Our Philosophy and Materials

We believe that every piece of jewelry you own can be a favorite.

We believe where we source materials matters.

We believe that giving is a powerful act.

We believe if you want to live in a country that makes things, you have to buy things your country makes.

We believe that life is a commitment to change.


All gold-filled and sterling silver chain, beads, ear wires and findings are made in the USA
Gemstones are ethically sourced from USA, India, Brazil
Gold-plated and rhodium plated components are ethically sourced from S. Korea
All packaging including earring cards and hang tabs are made in the USA

substance designs jewelry, an indie collection made from handpicked, ethically sourced, and globally collected materials, is assembled by hand in the Chicago studio.