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Virago Gallery in West Seattle is now restocked. | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

Virago Gallery in West Seattle is now restocked.

Established in 2013, by independent art curator, Tracy Cilona the Virago Gallery champions the work of women and LGTBQ artist and designers. She has curated an incredible collection of original art, unique jewelry and handmade gifts for the home and body. 
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Astor + Orion is the newest member of the Sustainable Fashion Alliance | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

Astor + Orion is the newest member of the Sustainable Fashion Alliance

Founded in 2016 by Andrea Plell and Joyce Hu the Sustainable Fashion Alliance is dedicated to empowering "small and mid-sized apparel and accessories brands with resources, shared opportunities, strategy sessions and creative avenues to market. We know that in order to enhance our local fashion community, and create impactful momentum in the industry, our voice is more potent in union."
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How Circular Design helped me start this company | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

How Circular Design helped me start this company

It's a simple idea: Waste and pollution are designed out of the system, leaving only “resources” which are kept in a loop or returned to the earth in a regenerative way.
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Mara Mode Studio is restocked | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

Mara Mode Studio is restocked

Mara Mode Studio offers their clients head to help in crafting their dream looks. This innovative lifestyle boutique concept offers a variety of hair services, makeup, and now clothing and accessories to style their clients from head to toe. 
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Our best selling Dreamcatcher Hoops are back in stock | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

Our best selling Dreamcatcher Hoops are back in stock

Our best selling Dreamcatcher hoop earrings are back in stock. Sustainably cast from recycled stainless steel and finished in sterling silver, 18k gold or rose gold. These stunning hoop earrings are surprisingly lightweight because stainless steel is about 30% lighter than silver.
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Astor + Orion available on Faire Wholesale | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

Astor + Orion available on Faire Wholesale

Our wholesale jewelry line is now available on Faire Wholesale.
Through Faire we offer 0% net 60 and a $200 opening credit towards your first order.   
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What Interests You? | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

What Interests You?

The older I get the less I care about what others think. Still it's easy to let doubts creep into your mind. Glad I stopped listening to those nagging thoughts, picked up my camera, and just started inviting others to create with me.
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Why we make our earrings from recycled stainless steel | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

Why we make our earrings from recycled stainless steel

The simple answer is we want to build a world where things are not wasted and amazing design is accessible to all.

 

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How protecting the environment is step one for building a great business | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

How protecting the environment is step one for building a great business

Last time we talked about how building and keeping a team is important. Today we are going to talk about environmental controls. I believe it’s what set this factory on a different path. 
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How soccer is an important part of making high quality jewelry. (I'm serious) | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

How soccer is an important part of making high quality jewelry. (I'm serious)

The Fashion Revolution isn't just about looking good. It's about feeling good about the way you represent yourself and your values. 
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Why are big brands still using bad factories? | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

Why are big brands still using bad factories?

Last post we talked about how we as a small start up ethical jewelry brand were able to vet and choose a certified factory to produce our jewelry. And naturally it lets to the question,  “Why are large brands are still using factories with substandard working conditions and unfair wages?”
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What Certification Means for Our Ethical Jewelry Brand | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

What Certification Means for Our Ethical Jewelry Brand

The first step in making ethical jewelry is having a fair and safe workplace. 

The factory we use is certified by a 3rd party for:

  •  ISO 9001 standard which covers quality and safety. The result is a great quality jewelry and many local awards for going years without serious worker injury. Employee satisfaction is demonstrated by low turnover with the average employment time being over two years. 
  • ISO14001 which covers the factory's environmental management systems. The result is that the factory's air and water are stringently filtered to make sure the local environment is not polluted. In fact the factory's waste water is used to irrigate their two on site soccer fields.

It is also a member of SEDEX which is an ethical trade service organization which conducts the SMETA audit which looks at import points such as the ability of employees to air grievances, the ratio of males to females in management positions, and other key points such a specific Worker Well Being Assessment. 

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High quality work starts with a fair and safe work place | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

High quality work starts with a fair and safe work place

So much about the world is unfair. The amount of waste, the way women are treated…it’s all so unjust. But it doesn't have to be that way. It’s time for a revolution in the fashion industry.

From our recycled materials to the factories we partner with, we're proud to be a part of that revolution.

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It’s time for a change | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

It’s time for a change

Do you know who made your jewelry?

The fashion industry is one that is traditionally secretive and not-so-friendly to it’s workers. It's about time to change that. It’s time for a Fashion Revolution.

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It's Time For A Fashion Revolution! | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

It's Time For A Fashion Revolution!

April 22-28th we will be participating in the Fashion Revolution campaign designed to promote transparency in the global supply chain. 
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Interview on Natural Light | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

Interview on Natural Light

We were honored to be featured on conscious creative Gabaccia's blog. I loved getting a chance to answer such thoughtful questions.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for something special for Valentine’s Day? Check out Remake’s Valentine’s Day 2...
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ASTOR + ORION featured on Re/make, Humans of Fashion | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

ASTOR + ORION featured on Re/make, Humans of Fashion

I can't tell you what an honor it was to be included in their Human's of Fashion section along with other amazing designers like Carmen Gama of Eileen Fischer, Renew.
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Sustainable Fashion Forum | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

Sustainable Fashion Forum

One of the things I am looking forward to the most is the Sustainable Fashion Forum. It's April 27th and will be taking place in Portland. 
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ORO- New Stockist in Portland, Oregon. | ASTOR + ORION Ethically Made Jewelry

ORO- New Stockist in Portland, Oregon.

We are so excited to announce that our line is now available at ORO on Hawthorne Blvd in Portland.
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