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About


I was living in Japan sketching jewelry designs during my free time and was inspired by vintage military medals I saw at a market, when I asked the question, "Why don't we have love medals?"

It took many years of life experience and growing older to see the idea of Love Medals not only as a gift in a moment, but also as core to my life story. From a young age, I understood how it felt not to be seen and celebrated for who I am. I believe that we're here to learn how to love in all its forms; love for ourselves, others, our communities, our planet.

Loving and believing in myself was my biggest personal love lesson to date. We all have these lessons and challenges to overcome, and it’s deeply fulfilling for me to make something meaningful that creates moments and keepsakes to honor ourselves and each other for our Victories in Love.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT

The Love Medals studio is located on the traditional territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. I acknowledge their welcome and graciousness to myself and my son who live, work, learn and love, grounded to this beautiful land. With deep gratitude.

CHARITY

With the sale of every piece, a percentage of yearly profits is donated to Victoria Women's Transition House, who work to address and prevent partner violence, and abuse of women and children through their services. It is a personally important cause for me. I know how incredibly essential it is to have resources available for women and children in need.

SUSTAINABILITY

I continue to seek out new ways of improving sustainability and ethical practices, working not only to do less harm, but support good. Love Medals are shipped with recycled/recyclable shipping mailers and biodegradable cellophane packing tape. I am always working to minimize packaging and shipping materials. My production supports a non-toxic workplace by using natural cleaning products. We recycle everything we can and make time for mindful practice. Below is an overview of the materials and suppliers used.

Material
Source
Certification
Sterling Silver
Hoover & Strong (Harmony Metals)
SCS Responsible Source Certification
Bronze
Rio Grande
*working on finding a more sustainable bronze source. Currently there are no certified recycled jewellery bronze suppliers.
Chain & Findings
Rio Grande
Responsible Jewellery Council, 2015 Certified Supplier. 
*While not 100% certified recycled metal, some of the metal used in the chain and findings is recycled. 
Ribbon
Mokuba
Ribbon classification: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Class 1 (baby)
Casting
Corvus Casting
Local artisan casting done here on Vancouver Island, BC.
Boxes & Certificates
Workhorse Press
Local letterpress printing done here in Victoria, BC.

Photography: Fragment of Light

Videography: Aaron Mallin