The Josan Story

The Josan Story

Each design in the Josan collection was personally selected by Steve and Tina Swift. Our jewelry is responsibly sourced from a Hong Kong manufacturer that provides clean and safe working conditions. We inspected the workplace and found that the boss is kind, the workers are happy, and most have been employed for many years. Josan jewelry is lead, nickel, cadmium free, contains small parts, and is not intended for children under 14. It is recommended that you do not polish the jewelry, as doing so will remove the protective coating.

Our small family business is located on a ridge in the Shawangunk mountains of upstate New York. We moved here from Maine to live near our friends at Blue Cliff Monastery. When we asked our new neighbors if we might share their message, they agreed.

Blue Cliff Monastery is a mindfulness practice center founded by the Vietnamese Buddhist monk,author, and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh. Nestled on 70 peaceful acres of woodland in the southern Catskill region, Blue Cliff is home to a thriving community of monks and nuns who share the art of mindful living with thousands of adults and children every year. Visitors are welcome year-round, including for general stays and days of mindfulness (held most Thursdays and Sundays). We invite all who wish to cultivate peace and happiness in their lives to join us.