Diamonds Aren’t a Girl’s Best Friend

Who am I to argue with the Madison Avenue suits who coined the phrase "diamonds are a girl's best friend"? If only diamonds were all we believe them to be. The violence resulting from the diamond mining and trading industry is, in a word, tragic. And, as it turns out, diamonds aren't even as valuable … Continue reading Diamonds Aren’t a Girl’s Best Friend

One Leaf, One Tree, One Mission

There's more to this arm candy than meets the"¦arm. It's shiny and pretty and even glamorous, but what the naked eye might miss if it isn't paying close attention is that this leaf is real. The Real Leaf Cuff Bracelet from Nugaard Designs is made with a leaf from Brazil that's hand-dipped in 18K gold … Continue reading One Leaf, One Tree, One Mission

Mollie Dash: the Name, the Jewels, the Green!

Before I proceed to all the drool-worthy jewels by Mollie Dash, can I just say, how great is her name? Mollie Dash. It's a little like "Nancy Drew" - maybe that's why I think it's so cool. Now that you've got way too much information on how I spent the majority of my youth, let's … Continue reading Mollie Dash: the Name, the Jewels, the Green!

Grateful for a Little…Is a Lot

During a particularly frustrating period of my life years ago, I was told by a mentor, "It is virtually impossible to be grateful for a lot until you can be grateful for a little." She went on to suggest I begin searching for the willingness to want what I have. At first I didn't get … Continue reading Grateful for a Little…Is a Lot

The Flower Power of Prismera Jewelry

When I think stainless steel, I think...cutlery. Sturdy, dishwasher-safe knives, forks and spoons. Stainless steel does not usually bring pictures of blooming flowers and jewelry into mind"¦until now. Meet designer Laura Su, who works with stainless steel (an eco-friendly, sustainable material) to create simple and modern earrings and necklaces inspired by nature. Her company is … Continue reading The Flower Power of Prismera Jewelry

For Eye Candy and Finger Food, Call KYYOTE

What's a girl to put on her fingers if diamonds or their counterparts are off-limits or out of her budget? All kinds of green options exist to glam our hands without gouging the environment or supporting civil warfare - from vintage to recycled to reused to repurposed. The jewels created by Los Angeles designer Amanda … Continue reading For Eye Candy and Finger Food, Call KYYOTE

Handmade One of a Kind Finds for Less Than $25

The current climate of corporate cutbacks and headcount hacking doesn't exactly send me spending, especially on frivolities like jewelry. But when the jewels are vintage and priced within any penny-pincher's budget, it doesn't hurt to look, does it? I hope not, because I couldn't help myself. The gems and trinkets at Eclectic Eccentricity (say that … Continue reading Handmade One of a Kind Finds for Less Than $25

Guide to the Best Eco Jewelry Designers

I've said it before (in Say Yes to Seconds) and I'll say it again - I have no interest in looking like the twin of every eco-chic woman walking out of Barneys. I lean toward unique and edgy, and there's no faster way to get there than with vintage, especially when it comes to jewelry. … Continue reading Guide to the Best Eco Jewelry Designers

The Key to My Eco-Heart

Last Sunday after brunch, my friend and I hit Melrose for window shopping, and there it was: a white porcelain key hanging from the neck of a very hip woman. There it swung, elegantly and simply by a thin, black leather cord. Now, I've done my eco-homework. Porcelain falls into the green category, and it's … Continue reading The Key to My Eco-Heart

Everyday Eco Jewelry to Cherish

When all else fails, buy jewelry. A generalization, yes, but I'm confident of its accuracy. We women love jewelry. You can't go wrong showing up at her birthday party with a pretty pair of earrings or a sweet and simple bracelet - or both. I'm not referring here to bling. Magnificent jewelry pieces are both … Continue reading Everyday Eco Jewelry to Cherish

Leaving the Nest: Non-Profit Jewelry Takes Flight

I'm not much of a sentimentalist so things like "karma" or "it was meant to be" don't usually send me leaping to conclusions about my destiny, whether it be whom to date or what to buy. I also have a very discerning eye when it comes to jewelry. That being said, this dainty and sweet … Continue reading Leaving the Nest: Non-Profit Jewelry Takes Flight