Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Handmade Rings That Are Globally Conscious... And Absolutely Gorgeous

Most of us altruistic types, those who have big visions for a better world, forget that there are ways to participate in this betterment that don't require giving away money, sacrificing a weekend to volunteer on a local project, or making difficult changes in our lifestyles to decrease our carbon footprint. All those actions are commendable and should be practiced by everyone. However, you can help decrease poverty and encourage sustainability around the world by simply buying the right products.

One of our favorite examples of our Fair Trade jewelry are the handmade rings produced by the gifted artisans from Newari, Shakya and Bajracharya clans in Nepal. The rings are made of certified .925 sterling silver, and their exclusive designs are only produced in this region. Rings shown: Twining Turquoise Silver Ring; Silver Ring with Mother of Pearl Stone - Midnight Moon

There are communities of talented artisans in certain parts of the world that traditionally produce jewelry of great quality and craftsmanship, but don't have access to markets that can get them out of extreme poverty. Jewellog works with Fair Trade organizations that reach out to these communities and help them improve their livelihoods by making their trade profitable.

We are especially proud to carry the remarkable Eco-carvings collection of handmade rings. These wooden rings are made entirely of reclaimed (from an FSC, or Forest Stewardship Certified furniture manufacturer), spalted (from already dead trees), or other sustainably harvested wood.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Art Wear in Jewellog - The Orb Series

At Jewellog, our handmade jewelry also includes what's termed as art wear, a definition given to a jewelry item that was created as a serious expression of art as well as an ornamental piece. Typically, jewelry art wear is created by artists who exhibit their work in art galleries or museums, and/or have been featured in recognized art publications. These art wear pieces are not only gorgeous to add to your wardrobe, but due to their inherent uniqueness and beauty, are also highly collectible.

A marvelous example of art wear at is the Orb Series. This collection is designed by Dolores Barrett, a master glass artist that has been churning out breathtaking jewelry art wear for the past 10 years.

Her main inspiration for this collection was the Roman Pantheon and its most mysterious feature: the large opening or oculus in the ceiling.

Each orb has a round opening into its interior, a kiln-fired layer of gold or silver, or dichroic glass, depending on the piece. This fascinating design feature creates a play of light that gives each art wear piece its own dynamic character and allure. See the entire Orb Series art wear.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Handmade Jewelry Spotlight: Engraved Silver Spinning Om Ring

Designed for the enlightened or in the path of enlightenment, this silver Om ring has an inner spinning band meant for prayer and/or meditation. The ring is engraved with the ancient Tibetan mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" or "hail to the jewel in the lotus". Handmade in Nepal and fairly traded. See more details about this Om ring.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Handmade Jewelry Spotlight: Karma Necklace

This karma necklace is great proof that ancient wisdom can be quite fashionable. The concept of karma originated in ancient India, and it's based on the belief that all of your actions (good or evil) shape past, present and future experiences. Get this karma necklace.