Always on the hunt for ethical labels, I couldn't believe that I had not known Hian Jewellery previously - a local label based in my hometown Vienna - when I came across it on Instagram. Why is it that all the most amazing labels are insider's tips? At least in the case of Hian that's completely true.
The brand does not have a physical store (although there is a showroom), nor does it engage in a lot of marketing. Instead, all their designs are sold online and those lucky to be familiar with them are most certainly repeat customers. Why? Well, because their designs are absolutely beautiful, and ethically and sustainable made. In fact, they are all handmade by the founders in their atelier in the heart of the city.
Yes, you read that right, it's the founders themselves who design and create all their pieces of jewellery. Ani and Hagop are siblings (how cute is that) and their chosen profession is not a coincidence: The craft of jewellery making has been passed on in their family for generations. In 2016, they decided to start their own collection, which is minimalistic, elegant, dainty and prominent at the same time and basically exactly what I love.
Since Ani is an artist who has worked as a photographer and graphic designer before, she manages all things visual for Hian Jewellery. Her brother Hagop is a gold- and silversmith and has a passion for ethical, sustainable production and reworking old designs. Both are committed to sustainability, so the materials they use are recycled, sustainable and sourced locally.
My favorite part about the label is the fact that, as much as these two sound like the perfect dream team meant to be designing and creating together, their relationship had not always been harmonious and was strengthened and redefined by working together. I think that's a beautiful story and a reminder to work on the relationships in your life; so much good can come from it. ღ
The design I am wearing below are the golden eye studs and I am obsessed. The design also comes on a necklace and I think I'll have to complete the collection eventually. All Hian Jewellery pieces can be ordered anywhere within Europe for a small fee and shipping is free in Austria (yay). You can have a look at all the designs here.
What do you think?
Golden eye studs are a pr sample by Hian Jewellery.