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Thursday, February 27, 2014


Spotlight: Sustainable, Chic Jewelry From Vintage Metals

To be honest, I’ve never really been all that enamored with jewelry. But recently, I’ve gained an appreciation for dainty pieces like rings and bracelets to add that extra oomph to my look, if you know what I mean. They can help make you look more put together, like you put a little effort and creativity into your style.

vintage necklace

Also, I love the addition of a necklace that makes a statement. There is something so easy and effortlessly chic about this necklace … it’s bold yet elegant. Paired with some basics, I think it can make all the difference and elevate that casual look. This Crystalline necklace is made from found materials and features an acrylic pendant from the 1970’s. ($185 @

eco rings

I think jewelry is very specific to the wearer. Some of us love trendy pieces and stack ‘em up. Others may regard pieces with sentimental value and sport them on a daily basis. For me, I love mixing staples in my jewelry box with more trendy purchases that I usually buy on the cheap. (more…)

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sustainable Style: Mr. Lentz Eco-Friendly Moss & Grass Jewelry

grass and wood ring

I’m pretty sure some of you may not be aware that fresh moss and grass can be added as nice enhancements to handmade jewelry. Mr. Lentz on Etsy incorporates these fresh touches as well as upcycled sustainably-sourced materials to some of his original pieces. Amazingly, he also creates his own dyes from vegetable matter. And for shipping materials, he uses 100% recycled products, to save those trees we all care about.

wood and moss jewelry

wood and moss jewelry

In the shop, the prices range from $38 to $120 for the moss jewelry products and his leather products range from $16 to $250. I focus on the moss jewelry because it is something unique and can showcase our love of  being “green.” (more…)

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Monday, October 28, 2013

melissa joy manning – eco jewelry designer opens SoHo shop


(above) Melissa Joy Manning – sustainable jewelry designer mines for money to fund her new green retail shop at 12 Wooster Street NYC. You can get in on the ground-floor action now through November 9 (9:50am) via Kickstarter. For as little as $25 you can receive a pair of sleek, handcrafted hug hoops made of recycled sterling silver. In the world of jewelry design, making something new and beautiful from something old is always a good thing.

related: previously on AlternativeConsumer.comMelissa Joy Manning

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

green fashion: upcycled glass jewelry

upcycled glass artisan necklace

Designer Barbara Shaw and her company, Grounded Jewelry, make some eye-catching beachy-looking boho jewelry with components that include upcycled glass, beads and recycled materials.

recycled green glass necklace

Her crochet artisan jewelry includes African beadwork necklaces, eco friendly crochet wrap bracelets and beaded earrings. The handmade pieces combine natural and handcrafted components from artisans around the world. The muted, soft upcycled glass resembles sea glass, yes?

upcycled glass ankle bracelet

upcycled blue glass artisan necklace

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

eco jewelry: pendants made from upcycled tree branches

tree branch pendant

Sustainable fashion items can come from the most unlikely sources. These lovely, handmade wooden pendants are created from tree branch trimmings from the Greek Judas tree. The dark heartwood forms a dynamic contrast to the lighter outer rings and darker bark.

tree branch heart pendant

Handcrafted, these unique pieces are sanded super-smoothly and finished with both natural tung oil and a light coat of beeswax. OOAK jewelry from a renewable resource – very nice indeed.

The pendants are designed and created in Greece and cost around $25 @ forestinspiration. For you crafters and button fans, there’s also a cool selection of handmade buttons in various sizes sourced from exotic woods.

related: more ecofashion on

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