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.
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 @ dirtylibrarianchains.com)
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…)
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.
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…)
(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.com – Melissa Joy Manning
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.
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?
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.
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 AlternativeConsumer.com