My friend Lisa, whom I met in college, has recently taken up jewelry making, and I have to say that she's pretty good at it. She's chosen the name Senba Designs for her work, and each of her pieces is made by hand. For a good example of her handiwork, look at these lovely earrings:
Lisa uses only sterling silver and gold-filled wire in the hooks, thereby making her designs safe for those of us who have allergies or sensitivities to other metals. Additionally, she tells me that
Earlier this year, I realized how harmful conventional jewelry can be for both people and the environment, from the pollution involved in mining for metal to gemstone cutting in sweatshop conditions. That's why I use either paper and plastic that I come across in daily life to fold into origami or buy from sustainable sources, and I only use fair trade gemstones.
Truly, what could make a better gift for the fashionista in your life than a pretty, environmentally-friendly piece of jewelry? Plus Lisa's products are suitable for special occasions or everyday wear, which means that you can add them to any holiday outfit you're putting together.
For more information, contact Lisa via e-mail at SenbaDesigns@gmail.com or visit the Senba Designs Facebook page here.
Image via Senba Designs.