I was lucky enough to win a recycled Sterling silver polar bear pendant made by Kay Reed during Pebble magazine's Christmas twitter competitions.
Kay Reed is an eco silversmith who specialises in creating items of jewellery which raise awareness about endangered animals and their habitats. Her jewellery is ethically and environmentally friendly. She uses reclaimed and recycled silver gems and diamonds which are less harmful to the environment and have a lower social impact than if she used newly mined metals. 10% of sales are donated to the World Land Trust, Bite Back and Nottingham Wildlife Trust. All packaging is reclaimed or sourced from sustainable resources and made by companies' with responsible, ethical principles. Pebble magazine is an ethical online magazine focusing lifestyle, conservation, ecological issues and fun.
The polar bear Pendant in recycled sterling silver is £60. It is hung on a 45cm sterling silver belcher chain and the pendant measures 21x17x3mm. It is hallmarked and comes with an information card and presented in a gift box. It is comfortable to wear as the back is completely flat and it is light. The clasp is quite large and is easy to grip and fasten. The pendant is unusual and allows you to become a mini ambassador for polar bears as it is an eye catching piece of jewellery and can definitely spark conversations around the need for conservation in this area. The pendant also comes in recycled 9ct gold (£280). The matching recycled Sterling silver polar bear bracelet is also £60.
I hadn't heard of Kay Reed's conservation lead jewellery designs until I entered Pebble's competition. It is impressive that such a small company has thought through every aspect of design, manufacture and presentation of her jewellery so it is all ethically and socially responsible, especially when fast and disposable fashion is becoming the norm. I love her dedication to conservation and shall certainly be saving up for the hedgehog pendant as I have a visiting hog called Horace (once I have bought her a new hog house).
I won this Pendant but this has not influenced my review.