Truly Natural Jewelry

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This gorgeous jewelry is Verde by Gwen Davis. Gwen is dedicated to creating really beautiful and 100% sustainable jewelry. Using bamboo, Tagua nuts, vintage beads and Swarovski crystals, and recycled elements, she creates everything from earrings and bracelets to dramatic neck cuffs and pendants (above). Every part of the process is low-impact, including beeswax finishing polishes and 100% recycled pagaging. Gwen sources all the raw materials for her jewelry herself, and makes sure that fair prices are paid for both materials and to workers.

Gwen describes her dedication thusly:

I work with Tagua nuts and other exotic materials,
and you know that by using these things, we can help people on a social level, as well as be eco-friendly. For me being sustainable is not enough, I intend to make a real impact in developing countries like Chile, and in my own community by creating satisfying skilled jobs. And it all begins and
ends with me. I live by my principles and I will not waver. I1m committed to Conscientious Capitalism. Being a responsible business on all levels. Making certain no harm is done from the very bottom of the supply chain, all the way to production and on to the finished product. This is what makes me and
Verde different. This is no easy feat.

I wore a few of her gorgeous pieces to the POMED party, and they got a great response! Each piece is unique, so you’ll never see anyone wearing the same adornments as you.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.