I am excited to announce I've collaborated with local New Orleans jewelry designer Beatrix Bell to launch a limited-edition, zero-waste jewelry line! The light-weight, adorable earrings are sustainably made with repurposed production fabrics. Each piece is uniquely handmade, so patterns may vary slightly.
When I realized I had fabric leftover from making masks last year, I knew I wanted to use it. I couldn’t throw it out! I started working tirelessly making masks at the beginning of the pandemic because that’s what was selling. The idea of a jewelry line popped into my mind - but I’m not a jewelry expert!
My friend and fellow small business owner Beatrix Bell is! Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry started as a booth next to a pecan stand in south Louisiana and has since blossomed into a boutique brand that has been featured in more than 200 brick and mortar stores across the United States. Bell creates each piece with skillful craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail and owns a shop on Algiers Point in New Orleans. Though she had to pivot drastically to keep her business going during the pandemic just like myself, she calls projects like this one the “silver lining.”
The zero-waste jewelry line has a piece for every type of customer. The colors of the collection are neutral yet vibrant. I relied on Bell’s expertise to create unique, handcrafted designs. The collection includes tassel pieces, bigger statement pieces and a few others. As a bonus, the fabric is light so the statement pieces are comfortable, which was a unique and fun challenge for my friend who usually works with stones and metal!
Why zero-waste? Sustainability is about more than how we think about our environmental impact, it’s also about the way we run our business. We believe in nurturing economic sustainability by collaborating with partners in India who are dedicated to paying fair living wages, creating a safe and healthy work environment, and investing in the overall wellbeing of the artisans they employ. Sustainable change is about going beyond fair wages, which is why we make sure our artisan partners are provided with opportunities for community development and to further their skills.