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Materials and harvesting practices

GARUDA Organic Jewelry.


fair-trade & earth-friendly.
organic, silver & wood jewelry.
OrganicEarrings.com

our products:
organic earrings
organic body jewelry
wood earrings
silver earrings
organic necklaces & amulets
wood jewelry
silver jewelry



Why choose Organic Jewelry?

    The organic nature of the materials we use is gentle to the delicate and sensitive skin of our bodies, and has no varnish or other finish that may cause irritation.
    If you have an allergy to metals that prevents you from wearing jewelry, this is exactly what you need. Our organic materials are hypoallergenic to 99.9%. (note: Our organic earrings with posts fit comfortably and normally in 98% of pierced ears.  If your ears are recently pierced or very sensitive, you may experience discomfort due to the size of the earring post. We recommend oiling the post slightly before you put them in your ear the first time with jojoba oil or a similar gentle and natural oil to help alleviate any discomfort. There is possible sensitivity to wood in rare individuals, remove jewelry immediately if you are experiencing any kind of reaction not due to the size of the post and please seek a medical professional!)

    By choosing organic jewelry as opposed to stone or metal, you are not contributing to the environmental hazards and degradation of natural lands created in the processes of mining stone or metal and refining metals.  No materials are wasted in our production process. All are biodegradable. Any extra wood from production of jewelry is used as fuel for cooking or composted into the garden, any bone or horn scraps are composted in the garden as well.

Our materials are Responsibly Harvested.

GARUDA: a bird like animal of mythic strength, the guardian of the Water of Life, famous in South-East Asian philosophy. Garuda is a warrior, a protector, and a chariot of the gods. You can find Garuda in the sacred Buddhist and Hindu statuary in many temples, palaces and shines dedicated to the spirits of the earth and the ancestral heroes.


Materials: Sources and Harvesting Practices

WOOD JEWELRY:

SONO WOOD,
Varieties: Sonokeling, Sonokembang
LATIN NAME: Pterocarpus Indicus.
ORIGIN: Indonesia, East Jawa (Java), Blitar regency
HARVESTING PRACTICE: The source we use offers Plantation Grown Sono, though it can be wild harvested under government control. Tree must have minimum diameter of 30 cm before cutting, the trees are replanted in the wild harvest setting
OTHER DETAILS: This tropical wood has a beautiful color variance from a deep brown to golden brown highlights, and is still abundant and responsibly grown and harvested. The variety we use is Sonokeling.
Our Source: Licensed Wood Seller in Mas Village, near Siadja Gallery. See photo with Baby.

About the wood jewelry and its care: natural materials of any kind require care! Take care not to drop it or sit or step on it! The wood needs to be conditioned, and should be oiled to protect it with jojoba oil, coconut oil or some other organic jewelry care product. This will help to maintain the color and integrity of the material, and may deepen the color slightly. This may also happen over time due to the natural oils of your skin absorbing into the material as it becomes a part of your daily life, however, you should still take the time to clean and condition your wood jewelry. Organic jewelry should never be left in water or direct sunlight (like the bathroom sink or the dashboard of your car). Do not soak or autoclave any of our organic materials.

WARU WOOD,
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Hibiscus
LATIN NAME:
ORIGIN: Indonesia, West Bali, Northern Tabanan Regency
HARVESTING PRACTICE: the source we use offers Plantation Grown Waru. The trees re-sprout freely from the stump after cutting.

About the wood jewelry and its care: natural materials of any kind require care! Take care not to drop it or sit or step on it! The wood needs to be conditioned, and should be oiled to protect it with jojoba oil, coconut oil or some other organic jewelry care product. This will help to maintain the color and integrity of the material, and may deepen the color slightly. This may also happen over time due to the natural oils of your skin absorbing into the material as it becomes a part of your daily life, however, you should still take the time to clean and condition your wood jewelry. Organic jewelry should never be left in water or direct sunlight (like the bathroom sink or the dashboard of your car). Do not soak or autoclave any of our organic materials.

MADAGASCAR EBONY WOOD,
LATIN NAME: Diospyros Celebica.
ORIGIN: Indonesia.
HARVESTING PRACTICE: Recycled.
OTHER DETAILS:  At this time our source of recycled Ebony is finished. and we do not have any ebony jewelry. Ebony wood is in danger! All of our ebony wood is recycled, and much of it is made from the remnants of Buddhist altars, carvings and antique furniture.

ARANG WOOD,
LATIN NAME: Diospyros Confertiflora
ORIGIN: Indonesia, East Jawa (Java), Pulau Madura. Also Sumba.
HARVESTING PRACTICE: wild harvested.
OTHER DETAILS: This beautiful tropical wood is naturally black in color.
Our Source: The wood sellers from Sumba go around door-to-door selling the wood to shops.

About the wood jewelry and its care: natural materials of any kind require care! Take care not to drop it or sit or step on it! The wood needs to be conditioned, and should be oiled to protect it with jojoba oil, coconut oil or some other organic jewelry care product. This will help to maintain the color and integrity of the material, and may deepen the color slightly. This may also happen over time due to the natural oils of your skin absorbing into the material as it becomes a part of your daily life, however, you should still take the time to clean and condition your wood jewelry. Organic jewelry should never be left in water or direct sunlight (like the bathroom sink or the dashboard of your car). Do not soak or autoclave any of our organic materials.

CROCODILE WOOD,
OTHER  NAMES: Panggal Buaya (Spine / scale of Crocodile)
 LATIN NAME: Zanthoxylum Rhetsa .
ORIGIN: Indonesia, Bali, Tabanan Regency, Selemadeg district.
HARVESTING PRACTICE: Can be grown in a Plantation or “Wild Garden”.  The Wild Garden is an area of land behind where the people in the village live, many trees, fruits and plants are grown there. Essentially it is a kind of family farm, half wild, that is shared by the community. A permit must be acquired and the community must agree before the wood is cut.
OTHER DETAILS: Native to lowlands from India to the Philippines, crocodile wood is almost ivory in color, and is sometimes referred to as the ivory of woods because of its smooth finish and color.
Our Source: Licensed Wood Seller From Sakah Village.

About the wood jewelry and its care: natural materials of any kind require care! Take care not to drop it or sit or step on it! The wood needs to be conditioned, and should be oiled to protect it with jojoba oil, coconut oil or some other organic jewelry care product. This will help to maintain the color and integrity of the material, and may deepen the color slightly. This may also happen over time due to the natural oils of your skin absorbing into the material as it becomes a part of your daily life, however, you should still take the time to clean and condition your wood jewelry. Organic jewelry should never be left in water or direct sunlight (like the bathroom sink or the dashboard of your car). Do not soak or autoclave any of our organic materials.

SABO WOOD,
LATIN NAME:
ORIGIN: Indonesia, Bali, Payangan Village.
HARVESTING PRACTICE:
OTHER DETAILS: This wood has a natural fleshy tone that varies from a light skin color to red peach.
Our Source: The Sabo Wood we use comes from "wild garden" on land of the Family of one of our Master Carvers. By chance, they have the trees growing there and they cut it themselves for our use and to help the economic situation of the family.

About the wood jewelry and its care: natural materials of any kind require care! Take care not to drop it or sit or step on it! The wood needs to be conditioned, and should be oiled to protect it with jojoba oil, coconut oil or some other organic jewelry care product. This will help to maintain the color and integrity of the material, and may deepen the color slightly. This may also happen over time due to the natural oils of your skin absorbing into the material as it becomes a part of your daily life, however, you should still take the time to clean and condition your wood jewelry. Organic jewelry should never be left in water or direct sunlight (like the bathroom sink or the dashboard of your car). Do not soak or autoclave any of our organic materials.

COCONUT JEWELRY:

COCONUT WOOD & SHELL,
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Coconut Palm
LATIN NAME: Cocos Nucifera
ORIGIN: Indonesia, Bali
HARVESTING PRACTICE: the coconut shell is a byproduct of the harvesting of coconut for food and oil. the wood is plantation grown,home grown, or from "wild farms" in the village.
OTHER DETAILS: Recycled. Coconut is one of the staple foods and main exports of Indonesia, and grows in great abundance. In effort to utilize all parts of this plant, the shell is also used to create art, jewelry, and cookware.
Our Source: The Coconut Shell & Wood we use comes from the people around the village who have it left as a byproduct of food source.

About the coconut jewelry and its care: natural materials of any kind require care! Take care not to drop it or sit or step on it! the coconut needs to be conditioned, and should be oiled to protect it with jojoba oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil or some other organic jewelry care product. This will help to maintain the color and integrity of the material, and may deepen the color slightly. This may also happen over time due to the natural oils of your skin absorbing into the material as it becomes a part of your daily life, however, you should still take the time to clean and condition your coconut jewelry. Organic jewelry should never be left in water or direct sunlight (like the bathroom sink or the dashboard of your car). Do not soak or autoclave any of our organic materials.

BONE & HORN JEWELRY:

WATER BUFFALO BONE & HORN,
LATIN NAME: bubalus bubalis.
ORIGIN: South-East Asia
HARVESTING PRACTICE: The bone and horn we use is a by-product of meat production and farming practice.
OTHER DETAILS: Recycled. The water buffalo of South East Asia is a domesticated animal. It is used to plow fields and carry loads. They are well treated and important to the survival of the native people. When they are too old to work, they are eaten and all part of the animal are utilized. They are never taken in pursuit of the bones and horns!
Our Source: Ours comes from the Island of Lombok, Indonesia.

About the horn jewelry and its care: horn is very much like your hair or fingernails in nature, and requires care! Take care to protect it from harsh elements and not to drop it or sit or step on it! The horn needs to be conditioned, and should be oiled to protect it with jojoba oil, coconut oil or some other organic jewelry care product. This will maintain the color and preserve the smooth surface. Organic jewelry should never be left in water or direct sunlight (like the bathroom sink or the dashboard of your car). Do not soak or autoclave any of our organic materials.

About the bone jewelry and its care: bone of any kind requires care! Take care not to drop it or sit or step on it! the bone does not need to be conditioned, but may be oiled to protect it with jojoba oil, coconut oil or some other organic jewelry care product. This will cause the color to deepen into an ivory like tone, not "bone white". This may also happen over time due to the natural oils of your skin absorbing into the material as it becomes a part of your daily life. Organic jewelry should never be left in water or direct sunlight (like the bathroom sink or the dashboard of your car). Do not soak or autoclave any of our organic materials.

MOTHER OF PEARL JEWELRY:

MOTHER OF PEARL,
LATIN NAME:
ORIGIN: molluccas, Indonesia
HARVESTING PRACTICE: skin diving to deep reefs, the shells are found already dead.
OTHER DETAILS: Recycled.
OUR SOURCE: Recycled. We use shell that is a byproduct of production of fine mother of pearl bowls from a silver factory in a nearby city. We choose to recycle the best quality pieces form the remnants of their production

SILVER JEWELRY:

SILVER,
Our silver is traditionally sourced by industry standards.
If you know an earth friendly source of fine raw silver, please let us know!


We are open to any documented information to supplement this information. If you have any suggestions, corrections or additions, please email them to us with the word "materials" in the subject line.

Our materials are
 Responsibly Harvested.