Call us picky, but we believe in high standards. What began as designing jewelry we wanted but could never find, has evolved into a transformation of the jewelry industry. Each of our pieces is designed and handmade based on the principle that every woman deserves jewelry that lives up to the high bar she sets. So we focus on what matters: durable materials built for everyday wear, transparent pricing as friendly as your neighbor's dog, sustainable production to offset our carbon footprint, and tangible giving for a sparkling conscience. You set the gold bar, we simply strive to meet it.
Whether statements or staples, all our gold begins as pencil. We start by sketching the details of everyday, rather our co-founder and designer Sophie does, giving each piece the same originality and individuality of our women. Drawing from her many muses across NYC — rings modeled after the arches of the Brooklyn Bridge, earrings inspired by doorknobs, and the never-ending movement of the city — Sophie's design inspiration knows no bounds and sets the stage for us to add a little shine.
Each of our pieces is designed and handmade by seventh generation craftsmen using ethically sourced and sustainably made 14k gold, 18k gold, and 14k gold-plated vermeil. We go above and beyond to ensure each piece lasts a lifetime. That means coating our vermeil with 2.5 microns of 14k gold (instead of industry standard of 1.5 microns and 10K gold). That means having our larger pearls plucked from the South Sea with the highest quality AAA-grade and our smaller pearls coming in straight from Japan, akoya style. It also means that our diamonds are meticulously sourced, handpicked, and lab-tested with ideal cut, colorless, and at least of SI quality. Last by not least, this means working with seventh generation craftsmen here in NYC to oversee every step of the process. Go ahead, call us helicopter moms.
We only use materials that keep our consciences as clear as our diamonds. For an industry that deals in beauty, there are a lot of ugly practices in jewelry and we're out to change that. For starters, we only use 100% recycled gold. Recycled gold is an amazing resource, able to be repeatedly reused without diminishing in quality and without creating any environmental decay. We're fastidious about our diamonds too. We track every single one from mine to workshop, strictly adhering to the Kimberly Process and additionally insisting that the mines we deal with have decent working conditions, offer fair pay, and respect local indigenous communities. Our pearls are sustainably farmed and sensitively harvested to ensure the wellbeing and biodiversity of the marine environment. The farms we work with are family-run, and create valuable (and fairly rewarded) job opportunities for local communities. Jewelry with strong ethics—for all your antics.
Fine jewelry deserves fair prices. And so do you. All of our jewelry is born, raised, and handmade in NYC. No import taxes, no unnecessary middlemen, no insane markups.
Those who do good sparkle more. And even though our diamonds don't need the extra shine, we do good with each piece sold so that we give as much as we get. In partnership with Mastery Charter, we support developing literacy and imagination by donating a book for each piece of gold purchased to children in need across U.S. schools.
It wasn't contemporary, affordable fine jewelry that brought Sophie Kahn and Bouchra Ezzahraoui - longtime friends from grad school - together to start Aurate in 2015, rather it was the absence of it. Hailing from the Netherlands and Morocco respectively, the two combined Sophie's background in fashion and Bouchra's experience in finance to team up and shift the fine jewelry market.