Friday, September 3, 2010

A Review: NOVICA's Fair Trade Artisans

The Mission of NOVICA is simple:  "... to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity."  This site features home decor and silver jewelry made by incredibly talented artists/craftsman.  Novica is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market.

Not only is the sterling silver jewelry exquisite, but when you select a piece, there is a short bio and photo of the actual artist who created the piece, as well as an artist's statement.  The culture of each artist is clearly reflected in his/her pieces.  As an artist and jewelry lover, I was captivated by personal care that goes into each piece.  The selection of necklaces is stunning.  I prefer pieces that are classic/yet modern, so I was especially drawn to this necklace and matching earrings.

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Click on the image above to get a closer look at the amazing detail that went into each earring...Here is a photo of the artist who created these pieces.  He is a silversmith from Mexico.

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It adds such a personal touch to know the story/meaning behind the jewelry.  If you look closely at the design above, you can see the angel wings- beautiful...

Even the jewelry boxes are handcrafted!

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If you are looking for quality handcrafted gift items for the upcoming holiday season- this is the site for you.  The prices will surprise you and the shipping is incredibly reasonable too!

To learn more about NOVICA, I encourage you to visit them on Facebook or Twitter.

I've got a soft spot in my heart for artists, and it is good to know that when you make a purchase, it is going to support fair trade artisans.

Warning:  You could spend  hours browsing this site :D

Full Disclosure: I received a gift certificate to facilitate my review.


Up Next:  My Manson-esque angels - woot! ;-)

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