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. Creating jewels that are unlike any other, to show you the beauty the world has for us, just waiting to be seen.
You know that an active, outdoor lifestyle will make you feel good and being outside in nature recharges you. You want a unique jewel that is bold in its meaning, discreet in its looks, and makes you feel feminine without being an obstacle to your freedom.
The jewelry you wear is a reminder of acceptance and self-love or a gift of a loved one or a reminder of someone dear to you; it symbolises a chapter or milestone in life, a struggle you've overcome or simply a feeling you treasure.
Gardens of the Sun values sustainability, tree planting, craftsmanship and quality materials. These are jewels you are proud to wear. They make you feel more beautiful inside and out, and remind you to be kinder to yourself.
I live to create jewelry you won’t find anywhere else, for adventurous and authentic women worldwide. As well as positive change, I believe in long talks, great friends, the spirit of adventures, that real beauty shines from within and that true love stories exist. (I am also 100% positive the world would be a better place if we all loved ourselves instead of seek love and confirmation outside of ourselves.)
Any questions or doubts? Not quite sure how a ring will fit, how heavy those earrings feel, or how a color will look against your skin? You can easily exchange or return any piece if it's not quite what you expect.
The purchase of each jewel directly supports a women’s tree nursery initiative in Indonesian Borneo.
Give women seeds and polybags 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
Meri is the founder and creative force behind Gardens of the Sun. She has a big vision for the impact our jewelry will have on the world. It's not only about designing an accessory. It's about creating jewelry that makes you feel better than before and that supports everyone involved in making it.
Afrianto has been working with Meri from the very start, turning her designs into instant heirlooms. His family has been working as silversmiths for four generations in the city of Yogyakarta, and is proud to continue his heritage. With Meri's support, he has set up his own workshop in 2016.
A safekeeper of a time-honoured smithing tradition and precious know-how. He proudly continues the old fashioned way of silversmithing, with his own two hands.
ASTI YUHRIYAH NINGSIH
Asti helps take care of all those things that creative minds tend to forget, and ensures all packages are shipped out timely.
Don't take my word for it
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
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