My name is Kim Maxwell.
I am the founder of Heart and Lotus Jewelry.
As a young girl I loved making jewelry. I’d while away the hours stringing beads and weaving friendship bracelets. Even then I deeply appreciated the texture and colour of the materials I worked with. I had an eye for detail and I loved doing anything creative. I never grew out of it.
In 1998, I was inspired by an artisan I met at an outdoor market who was selling beautiful silver wire bracelets with cats eye beads. Up until that point I hadn’t considered selling my designs but in that moment I decided that I was going to pursue a career in jewelry making. I went home, bought wire, some beads and taught myself how to make wire wrap jewelry.
I started a business called Ragged Designs. This led to what was to become a 22 year (and counting!) jewelry design business. For over 15 years I continued to hand make jewelry and sell it at Farmers markets, Music festivals, Trade shows, stores and galleries across Canada
In 2011, I retired from the craft fair/festival circuit. I was burnt out and feeling uninspired. I took a break from jewelry making and went on to pursue other passions. I dove into the healing arts and went on to become a Yoga teacher, Reiki Practitioner and eventually an Energy Healer and Intuitive Coach.
In 2013, I was inspired to start designing jewelry again but this time I wanted it to have more meaning. My designs needed to have purpose and help others.
So Heart and Lotus Jewelry was born.
It was the perfect way to blend my creative passion with inspiration from the healing modalities and Spiritual teachings which were now the cornerstone of my life.
I partnered up with a beautiful team of artisans in Northern India who agreed to craft my designs. I also joined forces with my husband Chris, who took on the sales side of the business and added Heart and Lotus to his existing product lines.
Today, we have 3 distinct lines of jewelry and to date have sold to over 150 stores across Canada and the US.
My mission is to design beautiful jewelry that will help you rise.
Our collections are mindfully designed with purpose, intention, and love for women on her life’s journey.
Heart and Lotus is dedicated to empowering and uplifting others through ethically and mindfully made jewelry designed with the intention to support you on your journey.
Heart and Lotus Mission
100% Fairly Traded
In the creating of our jewelry, we work closely with a family of artisans in India of whom we have a positive, long standing relationship with. Our friends abroad work in a safe, comfortable environment that is run by solar power. They are paid excellent wages and receive medical benefits.
Our bags are made from plants which make them biodegradable and earth friendly. Our packing and mailers are made with recycled and/or eco friendly materials.
We aim to offset our businesses unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions through donations for the protection and restoration of carbon-rich wildlife habitats in the tropics.
Kim is also a founding member of Heart Led Living - a global healing movement dedicated to empowering humanity and healing the planet.
Causes We Support
We work with various organizations for the betterment of our world on as many levels as we can. We desire to make an impact in the overall healing of our environment and in society.
A portion of our profits go to the Rainforest Trust who’s mission is to “save endangered wildlife and protect our planet by creating rainforest reserves. They protect the world's most threatened species by protecting the ecosystems they depend on.” Types of protected areas include private reserves, national parks, community forests and indigenous land titling.
Indian Residential School Survivor Society
The IRRS mandate: “To assist First Nation Peoples in British Columbia to recognize and be holistically empowered from the primary and generational effect of the Residential Schools by supporting research, education, awareness, partnerships, and advocating for justice and healing. The Society assists Survivors with counselling, court support, information, referrals, workshops, and more.” A percentage of our profits go towards the IRRS.
Greenpeace has a big impact. We’re proud to donate a percentage of our profits to this organization.
“Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organization, which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity. Therefore Greenpeace seeks to: protect biodiversity in all its forms, – prevent pollution and abuse of the earth’s ocean, land, air and fresh water, – end all nuclear threats, promote peace, global disarmament and non-violence.”
Beautiful Gate Lesotho
This non-profit, donation based organization is near and dear to our hearts. Beautiful Gate childcare centre cares for up to 75 orphaned/neglected/abandoned children at a time (ages 0- 5) by providing them with a safe and comfortable home, unconditional love, guardianship, the utmost care, deep respect, excellent health care, healthy food, education and play. All the while striving towards their primary goal which is to find the children their forever families. We donate and raise funds for Beautiful Gate Lesotho annually.