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Totem was born out of a belief that stories and seeds are precious commodities that bind us together, and that through recording and preserving them, we help to create a rich and cohesive society. Stories are how we bond as humans. Seeds are how provide our nourishment. This jewellery combines both of those elements in a spirit of gratitude.
Totem wants to challenge society’s accepted perceptions about what is truly valuable to us, by re-evaluating our relationship to our personal stories and to our indigenous seeds. Our stories define, inspire and connect us to one another. Our seeds, which are considered sacred in many societies, are becoming less and less available in a natural form to the general public. With the endangering of our native seeds and the loss of many of our important stories, Totem combines the love of story and the love of our seed inheritance to highlight the interconnectedness of each of us. Totem views stories and seeds as deep nourishment. As such, we seek to preserve stories and seeds as a legacy for subsequent generations and as a truly personal gift to someone special.
We have created four lines of necklaces made from sacred seeds and recycled silver or recycled rose gold to both symbolise and fund the expansion of this vision. Choose from our SACRED SEEDS, STORY KEEPER, STORY LEAVES or STORY WEAVES and share a personal message of love with someone special.
Totem pledges 10% of the profits from every sale we make into our Totem Foundation Fund. There are many organisations in the UK who work with story and sharing stories. Often, this sharing is invaluable to those who are infirmed, lonely, feeling unseen, dealing with difficulty and isoloation within our communities. Totem works with these organisations. We welcome groups in the UK, whether it be story groups, schools, hospices, historical societies, oral history programs, community organisations, libraries, hospitals etc. to put forward their own unique proposal for projects that utilize how story can support community and individuals. We will then make a donation from the fund to support selected projects. Projects will be selected by Totem on individual merit and relevance.
Each necklace and all our packaging is created using recycled and sustainable materials; sacred seeds from a family owned sustainable organic orchard in Indonesia, recycled 925 silver and rose gold, handmade paper boxes from sustainable plants in the Himalayas, wooden boxes from a family owned UK business, made from renewable forests. Each necklace is blessed upon completion and then is blessed by the High Priest of Bali before being sent to London.
Our mobile pop up shop the Totem Story Park is also completely constructed here in London from recycled materials, leaves from the poppy drop, reclaimed wood, plastic bottles, recycled paper and books. The pop up shop was created by the set designer for Dr. Who and created entirely in London.
Our presentation boxes are hand made from strawboard covered in Lokta paper.Read More
The Story Keeper holds within it a miniature waterproof paper scroll inscribed with a story personal to the recipient.Read More
Our Totems are made using Rudraksha seeds which are grown on a locally owned, organic, sustainable plantation in Bali.Read More
Each Sacred Seed necklace is tagged with a recycled silver ‘T’ hallmarked in London.Read More