About Our Products

Mo. Na. Gems has a mission of normalizing sustainable jewelry to show that it can be just as trendy & cute as resin jewelry. Not only does resin jewelry contribute to plastic pollution, it is also harmful to human health when making these resin pieces at home! 

We use 100% natural, vegan, and nontoxic ingredients to craft our gems. We spent several months experimenting with different formulas until we found something with good aesthetic and mechanical properties. Our gems however, are not single use. They are relatively stable and will only decompose when exposed to microorganisms / water for an extended period of time. What this means is that our gems can degrade in landfills, be thrown out, and are compostable. No matter how you discard of them, they will break down. Isn't that so cool?!

Watch our Gem biodegrade here.

How does the presence of mold prove biodegradability?

          Biodegradation is defined as the biologically (involving living and organic matter) catalyzed reduction in complexity of chemical compounds into simple inorganic chemicals. Biodegradation is the process by which organic substances are broken down into smaller compounds by living microbial organisms. The microbial organisms (in this case mold) transform the substance through metabolic or enzymatic processes. 
            Biodegradable matter is generally organic material such as plant and animal matter and other substances originating from living organisms, or artificial materials that are similar enough to plant and animal matter to be put to use by living microorganisms.This means that only ORGANIC matter (like our starch based bioplastic) can be biodegraded by a living organism like mold. Degradable is not the same as biodegradable.
           In plain english, just as how your fruits get moldy when decomposing, so does our Gem!

 

Our gems look like synthetic plastic, but are 100% biodegradable. We use a unique starch-based bioplastic to create our gems. Click the image below to learn more in depth about the science behind our product!


 

If you have any questions about our research, feel free to contact us!  

contactus@monasgem.com

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