Menē crafts 24 karat gold and platinum investment jewelry™ that is transparently sold by gram weight. By combining innovative technology with timeless design, Menē restores the ancient tradition of jewelry as a store of enduring value.
The natural elements Gold (Au) and Platinum (Pt) have been coveted for thousands of years due to their unique qualities. Inherently timeless, these noble precious metals are indestructible, exceedingly rare in nature, and radiant like the sun and the moon.
24 Karat PurityThe Problem The Menē Difference
Menē jewelry is crafted from pure 24 karat gold or platinum, the same form that these precious metals are found in nature. The difference in purity over man-made chemical alloys of 14-18 karats (58%-75%) is instantly observed and felt. It also means our jewelry will never tarnish, is hypoallergenic, and antimicrobial.
This commitment to purity is also the reason why we do not craft jewelry made of “rose gold” or “white gold”. These two industry inventions are man-made alloys that dilute the gold with copper or nickel – abundant metals that tarnish over time due to oxidization.
There is a myth that jewelry cannot be crafted from pure 24 karat gold due to its softness. While it is true that pure gold is more malleable than other metals and may contour to your body, gold is indestructible. This special quality can only be understood when experienced physically, leading to an appreciation of this authentic purity as superior to any element in nature.
Radical TransparencyThe Problem The Menē Difference
Menē jewelry is sold by the gold and platinum weight value plus a transparent design and manufacturing premium. This premium is never more than 20% of the precious metal value each day. The result: a $1,000 Menē ring will have at least $800 in gold or platinum value at the time of purchase while $200 is the revenue earned by Menē.
$1,000 Ring Comparison
$800 Gold Value $200 Other Costs
$800 Other Costs $200 Gold Value
Gold (Au) 1 Gram
Platinum (Pt) 1 Gram
Silver (Ag) 60 Grams
Saphires 5,000 Grams
Diamonds (C) 400,000 Grams
Store of Enduring ValueThe Problem The Menē Difference
By avoiding gems and diamonds, the pieces we design are homogenous as pure gold and platinum leaving no doubt as to their long-term precious metal value. As the value of Menē jewelry is essentially a weight of pure precious metals, the jewelry can be exchanged or sold in the future as easily as it was purchased. We stand behind this value by offering the Menē Guarantee which allows you to sell or exchange your jewelry at the daily precious metal value minus a 10% fee. We also provide an innovative dashboard to keep track of your collections real-time value.
Menē empowers the consumer with jewelry that can maintain its original purchase price and even appreciate over time with the value of precious metals. This investment jewelry™ persists as a store of enduring value, while perpetually shining as a physical object and heirloom.
Ethically Sourced Gold and Platinum
Menē jewelry is crafted from pure gold that is ethically sourced from gold mines in Nevada, USA and Ontario, Canada. Our gold carries the coveted London Bullion Market’s Responsible Sourcing Certification.
Additionally, we only source metals mined by publicly traded precious metal miners who are held accountable to stricter environmental best-practices. We specifically audit these mines to ensure there is little disturbance, minimal impact to local communities, and a reclamation plan that ensures former gold mines will be terraformed back to nature within two decades or less. This video shows an example of the types of mines we feel comfortable sourcing from.
Meet Our Design Team
Art Historian Diana Widmaier Picasso and multifaceted designer Sunjoo Moon met when they were both living in Paris and have been close friends for decades. They joined forces for Menē, combining their extensive experience in their respective fields of art and design, and worked closely with skilled craftsmen to fully comprehend and utilize the qualities of pure gold and platinum to create timeless pieces.
Diana and Sunjoo draw inspiration from antiquity when developing designs in pure metal; artists have been paying homage to gold since the beginning of time, the Ancient Egyptians believed that it conferred immortal power, and there is no doubt that the dynamic Menē design team has enhanced both the modern and spiritual values of 24 karat precious metals.
Menē – The Name
The word Menē (pronounced “meh-ney”) is an ancient Aramaic word that has a deep meaning, reminding us of the immutable link between jewelry, gold, and long-term savings.
The Menē, reﬂecting 567 grams of pure gold, is the ﬁrst written word for “money” as codified in the Codes of Hammurabi and Ur-Nammu 4,000 years ago. For most of written history, the term “money” has always meant a standard weight and purity of gold or silver. Whether worn as jewelry or kept in a satchel as exchangeable coins These natural precious metals formed the basis of long-term savings, outlasting quickly decaying commodities and enabling trust and cooperation amongst diverse communities with different skills.