Sustainably Chic

Everyday, Ethical Jewelry for the Minimalist and Conscious Woman

FashionNatalie Kay
ethical jewelry

Devi Arts Collective

Every once in a while I like to wear a statement piece, but for the most part, I like my jewelry neutral, dainty and simple. I almost want to feel as if I’m not wearing any because my first instinct is to take it off. I don’t find comfort in having fingers full of big chunky rings or necklaces getting caught on everything I pass by. I feel like Bayoush Mengesha, the designer of the jewelry from Devi Arts Collective, knows exactly what I want. She takes it even a step further and makes sure the jewelry, along with the other items in the shop, are empowering others and supporting sustainable livelihoods, too! 

Why I Love Devi Arts Collective

Aesthetic: This one might be very obvious, but the aesthetic of this jewelry collection is lovely. It really is meant to be worn everyday with anything you have in your closet. The simplicity is what your capsule wardrobe is calling for! When designing, Bayoush is inspired by her Ethiopian heritage where she has learned beauty dances between the simple and the complex. She is also inspired by the natural world, and uses texturing and manipulation techniques to mimic nature. You can easily see this portrayed in some of the materials she chooses like birch bark and feathers. 

Sustainable Sourcing: What’s super interesting about this jewelry collection is the choice in materials. Bayoush personally sources all the stones from artisans in India and the silver & gold from a responsible jeweler company. The gemstones come from a 3rd generation lapidary family who have been cutting, shaping and polishing gems in Rajasthan for years. The recycled sterling silver and 14k gold-filled wire come from a company who takes scrap pieces from artisans and creates new materials for designers like Bayoush to use. 

Empowering the Maker {& supplier!}: I’ve always loved supporting small independent designers. There really is so much love {blood, sweat and tears, too!} that goes into creating an accessory or piece of jewelry for someone to wear. It’s wonderful knowing exactly where your jewelry was made, and for all of these little lovelies, they were made in Bayoush’s studio in Vancouver. If you are a British Columbian resident, this a wonderful brand for you to support - #shoplocal! Besides the beautiful jewelry line, Devi Arts Collective also has a range of hand woven and organic hand dyed wristlets made by a small weaving community in Guatemala.

What I’m Wearing

Orbit Ring in 14kt Gold: Handmade by Devi Arts Collective designer Bayoush in Vancouver with recycled 14kt gold-filled wire. Works well as a stacking ring {especially with the Flat Ball Silver Stacking Ring I have paired with it} or beautiful by itself! 

Cleopatra Necklace: Also handmade by Bayoush with recycled sterling silver and Iolite stone forged, cut, shaped and polished by lapidaries in India. You can also choose from moonstone, labradorite, emerald and ruby for gemstones. 

Where to Purchase

You can find the entire collection in their online shop - here - as well as in this list of stockists in British Columbia. 

Sustainably Supported by Devi Arts Collective. As always, all views are genuine & products are truly loved! Help support the brands who support Sustainably Chic, so I can continue to bring you the best in sustainable fashion, beauty & lifestyle :) Thanks, everyone! #sponsored