If you’re looking for accessories that match your eco-beliefs as well as your outfit, Believer Jewellery should be your next shopping stop. Founder Katie Walker was inspired to launch her range of beautiful and affordable pieces following the birth of her child, when she decided that she wanted to proactively help others less fortunate than herself.
“Becoming a parent changes your perspective on love and life,” she says. “I couldn’t simply forget or ignore what I had learnt about the terrifying issues facing women in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa; their lives and those of their children. As a mother and a woman, I feel a responsibility to help in any way I can.”
Walker uses recycled silver and brass for her men’s, women’s and children’s jewellery ranges, as well as recyclable packaging – with paper covering made from sustainable forests. She also includes meaningful details such as the Fibonacci spiral patterns found in nature.
Behind each collection is a different charitable initiative; the ‘Life Collection’ raises money for the World Land Trust’s Borneo orang-utan project and the Buy an Acre in Columbia project; the ‘Believer’ range donates 20% of sales to the charity, War Child; and the ‘Conflict Free’ collection raises awareness for conflict minerals and the mineral war that continues today in Congo, referred to as the deadliest place on Earth to be a woman.
This latter collection, along with the ‘Happy Girl’ collection, is handmade in a small Indian factory employing six male and three female craftspeople, whose children benefit from a sponsored education. The factory practices ethical and sustainable measures by using trade beads and natural leathers in its designs and by recycling old jewellery and scrap metal to produce charms in recycled 925 sterling silver.
By highlighting social responsibility and providing the public with a way of helping women in Asia and Africa, Believer demonstrates that everyday jewellery can be anything but mundane. All you have to do is buy a piece, wear it and make sure everybody hears it jangle.