Ray Makes Things
Meet Rayane, the founder of Ray Makes Things. Ray moved to London from Lebanon to complete her PhD in Psychology when she had a cancer scare. She returned to her hometown for a biopsy, where she took up jewellery-making to occupy her mind while she awaited her results (which were negative!). It was during this difficult time that she discovered a surprising passion: making and selling jewellery.
"It's brought happiness and meaning to my life in a way I still find hard to describe," says Ray.
Taking inspiration from her mother, an artist and jeweller who ran her own social enterprise in Lebanon, Ray turned her talents to freshwater pearls and all of her exquisite, handcrafted collection items feature freshwater pearls. For Pearls & Pomegranates, Ray has designed an exciting exclusive collection using solid 14ct yellow gold and the highest quality freshwater pearls.
Ray promises that all areas of production within her control are always as sustainable as possible. She does this by ensuring her plastic-free packaging is 100% recyclable, sourcing pearls directly from artisan pearl farmers infrequently and in bulk to keep her carbon footprint low, and auctioning on vintage pearls where possible.
Beyond the jewels themselves, Ray uses her platform to fight against social injustice and is dedicated to fundraising for charities whose visions fit her brand's morals. Indeed, in the two years since Ray Makes Things was founded, Ray has inspired her community to raise over £5,000 for six charities.
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