What is gldn grl?
gldn grl was founded in October 2020 with the purpose of raising awareness and funds for women's reproductive and mental health issues. Specifically, our goal is to help people like our founder Summar, women and their supporters, to understand more about women’s health issues such as endometriosis. As women, we have historically faced hurdles when it comes to our healthcare, and continue to. Our pieces are meant to empower you and help you find a little bit of gldn in your day everyday.
gldn grl is an Ottawa-based online jewelry brand that started in 2021. It is solely operated by me, Summar, who handles everything from website building, jewelry curation, to social media. Wondering who you were emailing with? Mystery solved. Our jewelry is hand picked for its style, simplicity and meaning. Summar hand assembles some of the necklaces and bracelets, and outsources the rings and earrings ensuring quality before selling any products.
Intially, $5 from every sale was donated to The Endometriosis Network of Canada to raise awareness and funds for diseases like endometriosis which I am afflicted. Since then, Summar has donated to the IRSSS to support residential school survivors, raised money in support of period poverty for The Period Purse, and helped those in her community.
You can read Summar's story with endometriosis and those within the gldn grl community who have also struggled with endo. To go beyond women's health, gldn grl aims to raise awareness about mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Visit the gldn grl Instagram page to get more endo or mental health content.
Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between gold plated and gold filled?
Gold plated and gold filled are common methods of strengthening jewelry and adding to their value.
Gold plated jewelry is done by adding a thin layer of gold to the pre existing metal. Also known as dipped jewelry, it is not the strongest bond of gold.
Gold filled jewelry is a thicker plating of gold bonded to the pre existing metal and therefore is more tarnish resistant and longer lasting.
How do I care for my pieces?
To best care for your pieces, here are some tips:
Avoid swimming or showering with your jewelry
Avoid lotions or creams on your pieces
Clean with a jewelry cloth
If not wearing them, store in an oxygen free bag/container
How much is shipping?
There is a flat fee for shipping in Canada ($8) and the USA ($10). All orders of $150 or more automaticlly get free shipping at checkout.
How does local pickup work?
Local pickup can be selected at checkout if you live in Ottawa. Once your order is ready to be picked up, you'll receive an email. Reply with times that work for you, and I'll put it in the mailbox for you. The address is in the pickup email.
How is your jewelry made?
Our lead gldn grl Summar, hand makes some of our necklaces andbracelet susing supplies from across the globe. Our goal is to create affordable, long-lasting and stylish jewelry. We are not currently making the earrings (apart from the courage hoops) or rings as we are not skilled in metal smithing, so these are outsourced.
What happens if my pieces break?
If something happens to your piece that is at obvious fault of our manufacturing, we will happily replace it for you. Otherwise, you canconsult our refund policy, or feel free to email us if you think it warrants discussion.
I, Summar, have struggled with women's health for over 10 years, allowing me to bring a personal sentiment to the brand. I have been diagnosed with endometriosis, vulvodynia, an ovarian cyst, a bilateral uterus as well as three chronic mental health issues. Read more about my story here.
My education includes a Public Relations certificate from Algonquin College and undergraduate degree from Queen's University and Parson's Fashion Industry Essnetials certificate which has helped me launch my brand successfully.
Jewelry has always been a huge part of my lifestyle. I associate meaning to each piece I wear and rarely take them off. They’re a part of me.
I hope that when purchasing a piece, you know that you are making a difference and wear it as a reminder to keep trying to find that little bit of gldn everyday, no matter what battle you may be fighting. gldn grl is not just for those who struggle with endo or women's health, but those who believe in bettering themselves and those around them for the good of society.
Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to read about gldn grl and my story. It really does mean so very much.