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A Chat With Ethical Brand Oria Jewellery

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Lead designer Synnove Saelthun founded Oria Jewellery in 2007, an ethical contemporary jewelry company. Synnove and her creative partner Tania Kowalska, were concerned about the social and environmental impact that mining and production within the jewelry industry was having on our surroundings. Creating Oria Jewellery was their way of putting their concerns into practice and making ethical jewelry to benefit the environment and the wearer.

Today Oria Jewellery is run by Synnove. The name ‘Oria’ comes from the Latin word for ‘Golden’ and Synnove loves to be close to nature, which she puts into her designs. Norwegian born and having lived in New York and London before solely focusing on her own designs, she now lives in Surrey where all her designs are made.

How did your brand begin?

After 10 years of working in Norway, New York and London as a goldsmith and designer, Oria Jewellery was founded in 2007. I wanted to make beautiful quality jewelry from the most ethical materials available.

Values are really important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values?

Oria Jewellery is all about making contemporary but timeless jewelry with ethical integrity.

Where do you get inspiration for your designs?

There is so much beauty around us. I find my inspiration in the delicate details of nature and architecture and look for simplistic elegance.

  

How is your jewellery made?

All our jewelry is designed and handmade in the Oria Jewellery Workshop in Surrey.

How do you want someone to feel when they wear your jewellery?

Our Jewellery is made to be loved, worn often, to add a bit of beauty and a smile.

Do you work with any charities?

25% of each sale of our Birds of Freedom collection is donated to the Helen Bamber Foundation. With Dame Emma Thompson as their president, they work with survivors of torture, slavery, trafficking and and other forms of human cruelty.

Oria Jewellery prides itself on beautiful and simply elegant jewelry made in a socially responsible way. Oria Jewellery uses certified Fairtrade Gold and source their gold from small hand-panning cooperative mines in Argentina. Their silver is 100% recycled and purchased from Bolivian miners. With gemstones, Oria Jewellery strongly support the Kimberley process, a scheme that keeps diamonds conflict-free by having extensive requirements placed onto participants who want to buy and ship diamonds. All of their diamonds are sourced individually under strict environmental conditions and their tourmalines come from family mines from Brazil and Kenya, where the miners work in safe conditions with good wages. None of Oria Jewellery’s materials are artificially treated or enhanced.

 

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