About Us and how it all Began…

Luna Tree was established in 2007 by Clare McCormack. Clare had previously worked in retail management and as a buyer for a multiple store Fair Trade gift and homewares business.  Initial contacts with the village and the silversmiths were made over several years during her buying trips in South East Asia . The beautiful jewellery and the silversmiths creativity was something that stayed with Clare long after her buying trips had ended!

Collaboration and Creativity

Nature is the consistant source of inspiration for the jewellery, both for Clare and for the silversmiths. The Karen people live in harmony with the natural world. They work as subsistence farmers and have a very spiritual connection with their land. The hand worked fine silver these Hill Tribe artisans produce has a look, weight and feel all its own. Every Luna Tree customer has a special connection directly back to the silversmith who created each item.

A Fair Trade Ethos…

Clare works closely on the designs with the silversmiths on her visits to Thailand. Many designs are pure Clare.  Some designs are a mix of Clare’s ideas and the silversmiths creativity.  While some are pure Karen Hill Tribe designs. Not quashing their creativity is something which is very close to the central focus of the business, along with the Fair Trade ethics on which Luna Tree is run.

Luna Tree has been a proud member of BAFTS|Fair Trade Network UK  since 2009. Luna Tree champions a Fair Trade ethos and the 10 principles of Fair Trade at the heart of the business.

 

Doing things differently with a trade not aid ethos enables the silversmith community which works in partnership with Luna Tree to have the freedom of additional earnings which is complimentary to their subsistence farming. The Luna Tree silversmiths enjoy the challenge of working with Clare on new pieces. By sharing ideas and working together Luna Tree and the silversmith community can collectively establish innovation and fresh exciting products with every order placed.

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Elephant Stampede…

During trips to visit the silversmiths and to work on new deisgns Clare started to visit Elephant Nature Park. ENP is a sanctuary in Northern Thailand for Asian elephants. A place where rescued elephants gain their freedom from servitude and can live out the rest of their lives naturally. ENP left a huge impression with Clare after her first visit their in 2009.  In 2010 Clare met Lertsark, the elephant artist on her trip to Thailand that year and added a small range of reproduction paintings to the Luna Tree repertoire. Profits from this painting range are donated to the Save Elephant Foundation. This is the charity which funds ENP and both were founded by Sangdeaun Lek Chailert.

ENP also work on Fair Trade principles and only serve vegan food to their volunteer guests. A place where people, animals and the land are all looked after. A true utopian place which is incredibly special.

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How We Operate…

Luna Tree  is ran from a home based office and studio in Chester, North West England.  Providing beautiful silver jewellery, designed and made from the heart to both retail and wholesale customers. Our Wholesale customers are  independent stockists within the UK, Europe and the USA. We also sell directly and in person via market stalls and events at various locations around the UK. Please keep in touch with all Luna Tree goings on via our social media platforms.