global warming. Thus sustainability is key to Kaligarh’s ethos and production strategy. For packaging they use Nepali handmade paper, made from the bark of the lokta plant, along with recycled card.
Like Thought, Kaligarh believe in slow, sustainable fashion, and therefore focus on creating pieces that will last a lifetime.
Made was born from a desire to create beautiful products using traditional, time-honoured skills and fashion led design. By working in synergy with people and communities, they aim to create positive change through the production of their beautiful and unique jewellery.
Each unique piece in the Made collection is hand crafted by highly skilled, dedicated artisans. Traditional craftsmanship is infused into all the products and every item in the collection echoes the love and skill of the hands that made it. Using techniques handed down through the generations, their jewellery not only looks great but also tells a story of lives changed through safe, sustainable employment, training and education.
Made’s partner workshop in Nairobi harnesses the talent and skills of local artisans whilst providing a safe working environment. Their ultimate goal is to create and maintain sustainable jobs, to help empower developing communities in Kenya through the production of beautiful, unique and highly covetable jewellery.
As with every clothing item we sell, our motto Wear Me, Love Me, Mend Me, Pass Me On rings true across the jewellery pieces we stock too. Keep reading to learn how to care for our sustainable jewellery:
Tips to look after your brass jewellery:
- Brass will tarnish with wear so it’s important you clean it regularly to keep it looking as good as new.
- Brass does not like to get wet so keep it away from water.
- Rub with a jewellery cloth if the brass is becoming tarnished.
- Soap and water and a soft brush will help shine up your brass jewellery, air dry well afterwards.
- Lemon juice can be used to clean your brass jewellery. Rinse clean with warm water before leaving to air dry and buffing to shine.
- Using a toothbrush to clean crevices is an easy cheap way to keep your brass pieces clean.
Tips to look after your silver jewellery:
- Silver naturally tarnishes over time with exposure to air and the environment. Additionally lotions, perfumes, bleach and chlorine all have adverse effects on the quality and look of any silver.
- Apply any scents and lotions before you put silver jewellery on.
- Avoid wearing pieces when doing sport or washing up. Keep your jewellery in the pouch or packaging it came in to avoid the risk of tarnishing.
- Wash with warm water, not hot. Dilute dish soap in a sink full of warm water before adding the silver plated items to avoid dark spots from concentrated dish detergent.