A quick search through Etsy will show you that delicate, gold jewelry isn’t hard to find.
But I’ll tell you what is hard to find: a jewelry maker who dreams up modern, refined pieces AND remains committed to responsible and sustainable production from beginning to end. Favor Jewelry caught my eye because of the beautiful and minimal designs – and the opals! Oh the opals. But it was the ethics that sealed the deal for me.
I had the opportunity to meet owner/designer Monika Reed and peek inside her Southeast Portland studio, where each of her pieces is handmade. There, I was thrilled to see how committed she is to ethics and sustainability in every step of Favor’s process. She showed me the responsibly-sourced gemstones she uses, and shared with me how she’s eradicated her studio of nearly all toxic chemicals. Traditional jewelry making methods, especially soldering, use a lot of toxic chemicals and Monika has found work-arounds in nearly all of her steps. For example, when tumbling (polishing) Favor’s finished pieces they now use a biodegradable castile soap instead of the heavy duty cleanser that’s normally used.
Monika’s commitment to ethics is also evident in her metalsmithing practices. All of the gold jewelry Favor produces is 14K goldfill, which means their jewelry can be safely bonded without chemicals (they use heat), it lasts longer because it has a brass core, and it never peels or flakes. The brass core has an added bonus of reducing the need to mine for new gold. Monika says they even recycle all of their own scrap metal, which is melted down into new product through a metals reclaimer. And my favorite part: They source all of the metal from refiners in the USA.
“Favor is made to be worn and loved.”
5 Fun Facts About Favor:
1 / Their studio features a disco ball.
2 / What started out as a project during Monika’s college years turned into a full time business.
3 / Monika set out to study cultural anthropology in pursuit of a career that helps others. Today, that same mindset shapes how she runs her business. Favor gives back 5% of online sales to support Women for Women International, a charity focused on training women in countries with a recent history of violence to be economically self-sufficient.
4 / Favor uses biodegradable plastic baggies when shipping necklaces.
5 / Monika’s favorite stone: “Emerald, and I have tried for years to come up with a sustainable source, which I have finally found! Stay tuned for September when we will finally have emeralds!”
Monika Reed, in her light-filled Southeast Portland studio.
Giveaway Time! (Contest Closed)
**UPDATE!! The Winner of the Favor Jewelry Giveaway is Michelle, commenter #39! Contact me to claim your prize! :)**
Favor is generously giving away one, $100 shop credit to one lucky Seasons + Salt reader!
1. Head over to Favor Jewelry and sign up for their newsletter (scroll down). We promise it’s a spam-free zone!
3. Comment back here letting us know you’ve done #1, and share #2 with us.
The contest closes Monday, August 15th at midnight, and the winner will be announced here the following day.
This post is in partnership with Favor Jewelry. I’m always thrilled to share my latest finds with you guys and Favor Jewelry is no exception. I hope you love them as much as I do. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Seasons + Salt possible!