Thursday, June 10, 2010

Make a Statement

Once upon a time what we now call jewelry was really charms and talismans. In the past, our ancestors wore jewelry for a reason – to protect themselves from snakes, ghosts, sorcery, bad luck and the evil eye. Nowadays, we don’t need a reason to wear jewelry except, perhaps to showcase our wealth and personality. That being said, I wanted to share some of my favorite websites for jewelry.

Alex and Ani
Alex and Ani’s collections are not only eco-friendly, they are made up of powerful, meaningful and spiritual pieces, which uplift and inspire all who wear them. Their signature expandable concept, which replaces traditional clasps with a sliding mechanism, is available in bracelets, rings, chain necklaces and hoop earrings. Available in precious metals or Russian gold and silver and adorned with sacred symbols and stones, their collection is timeless, classic and collectible.

Lisa Leonard Designs
Created by a stay-at-home mom, Lisa Leonard’s pieces are simple and lovely and can be worn with jeans or your little black dress. Each piece is a work of art and meaningful – hand-stamped with your kids’ names or special phrase or verse. Her designs are hand cut, hammered, polished, drilled and assembled with care. Lisa Leonard Designs exists because moms, grandmas and friends have shared her designs with each other while waiting in line at the grocery store or sipping coffee with a friend.

Riches Hawaii
Riches Hawaii specializes in beautiful Hawaiian jewelry. The extremely popular He’e Nalu line is a beautiful testament to the Hawaiian culture and is versatile enough to be worn by men and women. The He’e Nalu line embodies the principles of the Hawaiian culture – hope, righteousness, courage, family, trust, purpose, honor and love.

Isabelle Grace Jewelry
Isabelle Grace Jewelry makes simple, beautiful, elegant pieces inspired by the most important things in life – family, children, love and marriage. Crafted by hand, each piece highlights your special message, name or inspiration.

Cynthia H. Designs
These are no ordinary fashion accessory. They are a new line of trend-setting inspirational bracelets inscribed with empowering affirmations. The collection including enamel bangles, leather and metal bracelets and an eco-friendly organic cotton bracelet are growing in popularity. Bracelets are emblazoned with encouraging phrases such as “Live, Laugh, Love;” “Love who You Are,” “Live in the Moment,” “Make a Difference” and “Positive Energy.”

Kiku Jewelry
Kiku Jewelry is the brainchild of a friend of mine who decided to leave the world of graphic design and launch a company of her own selling handmade pieces. Erin’s custom-made pieces are imaginative, unique and made with love. Offering handmade pieces for any occasion, each piece embodies individuality and self-expression.

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