This post was sponsored by Ananda Soul and I received a nose ring for review. Scroll down for the giveaway.
When I got my nose pierced two years ago, I wasn’t really thinking about where to find ethically produced piercings. I was more concerned with avoiding infection and mean comments from my ever opinionated thrift shop coworkers.
Well, I got past those hurdles with only a few blips and then I was left with that, “oh yeah, shoulda thought about that” realization when I went out to buy new accessories. I succumbed to the pull of a sale at one of those goth mall stores when I couldn’t find anything on the ethical market, but the quality was lacking and I knew that couldn’t be an option for me longterm.
About a month ago, Christina at Ananda Soul reached out to me to discuss a possible collaboration and I emphatically answered, “Yes!” Finally, ethically sourced nose rings!
Founded by designer Christina Zipperlen in 2009, Ananda Soul employs mothers living on the margins in Bali and uses proceeds to ensure that their children are able to attend school. Christina sees the world like I do, believing that change must start in our hearts and extend to every interaction. In her words:
My vision is to empower women from the core, to inspire them to reach for their dreams, make them realize how powerful, significant, and beautiful they are. Each thought, each action, each smile, each encounter counts – and that is what we live by.
Ananda Soul is dedicated to ethics at every stage of the production process, ensuring that their gemstones and metals are sourced responsibly, using eco-friendly and recycled materials when possible, providing fair wages, using organic cotton in their textiles, and providing educational and health services to women and children in their network.
Ever-present Faith Nose Ring
Sometimes life throws us a shadow and we walk through a moment of darkness. May you always know that you are loved, that you are held, that you are safe. May you always feel the bright faith of unconditional love in your heart.
I’ve been walking in a shadow for more than a month now, so these words mean more to me than I could have anticipated when I originally chose this nose ring to review. It’s funny how our subconscious minds can steer us toward things and experiences that are especially relevant to us even before we are aware of what we need.
The Ever-present Faith Nose Ring is made with ethically sourced 22 karat gold through Ananda Soul’s fair manufacturing program. The high gold content means this piece is hypoallergenic even for the most sensitive skin. I had originally looked into a lower priced option in order to stay honest to my budget (I like to measure items I review by that standard even if I receive them for free), but Christina was kind enough to suggest this one instead (it costs $138).
It’s a real treasure to me, something I want to save for special occasions and pass on to my future children (I guess I’ll have to encourage them to get their nose pierced!). The bright gold is stunning and the simple dot detailing makes it feel special. You can also wear this as a septum ring if you have a septum piercing.
Ananda Soul carries a range of fine jewelry – including some extraordinarily beautiful engagement rings – organic cotton clothing, and a small selection of bags (currently, they have a computer case available).
Open to international readers. Must be 18 years old or older to enter. Contest begins at 1:00 pm EST, 5/15/17, and ends at midnight, 5/24/17. Winner will be randomly selected and notified within 1 week of giveaway ending. If I do not hear back within 5 business days, I will select a new winner.