Eco-Friendly Jewelry by MONIQUE PÉAN Uses Exotic Materials

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Monique Péan may just have stepped onto the luxury jewelry scene a few years ago, but in that short time she’s already made fashion news, establishing herself as a designer and garnering awards and praise from Vogue, Tiffany’s & Co. and Oprah. Not only is the jewelry found in the MONIQUE PÉAN brand uniquely gorgeous, but the artist focuses her designs, materials, and production on the idea of sustainability, making it the premier eco-friendly fine jewelry collection on the market. And if that wasn’t enough reason to love Péan's jewelry, she’s also correlated her line with several philanthropic organizations as a way to promote sustainability and humanitarianism.
In accordance with its commitment to producing luxury products that promote social and environmental responsibility, MONIQUE PÉAN uses a variety of sustainable materials. Defined by its unique elements, the luxury jewelry brand is the first to feature sustainable fossilized woolly mammoth and walrus ivory in fine jewelry, making for one-of-a-kind pieces and an avant-garde style. Also unique to the line are sustainable buffalo horn, precious stones, diamonds and pearls, all of which are conflict- and devastation-free and were obtained with fair trade standards. All of these exotic materials are used with 18 karat recycled gold, which is identical in quality to newly mined gold and comes from several different sources, including existing jewelry.
Péan uses these extraordinary eco-friendly materials to artfully craft fine jewelry pieces, from statement necklaces, earrings and bracelets to pendants, beaded bracelets, bangles and rings that range from $2,490 to $80,900. The large, flat fossils and stones are cut and shaped beautifully, sometimes with a refined look, while other times taking on a more natural aesthetic. Diamonds and pearls accompany many of the pieces that are categorized into several different collections, including “Atelier” for bridal. This special line was created when Péan was on the search for her own engagement ring, but it grew to include wedding bands and other bespoke pieces as well.
On the philanthropic end, MONIQUE PÉAN gives generously to related charitable causes. The brand’s current collaborations include partnerships that help raise awareness about countries without access to clean drinking water. MONIQUE PÉAN’s annual contributions thus far have provided 20 years of clean drinking water to more than 5,000 people in Malawi, Mozambique and Haiti. The brand also donates a portion of its April proceeds every year to Trees for Life, an organization that plants fruit trees in her father’s native country of Haiti to improve air quality, combat soil erosion and control flooding.

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Nicolle Keogh

Nicolle graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in 2011 with degrees in Journalism and French. Originally from the East Coast, she is a recent San Diego transplant who is trying to take advantage of all that this sunny city has to offer. She was a contributor to her campus newspapers at SMU and was previously the Editor of San Diego-based start-up DailyCrowdsource....(Read More)

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