There was a time in my life when I layered on endless cheap accessories (including armfuls of those plastic black bangles that had a revival in the early 2000s emo crowd, I must admit), but I feel now I've strayed too far in the opposite direction with my extreme minimalism (or, some would say, just plain old boring-ness).
When J and I were looking at engagement and wedding rings, I knew it was important to me that any gemstones be conflict-free and sustainably sourced, and I was excited to find lots of rings made from recycled gold (which cuts down on all the environmental impacts of having to mine for new metals). We ended up picking out rings from Ken and Dana Designs, a New York designer that met all our environmental criteria, had beautiful pieces, and were all around lovely to work with. I couldn't be happier with the rings we ended up with, and it was definitely worth every penny.
However, when it comes to non-wedding jewelry, I was looking for pieces that didn't require quite so much of an investment. So I was curious to see whether I could find more everyday jewelry that shared that commitment to ecologically-friendly, ethical production without breaking the bank. After a little bit of digging, I've found so many beautiful choices that now the difficult part will be not buying everything! I've tried to focus on pieces that are priced at a budget for every day wear.
I was excited to find so many options that emphasize style without sacrificing a commitment to ethical and sustainable production, and surprised to see how much is fairly affordable.
We've just scratched the tip of the socially responsible, eco-friendly fashion iceberg, but it should be plenty to get you started on any Valentine's Day gift wish lists <3
*Did anyone else watch How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days a million times over? No? Our tv in college went through a period where it broke and the only two movies we had in the tv room were How to Lose a Guy and Love Actually, so I remember a period when I just watched those two repeatedly because no one could be bothered to bring a new DVD into the tv room. Anyway, the title for this post comes from the first of those two. Enjoy!