Monika Reed

Monika ReedMonika Reed began making jewelry over a decade ago and, other than a brief stint studying cultural anthropology, has been at it ever since. She finds inspiration in the way shadows move, the shapes of leaves, and the elusive perfect curve. She designs jewelry to be loved. When she’s not making jewelry, she is planning her next trip or hiking in the forest. Favor is composed of thoughtfully designed jewelry that will be relevant and beautiful for years to come. The details are as important as the object, from the care that we put into making the perfect curve, to our high quality materials that feel better and last longer. The collections and individual pieces are designed to compliment one another. Their simplicity and clean lines mean they can be added to an existing wardrobe easily, stand on their own as thoughtfully chosen pieces, or collected and added to over the years. Regardless of how their pieces are styled, Favor is made to be worn and loved.
They fabricate all of their jewelry by hand in their Portland, Oregon, studio using small-scale metalsmithing techniques. This means every piece is hand cut, shaped, soldered, polished, and assembled by one of their lovely makers. Right now, that means Monika, Lizi, Megan, or Jade made your jewelry. It also means that we know exactly what materials are used and how they are used. They recycle 100% of their scrap metal, they use non-toxic chemicals, and their old tools are donated to a local arts charity. Even the little zip top baggies they send your necklaces in are biodegradable! Sometimes Monika is overwhelmed by choices, especially when she is trying to shop responsibly and sustainably. It can be difficult to know what you’re buying and who you’re supporting. She takes this seriously and tries her best to be a responsible designer and business-owner. They use gold fill because it has the longevity of 14k gold, without the environmental harm associated from mining new gold. They use 100% recycled silver and brass for the same reason. Print Stop
They don’t plate their metals because that process produces toxic chemicals that are impossible to dispose of safely. They choose their stones thoughtfully and often select lab-grown and responsibly-mined gems, so you can know the end result of your dollar is supporting sustainability. They fabricate by hand and in their studio because they can employ local makers and ensure a great product by producing all of their pieces one at a time, in the same location, by the same set of hands. Yes, this takes longer. Yes, it is more work. But they believe they are creating more good than harm by working this way. And the jewelry is really pretty.

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