We are in love with S.Kind & Co. This brand is everything: dainty, edgy, different, feminine, ethical, and filled with heritage. Their collection is truly gorgeous and I don't think there is a single piece we wouldn't swoon over. Did we mention lots of affordable moissanite options and fully committed to creating an ethical piece of jewelry? We love this brand with a soul and really hope to watch it grow over time. We caught with Sophie and Jacob the owners and creators to get their scoop on the business and talk shop.
Tell us about your name?
S. Kind was my great-great-great grandfather, Samuel Kind’s, jewelry company that he founded in 1872. After hearing tales of the business my whole life, last year I went to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and read the four volume archive on the company and my family’s history that is housed there. I knew right away that we had to resurrect it. - Jacob
Where does your design inspiration come from?
We’re lucky to have such a treasure trove of inspiration in the heritage house of S. Kind. We have beautiful original S. Kind catalogs from throughout the 20th century that we are always turning to for vintage inspiration. It’s amazing how modern some vintage pieces feel.- Jacob
If you had one piece of advice for people buying jewelry what would it be?
I love when people are able to find a personal connection to a piece. Often something as simple as engraving can create a special meaning. Sometimes it’s a particular gemstone that someone connects to, or the story behind the design. I would always recommend taking your time and finding something that really speaks to you. As my Nana once told me -"Jewelry isn’t going anywhere! It’s been around for thousands of years." So there’s no reason to rush. - Sophie
Pick a forever piece of jewelry. Don't be wooed by marketing or trends, follow your gut and work with a trusted jeweler who will work with you and provide service for the lifetime of your piece. Fine jewelry is fine by nature and needs check ups for prongs tightening, polishing, and an occasional fix when needed. - Jacob
What trends do you see happening in the jewelry industry?
I’m seeing more and more jewelers coming out about their eco-friendly and ethical practices as customers start asking more questions. Goldsmithing is traditionally a craft with very little waste, tiny gold scraps and dust continuously get melted back into workable pieces, so it makes so much sense for these values to become part of what people look for in a piece. We’re hoping we’ll see more designers using ethical gemstones as well. Bario Neal has been a great leader on that front. - Sophie
What is your favorite piece of jewelry you own?
"I’m very sentimental about jewelry and I’m lucky to have a few pieces special I’ve inherited from family. The pieces I'm most sentimental about are not the most valuable, but the ones that remind me of my values. My favorite necklace belonged to my Nana’s, it's an 18k ball chain necklace with her initials “BB” that she had made. It speaks so much to her personality and her taste at that moment in her life when she was running her own business. I’ve never seen another necklace quite like it. I pretty much never take it off. I also have a little vintage diamond band from my former employers Erica and Lindsay of Erica Weiner. I loved wearing it and they let me keep it as a parting gift when I went back to finish my BA. It reminds me of how important the little kindnesses are with people you work with. Jacob and I are business partners and longtime friends so it’s important to always remember to be kind. - Sophie
What should people consider when they are looking for ethical jewelry?
Think holistically - if you’re buying a piece with a new gemstone, consider the whole region or regions in the world where that type of gemstone is mined. I would recommend never taking a certificate or a statement of origin at face value. Ask questions and do your own research! Many gemstone origins are mislabeled by mistake or are intentionally counterfeited so it can be difficult to know exactly which mine a stone is from, even for the most well intentioned person. It’s very easy to counterfeit origin paperwork and there isn’t currently an independent certifying body for colored gemstone origins. If there are major abuses of the environment and laborers in the region, I would suggest looking for an alternative. We tend to go for vintage gemstones when dealing with a tricky region, that’s always a great choice because you’re not contributing to the demand for newly mined stones and you can feel great about giving a gemstone a new life! - Sophie
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