Thursday, September 8, 2011

Jewelry with a Message

I am excited to tell you about some great new jewelry lines that we have at Lee’s Inlet Apothecary!   I believe they speak to what we here at the apothecary stand for.  They are either God-honoring, mission minded, or repurposed or a combination of one or the other.   I hope you find them as wonderful as I do.  Come in and see them for yourself! 

Gracewear Collection Sums up who they are and what their product was created for in these words: According to Ephesians 6:13-18, God calls us to “spiritually dress” for the battles that we face every day.
From their understanding of this beautiful scripture, they have created a jewelry line that can serve as a reminder to everyone who puts it on that we are to “armor” ourselves with God’s word and to know that we never have to battle the things of this world alone!  Not only is this jewelry God-honoring, it is also exquisitely crafted.  It is jewelry that will easily become part of your everyday attire!  
I have a bracelet from the Gracewear Collection.  The first day I wore it, a woman approached me and said; "I love your bracelet!"  I had the opportunity to tell her the meaning behind it.  This is a great example of how this is not just jewelry, it is...  "jewelry with a message". 

Findings uses jewelry from the past to create jewelry for the present day woman.  Grandmother’s necklace, grandfather’s cuff links, mother’s brooch, and old buttons find themselves repurposed into becoming unique and beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and rings.  The company was created by a young lady, who tired of her corporate job, went searching for something new to do and after taking a jewelry making class, she” found” her new career- making old things new again.  Findings was one of my favorite finds at market!  I wanted to bring everything that was in the booth home with me!  I am a vintage girl by heart and Findings jewelry pieces really gave my heart a tugging!

Bel-Art is a mother-daughter company which helps displaced women in South America.  It’s mission and philosophy is to create and sustain viable markets, through enduring and respect-based partnerships between producers and buyers; supporting and empowering disadvantaged, vulnerable and displaced communities, (85% of whom are women) in Colombia, S. A. As a women owned firm we focus on women partnerships with the strong belief that by empowering girls and women, you are in turn raising the standard of living for their families, and whole communities.

While in Atlanta, my eye was drawn to this particular booth because of the beautiful colorful jewelry that was on display there, but what really sold me on it was the “why” behind it!  I met the mom of the business and heard her story of how Bel-Art came to be.  South America was home to her all of her life until the mid-eighties when the drug lord Cartel was creating destruction in much of her homeland.  She says that, she fled the country leaving all of her worldly possessions, her business, and her home behind.  She took her two daughters and herself and left promising that she would return and help those who did not get out and because of that promise, the business of Bel-Art was formed.  The jewelry is made by displaced women in South America from the Tagua Nut, from a "elephant plant palm tree".  It is beautifully handcrafted.  Each piece is unique and  in all actuality, a piece of art.  When you purchase a piece of jewelry from Bel-Art, you are helping women and their families in South America have a better life.

Heart of the Bride-Back to Africa Heart of the Bride
Heart of the Bride was established in 1998 as a non-profit organization dedicated to helping provide for the needs of orphans around the world. Their primary mission is to Share From Their Abundance With Those In Greatest Need.
They provide Loving Homes, Education, Discipleship, and Economic Opportunities for over 400 orphans in Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zambia.

Heart of the Bride's current feature is the handcrafted African magazine neclace made in Uganda.  Each necklace is a unique work of art.  The project supports those who make the necklace, and profits are returned to Africa to support orphans.  The pieces are very popular and make great gifts!

Acacia Creations Their workshop is located in Nairobi, Kenya where they have been making fun, ethical, recycled paper jewelry since October 2007. They currently have 21 men and women working with them in Nairobi to make the one-of-a-kind pieces you see here. In keeping with fair trade practices, each of their employees is paid a monthly salary IN ADDITION TO receiving a percentage of each sale.

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