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You might think I’m not a jewelry person, but you would be wrong.
I believe in a good jewelry, but I also believe in not overdoing it. Coco Chanel is credited with saying that you should take one piece of jewelry off before leaving the house. Well, if I did that, I wouldn’t have any jewelry on anymore. But that one special piece can make a difference: in your mood, in the way your outfit looks, in the way you compose yourself.
I have started to branch out a bit. I recently purchased a delicate cross bracelet from Made in USA brand Alex & Ani that I keep tightened around my left wrist at all times. Some days I add statement earrings or a simple necklace. It’s not a lot, but it’s noticeable.
There are likely hundreds of jewelry makers doing innovative things with fair labor and sustainable materials, but for the sake of brevity, here are my top 9…
BUDGET/COSTUME (Up to $50)
1. Sela Designs
Simple geometric jewelry made with seeds and other natural materials with proceeds benefiting orphans.
2. Hannah Naomi
Barely there, gently sculpted jewelry handmade in Portland, Oregon.
My Pick: Mini Bead Bar Stud Earrings
Lightweight jewelry with a boho twist produced under fair trade guidelines.
Handmade statement jewelry made with upcycled materials
5. 31 Bits
Imaginative jewelry produced under fair trade guidelines.
My Pick: Constellation Hoops
7. Sharon Z
Edgy jewelry made with recycled and ethically sourced materials.
Classic luxury jewelry made with fair labor and sustainable materials.
My Pick: Edie Rose Bar Necklace
9. Ananda Soul
Bali-inspired motifs made fairly with profits benefiting homeless children.