Be Your Own (Stylish) Valentine
- Wednesday, 02 February 2011
I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day. It’s not that I’m not a romantic, I certainly am. What I don’t care for is the whole greeting card industry forcing us to be romantic, to be stressed out or just downright depressed for one silly day. Honestly, how many of us actually like V-Day?
Here’s what I do like... jewelry. So, why not use this ridiculous holiday as an excuse to treat yourself (or your loved one) to a little bit of bling? Nothing is sexier than some eco-minded gems, so here are my favorites for this February 14th.
Fair Trade Fabrics
Sometimes it’s the jewelry not made of metal that truly makes a statement. Fair Trade shopping resource, Global Exchange, carries gorgeous painted fabric necklaces, bracelets and earrings… and the prices couldn’t be more right ($7-$18). Employing an intricate fabric painting method called “Kalamkari”, gifted artisans in India create pieces that are both exotic and elegant.
Ethically Crafted Metals
And sometimes it’s the jewelry that is made of metal that makes us weak in the knees. I’ve recently discovered the gorgeous line, Real Jewels and I’m in love. From super sweet styles to the ultra luxe, all of their pieces are ethically (and exquisitely) crafted. But since I’m in the Valentine’s mood, I’m opting for the Heart in Square necklace, $230.
Recycled Rose Gold
Or if you’d rather give (or receive) roses instead, the recycled gold Rose Stud earrings ($95) by Julia Failey are where it’s at. Available in pink gold, yellow gold or sterling silver, there’s a rose to suit every sweetheart you know...even if that sweetheart is you.
If you’re more interested in the digits, check out DLC Brooklyn’s Tambourine ring ($75). It has old school elegance with an edge – and made entirely of vintage materials.
So please, whatever your February 14th may bring, have fun, be healthy and by all meanstreat yourself to a little something sparkly if you like!