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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Green Tuesdays: Conflict free bling

Eco-Friendly, Ethically Sourced Diamonds?

We all go into marriage with expectations of honesty, and ethical beliefs – in fact it’s safe to assume that ethics are a pretty darn good-sized chunk of how marriage comes about…or at least we hope! The there is the RING (one of my favorite parts - I do love good bling!) Yet…have you ever thought about where the beautiful rock that’s glistening on your finger came from? It's SO easy to get caught up in the moment and about the style of the ring (and size of the diamond), and worrying about uncompromised ethics in diamond mining is probably not in the forefront. Yet, if you are still reading, it may be one of many things to consider (and for some, the only, or main, issue).

With all the hype of ‘green’ trends – weddings have moved full speed ahead with going green – it’s the hottest trend in the industry and diamonds are a part of that trend. Ethically sourced, conflict-free, fair labored diamonds show a commitment that extends into your marriage and future. There are other ways to go green with your engagement ring or wedding bands – why not pair your ethically sourced diamond with a recycled gold or platinum band?

Brilliant Earth offers a fabulous selection of Canadian mined and Namibian diamonds. Brilliant Earth has amazing design techniques and a wide selection of bands, diamonds, sapphires and recycled gold and metals. Plus, they honor only 100% fair labor and eco-friendly practices, and 5% of profits are donated to help local African communities.

Brilliant Earth uses environmentally responsible precious metals, including recycled gold, silver, and platinum.

Why choose conflict-free diamonds? Conflict free diamonds are guaranteed to originate from ethical and environmentally responsible sources. Conflict free diamonds are free from violence and human rights abuses, and are produced with minimal environmental impact. What is a Conflict Diamond? Conflict diamonds have funded devastating civil wars in Africa, ending millions of lives. These conflict diamonds, also known as "blood diamonds", are associated with rights abuses, and environmental damage.
With so many ethically sourced, conflict-free choices these days, it seems only natural to do your homework before making the purchase. If we all do our part, maybe we’ll make a healthy impact in an industry that has too long thrived on violence, abuse and unethical practices. Know that the symbol of love you’ll cherish for a lifetime was a product of a fair trade industry. What a great way to celebrate the commitment of marriage!

Kudos to Brilliant Earth for their commitment to the wedding industry, ethics, and charities. Fantastic design, exceptional values and a commitment to the environment make Brilliant Earth our green pick of the week! Check out their site for beautiful pieces! I'll take a few myself!



Holiday workshop, new date added!

We had so much fun on our thanksgiving workshop that almost everyone signed up for our Dec 21st holiday one! That date has since sold out, so we are adding another:

Sunday Dec 13th, 4:00pm

See class description below!

'Tis that time of year!!!!
Throughout the year, I receive a lot of interest in DIY Workshops for flowers–so much so in fact, that I’ve decided to host TWO workshops to create the perfect centerpiece for each of the upcoming holidays. You are invited to join me in a creative environment (hot buttered rum included), and other eager DIY-ers in demystifying floral design.

When: Just in time for Thanksgiving or Winter break of course!
Thanksgiving: "No Horns of Plenty" November 22nd, at 4pm
Winter Holiday: "Monochromatic Elegance" December 21st, 6:30 pm

Investment: $45 plus materials
Where: Bella’s Bainbridge Island Studio (not the Seattle one!), with owner/creative designer Daniela Ferdico Faget.

Why: I know budgets are tight right now and many hosts are looking for ways to cut costs, cut back on gifts, yet still celebrate the season. My goal is to give you the knowledge, practice and confidence in our workshops to prepare for your own future events. And who doesn’t love a little hot-buttered rum?! Yes, we'll provide the warm, yummy drinks !

The workshop is open to anyone–so make it a girl’s night out, bring your mom’s group, tell a friend. Besides, there’s nothing like gorgeous blooms, dirty hands and a little creativity to make your weekend that much brighter.

Questions & Registration
206.679.1059 or Kelly {at}bellasignature {dot} com

Want to donate your arrangement? May we suggest donating a beautiful piece for the holidays to those who do not experience the beauty of the season? Many elderly in our community are without loved ones. Maybe you have a neighbor who could use some holiday cheer. We also recommend the senior-focused facilities here on the island – everyone deserves a little holiday cheer. We'll happily deliver them for you.