I’ve been on a big accessories kick lately. I love adding new pieces to my collection because 1) accessories and jewelry can instantly change the entire mood of an outfit and 2) it’s a more-economical way to update your wardrobe with lots of little pieces.
Though I love to be able to go to a store to touch and try on different pieces, I still cruise around online looking for unique jewelry that has a great story. Ten Thousand Villages, as I’ve blogged about before, has some of the most funky, cool jewelry that stands out in a crowd of bedazzled jewels and bling (though I love that, too).
I’ve had my eye on the Eclipse necklace and matching Eclipse earrings for a while now. I love the raw, organic feel of this set, made of South American tagua nut. While it’s my staple set of colors — black and white — I’d pair this earthy set with a sophisticated work outfit (think black pants, cardigan and blouse) to give it a little edge.
The Eclipse earrings and necklace are made in Peru artisans represented by craft trading company Allpa, which ensures that the workers are fairly paid for their beautiful creations. At $34 for the necklace and $12 for the earrings, these social- and eco-conscious pieces rival boutique jewelry prices — but instead of just getting jewelry, with these pieces, you get a bit of a feel-good story, too.
What are some of your favorite online jewelry and accessories destinations? Tell me where you spend way too much time shopping online in the comments section.