Thursday, June 4, 2015

Accessorize Ethically in Style: Handmade, Eco-Friendly Jewelry

There is just something about handmade jewelry that resonates with me. Maybe it's because no two pieces are perfectly identical, or perhaps it's because each piece has a story. When you think about it, every handcrafted necklace, bracelet, or set of earrings is created by someone with a story—their own story that differs from yours. While we may never hear their story, I like to believe that it embodies the piece of jewelry in some way and I find that to be incredibly beautiful.

* This is a sponsored post, for which I was compensated.

Green N Brown is an online shop offering eco-friendly and organic products. The shop also features truly unique pieces of handcrafted artisan jewelry. Their jewelry is environmentally friendly, and in some cases, even crafted by young men and women in poor countries, trying to make a life for themselves and their family. Green N Brown also practices "fair trade," so that fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries.

The Green N Brown jewelry shop features eco-friendly cuffs, rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, and more. You'll find gorgeous sterling silver rings, cuffs created from recycled materials, and fashion jewelry to bring your wardrobe to life.

Check out some of the stunning pieces of jewelry that Green N Brown has to offer.

African Jewelry - Colorful Six Swirl Bracelet, $23.74

African Jewelry - Silverplated Wire & Bead Bracelet, $21.84
The two bracelets above are both adorned with colorful beads. Each bracelet is made in the slums of Kenya by young men and women who use hand tools to delicately craft each piece of jewelry. The individuals are earning money on these bracelets to help make a life for their families. That, to me, makes these pieces extremely significant.

Recycled Pan African Motif Earrings, $18.95
What's interesting about this beautiful set of earrings—besides the traditional African design—is that they were created using old aluminum pans from cars. The aluminum is blackened and designs are etched onto them, revealing the beautiful silver aluminum underneath.

Deep Sea Shell And Stone Cuff, $52.24
Perhaps my absolute favorite piece from Green N Brown so far is this Deep Sea Shell and Stone Cuff. This cuff is created by South African artisans. It features hematite, paua shell, and turquoise in polished brass. Instead of using dyes and paints, the colors and designs are created by using extreme heat.

When it comes to handcrafted jewelry, the better the story behind it, the more valuable—at least, that's how it is in my eyes. Green N Brown recognizes the beauty in helping others while also helping the environment and their jewelry, and the stories behind it, reflect that.

Head on over to Green N Brown now to see what pieces of handmade artisan jewelry you can find.

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