When we think about ethical fashion, accessories is an aspect that gets pushed to the side a little sometimes. But it’s important to remember that not all jewelry is made equal, not just in quality, but in manufacturing. Yet when you think about ethically-made jewelry that is doing good in the world, you might imagine something along the lines of beaded friendship bracelets and wooden carvings on a leather string. If that’s something you’re interested in, great. But for me, and I know for probably the majority of people out there, braided friendship bracelets and beads aren’t really our style. I want classy. I want elegant. I want modern. And that is why I love SeeMe so much.
SeeMe is the only fair trade certified brand in the Middle East. It’s an ethical luxury brand where each and every piece is handmade by women (often single mothers) in Tunisia and Lebanon who have been past victims of violence and have been ostracized from their communities. Through their employment with SeeMe, they learn the craft of jewelry making and regain financial independence, along with their pride and dignity.
Though a fairly young company, they haven’t gone unnoticed. SeeMe has previously collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld, Missoni and Tommy Hilfiger. The brand has been featured in publications such as Vogue International and Glamour Italia. This year, for the 20th anniversary of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, they created the Orange Heart.
The best part is that you don’t have to give up your personal style to support them. Their pieces feature simple hearts in varying sizes, found on necklaces, bracelets, rings, and even body chains. SeeMe was kind enough to send me both the bracelet pictured above and the one below. It immediately became one of my favourite pieces of jewelry, and I love answering compliments by telling the story behind it – a story of female empowerment.
In case you’re wondering about what happens even further down their supply chain, rest assured that they are ethically sourced. In addition, the silver is mostly recycled, and also nickel free. What more could I possibly want?
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