It all began when I was working a demanding job as a sustainability consultant, trying to save our forests and endangered wildlife, and help people struggling to make a living. Every time another stretch of forest was lost, another indigenous community displaced or another case of child labor exposed, my heart broke. I was trying so hard to make the world a better place, but it was like emptying the ocean with a thimble.
In 2015 I had a burnout that swept me off my feet. It was time for a change. I decided to move to Bali and focus on bringing something positive into the world through small ideals - ideals of spreading love, of ethical business practices, and of seeing beauty in everything around us. So, here I am. Designing jewelry to show you the beauty the world has for us, just waiting to be seen.
Gardens of the Sun crafts jewelry that represents the inspiring truth of imperfect beauty, promoting sustainability through ethical and environmentally aware business practices.
We believe in inspiring real, independent women to accept and celebrate imperfection within and without, freeing themselves to achieve positive change through the power of self-love.
Where there is imperfection there is beauty, but our wonderfully imperfect world is full of challenges. No one and nothing is perfect, and sometimes we all need a little compassion. Gardens of the Sun respects the environments from which we source our materials, supports the artisans that make a living transforming them and inspires those who wear our jewelry to become the best version of themselves. A compassionate heart goes a long way to promoting positive change.
We think that the best way of encouraging self-love is to show humility and gratitude for the gifts and opportunities that the world gives us. We treasure the emotional investment that our customers place in our jewelry, and the processes and materials used to make each piece are ethically sourced and based on sustainable practices whenever possible. When the world gives to us, we try to give back more.
True confidence doesn't come from being flawless - it comes from celebrating your imperfections and the contribution they make to the unique and wonderful person you are. The same is true of our jewellery. We believe in the beauty of our pieces because of their flaws, not in spite of them. If our wonderful, imperfect jewelry can remind people to accept themselves and find strength in imperfection, then it has achieved its purpose.
Give women seeds and poly bags to grow trees with their families
The trees are planted in areas where forest fires raged and destroyed
The trees grow to provide habitat for orang-utans and other endangered wildlife species
Here's what they say...
Your jewelry is natural, strong, honest and beautiful. My biggest dream is to be happy with myself, I always forget to feel strong and beautiful. But when I wear a ring like this, it will remind me to be the best me I can be. And that it's not a shame that I'm not perfect. Because what is perfect? I think it's perfect when you can be yourself. And be proud of it.by Zjos D.., The Netherlands
It's hard to put into words, how your pieces speak to me. It seems like the materials and yourself, work together, allowing the gems and the metal to tell their own story instead of pieces being turned into something their not. Some unnatural shape or color. It's raw and pure, and beautiful. The earth has definitely allowed you to be a representative of its little beauties.by Jillian, United States
If I could put 6 stars I would. These earrings are drop dead classy and edgy at the same time. Discreet yet noticeable. Excellent quality and well made. The backing is solid and won't slip. More than that, the packaging is to die for in pressed flower paper that you can reuse for future giving, and Meri's customer service as well ethical nature philosophy is admirable. Shop here! I'm saving up for my next pair already.by Hiba Z., Canada