All that glitters is not gold, but it still lights our way.
This 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.
— xoxo Meri
This is an oath, in the way a ring signifies a promise; this is our truth.
Gardens of the Sun seeks to highlight beauty in the natural, and in the process, pay tribute to human and environmental wellbeing. We believe in inspiring real, independent women to accept and celebrate imperfection within and without, freeing themselves to achieve positive change through the incredible power of self-love. We practice self-love by building three bridges: compassion, gratitude and acceptance.
We step lightly with a compassionate heart that respects the environments from which we source our materials, and supports the artisans that make a living transforming them. We support community enterprises in Indonesia – from West Java and Jogjakarta to Kalimantan and Bali. Just like beauty, compassion is meant to be shared.
We’re ever grateful for and remain humbled by Mother Nature's abundance. We plant a tree in the jungles of Borneo for every jewel purchased and newsletter subscription, because we want to take our loved ones on this journey of giving back to the place from whence we came. This pales in comparison to the gifts and opportunities that the world gives us, but we chose to start here. Making small steps, everyday.
We celebrate the so-called flaws within a human being, or a jewel, in all its glory – because these are the cracks that let the light shine through. Soul-deep confidence and self-love are at the crux of our purpose. If our jewelry can remind people to accept themselves as they are and find strength in imperfection, then it has fulfilled a life well lived and only then can we call it a day.
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