Designer Portfolio: Ethical Jewelry from ZSISKA
Danish jewelery designer Siska Schippers produces ZSISKA’s resin design in an ethically-run studio in the Thai town of Cha-Am. We love her funky handmade jewelry almost as much as we love the fair treatment she provides her skilled staff with. Read on to see why we’re crazy about this ethical jewelry brand.
While Siska has a history as a European gold and silversmith, she moved to Thailand to master a new material: resin. This versatile and unique material captures and gives new life to other semi-precious materials such as 24k gold and silver leaf. Created with excellent craftsmanship, each ZSISKA piece combines nature with culture and was designed with the bold and artistic woman in mind.
ZSISKA’s Family of Craftsmen
Because of ZSISKA’s innovative materials and designs, all pieces must be handmade and require a certain degree of mastery. In the 1990’s, the ZSISKA staff consisted of 14 women who perfected their ability to work with resin through trial and error. These women have taught their skills to family and community members who have since joined the ZSISKA team. Now, with over 100 employees, ZSISKA is a growing international brand, yet its staff retains a close-knit feeling.
ZSISKA’s Fair Working Conditions
What makes ZSISKA truly ethical is their focus on providing employees with a positive work experience. They comply with Thailand’s strictest legality and labor laws, which means that:
- All workers are legally documented
- All workers are over the age of 18
- All workers are paid at least the minimum wage
- Full-time workers receive coverage from Thailand’s social security system
- Full-time workers receive paid holidays, vacation days and sick days
In addition to following labor laws, ZSISKA goes the extra mile to ensure that the studio itself promotes a safe and happy work environment. In fact, vendors visiting from Europe and North America are consistently impressed. The studio:
- Receives regular visits from local health agencies
- Upholds strict measures of cleanliness
- Provides workers with natural lighting
- Has a top-of-the-line ventilation system
Our Featured ZSISKA Products
Here at One Savvy Mother, we’re excited to offer you a range of ethical jewelry designs from ZSISKA. From the bold bauble bead necklaces in the Bolas Chic Collection to super cool earrings and necklaces featuring painted ants, check out these head turning pieces.
Written by Maggie Schafer, guest writer