Many girls love jewelry. It is one of the best things one can put on to complete a look. From diamonds to glittery bracelets and earrings of all shapes and forms, there is enough variety out there for everyone! One of my favorite types of jewelry is earrings! I love, love, love earrings! However, I had never really paid attention to how jewelry is made or where it came from. If I liked what I saw and I could afford it, it was mine!
One day as my husband and I where talking, the topic of jewelry came up, I'm not sure how, but it did. My husband started telling me that while some people get to wear big shiny diamonds, others (namely the ones doing the work), suffer for it.
It came to my attention that there are people in remote countries who are not treated fairly, much less paid fairly for the work they do. Now, please don't get me wrong. I am not here to oppose diamonds. I love diamonds. However, I am suggesting that when buying jewelry, you do a little research to find out where it came from.
After finding out this information, which my husband researched (he loves doing research), I asked myself this question: "Is it worth it to have nice expensive jewelry if someone else suffers for it"? And of course my answer was NO.
Not everyone might agree with me, which is fine. I respect all opinions. But for those jewelry lovers who do agree with me and are wanting to make better choices, here are a couple of options to consider:
1.) MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELRY
Making your own jewelry can give you the chance to showcase your own unique style and your creativity. You might say, "I don't think I'm very creative", and to that, I say, believe me, we all have our own creative capacity. So go for it. Give it a try. There are hundreds and hundreds of beads and charms out there, and all kinds of decorative accents that you can use to make your own jewelry. If after you try it, you decide that jewelry making is not for you, here is option number two.
2.) SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE
When buying jewelry, try looking for Fair Trade stamp. Fair Trade is an organization that helps struggling communities. When you see this symbol, you can feel better about your purchase. These jewelry workers, such as woman in Africa who make beads for a living, are treated fairly. By buying Fair Trade products, not only will you feel better about your choices, you will also be helping people in other countries whose only means of a better life quite possibly comes from making beads or jewelry.
It doesn't matter if you don't want to make your own jewelry. You can still make a difference in this world, all the while feeling beautiful because you are!
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