Kyler by Joy O – Upcycled Jewelry Made in California

Goodlifer: Kyler by Joy O

To me, the ultimate in casual stylishness is pairing a simple white tank top and a pair of jeans with some great jewelry and a hot pair of heels. It’s effortless elegance personified. This is why I get very excited when I come across a gorgeous jewelry line, and double excited when I find out that it is made from sustainable, recycled materials, like Kyler by Joy O.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler’s new Futurelore Collection features “intaglio pendant jewelry in shapes based on the marriage of tribal petroglyphs and technology, made from gold-dipped steel, black zinc-coated steel, or raw stainless steel with recycled 14 karat gold fill or recycled sterling silver findings.” With geometric designs and tough angular shapes, these pieces are definitely more haute than hippie. Kyler by Joy O’s sustainability pratices, however, will satisfy even the fiercest of treehuggers. All metal pendants are upcycled in California by an employee-owned co-op, using metal industrial scraps from the U.S. The chains, findings and wire are made from domestic recycled precious metals, made to stand the test of time. Other recycled or recyclable materials used include stainless steel, 14k gold fill, sterling silver, black zinc and artisan glass.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler Jewelry is all handmade, employing local artisans in their San Francisco studio. Each order is packaged for shipping in a reusable eco shopping bag, and sent to you in a cradle-to-cradle certified box. If that wasn’t enough, the company also plants a tree (through American Global ReLeaf) for every order placed on their website. Kyler is also working toward becoming carbon neutral and trying to find a way to cut down on paper waste.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria and Anne Hathaway have been spotted around town wearing Kyler jewelry. Kyler by Joy O also supports charitable causes such as environmental rehabilitation, women’s heart health, breast cancer awareness and research, and alleviating hunger in the US. A percentage of all profits is donated to Global Releaf, WomenHeart : The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, The National Breast Cancer Foundation and the San Francisco Food Bank.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

Kyler by Joy O: Futurelore Collection.

On their website, the company states: “When both style and sustainability are made equal priorities, design thrives. That’s what we found when we took the leap from simply maintaining an ethical green workplace, to making sustainable style the core of our business.” Sometimes boundaries can breed creativity.

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About author
A designer by trade, Johanna has always had a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Sweden, she's lived and worked in Miami, Brooklyn and, currently, Ojai, CA. She started Goodlifer in 2008 to offer a positive outlook for the future and share great stories, discoveries, thoughts, tips and reflections around her idea of the Good Life. Johanna loves kale, wishes she had a greener thumb, and thinks everything is just a tad bit better with champagne (or green juice).
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  1. beautiful design, smart use of materials, care for Our world, packaged in Love…all very sexy.

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