If I could imagine the perfect jewelry (talking about the type that doesn’t sparkle, here), I would say that it would be fashion-forward, eco-friendly and also fair-trade. I’ve seen many companies that hit two out of the three, but never one that I thought met all three requirements perfectly.
That is, until now.
Oh friends, get ready for some serious eye candy! Check out Andean Collection.
I love, love, LOVE jewelry that is big and bold, without being obnoxious. The colors and materials that The Andean Collection uses really draw me in, too, and I think that’s because they are truly inspired by what you find in nature. On their site, they talk about how they really try to merge the worlds of New York (where they are based) and the Andean regions of South American (where their artisan workshops are located) and the end results are truly gorgeous pieces that weave together urban and rural and nature with the modern world.
Andean Collection loves to provide quality pieces of jewelry for fashion-forward women, but it also has a greater purpose at heart. From their site, “Andean Collection was founded to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America. We offer artisans the opportunity to participate in the global market while inspiring our customers with access to the elusive world of the rural Andes. We have a non-profit arm, Andean Project, to ensure that this change is productive and healthy and to address other poverty related social issues, all funded through our sales and private donations.”
So you see, this isn’t just about looking good. It’s also about helping individuals, families and even communities to participate in the global market place, be paid a fair wage, and thrive. I’ve found that the blog kept by Andean Collection gives you some wonderful insight into the work that is happening in South America. I’m really enjoying following along with the blog posts, and recommend it if you are looking for some good reads!
I was sent the Tagua bracelet in grape, and I have worn is numerous times, already! I love that this bracelet adds a lot of visual interest to my clothes without being over-the-top. And it is purple, but not in an obvious way, so I’m finding that I can pair it with many different colors! I’m absolutely loving it!
Buy it!: The Tagua bracelet is available for $26.00, and is sure to add a lot of style to any outfit! It is also the most popular item on their site, so word is getting out that this bracelet is FABULOUS! Also, be sure to check out their sale section for some really good buys on gorgeous stuff!
Win it!: One very lucky Stuff Parents Need reader is going to win your very own Tagua bracelet, in your choice of color! Wow! The contest will run until April 11th at 11:59pm EST when a winner will be selected via Random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning notification before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is selected. Open to residents of the United States. Limit one entrant per household, please.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.