Sometimes the most magical things in life are born over waffles and mimosas. That statement couldn’t be truer for this ethical jewelry brand out of New York who has captured my heart and inspired my soul.
This post is sponsored by AU|RATE.*
AU|RATE (pronounced or-ate) creates some of the most simple, beautiful pieces of jewelry I’ve seen in some time. And, this fabulous brand wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for two super talented women brunching and discussing what was missing in the fine jewelry market. I wonder how many French toast sticks they ate.
It doesn’t matter. Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui are keeping it real with their brand, and I heart that the moistest. They know that when it comes to fine jewelry, paying way more than you need to for a great statement piece is the name of the game. So, they decided to create a gorgeous line of ethical jewelry available without the gigantic markup you’ll get purchasing directly through a retailer. Um, yes!
You shouldn’t have to choose between high quality, fair pricing and doing good. So we focused on what matters: durable materials, transparent pricing, sustainable production, and tangible giving. Here’s to one less concession you have to make.
ETHICAL JEWELRY. PURE MATERIALS.
Sophie and Bouchra created a brand that uses pure and ethically sourced materials and it’s all represented in their name. Literally, the “AU” in their brand name is the chemical element for gold representing their allegiance to using the purest materials around.
You’ll find earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets made from S1-clarity diamonds, pure 14 – 18 karat gold and pearls straight from Japan and the South Sea. You won’t be paying any crazy import taxes either, because all of their fabulous pieces are handcrafted in N-Y-C.
This beautiful Tribar Ear Jacket pair ($180) comes in 14k gold, 18 k gold and vermeil (perfect for those of you like Moi who suffer from a nickel allergy) and you can choose your color: yellow, rose or white (made to order). The central bar can be worn alone or with the ear jacket, leaving you spoiled for choice.
They are absolutely stunning and totally unlike any other earrings I own. You can wear these with any outfit – styled perfectly with a pair of distressed jeans and a chunky cardi or something a bit more dressy if you choose. They were so pure and simple, I was inspired to snap a pic, bare-faced, scars and all.
What makes AU |RATE even sweeter is their partnership with Mastery Charter. So, for every purchase you make you become a part of something bigger – a book, placed directly into the life of a child who needs it. A brand that helps its buyer be part of the greater good is doing it right.
You know what else they’re doing right? Making bracelets. This Black Stones Bracelet ($150) has two Onyx stones in square settings (which I love)!
Bracelets are always hit or miss for me because I have super tiny wrists.
This dainty little number is as gorgeous in person as it is in this photo – it feels made for me and I can’t wait to wear it again and again.
WHERE TO BUY
Each fine piece of AU|RATE jewelry comes with a lifetime guarantee, which says a lot about the quality of the products.
You can shop their ethical jewelry online, but if you’re in the neighborhood (NY, DC or Boston) you can hit up one of their four storefronts.
I can promise you that I’ll be making a special trip over to Newbury Street to feel up the rest of their stunning pieces (after enjoying my own little brunch at Sonsie because Mama needs a glass of Prosecco AND some handcrafted bling).
When it comes to ethical jewelry that makes you look good, feel good AND impacts the world in more ways than one? These guys are it for me. Love em’.
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