Philosophy

Grayling donates 10% of all proceeds.

Ten years ago, our Founder launched Grayling to challenge long-held jewelry industry practices and make a positive impact in the world. Here's what makes us different.

 

Grayling Philosophy

OUR MISSION

We make jewelry that feels (and does) good. For over ten years, Grayling has been committed to creating modern nickel-free jewelry that is safe for everyone, including people with sensitive skin. With an estimated 15-20% of humans allergic to nickel (including our Founder Katy), it's an exhilarating approach.

We believe everyone should be able to wear jewelry without having to worry about toxic chemicals. Nickel, along with metals like chromium, lead, cadmium, are commonly used in pieces made by fast-fashion brands even though these heavy metals are known carcinogens. As a U.S.-based jewelry company with primarily U.S.-based suppliers, we have strong control over our supply chain. The result is a safer, more comfortable product we feel proud to not only sell but also wear ourselves.

But it's not just about comfort and safety. It's about great design, too! Versatile, easy to travel with (and a cinch to mix and match!), we make jewelry that feels good.

We don't mass produce, and everything is still made by hand, one piece at a time. When Katy launched Grayling, she made a conscious decision to hand-make our jewelry in the U.S., which creates local jobs and assures our pieces are of the highest quality. Our pieces are made with responsibility in mind.

No factories. No assembly lines. Just a small group of artisans that care about every single piece that leaves our studio.

Grayling Jewelry Philosophy

OUR TEAM

We are a close-knit team and believe in having fun in life at the studio and beyond (we drop everything for mimosas and cat memes)! 

Every member of our team is paid at or above Oregon's minimum wage and receives paid time off after one year of employment. Managers are eligible for health insurance and retirement benefits. 

We go above and beyond laws set forth by the Fair Labor Standards Act, the state of Oregon, and the Bureau of Labor and Industry to assure Grayling is a healthy, safe, and engaging work environment.

Grayling Philosophy

SOURCING & MATERIALS

We love to see you shine, and we'll settle for nothing less than the best. That's why we use incredibly brilliant, highly-faceted elements from coveted houses like Swarovski to make our baubles shimmer.

We source the majority of our raw materials from U.S. based suppliers, because the beauty of our bling is more than skin deep. Our production team works with third-party verified recycled metals that are eco-friendly whenever possible. We value the long-standing relationships we've established with family-owned plating houses, chain makers, and distributors around the U.S. 

At Grayling, we care about your health (and ours). We will not use cheap metal fillers such as cadmium, lead or nickel in our jewelry. We adhere to strict quality control standards so everyone can feel safe and comfortable wearing our handmade pieces.

Grayling Philosophy

OUR COMMUNITY

Jewelry is more than just an accessory—it's a link to a better future. In 2020, when the pandemic hit, our Founder made a new pledge: Grayling donates 10% of all proceeds to hard-working organizations.

In 2020 alone, Grayling donated $30,000+ to organizations that uplift, support, and protect people of color with a specific focus on women and folks within the Black community.

We contribute on an ongoing basis to The Black Mamas Matter Alliance, The Loveland Foundation, The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Endo Black, The Endometriosis Research Center, American Red Cross, and The NAACP and we post receipts to our Instagram page on a regular basis.

Our work with Feeding America has created the equivalent of 300,000+ meals so far! 
We also set aside annual funds for local animal sanctuaries, national women's rights organizations, shelters and food banks, orphanages and clean water programs.

Not every company does things this way. But by doing things a little differently, it assures we all shine. Together.

Please send us a note for any reason at any time. Real humans are standing by!