We are so glad that we got to know the two co-founders of LA-based eco jewelry brand CLED in person at our event with Galerie.LA last year. CLED is one of the most authentic, creative and ethical brands we met.
Visiting The Home Studio In LA
Shortly after our event, we visited designer
The CLED Story
Here is the little story behind CLED: At a beautiful beach day in LA, they collected colorful discarded glass shatters (left image) and with their creativity, the talent for craftsmanship, and their strong will to do something good for the world, they came up with this brilliant idea to recycle the glass into high-end jewelry.
Today, their collections boast the most unique handcrafted pieces such as earrings, rings, and bracelets which are available in upcoming stores such as Galerie.LA – The ROW in Downtown LA.
Recycled Post-Consumer Glass Bottles
CLED uses post-consumer glass bottles and recycled sterling silver. At the beginning (after using all of the empty cosmetic bottles and wine and beer bottles they had at home – because one can only drink so much ?),
CLED aims to be 100% sustainable and considers their pieces as eco-luxury with a strong design focus. “Our Eco Gems are made to be of high quality. Annealed glass Eco Gem is harder than most mined gemstones or natural minerals.”
The Sustainable Design Process
After collecting and separating the glass in colors, Seulye first cleans and cuts the glass. She then melts it down into desired shapes using glass techniques like kiln formed, molding, and lampworking. The next step is to anneal the Eco Gem to harden it and to increase its durability. Finally, after polishing the surface, she incorporates the finished gem into one of their design pieces.
As we were watching her doing all these incredible crafts with so much passion, we were wondering if glass bead making originally comes from native American artisans? “Glass bead making started from ancient times in Mesopotamia”, explains Seulye. “Modern glass bead making techniques were made and refined in Murano, Italy, where it is still home to many glass artisans.”
When saying goodbye (their cute little dog seemed to miss us before we even left), we asked what else to expect from CLED in the future, we mean besides more beautiful jewelry designs? “We hope to spread our mission worldwide! We want to make people aware that all fashion can be sustainable, not just clothing, apparel, and beauty but
Each beautiful CLED jewelry piece comes in a plastic-free custom-made packaging which they designed by themselves, too.
Thank you CLED for giving us an insight into your home studio. We can´t wait to be back in Los Angeles to produce our next behind-the-brand story!