ABOUT FOUNDER: CHRISTINA ZIPPERLEN

Hi! I am Christina Zipperlen – a highly sensitive human who values community, creative and spiritual exploration, creating a positive impact in our lives, and the commonalities that unite us as human beings.

I’m also a psychology student, mental health and LGBTQAI+ advocate - all deep soul passions that inform my role as the founder & designer of the ethical jewelry brand Ananda Soul, jewelry that changes the world a little. Growing up in Germany I was raised with a good dose of questioning the status quo and left home at the age of 18 to travel and explore the world. 

I have a constant yearning to explore the deeper meaning of life, which continues to inspire what I do. My focus is to share my own experience and learnings around body positivity, mental health, the healing power of art, symbolism and spirituality.

In 2008, Ananda Soul was born as the result of expressing my values in the form of wearable art. It is my mission to remind women of their innate beauty, shift negative ideas around body image and mental health, empower customer choices through creating transparency around business and production procedures and to help inspire conscious consumerism through sustainable fashion.

 

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Ananda Soul was born out of my deep desire and calling to combine art, the love for our planet, Bali’s enchanting, rich and life-changing culture, my desire to give back to community and planet, my intention to empower women and to spread the message of radical inclusivity, body positivity and to normalize the significance of mental health. Over the course of the last decade our jewelry has brought joy and blessings to thousands of people who got in touch with our designs. This includes everyone – from the people who source our materials, to our production team, marketing team, our shop assistants, our fulfillment team all the way to you who gets to wear our creations.

 

PRODUCTION & MATERIAL

Ananda Soul jewelry is handmade with love in Bali. Each piece is blessed with Balinese prayers for protection. We want you to look and feel amazing in our jewelry and help you keep it in great condition.

All our jewelry is made from highest quality materials and completed with an anti-tarnish finish. All Ananda Soul jewelry is nickel free. Our jewelry is available in a variety of materials such as 925 recycled silver, 22kt gold plated brass, 22kt gold vermeil and 18kt solid gold. We include a complimentary cotton pouch with each piece for you to store your jewelry in.

RECYCLED SILVER

The core of our jewelry pieces is made from high-quality, certified recycled 925 sterling silver and is sourced from a German company that refines their metals using environmentally safe practices. We choose the path of recycled Silver which means that no additional mining is necessary for the creation of our products. 

The 925 in sterling silver means that it’s a combination of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloys to strengthen the metal. The alloy we use is copper sourced from Germany and is 100% nickel-free. Like all silver jewelry, 925 Recycled sterling silver will tarnish over time. Any darkening or discoloration that occurs is usually caused by oxidation. This is a normal process and will happen to all silver jewelry over time and can be caused by different factors such as humidity, sweat, cosmetics or diet.

GOLD VERMEIL

22kt Gold Vermeil pieces are sterling silver pieces that have been plated with 22kt Gold. Gold-plating liquids are unfortunately not yet available from recycled Gold but we are constantly on the lookout for when this becomes an option.

Gold Vermeil is not solid gold and should be treated with care to preserve its quality. It wears differently with each person depending on diet, climate, use of cosmetics and lifestyle.

22KT GOLD PLATED 925 ECO STERLING SILVER

22kt Gold plated silver jewelry is high-quality, certified recycled 925 Sterling silver that has been plated with 22kt gold.

 

BLESSINGS FROM BALI

As a last and important step of our production cycle all our jewelry is blessed in a Balinese ceremony before being sent out into the world.

We as a team come together once a month with the guidance of a Balinese priest to gather affirmations, prayers, good intentions, and energy to breathe life and blessings into our designs. Our prayer is that our jewelry uplift and brings joy to every person who gets in touch with it.

 

CLEANING & CARE 

  • Always remove your jewelry before swimming, bathing, doing household chores or other strenuous activities, exercising or using abrasive cleaners.
  • If you need to clean your jewelry, we recommend using a mild soap, water and a soft bristled brush (such as a toothbrush), rinse clean and pat dry with a soft cloth. For silver orders, we include a special silver cleaning cloth.
  • Avoid direct contact with beauty products such as perfume, hairspray, lotions, body oils and other cosmetics while wearing your jewelry.
  • When your jewelry is not in use, we recommend storing it in an airtight plastic ziplock bag included in the cloth bag provided with each purchase, avoiding tarnishing. In addition, store your jewelry separate from each other to minimize scratching and tangling.