The logo of Etsy store Peaceful Treasures describes the store’s products as “Jewelry Made with Love to Inspire,” and that is exactly the message I got from the Spiral Hope Earrings that I received to review. Not only are the earrings beautiful, but the message behind the beads really says everything about what shop owner Kristen Reimer is trying to convey through her hand-made pieces.
Kristen has been making jewelry for about a year, but you would think it was much longer from the look and feel of her beautiful pieces. She opened her Etsy shop on February 9th, 2011.
"I started making jewelry after going to a farmer's market where a wonderful woman was selling her beautiful creations. I started talking to her and realized I could do it myself. I am a stay-at-home Mom/ Stepmom. I needed my own special niche. So, I started making inspirational pieces. I had been in an awakening process for some time and found that creating jewelry is quite therapeutic and helps me to continue to become more and more enlightened."
Kristen makes all the jewelry sold by Peaceful Treasures by hand with beads from BeadforLife, a non-profit organization helping women in Uganda support themselves by paying fair-trade prices for handmade beads. The beads themselves are beautiful. The Spiral Hope Earrings feature two of the BeadforLife beads on each earring, along with a spiral bead and a bead reading “Hope” at the bottom. This bead carries on the message behind the earrings, that because of these earrings there is a woman in Uganda who has hope for a brighter tomorrow.
The earrings came with a small tag from BeadforLife, which tells the customer the special story behind the beads that Kristen uses in all her jewelry:
"One out of every four people alive struggle to survive on about $1 a day. BeadforLife is a non-profit organization providing impoverished Ugandan women an opportunity to lift their families out of poverty by making beaded jewelry out of recycled paper. Many of the beaders are HIV + mothers or war refugees, and all are suffering from extreme poverty. BeadforLife pays the beaders fair trade prices for their work. Beacause of their work with BeadforLife, their beads become income, food, medicine, homes, school fees, and hope."
All net proceeds from the sale of BeadforLife products are reinvested in programs that fight extreme poverty. So when you purchase jewelry from Peaceful Treasures, not only do you receive a beautiful accessory for yourself, but your also helping women in Uganda support their families! That’s awesome!
Because I loved the earrings so much, I had to check out the rest of the Peaceful Treasures shop! These beaded chunky bracelets would also be a great fall/winter accessory! I love that no two beads are exactly the same, so every piece is a little special! Just looking at the sheer number of beads on these pieces makes me think of all the good Peaceful Treasures and BeadforLife are doing! The blue bracelet is called the Blue and Silver Memory Wire Bracelet and the brown is the Memory wire bracelet in natural colors and silver!
I also love these Peacock Feather and Recycled Paper Bead earrings! I’ve seen earrings like these in magazines, and they would really spice up an outfit in any season!
Kristen can also do custom pieces with the BeadforLife beads, so if there’s something you want that you don’t see in her store, you can ask about that too! She does jewelry with photos, sayings, quotes, or logos, so there'e definitely some great personalized gift options from Peaceful Treasures!
Buy it: To purchase the Spiral Hope Earrings, or anything else from Peaceful Treasures, please check out their store by clicking one of the links! You can also like Kristen's store on Facebook by searching "Peaceful Treasures" in the search bar!
Win it: Peaceful Treasures has been so generous in providing one lucky reader with a pair of Spiral Hope Earrings of their own! These are the same earrings I received to review, and I know whoever wins will just love them! The mandatory entry is to visit the Peaceful Treasures Etsy shop and comment back here with your favorite piece. Please be sure that I can see your email in your profile, and if not please leave it in the comment! The giveaway will be open from Wednesday September 7th until Wednesday September 21st at noon. Thanks and good luck!
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Update: I've just now learned that this giveaway has been chosen as an Editor's Pick on Prizey.net! Thank you Prizey!!! http://www.prizey.net/detail/peaceful-treasures-earrings/