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10/4/2017 11:29 AM

by Ashley Lodato

If you've never heard of cause marketing, you're not alone. But if you believe you've never been the audience for a cause marketing campaign, think again, because cause marketing is all around us.

Now wait a minute--what is cause marketing anyway?

Cause marketing, or cause-related marketing, is an agreement between a business and a nonprofit to raise money for a particular cause. Billed as "win-win" situations, cause marketing allows the nonprofit to benefit financially and the company to benefit by increased sales and by the cache of being seen as socially responsible and interested in the same causes as its customers. 

American companies began embracing cause marketing in the 1980s, after American Express raised $1.7 million to help restore the Statue of Liberty in one of the first large-scale cause marketing campaigns. During this legendary 3-month campaign American Express donated a portion of all purchases to the restoration fund, sales rose 27%, and new card applications were up by 45%. And the iconic statue was restored. 

Although some were cynical about the marriage of philanthropy and commercialism, other American companies followed suit, finding nonprofits to partner with in order to be seen by stakeholders and customers as "doing well by doing good." You may be aware of some of these efforts: Coke raising $3 million for polar bear conservation through the World Wildlife Fund and its Arctic Home campaign; Reebok giving $500 million to breast cancer research and prevention through Avon 39. 

You may not, however, be quite as aware of Bronwen Jewelry's cause marketing. We are a pretty small company and have not raised millions to support the causes we believe in. (Yet.) But still, it's important to us to invest a portion of our business income into organizations whose missions support our values. We like to put our money where our hearts are, so to speak.

Take, for example, our partnership with the Hera Foundation, which seeks to eliminate ovarian cancer. Bronwen gives the foundation 10% of sales of our Hera Lotus Necklace, which we designed specifically for the foundation. We also support EarthWorks' No Dirty Gold campaign, which drives change in the mining industry's human rights and environmental practices.

Many years ago we stopped using coral in our jewelry designs and joined prominent jewelers such as Tiffany & Co. in coral conservation awareness through the Too Precious to Wear campaign. And we support the Bend-based WorldMuse, which inspires women to create positive social change from within. WorldMuse connects women to their own sense of purpose as well as to eachother, and provides the tools and support they need to create positive change in their lives, in their communities, and in our world.

One of our favorite causes is the Conservation Alliance. Located right here in Bend, OR, the Conservation Alliance engages businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. It's the 1989 brainchild of leadership at REI, Patagonia, The North Face, and Kelty, who wanted to increase outdoor industry support for conservation efforts by funding community-based grassroots campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat.

In fewer than 30 years, the Conservation Alliance has:

  • contributed over $15 million to grassroots conservation groups throughout North America
  • helped save more than 45 million acres of wildlands
  • protected 2,972 miles of rivers
  • helped stop or remove 28 dams
  • designated five marine reserves
  • and purchased 11 climbing areas

All this, largely through funds contributed by member companies who believe in the alliance's mission. Bronwen Jewelry is a proud sponsor of the Conservation Alliance; we feel great knowing that our jewelry sales help protect the wild places that call to us and inspire us.

The unique thing about Bronwen Jewelry is that cause marketing efforts like our partnership with the Conservation Alliance are simply added value for our fantastic products. Our highest priority is making gorgeous jewelry with integrity. We want our customers to buy our jewelry because it's beautiful, built to last, and makes the wearer feel and look great, not because we donate to social and environmental causes. You purchase an artful, high-quality product from us for the sake of the item alone, and a happy by-product of that transaction is the satisfaction we all get out of the environmental or social give-back. 

There are other small things we do at Bronwen that help us feel like citizens of the planet. We use swim suit fabric scraps from Carve Designs in our Swim Wrap Bracelets, for example, and we work exclusively with silver casting companies that use a percentage of recycled silver in their products. We employ local artisans to handcraft our jewelry and we treat them like the valued members of the team that they are. We use only fairly-sourced and traded materials in all of our products.

At Bronwen, we like to think of all of our relationships--whether with employees, customers, vendors, or organizations that we sponsor--as connections that are mutually beneficial and mutually satisfying. They're our most valued alliances: the ties that make us all stronger.

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Wear Bronwen Like a Pro

Wear Bronwen Like a Pro

9/27/2017 11:31 AM

by Ashley Lodato

No matter how many posters, glossy ads, billboards, sides of city buses, or magazine inserts we see; no matter how many radio ads we hear; no matter how many Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, or other social media campaigns we view--we're still all most receptive to the most primitive form of advocacy: word of mouth. 

As we imagine it, ever since the first cavewoman grunted to the other cavewomen and pointed to the sisal fiber she'd woven into a cord and tied around her neck with a shiny piece of chert dangling from it--and the other cavewomen rushed out to braid their own sisal necklaces--we've all been relying mostly on those who we respect to give us indications about the things we might like to have, eat, drive, sleep on, ride, and wear.

Kim Havell skiing

And what do we like to wear? Duh, Bronwen Jewelry, of course. And we've yet to find a woman who disagrees with us. Whether you're an athlete, a scholar, an artist, a scientist, a stay-at-home mom, an entreprenuer, a politician, a medical professional, a fashionista, or a lady who lunches, you probably know that there is something flattering for your ears, fingers, neck, wrists, and even ankles right here, at Bronwen Jewelry.

But reaching our wide range of potential customers takes resourcefulness. That's why we're launching our ProMember Search, as we seek women who can help us showcase and promote our brand. We're looking for qualified and approved athletes and outdoor professionals, fitness and wellness leaders, fahion and/or travel writers and bloggers and other lifestyle industry individuals that have a passion for Bronwen Jewelry and the enthusiasm--and commitment--to spread the word. 

Lindsay skiing

A great example of word of mouth advertising occurred in the Bronwen studio in downtown Bend just last month. Ultra runner Krissy Moehl (pronounced "mail") stopped in while passing through Bend. This gal competes in--and usually wins--100+ mile races like the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance run. And guess what? She's almost always wearing active jewelry when she does it. 

Krissy is coming on board as Bronwen's newest ambassador; you'll read all about her next month. She's a wonderful model of the type of woman who we're looking for in our  ProMember Searchshe's living her passion, she's hard-core as well as compassionate and introspective, and most of all, she's happy to share what she's doing and what she's learning with those who follow her.

Krissy Moehl running

Now, you don't have to run 100 miles, or even 1 mile, to represent Bronwen. You just need to do something that gives you some public visibility and puts you in a position to offer--you guessed it--word of mouth promotion. If you've got followers or an attentive audience, you might be just the person we're looking for. We think it's a mutually beneficial partnership. We provide you with jewelry you love, and you provide us with visual and written testimony about how much you love it. 

To find out if you qualify for Bronwen's ProMember program, visit our ProMember Search page. Let's find out if we can collaborate. 

Now while we have your attention, we can't resist directing your attention to some of our new artisan jewelry pieces. Fall is in the air and everyone is all crazy about tangerine this and pumpkin spice that. We know what goes just perfectly with those earthy fall colors: gold and jewel tones. Dress up that marigold sweater with a Jade Cobra Wrap Bracelet and a pair of gold Semplice Earrings; accent that amber frock with a Prayer Flag Necklace and Tiny Charm Lotus Earrings. Your gaze may be on the honey and butterscotch colored autumn leaves piling up outside, but everyone else will be looking at you and your own fall display. 

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by Ashley Lodato

These are a few of our favorite things: Olivia Hsu. Yoga. Climbing. Smith Rock. Active jewelry. So when we hear that we can find all of our favorite things together in one place at one time, well, we kind of get a little bit giddy.

Olivia Hsu Climbing

Such will be the situation on the weekend of Sep 29-Oct 1, when Bronwen Jewelry ambassador Olivia Hsu hosts a "She Moves Mountains Climbing and Yoga Weekend" for women at Smith Rock, a high-desert Central Oregon climbing mecca. The path of totality passed right over Smith Rock at the end of August, but nothing else will eclipse this fabulous chance to bend, breathe, stretch, reach, pull down, mantle, pinch, smear, laugh, and generally have a totally rad time with a group of other women.

Olivia Hsu climibng

Climbing with women is an empowering experience. On the rock, women tend to offer support and reassurance, as well as gentle encouragement to push one's pre-conceived notions of fear and boundaries. In a sport that was for decades dominated by men, an all-women's climbing group says both "you go, girl!" and "we're here to stay." Whether you've never experienced the joy of climbing with other women, or you participate regularly in all-women climbing trips, the She Moves Mountains clinic has something to offer you. For more information about the yoga and climbing weekend with Olivia Hsu, visit She Moves Mountains

Bronwen and Olivia have been connected for many years, through Olivia's contributions as a Bronwen ambassador (she was our first!). It helps that Olivia shares Bronwen's passion for yoga and climbing, and it sure doesn't hurt that Olivia's gorgeous looks are a perfect canvas for Bronwen's gorgeous earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. But we mostly love Olivia because she is both a badass and a down-to-earth gal. She's adventuresome yet rooted, energetic yet tranquil. Olivia is inspired, and interesting, and interested, and is just plain fun to be around.

Olivia Hsu Climbing

Olivia is an awesome role model for young girls; she's sensible and fearless, she's focused, and she lets nothing arbitrary hold her back from living the life she envisions or from achieving the goals she sets for herself. And like young girls, Olivia enjoys showing a little Bronwen gleam of silver or gold while she's balanced on some of Smith Rock's volcanic welded tuff or jamming her hands into its killer cracks.  

Although rings and bracelets aren't always the most climbing-friendly pieces of jewelry (our soft and durable Swim Wraps and Ribbon Wraps are an exception, however), much of Bronwen Jewelry seems like it was tailor-made for a day on the cracks. Ummm...because it was.

For a bit of delicate sparkle, put on a Tiny Charm Necklace for women or for girls, or choose your favorite Tiny Charm Earrings. Any necklace from our Active Jewelry line is conducive to a day on the cliffs; we know--we've tested them all! We haven't yet proven that wearing a Bronwen necklace or pair of earrings helps you climb any better, but we know we feel better--more confident--when sporting a little bling, and as anybody who has ever been on a rock face with sewing machine legs knows, confidence is everything in climbing.

Olivia Hsu Climbing

If you're not a climber and you come to enjoy Smith Rock's many beautiful hiking trails, you're in for a treat. Not just because you get to explore the varied terrain of the park's 650 acres, but also because you can wear any piece of Bronwen Jewelry you want! You'll be the envy of other hikers when they see how seamlessly you pair hiking shorts and a quick-dry shirt with some colorful bracelets or shiny rings

Smith Rock State Park

Forgive us if we go on and on about Smith Rock, but we really love this place. On any given day you might find climbers on the rocks, kayakers surfing waves on the Crooked River below the crags, slackliners dancing across thin webbing high in the air, and hikers, mountain bikers, runners, and horseback riders exploring the many trails that wind through the park's riparian area and high bluffs. There are endless ways to experience Smith Rock.

In 2012, a massive streamflow restoration initiative (the largest in Oregon's history!) restored 190 cubic feet per second of streamflow to the Crooked River, which had long suffered from poor water quality and a degraded ecosystem. This initiative strengthened the region’s agricultural economy while permanently improving conditions for fish, wildlife, and recreation.

This project isn't the only one to benefit the Smith Rock area. Since 1993, the Smith Rock Group has been hosting an annual Smith Rock Spring Thing, where more than 200 volunteers work to replace wooden steps, rebuild rock walls, clean out water drainage on trails, repair fences, prep for bike parking areas, pull weeds, and work in the camping area. In times of increased use at Smith Rock, work parties like the Spring Thing help keep Smith Rock stable, tidy, and beautiful. 

We hope to see you at the She Moves Mountains Climbing and Yoga WeekendAnd since you'll be in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by our Bronwen Jewelry workspace and retail shop in downtown Bend. We're in a sunny second-floor studio at 55 NW Minnesota Ave. We look forward to your visit.

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9/4/2017 10:03 AM

by Ashley Lodato

Every year, various family members connected with Bronwen to embark on a week of whitewater bliss on the Salmon River in Idaho. Starry nights, sandy beaches, columnar basalt, songs around the campfire, and lots of tom-foolery characterize the trip. Oh, and jewelry. Because every person setting foot in a raft or on a stand up paddleboard sports at least one, if not two or more, pieces of Bronwen bling, either new or vintage.

stand up paddlers

Jewelry? On a trip where you're almost always wet, sweaty, sandy, or all three? Yes indeed. At first glance, a whitewater river trip is no place for jewelry. The chances of tarnishing, scratching, ripping, breaking, or flat-out losing a beloved necklace or bracelet are just too great.

But don’t hesitate to take a second glance, because so much of Bronwen Jewelry is so at home on sandy banks and frothy waves you might think it was designed as river-wear. And you’d be right. Because at Bronwen Jewelry, we know that you like to bring a little color, shimmer, and gleam along with you on your expeditions, and we had you and other river-runners in mind when we designed water-friendly pieces like our Tiny Charm necklace collection and our Swim Wrap line.

dew drop necklace

Our Tiny Charm necklaces are sweet and functional: lightweight yet strong and sweat/swim/sand friendly. You won’t notice them around your neck as you row, paddle, or swim through Snow Hole rapid, but they will certainly catch others’ eyes as they glint gold or silver against your skin. Tiny Charm necklaces are one of Bronwen’s most popular items and that’s no surprise, since they are perfect for water play and riverbank camping. They’re no-fuss, must-have pieces of active jewelry that look great and hold up admirably on river adventures both large and small.

petite b necklace

And speaking of both large and small, our Tiny Charm necklaces are available in two lines: for women and our Petite B line for girls. Which is a good thing, because once those little girls see the big girls wearing jewelry and looking so tough rowing those rapids, they're going to want some of that pizzaz for themselves. So if you’re the Thai Diamond or Om Shanti type and your daughter likes Mermaids and Unicorns, you can both get your needs met with Tiny Charm necklaces. Or wear pendants of the natural elements or spirit animals you expect to see on your trip: Fawn, Bunny, Shooting Star, Luna.

tiny charm unicorn

When we’re on a river trip, we feel most like ourselves. Unencumbered by the small stresses of daily life, we are free to be our best selves. We’re interested and interesting. We’re patient, tolerant, generous. There are no to-do lists driving our agenda on the river, no emails to check, no bills to pay. We’re able to be the people we believe ourselves to be. We don’t worry about our matted hair or our grungy clothes; we embrace the simplicity river life imposes on us.

swim wrap bracelets

jewelry that makes you feel like yourself

And yet…..something in us still yearns for a bit of sparkle and panache. So we clip on those Tiny Charm necklaces and enjoy the touch of femininity they give us. We’re not afraid to admit it—whether we’re raft guides or just friends out for a whitewater adventure, we can row the big waves of Bodacious Bounce and Half-and-Half rapids and haul river gear like a badass, but we still like to feel like the women we are: strong, confident, competent, and just the tiniest bit girly.

isis Necklace

Our Swim Wrap bracelets are perfect for women who seek a bit of flair in their days on the river, but who need their jewelry not to get in the way of the oars or the stand up paddleboard. Created from excess fabric of Carve Designs swim suits, combined with decorative sterling silver, these soft active bracelets are fully adjustable and every bit as water-friendly as a swim suit. (And, in a pinch, they double as a really fun ponytail holder!) Wear the Swim Wraps alone, layered with an Active Bracelet like a Switchback Wrap or Waterweave, or simply stack as many vibrant, soft, comfortable Swim Wraps up your arm as you can fit! But be careful; these bracelets look so great you’ll find yourself watching your own wrists instead of the river ahead.

river jewelry

As anyone who has ever done a river trip knows, a veritable mountain of gear is involved. But jewelry takes up such a tiny amount of space in your dry bag, and gives you such pleasure, that you can pack it without a second thought. For the rest of your gear—your dry bags, PFDs, wet suits, SUPs—turn to the friendly folks at NRS, who have outfitted more than a handful of river runners with Bronwen Jewelry connections.

river trip jewelry

A week on a river reminds us of those times of unfettered freedom prior to kids and mortgages—those days of seemingly huge swaths of free time, of the discovery of wild places, and the people we could be in those places.  Before and after river trips most of us are fairly mainstream adults. We’re parents and community members. We serve on nonprofit boards and volunteer at our kids’ schools. We are jewelry designers, freelance writers, small business owners. We’re fortunate; we all love what we do. What we do, however, is not who we are. Our jobs feed our families, but river expeditions feed our souls.

Isis necklace

 River jewelry

* Minor portions of this blog post were excerpted from an article previously written by the same author in Samata Magazine, Three Generations SUPing on the Salmon, V2N4, December 2015.

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by Ashley Lodato

Fall is coming and it's time to get out your favorite jackets. EAR JACKETS, that is!

Ear jackets

The gals at Bronwen Jewelry started wearing ear jackets a couple of years ago and we just can't get enough of them. They're edgy. They're bold. They're comfortable. And it turns out that other women love them just as much as we do.

ear jacket bronwen jewelry

In a time of super-trendy jewelry, Bronwen's popular ear jackets stand out for their originality. Inspired byancestral Mexican and Native American designs, these ear jackets feature the art and symbols of early civilizations and indigenous people of the Americas, Africa, and East Asia.

ear jacket erin toltec

"What is an ear jacket?" you may be asking yourself. Ear jackets are an innovative earring designed to be worn as a post on the front of the ear and a jacket on the back of the ear. Like this. An ear jacket combines the elegant simplicity of a post with the avant-garde pizzaz of a dangly earring, for more sparkle, more interest, and more fun. 

Speaking of fun, at Bronwen Jewelry we're all about fun--climbing, hiking, boating, biking--you name it, we do it. So we're delighted when our jewelry accommodates our activities. We've found that most bracelets aren't great on the crags (glass beads and hand jams are not a fair match), but ear jackets are an entirely different story, says Bronwen ambassador Olivia Hsu, who spends about half of her waking hours, it seems, on the sharp end of the rope. Olivia has found that ear jackets are not only practical accessories on the rock face, but they also stand up to a jump in the lake at the end of the day. 

ear jacket

As you pack for your final summer adventure, don't forget your bag of Bronwen's active jewelry necklaces and bracelets, and the accessory that is sure to become your next favorite: your Bronwen ear jackets. If you're a Toltec girl, you'll love these replicas from Mesoamerican culture. Or perhaps the regal Pharoah is more your style? Few women, we're finding, can resist the intricately whimsical Thai Daisy. With a dozen designs to choose from--plus your choice of 5 post types--you're sure to find the ear jacket that suits your style as well as your activity. 

Ear jackets by Bronwen Jewelry: they won't keep you warm, but when you're wearing them you'll glow all day long.

ear jacket bronwen

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by Ashley Lodato

What’s a sure-fire trick to get your little (or big) girl excited about school starting in the fall? Appeal to her sense of style. And what better way to make a splash in the classroom than a sparkly new piece of kids’ jewelry from Bronwen’s Petite B collection of handmade jewelry?

kids jewelry

At Bronwen Jewelry, we know that girls are made of sugar & spice & everything nice… well as brains and strength and creativity and confidence. The days of girls sitting around embroidering and fingering their strings of pearls are over—today’s girls can be found on the sports field, on mountain peaks, running rivers, and climbing rocks, so they need bracelets and necklaces that accommodate these active lifestyles. Our active jewelry for kids is popular with girls of all ages (as well as with some boys!) and, truth be told, we’ve even seen some mamas eyeing their daughters’ bracelets and necklaces longingly.

Petite B for boys too

Whether your girl has her nose perpetually in a book, can’t put down the paintbrush, practically lives in her cleats or ballet shoes, or never met an animal she didn’t want to adopt, there’s something in our Petite B line for her. Surprise her with your choice of tiny charm necklace or let her pick it out herself. Stars, mermaids, fairies, hearts, magic wands, snowflakes…the only hard part will be settling on just one!

girls jewelry

Like our collection of active jewelry for women, our Petite B collection of featherlight and water-friendly charm necklaces stand up to the bath, the ocean, the soccer field, and the pool. They're also covered by our signature Bronwen lifetime repair/replace guarantee. These necklaces are designed to withstand your girl’s activities no matter how hard she plays. And as she grows, we’ll resize the necklaces to fit her.

petite girls jewelry

Complementing the Petite B charm necklaces are our Ribbon Wrap bracelets tailored for kids. The wrap consists of the same sumptuous silk ribbon and precious metal charms as the adult version, but it’s kid-sized and clasps with a whimsical heart-shaped pewter button clasp. Your girl can choose her favorite ribbon color from among a dozen options—rainbow! mango! hydrangea!—as well as selecting the length that will best suit her style. And she’ll love our cute new packaging, which features a Petite B model who dances, swims, skis, and loves to play in the mud just as much as any girl.

water jewelry kids

As we grow our Petite B line, we look to active girls for our inspiration in creating individual pieces. We watch them at school and at play, on the gym mats and deep in conversation. We note what they choose for back-to-school clothes at favorite stores like Hopscotch Kids and Stone Soup in Bend. We notice how girls use jewelry to reflect their personalities and define their individual senses of style. We aim to offer them a line of practical fashion jewelry that allows them to feel sparkly while still playing hard and adventuring to their hearts’ content.

water jewelry girls

And while you’re shopping for your daughter, don’t forget about the people who will help mold her into a confident, imaginative, and daring young woman. We’re pretty sure that teachers love Bronwen Jewelry just as much as little girls do.

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By Ashley Lodato

For the past few months people all over the world have been mooning over the upcoming total solar eclipse, but at Bronwen Jewelry we have been crazy about the sun and moon for….well, pretty much since the beginning of Bronwen Jewelry!

First take the sun—that fiery sphere of glowing gasses that gives Earth its climate and weather. The sun brings us light and warmth. Its mystery and majesty give us a long tradition of solar idolatry. And it has long served as inspiration for Bronwen favorites like our Sunburst Necklace, our Sun Disc Rings, and our Sun Ray Ear Jacket. Oh, and did we mention our best selling curated piece, the Beaded Desert Sun Cuff?

beaded desert sun cuff Bronwen

You see, at Bronwen Jewelry we perceive the sun in many forms, and we use those perspectives to design sun-inspired jewelry that not only honors the giant star at the center of our solar system but which also honors the aesthetic you cultivate for your own image through accessories.

Ah, but with all this attention to the sun let’s not forget about the moon. Earth’s own and only natural satellite—cool, mysterious, always changing. At Bronwen Jewelry we’ve watched the moon rise full, illuminating the high desert. We’ve seen its shimmering reflection on alpine lakes and walked forest paths by its silvery light. We’re so enchanted by the moon’s gleaming color and mutable light that we just can’t stop designing artisan jewelry that pays homage to this incredible celestial body.

Our Callisto Necklace gives you a simple crescent moon on a water-friendly adjustable cord, while our best selling Tiny Charm Moonbeam is a textured variation on this crescent shape and is equally safe to wear in water. A more traditional sliver of arc moon can be found in our Tiny Charm Crescent Moon necklace, which is available in gold or silver and 9 cord colors to choose from.

Complement these lunar necklaces with our sweet Mixed Metal Moon Ring and Cascade Drop Earrings, which pairs a sterling silver band with a shiny brass moon. Or get elemental with any of our elegant moonstone pieces, like our , which feature laser-cut geometric chain and bezel-cut gemstones. And don’t miss our Rainbow Moonstone Necklace, whose soft palette of mixed metals on neutral synthetic cord belies its strength and durability.


If you have a starry-eyed little one, she will be delighted by our Petite B Shooting Star necklace and the Stardust Cuff will be as much of a standout on your wrist as the glowing cosmic dust is in the sky.

Our handmade Eclipse Necklace and Earrings have been selling so quickly for Eclipse 2017 we haven't even been able to get a proper picture to post on our website so you'll just have to come down and see them in person - our handmade jewelry is created in our downtown Bend studio, where we have both a retail space and a workshop in an airy, sunlit atelier. We’re committed to producing our pieces in the USA and we source all of our materials through fair trade methods. At Bronwen, we’re equally committed to providing you with beloved pieces of jewelry that will last you a lifetime, and with that goal in mind we offer a lifetime replace/repair warranty on every ring, necklace, bracelet, or earring that we sell.

Stop in and see us - we will be open for shopping our normal hours of 10 - 4pm Monday through Friday as well as Saturday 19th for those of you that find weekend shopping is easier.  55 Minnesota Ave downtown, directly above The Wine Shop. 

Coupon Code Bronwen Jewelry eclipse10

Central Oregon is gearing up for next week’s “Apoca-Eclipse” (we’ve been warned to expect up to 1 million visitors). There are plenty of solar themed events taking place in the area, like Oregon Solar Fest. So along with other merchants in downtown Bend, we at Bronwen are busy making sure that when you visit, you’ll find what you’re looking for. We shop locally as much as possible, and hope that you will, too.

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Ride On!

Ride On!

8/7/2017 10:01 AM

by Ashley Lodato

You feel the wind blowing on your face, hear the rush of it in your ears, see the road shimmering in front of your handlebars. You bank around a corner, exhilarated with your speed. Coasting down a hill, you see trees pass in a blur. You glide slowly to a stop, put your feet on the ground, and take a deep breath. “Hey,” says the gal on the bike next to you, “I love your earrings.”

Oh sure, she notices your sweet wheels, your confidence, your strength, but what really stands out for her is your jewelry.


If you’ve ever struggled to unsnarl an earring from the straps of a bike helmet, you’ll want to consider Bronwen Jewelry Tiny Charm earrings and posts next time. Our Tiny Charm earrings are small and sleek enough that they won’t hamper your ride or tangle with your hair or equipment, but they’re whimsical and sparkly enough to attract attention. Paired with a Tiny Charm necklace, the earrings make up a matched set; worn alone, the sterling silver or gold vermeil earrings are adorable enough to stand up on their own as accessories. In fact, some of our jewelry is so perfectly suited for bike helmets and apparel that it would be almost criminal to leave home for a bike ride unadorned.

Cyclists go wild for our Ribbon Wrap bracelets, which are soft with a vibrant blend of color and the sparkle of gold or silver-plated pewter. The wraps are adjustable, making them perfectly tailored to your wrist. Admiring this colorful wrap on your wrist will give you a boost of energy on the trail—but don’t forget to watch the path ahead! If your wrap gets dusty, no problem; simply clean it with some soapy water and allow to dry.


Like all Bronwen Jewelry, our Tiny Charm earrings, posts, and necklaces, and our Ribbon Wrap bracelets, are made by hand in our Bend, OR studio and come with a lifetime repair or replace warranty.

One of the driving factors of moving Bronwen Jewelry’s studio from Berkeley to Bend in 2012 was the proximity to world-class biking. Mountain biking, road biking, fat tires, cruising around on townies and electric bikes, and hauling cargo bikes with kids—you name it, Bend loves its cyclists, and the resident and visiting cyclists who come from all over the world love Bend.


Our love of cycling inspired us to become members of the Central Oregon Trails Alliance (COTA). COTA constructs and maintains human-powered multi-use trails and promotes safe and quality mountain biking experiences throughout Central Oregon. Bronwen Jewelry joined COTA not only because its founders are avid users of the trails and want to contribute to their maintenance and care, but also because we are passionate about outdoor recreation in general and stand behind COTA’s mission of enhancing the outdoor experience.

After COTA, we quickly discovered two Bend retailers whose support of bicycle sports is unparalleled: Pine Mountain Sports and Bend Electric Bikes. Both shops promote outdoor cycling and are great shops to rent or buy the bike that suits your needs.


At Bronwen Jewelry we’re all about cycles: the moon, the seasons, even the pattern of regularly repeated events we engage in, from Bend’s First Fridays to the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. And yes, the rotation of those wheels on the bike of our choosing. At Bronwen Jewelry, we like to keep the wheels spinning. And as new ideas roll in, we make fabulous new products (like our Tiny Charm and Active Jewelry lines) available to you. 

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Swim Wrap Bracelets: One Size Fits You

by Ashley Lodato

Nothing says summer like long hours spent in the water. Whether you’re a river rat, a surfer girl, a lap swimmer, or just a gal who can’t resist the siren song of any body of water, you’re happiest when the dominant chemical formula in your life is H2O.

We share your passion for a life on the water and we know how to help give you a boost with your summertime jewelry. Most of our active jewelry is water-friendly—but our Swim Wrap Bracelets were created specifically to spice up your water-sports ensemble.

The concept of re-using scrap fabric coupled with an interest in creating the ultimate jewelry for water activity. This led to our co-branded partnership with Carve Designs, and the result is a collection of stunning water-friendly bracelets that keep waste material out of the landfill. 

When Carve Designs fabricates one of its signature bikinis, tankinis, or rashguards at the Los Angeles or San Francisco small factories, a small amount of fabric remains in excess. Bronwen Jewelry repurposes these pristine remnants into use in our Bend, OR studio, creating original swim wrap bracelet which are as compatible with water as the swimsuits they come from. 

Like all of Bronwen Jewelry products, the swim wraps are made in the USA by hand, and are covered by our lifetime repair/replace warranty. With their bright and bold patterns accentuated with sterling silver beads, the bracelets also make a functional headband or hair tie and are colorful, adorable, practical, fully adjustable, and fully waterproof. They’re supple and stretchy, designed to accommodate any wrist and fit anyone (yes, men like them too); one size flatters all. You won’t find a more versatile bracelet for water.  We've been seeing girls wear them as chokers and double wrap anklets and we love it!

You want a bracelet to match your swimsuit? Not a problem—Bronwen Jewelry and Carve Designs have you covered. But the patterns are so fresh and fun—not to mention affordable— that you’ll probably find yourself wanting to have more than just one. 

Bronwen Jewelry ambassador Jill Wheeler is just one of many water girls you might see in a swim wrap. As a kiter, surf, and stand up paddleboard yoga instructor, Jill can’t let her jewelry get in the way of her water sports and she has traveled the world extensively sharing the good word of Bronwen Jewelry with watergirls far and wide.  Another Bronwen Jewelry ambassador, Fiona Wylde, a professional SUP racer, windsurfer and surfer, likes the femininity a piece of jewelry adds to her racer image. Fiona says, “I think what Bronwen is doing is really cool, and it promotes women in sports to pursue their passions and take their sports to the highest level, but to still be feminine at the same time.” Wearing a swim wrap while rocketing across the water on any kind of water board, Fiona is a model of powerful femininity.

If the idea of endless summer is as appealing to you as it is to us, put on a swim wrap to bring that seasonal feeling of sunshine, warmth, and waves into any day of your life. Your swim wrap loves to swim, surf, and SUP as much as you do, and you can be year-round best friends.


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Collections and Connections

Collections and Connections

7/28/2017 10:14 AM

The only number you need to remember this week is 25. Got it? 25. Because in a serendipitous (albeit cosmically meaningless) occurrence, Bronwen Jewelry can be found at Booth 25 when Outdoor Retailer opens on July 25 for Open Air Demo, and throughout the 4-day duration of the Summer Market trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah.

There are two reasons that Bronwen Jewelry participates in Outdoor Retailer: collections and connections. First, we can’t wait to share some of our new handmade artisan jewelry collections with you, designed and fabricated at our studio in downtown Bend, Oregon. We will be debuting new and original jewelry designs (all covered by our lifetime warranty, as always), as well as featuring our best-selling products and introducing some of our personal favorites and go-to pieces.

Bronwen Jewelry was born of a desire to create feminine jewelry that sporty girls could wear out in the backcountry—jewelry that would stand up to sand, salt, water, dirt, and sweat. Although we’ve expanded our line to include some artisan jewelry that probably won’t benefit from a full immersion, our roots remain in our active jewelry collections: the bracelets, necklaces, and earrings you can put on as you start your trip out into the wilds and which look just as great a week later when you emerge. Whether it’s a necklace inspired by a particular landscape, or simply a bracelet that adds a pop of color or sparkle to your backcountry travels, your Bronwen jewelry will stand up to the rigors of adventure.

Early on, retail companies like Title Nine and Sundance realized what a niche Bronwen Jewelry was filling, and have been ordering from our collections for the past decade. Not only is Bronwen Jewelry as sexy and as strong as the women who wear it, but every piece is backed by a lifetime repair or replace warranty. That’s a standard of quality and product commitment that trusted retailers like Title Nine and Sundance can get behind.

Since the beginning, Bronwen Jewelry has been committed to the connections we’ve forged with organizations that do work we admire. At a crossroads early in our inception, Bronwen Jewelry faced some tough decisions about sourcing materials. Ultimately, what felt true to our company’s brand was handcrafted jewelry made with fairly-acquired materials in respectable working conditions. Despite our growth over the years, we continue to hold ourselves to this standard.

Now, Bronwen Jewelry partners with organizations like Too Precious To Wear, which focuses on coral conservation (coral may look great on your bracelet, but it’s best left in the sea) and the No Dirty Gold campaign, which works to ensure that gold mining operations respect human rights and the environment.

Bronwen Jewelry has also been working to deepen strategic partnerships with organizations like the Bend-based Conservation Alliance to protect wild places and the Hera Foundation to eliminate ovarian cancer. We share a passion for the mission of these organizations and we support them through business membership and/or a percentage of sales of specific products, such as the custom Hera necklace and ear jackets. It’s connections like these that add value to what we’re doing at Bronwen Jewelry and establish us as partners for humanity and for the environment.

Come visit us at Booth 25 at Outdoor Retailer. At Bronwen Jewelry we understand that every retailer serves a different clientele, and we’ll help you select the pieces that will best help you connect with your unique audience. Our collections will be your connections.

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