Where is the jewellery produced?
The moulded silver structures are handcrafted in Tibet. Stones cutting, finishing, polishing and plating happens in our in-house workshop in Jaipur, India.
Tibetan women do not have the right to work independently in Tibet. The options available to them are Prostitution, labourer on building sites or as house-help in Chinese homes. The Project was set up in 2015, when the founder (Saloni) was suggested by a dear Tibetan friend to start an employment project in Tibet. Women work in their homes having all necessary tools to hand craft the unique jewelry pieces. And this gives them the opportunity to take care of themselves and their family.
What is the material of my product and where does it come from?
92.5% silver and 6.5% copper-based alloy, commonly called Sterling Silver. The stones that are put into the silver frames are all semi-precious natural stones. We also have pieces in 22k real gold and rose gold plating. All of our jewellery pieces are anti-allergic.
We source conflict free silver from China & Gold from India. Stones are all sourced from Jaipur in India, the world’s largest marketplace for conflict free natural gemstones. And the stones are hand-cut and faceted in Jaipur.
Interesting fact about using silver: The women in the project are not professionally trained jewellery makers so using silver gives them to flexibility to make mistakes, re-melt the silver and remake the design. We need to mix silver with other metals to reduce its softness so that it can stay in a certain shape. We mix silver with copper as it does not cause allergies to people as might be the case with Nickel or Zinc.
How to take care of precious metals & natural stones?
• Avoid wearing jewellery when applying makeup, perfume or hairspray. Please do remove jewellery when bathing or swimming.
• You can clean precious metals such as gold and silver with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Make sure the brush is very soft otherwise it can cause scratches. Use a soft cloth to dry and buff your jewellery once it’s cleaned.
Afterwards, polish with a jewellery polishing cloth for smooth surfaces. Avoid using tissue or paper towels as they can cause scratches.
• Rubbing alcohol can also bring back the shine but avoid using bleach as this can destroy the metal.
• Store your jewellery safely and ideally away from air (to prevent tarnishing), preferably in the original box/pouch. Do not store your jewellery inside leather as this can tarnish the metal.
In case the gold-plating wears off after continued use you can contact us. We gold plate the jewellery at a nominal additional cost, as per weight of the jewellery. It does however takes 8-10 weeks.
I have long hair. How do my stud earrings look best in it?
Studs and earrings look beautiful with any hairstyle; with short haircuts or pinned up hair. To really show them off, I recommend wearing rather larger statement earrings with open hair. If you prefer more delicate models, try tucking your hair behind your ear on one side.
In any case, we choose our designs to go with everything. You'll see, most of them are quite simple - yet very chic when they catch the light.
Are the jewellery pieces heavy?
We design all jewellery so that you hardly feel it when you wear it. By the way, this also applies to the plugs and clasps: They're not so long or big that they constantly "poke" your head when you wear them. Still, they hold very tightly, so you don't have to worry about losing your jewellery.
I have lost/ broken an earring. What now?
Return - Reuse - Recycle
Send your jewellery back to us so we can give it new life. We'll thank you with up to 70% off your next purchase.
With this closed loop, we want to ensure that precious metals can shine in ever new treasures. After all if they end up in the trash, they can harm the environment besides the painful loss of all the resources that went into ore extraction and metal refining.