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Our Materials

About Our Materials

 

At Ananda Soul, we look into each component of our designs and trace its origin as far back as possible.

For example, our silver is sourced from an Italian company that refines their metals using environmentally safe practices. The majority of our gemstones are sourced from another Italian supplier, who only purchases rough materials from certified small companies and family businesses, guaranteeing good working conditions with minimal impact on the land and the neighbouring communities. The remainder of our gemstones (mostly our beads and large stones) come from an Indian family business whose cutters work under ethical conditions.

We are working with two Bali-based production houses who are as committed to ethical work practices as we are. They comply with fair trade work conditions, offering fair work hours, paid leave, medical and life insurance, and even accommodation for non-local team members along with a daycare for working mothers.

 



ASSEMBLY

 

All Ananda Soul jewelry is produced and assembled in Bali, Indonesia under fair conditions. Our team members receive full benefits. The Soul Purpose collection is assembled by mothers of street children in Denpasar, Bali.

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OUR METALS


Recycled Silver


RECYCLED SILVER

 

The silver we use in our jewelry is high-quality, certified recycled 925 sterling silver. We source our silver from a German company that refines their metals using environmentally safe practices. That means no extra silver has been mined for our creations, conserving the land and water resources of the affected silver mining areas. The 925 in Sterling Silver means that it’s a combination of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloys to strengthen the metal. The alloy we use is copper sourced from Germany and is 100% nickel-free. Like all silver jewelry, 925 Recycled sterling silver will tarnish over time. Any darkening or discolouration that occurs is usually caused by oxidation. It is normal and will happen to all brass or silver jewelry over time.

To clean recycled sterling silver jewelry we recommend using polishing paper. Please note that the matte finish might become shinier when using polishing paper.

 

Gold Vermeil


GOLD VERMEIL

 

22kt Gold Vermeil pieces is sterling silver that has been plated with 22kt gold. The silver we use in our jewelry is certified recycled 925 sterling silver. We source our silver from a German company that refines their metals using environmentally safe practices. Gold Vermeil is not solid gold and should be treated with care to preserve it’s quality. It wears differently with each person depending on diet, climate, use of cosmetics and lifestyle.

To clean Gold Vermeil jewelry we recommend using a mild soap, water and a soft bristled brush (such as a toothbrush), rinse clean and pat dry with a soft cloth.

 

22kt Gold Plated


22KT GOLD PLATED

 

22kt Gold plated jewelry is high-quality brass that has been plated with 22kt gold. The brass we use in our jewelry is certified recycled brass. We source our brass from a German company that refines their metals using environmentally safe practices. As all our jewelry, our gold plated jewelry is nickel free. Plating is bonded to brass with silver or platinum, bringing you a quality piece of jewelry that will last a long time if treated with care. Ear wires do not contain brass but are made from 22k Gold Vermeil (Sterling Silver with 22kt gold plating - see material information above). Gold plated is not solid gold and should be treated with care to preserve it’s quality.

Any discoloration that occurs on jewelry is usually caused by oxidation. It is normal and will happen to all brass or silver jewelry over time. Everyone reacts differently to brass. For some it remains in its original gold tone, others may get a slight green (though harmless) tinge on their skin.This can be caused by different factors such as humidity, sweat, cosmetics or diet.

To clean Gold plated jewelry we recommend using a mild soap, water and a soft bristled brush (such as a toothbrush), rinse clean and pat dry with a soft cloth.

 

14kt Gold-filled chains


14KT GOLD-FILLED CHAINS

 

Our gold chains are made from 14kt gold-fill. Gold-filled means that there is a thick layer of solid 14kt gold outside of a brass core. Gold filled is more valuable and tarnish resistant than regular gold-plate.

To clean our gold-filled chains, we recommend using polishing paper or mild soap, water and a soft bristled brush (such as a toothbrush), rinse clean and pat dry with a soft cloth.

 

22kt Solid Gold


22KT SOLID GOLD

 

Solid 22k gold pieces is 91.6% solid gold and 8.4% alloys. 22k gold jewelry are completely solid throughout the entire piece. These pieces are more durable than gold vermeil, gold plated or sterling silver.

To clean 22k gold jewelry we recommend using polishing paper or mild soap, water and a soft bristled brush (such as a toothbrush), rinse clean and pat dry with a soft cloth.

 

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