Buying handmade helps support local artists and not sweatshops or pollution spewing factories. Also, instead of simply an accessory, you're wearing art.
The only problem with this is the price tag attached. Of course it makes
sense that you'd pay more, as you are paying a fair price for the hard work that goes into each piece (as opposed to a machine that stamps out copies).
However, since I love dangly things, one of the first things I began justifying paying more for when I got my "big girl job" was to purchase a pair of beautiful handmade "Tree" earrings. They were made by an Artist in New Brunswick and the stone is rose quartz. I heart them a lot.
Another fun "green" jewellery designer that I have discovered in Nova Scotia is 2ReVert's Jann and Jeff. They create fun, unique jewellery from old skateboards and are in LOVE. Awww. I found these fantastic earrings at P'Lovers! I feel like perhaps I have a bit of coolness "cred" from wearing parts of an old skateboard... delusional- yes. They have awesome necklaces, cute button earrings and rings! (my fun earrings!)
Finally, my last fav local designer is Rita at Seaglass Designs. She hand makes jewelleryfrom "mermaid tears" that she finds on the coast of Atlantic Nova Scotia. I adore my necklace and Andrew and I are beginning the process to have her design and create our wedding bands for us (with a mermaid tear in the middle of mine)! (mermaid tears necklace)
Having all these cute sparklies to choose from means I need a way to organize them. I really didn't want to buy something new, and I didn't want to put them away as I was tired of rummaging through stuff to get what I wanted for the day. A former colleague in BC had this cool cross-stitching board that she stuck all her jewellery on and displayed. As I don't cross-stitch this was kinda out.. BUT my dad had made cedar frames from left over wood for me a couple of years ago. A bit of superglue, some string... and voila! A display for my "eco" jewellery that can even be hung up on the wall like a picture!
Just because you're "green" doesn't mean you can have "eco" sparkles :)
Blessings and Happy Weekend! We're off to the parental unit's cottage for four lovely days!
Photos and article authored by EcoYogini: ecoyogini.blogspot.com