Earlier this year we made a few changes to our materials policy of using only vintage gems, and the response has been great. We’ve had frequent requests for diamond alternatives, both because of affordability and because okomido fans are so darn cutting edge that you refuse to be bound by tradition. As a result, we’re always on the lookout for something new and sensational, which is all the sweeter when it supports change in the worldwide mining industry.
That’s where Zultanite comes in. This rare color-change gemstone is found in only one place in the world, in a single Turkish mine that follows strict environmental practices. It’s an incredibly romantic conversation starter that changes color dramatically in different lighting conditions. In daylight it’s a warm, pale champagne with greenish overtones, and in candlelight it’s a rosy, salmon or raspberry color. Perhaps most surprisingly, it is a versatile neutral that looks amazing with literally anything you wear. It’s truly a chameleon stone.
The best part is how Zultanite mining sets the standard for sustainable mining worldwide by minimizing environmental impact; protecting water sources from toxic chemicals and undergoing strict land restoration processes; submitting to regular third party inspections; and providing insurance, fair wages, housing and food for workers. Purchasing Zultanite jewelry is not only easy on the conscience, it’s also casting a vote for an environmentally- and socially-conscious revolution in the industry.
We’re still fully committed to using entirely reclaimed metals in our jewelry until fair trade mining becomes more widely available. But we’ll continue to source ethically-mined gemstones and create new jewelry designs that honor your conscience as well as your impeccable taste.