New Year - New You - New Resolutions!

Hard to believe it's 2016 already!  Frankly, I'm still trying to figure out where June went, let alone the entire second half of the year.  And, in honor of the whole new year and New Year's Resolutions thing; I decided that the first post of 2016 should focus not on the outward how we look but on the inward.  I mean, let's face it - We all want to be thinner, prettier or make more money.  In other words, we all want to be more of something.  So instead of trying to get more, I thought it would be fun to look at some jewels that give more.

True…But now you can do both!  Keep reading to find out how!

These jewels or jewelry artisans and sellers all focus on giving back to the world around them in some way.  They may use only recyclable materials; only sell vintage/antique pieces or even donate a portion of their profits to a worthy cause.  So I hope that as you read this first post of 2016, that you too are inspired by these amazingly generous and caring folks!

Gold Snake Pendant in 18k gold by Shakti Ellenwood.
Why I Picked Shakti Ellenwood - Shakti creates u
nique, handmade, artisan jewelry; using
fairtrade & recycled 18k yellow gold, plus conflict free diamonds & precious gemstones.
Every month she donates 10% of her profits to a chosen cause.

Black Rhutenium Human Rights Ring by Gildary.
Why I Picked Gilardy - 
The Human Rights Rings are made from stainless steal & engraved with Article 18 from
the Human Rights Declaration: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion;
this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community
with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice,
worship and observance."  What could be a better sentiment that all human rights?!

Lacerta Necklace by Love Heals.
Why I Picked Love Heals - 
For each piece sold, Love Heals plants 10 trees & to date they have planted
over 1.3 million trees.  Currently, they focus their tree planting efforts in Ethiopia, a severely impoverished
country with many economic & environmental issues.  The main tree planted is the fast growing African
Moringa tree, rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C & minerals. They sponsor the seeds, planting
materials, tools & education to have sustainable tree farms.

Bamboo Slim Bangle in 18k gold by John Hardy.
Why I Picked John Hardy - 
Each exquisite piece from the Bamboo Collection reveals the elegance
of nature & gives back through the sowing of bamboo seedlings with each purchase in Bali.

Yellow & White Gold Earrings with Diamonds by TAP by Todd Pownell.
Why I Picked TAP - Todd Pownell is a member of Ethical Metalsmiths which supports the social
& environmental responsibility.  Todd also operates his studio utilizing "green practices."

There are so many more jewelry designers than just those listed here who are doing their part and supporting some amazing causes as well as practicing ethical sourcing of their materials.  As the year rolls by, please considering supporting these artisans in their efforts.

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