For Her: Adorn Her in Uncommon Gifts from the Heart...

Jewelry is unique in that each acquisition comes with a story. Perhaps it is a ring your grandmother once wore. Or maybe it's a bracelet from your first boyfriend. Each piece then becomes a connection to another person, a story, a rich history. Artisan jewelry, then, comes not only with a store shared between the giver and the recipient, it comes with a story to be told of the creator as well. If richly layered history appeals to you, Uncommon Goods may offer just the jewelry box you need to plunder. 

While it's easy to get caught up in the many sparkling rings, bracelets and baubles available, I've been on a hunt for something incredibly specific: heart pendants to share with my daughters. As my very young girls begin to turn into sweet young ladies, I've had the idea to gift them their first pieces of meaningful jewelry. Something significant that expresses my love for them and represents their place in my life. It took only moments to discover the spectacular pieces aligning with those goals. 

These beautiful heart-shaped accessories are the incredible work of artists Tulianna And Alejandra Garces. The detailed pendants are actually pieces of lace that have been masterfully transformed into wearable art. Selections of lace are individually are cut and sewn before being dipped in wax to seal and reinforce their structure. A layer of copper and 24k gold or sterling silver is applied to deliver that lustrous metallic finish. Pieces are then brushed by hand to reveal the marvelous feminine detail of the lace. Finally, lacquer is applied to preserve that stunning finished piece for years to come. Amazing. 

My idea? To wear the gold & silver combo necklace myself and convert the matching earrings into individual heart pendant necklaces for my girls. My youngest is not quite ready to wear hers on a daily basis, but when she is, this lovingly selected and handcrafted piece will await her. My oldest is very excited to wear a piece of me so close to her heart. This sweet gesture is a reminder that even while apart we are connected on so many levels, in so many ways. 

But these pretty pieces aren't just acquisitions. Uncommon Goods is here to do good in the world at large. The company itself gives to many great causes. Each artisan involved also makes an impact in their community. Tulianna And Alejandra Garces, the makers of these pieces above are using their sales to impact their homeland Colombia. 

Produced through a fair trade organization, these handmade pieces as well as the others in the collection provide stable income for economically struggling or displaced communities of Colombian artisans (85% are women and heads of households). The site says it best: "The resulting pieces are glittering tributes to the traditional art of lacemaking, and gorgeous statements to add to your accessory collection." If that doesn't warm your heart, nothing will.  

I hope you've enjoyed this very personal post. If you're feeling the urge to give handmade gifts to friends and family, consider necklaces here, earrings here and bracelets here from this marvelous site. Don't miss their backstory which reveals not only the brand's origin story, but also their deep commitment to sustainability, survival and the future. The pieces shown above are the My Heart Within Yours Necklace and the Mini Gold Dipped Lace Heart Earrings

{Photos in this post are by yours truly, Franki Durbin}