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Winter Weekend Getaway: Jewels to Pack

by Ashley Lodato

Oh baby, it's cold outside! And you really can't stay, so you've planned a few weekend getaways to liven up your winter.

Packing your clothes for these getaways? Easy-peasy. But what about your jewelry? You're certainly not going to schlep your entire collection with you, but you also don't have the time to figure out the accessories for each outfit as you pack it.

The solution? Simply follow Bronwen Jewelry's recommendations for active jewelry and artisan jewelry for three types of winter weekend escapes, and you'll have handcrafted pieces to complement anything you wear.

BEACH LIFE

In the sand and surf, your attire will be minimal. This is a great opportunity to let your active jewelry take center stage! Fear not the tarnishing effects of wind and water; with Bronwen Jewelry you can dare to bare your jewelry to the elements. All of Bronwen Jewelry's line of Active Jewelry necklaces, bracelets, and earrings will withstand the rigors of salt, sand, and sweat, so you can surf, swim, run, and dance the night away with your jewelry no worse for the wear. And our Swim Wrap Bracelets? Tailor-made for time in the waves.

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Grab that Sueño Beach Bag and throw the following into a Ziplock baggie:

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* Your favorite repurposed swimwear fabric Swim Wrap Bracelet. Oh heck, throw in two--they're tiny. And boy do they set off your swimsuit nicely. For kicks, treat yourself to a matching swimsuit from Carve Designs.

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* Your Tiny Charm Wave Necklace will allow you to surf the curl with the best of them, even if only in your own mind. And honestly, with jewelry this sporty, it doesn't really matter if you're a pro or a novice; if you feel great, you'll look great.

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* The Waterweave Bracelet is one of our most popular and versatile pieces. It layers seamlessly with nearly any other bracelet and transitions effortlessly from the playa to the disco, looking casual by day with your swimsuit and elegant by night with your sundress. Hard to believe this Czech glass beauty is sun, sweat, and sand friendly, but it's been on the Salmon River, the Penobscot River, the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean and so far no water challenge has been a match for the Waterweave.

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* The Solstice Anklet is the piece that will convert you to an anklet fan. Anklets are too bohemian for you? Too self-consciously casual? After you wear the Solstice Anklet, you'll never scoff at anklets again. 

SKI JAUNT

Although your jewelry will make more peek-a-boo appearances on a ski trip than on a beach getaway, you can still use it to your advantage. Small and sleek is the name of the game with jewelry for alpine and Nordic alike, as you don't want it catching on your helmet or tangling in your hat.

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No need to deliberate; just pack these pieces for slopestyle chic:

* Your Tiny Charm Snowflake Necklace will be the envy of anyone in mittens. Delicate and elegant, this lightweight charm is as durable as they come. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. 

Post Earrings won't get in the way of your hat or your helmet, and they look oh so stunning both on the chairlift and in the summit cafe. Tiny Charm Earrings are equally convenient and won't cramp your style while you fiddle with goggles or buffs. All Bronwen Jewelry posts and Tiny Charm earrings come with flexible earring backs, so you don't have to worry about a headband dislodging your earring while you're playing in the powder.

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* If you really want to ramp up your game, layer the snowflake necklace with a Landscape Mountain NecklaceBoth do fine in the shower and won't be harmed by the sweat you cook up working the bumps or V1-ing up those hills.

Après-ski, however, is a whole different story, and depending on your locale, bling can be the name of the game. Whether you're in the shi-shi night spots of Aspen or the more provincial watering holes of Bend, you simply can't go wrong with the Glasswrap BraceletBecause it's water-friendly, you can wrap your wrist in the morning before you hit the slopes, and leave this versatile piece on from dawn through dark. Then slip off your post earrings in favor of the Isis Earrings, and you're ready for whatever après-ski throws your way.

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CITY CELEBRATION

Date night? Girls' weekend out? It doesn't matter; either way you're going to pack the same jewelry for your urban outing:

* Bronwen Jewelry's Mixed Metal Semplice Earrings are the epitome of understated beauty and simple elegance. The sterling silver and 24 karat gold vermeil are in perfect harmony with each other and these earrings drop gracefully from your ears with a tiny sway. They're equally at home when worn with a little black dress or jeans and a flannel shirt, so don't hesitate to make them your go-to pieces for your city stay.

* The Pyrite Triple Wrap Necklace is simplicity and beauty at its best. Faceted pyrite shimmers between studs of 24k gold vermeil and wraps your neck up to three times (and depending on your wrist size, makes a whopper of a pretty bracelet) and literally works with everything in your closet. Dress it up or dress it down, you'll love the delicate look but strong construction of this beauty. It's a Bronwen Jewelry staple. 

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* Our Harmony Wrap Bracelet gives you the illusion that you're wearing two bracelets, but it's really just one strong piece with a provocative range of metals and glass beads. It dresses up or dresses down, and with its adjustable clasp, can even be worn as a bold choker.

* Anchoring your urban ensemble is your Ombre Pewter Cuff. This luminous piece fairly shimmers, and looks delicate but feels pliable and comfortable. Handcrafted by women in a Colombian artisan cooperative, this bracelet is fully adjustable and complements all wrists. 

Not currently planning a winter weekend getaway? Not a problem. Even if you're at home with the winter blues due to the dark and cold, just the sparkle of precious metals can be enough to lift the spirits. Gold is especially warming at this time of year, even for die-hard silver purists. Among our favorite pieces that seem to bring us the warmth of the sun are:

* the Catania Earrings, which glow with an inner heat:

* our Roam Beaded Diamond Earrings, whose cream gold with hints of amber in the middle conjure up images of bonfires;

* and our Circle of Life Necklace, which serves as a reminder of the cycle of the seasons, which even in the cold dark days of winter reassures us that all is in balance, all is in harmony.

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3 New Years Resolutions You Can Actually Stick To

by Ashley Lodato

You've made it through the holidays, through the minefield of tasty temptations at Christmas parties, past the sale aisles in the department stores, beyond the lure of holiday cocktails, and emerged on the other side generally unscathed, except for perhaps a couple of extra pounds and some impulse Visa charges. And now you're doing what we all do after we ring in the new year--you're making resolutions. 

Oh yes, at this time of the year we are steadfastly resolved. We aspire to exercise more, to eat healthier food, to commit to recycling, to be more patient with others, to read more great books, and to get out and see the world. Bronwen Jewelry can't help you achieve all of your goals, but we certainly can support you in 3 key areas. So square up your resolve, because Bronwen Jewelry wants you to stick to your resolutions this year.

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GET FIT

Getting fit in the new year is such a cliche resolution that it seems nearly impossible to achieve. And truth be told, most of those who set this goal for themselves drop off the wagon by March. But at Bronwen Jewelry we have a secret weapon that will help keep you on track. Hundreds of secret weapons, actually, and all fall into the category of active jewelry.

In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg recounts a 2002 New Mexico State University study that sought to understand why people habitually exercise. What they learned from the 266 subjects was that although most had started exercising on a whim, they developed the habit because they craved the rewards they began experiencing once they exercised regularly. 92% of people responded to the endorphins and other neurochemicals a workout provided. 67% said working out gave them a sense of triumph and accomplishment. 

Essentially, the only really hard part is getting started on an exercise program. Once you've solidly begun, the reward itself is enough to cement the habit.

So how do you make yourself get started? Duhigg points to simple "cues" as the answer--such as always lacing up your running shoes before breakfast or laying your gym clothes out before you go to bed. 

At Bronwen Jewelry, we've found that the act of clipping on a favorite necklace or pair of earrings before you head out on the trails or into the gym can serve as this simple cue. It seems sort of silly, but believe us, it works. If you get inspiration from the mountains outside your city, your Mountain Landscape Necklace will be the perfect accompaniment to your hikes and runs. And the equally water-friendly Tiny Charm Necklaces are specifically designed to run, swim, spin, and sweat with you. They almost say to you, "Take us to the river!"

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Honestly, you can't go wrong with any piece from our active jewelry line--ranging from Swim Wrap Bracelets to Tiny Charm Necklaces and Earrings to our beaded Active BraceletsAll are featherlight and sturdy, all help you shine as a woman who works her body hard to feel good. So whether you clip on that beloved Isis Necklace before every workout or you like to mix it up with something different every time (just see what a stir your new Ear Jackets will cause at the yoga studio or in kettle bell class), your active jewelry will be sending you the habit-forming cue that it's time to get active! 

Enjoy the endorphins, courtesy of your resolve.

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GO GREEN

Recycling metal, glass, plastic, and paper is great. Reducing your consumption is even better. But one of the best things you can do for the planet is committing to products that are built to last.

In our culture of expedience, we have sacrificed quality for convenience, selecting disposable over reusable. Well, not on Bronwen Jewelry's watch! Ever since we began making outdoor jewelry in 2007, we have made material choices that resulted in artisan jewelry that endures. Each piece of jewelry we create by hand in our Bend studio with only the highest quality materials is designed to last a lifetime. But sometimes things happen, and pieces break or simply wear out. That's why we established our signature Bronwen Jewelry Lifetime Warranty, which promises that we'll repair or replace your Bronwen Jewelry that gets broken. 

Oh sure, you could buy new jewelry every couple of months or years when gemstones fall out of pendants, cheap metals tarnish, and delicate fibers fray. But why would you want to, when you can buy a piece of Bronwen Jewelry today and still have it looking great years and decades from now?

Buy it once, wear it forever, courtesy of your commitment to sustainability.

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GET GOING

Oh, you are longing to travel! Your passport is current and you just want to be leaving on a jet plane for somewhere exotic, somewhere warm, anywhere but here. But it was just the holiday season and you are resolved to be more frugal for a while. 

So let Bronwen Jewelry bring the world to you, through our Global Market. Travel is and always has been integral to Bronwen Jewelry. Not only does experiencing other sights and cultures give us great personal satisfaction, but it also opens up the door to discovering products we never dreamed of designing. When we travel, we are always seeking distinctively beautiful artisan jewelry to bring back in small batches to our customers. You can get a taste of the Himalaya through our Beaded Nepali Necklace, a burst of pre-Colombian artistry through our Huichol Love line, even a little Thai flair with our Chiang Mai Tote

We are your world scout, scouring the globe to bring back artisan treasures to delight you. The jewelry from far-away places might scratch that travel itch temporarily, or it might serve as inspiration for you to visit the source. Either way, items from our Global Market will brighten your day--and your ensemble--with the colors, patterns, and textures of the world. 

Wear the colors of the world, courtesy of your wanderlust. 

At Bronwen Jewelry, we are resolved to help you live better. Happy New Year!

           
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Holiday Family Traditions & Photo Share Contest

by Ashley Lodato

You've been thinking about it for months, preparing for it for weeks, and fully in the thick of it for days. And now finally you can put your feet up, look around, and revel in the experiences you've worked so hard to create: holiday gatherings with friends and family. Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, Rohatsu, Solstice, or Epiphany, the dark days of December are a time of bright cheer, quiet reflection, and cherished traditions. 

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Family traditions surrounding the holidays vary widely, each of them infused with special meaning to the individuals practicing them. For Bronwen Jewelry founder Bronwen Lodato and her family, the winter spiral is a holiday tradition staple. The family builds a spiraling evergreen-lined path through the snow that leads to three lit candles in the middle. Family members take turns walking along the dark path in silence, carrying unlit candles. As they walk the winding path, they reflect on the 12 months past and the year ahead. In the center, they light the candle they're carrying from one of the center candles and then leave this candle somewhere along the path on their return to the spiral's entrance. Once everyone has made a trip through the spiral--and some years there are as many as 20 people participating--the spiral is illuminated by the light of the many candles places amongst the evergreen boughs. 

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The winter spiral--or advent spiral--is typically a solstice tradition, but Bronwen's family practices it at Christmas because that's when they're all gathered. It's an opportunity to share some of the dark moments of the past year and to look forward to the light that all hope will come with the new year. The winter spiral is a celebration of the dawn of a new day and the light each person hopes to shine into the world. 

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Other families celebrate with caroling parties, midnight mass on Christmas Eve, watching the Nutcracker, volunteering at soup kitchens, and sledding or skiing on Christmas Day. Some open gifts on Christmas Eve; others wait until morning. Another Lodato tradition is the eating of the king cake, which they call the baby cake. Although the baby cake is a Mardis Gras tradition, it has been incorporated into the Lodato Christmas celebration and is widely anticipated by the family's grandchildren, all of whom fervently hope that they will be the one to discover the tiny baby doll baked into his or her piece of cake. The finder of the cake is allegedly blessed with good luck and prosperity in the year to come, but even those without a baby in their slices get to enjoy the fragrant spicy cake. 

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At Bronwen Jewelry, we know that your holiday traditions are as beloved to you as ours are to us. That's why we are inviting you to enter our photo contest, sharing your photos of yourself, your friends, or your family members celebrating, adventuring, and generally enjoying the company of loved ones. Just post a picture of one or more of you wearing your Bronwen Jewelrytag us on Instagram, and add #bronwenjewelryphotocontest. We'll select someone to win a $100 gift card to use online on our website. The winner will be contacted through Instagram the week of January 8th. 

From all of us at Bronwen Jewelryhappy holidays. We look forward to seeing what holiday traditions look like in your family.

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Jewelry for Life: Spotlight on Bronwen Jewelry's Lifetime Warranty

by Ashley Lodato

Toss it. Single-use. Throw it away. Disposable. Discard it. Scrap it. One-time purpose. Junk it. Non-recyclable. Temporary. Trash it.

Sound familiar? Increasingly, our consumer society seeks the convenience of single-use items. Paper plates. Plastic cups. Anti-bacterial wipes. Single-use contact lenses. Garments cheaply made by children in foreign sweatshops.....but that's another story.

But at Bronwen Jewelry, we embrace a different ethic: jewelry for life. 

Bronwen Jewelry Lifetime Warranty

When we began making outdoor jewelry in 2007, we didn't deliberately set out to create adventure jewelry that would be worn for a lifetime. We simply wanted to create artisan bracelets, necklaces, and earrings that would stand up to the stresses of sand, salt, wind, and water that we subjected our jewelry to. But in creating active jewelry for active women, we found that our materials choices resulted in artisan jewelry that endured. 

Bronwen Jewelry Pool Drop Necklace

Our jewelry is not indestructible (a toddler with a hammer and a pair of scissors could render it unwearable) and if it were, you wouldn't want to wear it. But our pieces are created with high-quality materials, carefully constructed by hand, and designed to be with you for life. That's why we established our signature Bronwen Jewelry Lifetime Warranty, which promises that we'll repair or replace your Bronwen Jewelry that gets broken. 

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We find reinforcement for our Lifetime Warranty program from companies like Stanley, where a lifetime warranty guarantee has been in effect for more than 100 years. Le Creuset is another company renowned for its warranty, and for good reason; their cookware is so spectacularly made that you could buy a set for your first apartment and still be using it to cook dinner on your 100th birthday.

Patagonia has crafted its own approach to keeping products in action even when owner interest has waned. Through its Worn Wear program, Patagonia offers customers the opportunity to repair, reuse, or recycle apparel by trading in, fixing, or reselling. We're too small to offer a trade-in program, but we love to pass on our tips for refreshing your jewelry whenever we get a chance.

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We're delighted when we hear stories about other companies valuing quality and endurance, so we were especially thrilled to learn about the Buy Me Once website, which curates a collection of environmentally responsible, long-lasting products. Buy Me Once aims to radically shift habits from short-term buying to long-term buying, and this is echoed in Bronwen Jewelry's philosophy. (Of course, you're probably not going to buy just one piece of Bronwen Jewelry the way you might buy one couch or one cast iron turkey roaster, but still, you have the security of knowing that every piece of Bronwen Jewelry you own is designed to be with you for life.)

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Stuff happens. We use glass beads--occasionally they break. We use linen and nylon thread--they eventually fray after years of swimming or sweating in them. We want you to wear your Bronwen necklacesbracelets, and earrings for a lifetime, so we'll help you get your favorite pieces back on your wrists, neck, and ears as soon as possible, whether they be your Tiny Charm Necklaces, your Ribbon Wrap Bracelets, or any other of our lovingly-crafted pieces of artisan jewelry.

And although we often find ourselves returning to old pieces that we haven't worn in years, you might be the type who likes to keep her jewelry box constantly fresh. If "out with the old, in with the new" is your motto, you've probably realized that you can upcycle some of your old pieces by giving them to friends, selling them at consignment stores, or donating them to a women's shelter. 

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At Bronwen Jewelry, our customers believe in the quality of our products and they understand the added value of our warranty. We know how well-built our products are because we build them with our own hands. We haven't had a problem with customers taking advantage of our warranty, and we don't expect to. 

Bronwen Jewelry: consuming less by consuming better. 

           
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Gift Guide: Gorgeous last minute gifts for under $75

by Ashley Lodato

Ok, let's face it; Christmas is two scant weeks away, and you haven't begun to think about gifts yet.

There's no shame in being in this predicament, and girl, we can tell you that you're not alone. That's why we at  Bronwen Jewelry have assembled a gift guide of some of our most popular items, all available for under $75 when you shop our TWO DAY ONLY SALE on Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17th.

That's right, our one day sale allows you to select thoughtful, affordable, artisan jewelry that comes with a lifetime warranty. Pieces you know your friends and family will love, at prices you'll appreciate. Just use offer code QuickGift25 to access the discounts on outdoor jewelry, adventure jewelry, and other handcrafted jewelry from Bronwen Jewelry.

Your shopping is made easy with the list below, which includes nine Bronwen favorites at less than $75 when purchased through our one day sale..

1. Glasswrap Bracelet. A Bronwen staple, the Glasswrap Bracelets are nearly impossible to keep in stock, as they simply fly off the shelf and onto the wrists of gals on the go. Two parallel strands of hand-braided shimmering Czech glass beads and faceted spacers wrap the wrist twice and show up as four strands of gorgeousness.  The Glasswrap Bracelet is the perfect active bracelet for the active girl--it looks as great at a cocktail party as it does out on the trail, and can accompany you in the shower as you transition between disparate activities.

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2. Landscape Mountain Necklace. For the mountain girl at heart, look no further than the Landscape Mountain Necklace. This swim/sweat/shower friendly necklace is a beautiful reminder of the mountains, even when you're stuck in town. As comfortable as a Tiny Charm Necklace, the Landscape Mountain Necklace ramps the charm-wearing up a notch, even while maintaining the understated chic adopted by the mountain crowd.

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3. Standard HoopsOur Standard Issue Hoop Earrings are anything but standard, yet they will swiftly become a part of your daily ensemble, removed only occasionally and with great reluctance. Hand-forged and hand-stamped in silver or gold, these earrings are versatile and strong, featuring a classic design with a modern artisan twist. The Standard Issue Hoops are one of our most beloved pieces; make sure your special someone feels some Standard Hoop love too. Available in silver and gold and two versatile sizes. 

4. Pyrite Isis Necklace. Once you put on the Pyrite Isis Necklace you'll never want to remove it, so if you're buying this as a gift for someone else you'd better get two. Mixed metals of 24k gold vermeil spacers make a path around faceted Pyrite nuggets, elegant and edgy at the same time.  This necklace is bold enough as a stand-alone piece, and sheer genius when layered with virtually any other piece. The Pyrite Isis necklace has all the sparkle of a gemstone necklace but with a grounded strength for the girl who has both of those things as well.

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5. Samba EarringsThe epitome of simple elegance, the Samba Earrings are perfectly balanced drop earrings that effortlessly blend sterling silver and satin gold vermeil in an understated drop earring. The mixed metal is on trend with current styles but the Samba Earrings avoid trendiness. Their timeless simplicity and delicate nature are as appealing as any design you'll ever encounter.

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6. Sun Ray Ear JacketIt's possible that the Sun Ray Ear Jacket is the first piece of jewelry to have a cult following, but once you try these best-seller ear jackets on you'll understand why. The geometric lines are edgy and striking, yet uniform and pleasing. Inspired by indigenous Mexican and Native American cultures, the Sun Ray Ear Jacket is designed to be worn as a post on the front of the ear and the jacket on the back of the ear.

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7. Toltec 6 (Set of 6 Rings). If you're buying for the woman who can't make up her mind about which metal is her favorite, the Toltec 6 will be a treasured and versatile gift. This lightweight and sturdy set of six rings comes in three metals: sterling silver, 24K gold vermeil, and rose gold. The unique patterns of indigenous Mexican and Native American cultures give these rings a unique artisan flair.

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8. Prayer Flag Necklace. A perfect combination of sophistication and practicality, this stamped chain necklace has the best of all worlds.  It looks amazing layered with other necklaces and stands strong alone as well. Sweat/swim/shower friendly and sporty in function, it can be worn for days--even weeks--on end. Mixed metal is a provocative and effective blend in this piece, which comes in a beautiful neutral taupe that compliments everything. We love to wear two of them in different lengths for the perfectly simple clean layered look.

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9. Double Beleza BraceletIf you love the Glasswrap Braceletyou're going to adore its edgy little cousin, the Double Beleza Bracelet. The mixed metals and shimmering Czech glass beads in this handcrafted wrap bracelet make for an interesting and versatile piece. The Double Beleza layers beautifully with any of our other bracelets and looks great doubled in the same color or an alternate color. 

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Remember, the QuickGift25 code on Saturday, December 16th and Sunday, December 17, at our TWO DAY ONLY SALE gives you access to discounts on high-quality artisan handcrafted jewelry. And while you're at it, don't forget stocking stuffers--some of our most popular items that are always priced below $50, like our Tiny Charm Necklaces, Ribbon Wrap Bracelets, Swim Wrap Bracelets, nearly all of our Post Earrings, and everything in our Petite B line for our favorite little people, our kids. 

Let Bronwen Jewelry help you give the gift of beauty.

           
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Feliz Navidad: Global Market Spotlight

by Ashley Lodato

We know your type. Oh yes, we're quite familiar with your particular breed of wanderlust. Backpack permanently half-packed by the front door, passport inky with visa stamps, baggies of 3oz. toiletries, a map of the world tacked to your fridge. The world, full of color, beauty, and texture, just waiting to be explored. 

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We know your type, because that's who we at Bronwen Jewelry are too. We barely return from one trip before we're scheming for the next one. So many places, just enough time. How do you think we landed on this Adventure Jewelry thing anyway??

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Travel is and always has been integral to Bronwen JewelryNot only does experiencing other sights and cultures give us great personal satisfaction, but it also opens up the door to discovering products we never dreamed of designing. When we travel, we are always seeking distinctively beautiful artisan jewelry to bring back in small batches to our customers. While not all of our curated goods are designed as active jewelry, you can bet we are out there in our tiny charms necklaces scouring markets just hunting for those special finds.

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This is how our Global Market was born: as a way to showcase the stunning creations of artisans from around the world. We've found some of our favorite handmade wrap bracelets and active bracelets in far reaches of the globe where artisans have skills that have been passed down from generations and which fetch them good prices for the goods where we could never dream of manufactuing such a work of art at an affordable price. By offering the crafts of cultures near and far, we feel that our Bronwen outdoor jewelry designed for active women is even more compelling because we recognize that our customers love to travel in the same manner as we do. 

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Take, for example, our partnership with Huichol Love, where modern jewelry design meets traditional Huichol craft. The Huichol (or Wixáritari--"the people") Indians are a small tribe of approximately 35,000 living in central western Mexico near Ixtlan in the Sierra Madre Mountains. They are said to be the last tribe in North America to have maintained their pre-Columbian traditions, and, like many indigenous peoples around the globe that are facing modernity, their vibrant culture is in danger of vanishing.

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Huichol Love's collection is designed to benefit the Huichol people and to spread love for the Huichol culture. The creation of Huichol Love jewelry helps provide opportunities for Huichol people to remain in their homeland while utilizing their traditional skills to sustain themselves. Every piece in the collection is hand beaded by the Huichol people in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. Each of Huichol pieces offered through Bronwen Jewelry is true perfection: a combination of colorful ethnic intensity and shimmering clean glamour. Not to mention that the line is designed by our insanely beautiful and even more insanely talented friend, Jeri Lynn Ingram.  Jeri Lynn splits her time between Mexico and Austin Texas with her artist husband and loveable children. 

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Our collaboration with a company who sources from a women's creative cooperative in Colombia has a similar focus; with jewelry purchases benefitting local artisans. Take our Beaded Ombre Cuff, for example. Made by hand in the Colombian cooperative, beads are strung onto strong nylon for durability, yet remain soft and pliable due to the delicate nature of the beads. Made by women, and sourced by women, for women. How's that for a global creative partnership? Artisan jewelry looks even better with a nice story behind it. 

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The more we travel, the more we discover artisans tucked away in unexpected pockets of the globe, creating wearable art in the traditions of their ancestors. When we found this Beaded Nepalese Necklace we were captivated by the story of its makers, who are Nepalese refugees living in India. The limited edition necklace is a beautiful blend of traditional craft and modern shape, and has a satisfying drapey feel to it. Best of all, the profits benefit Nepalese refugees.

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Sometimes, just a reminder of travel is enough to get us through times when we just can't get away from home. Our Aurelia Beaded Rings are a great example of this. Festive and bright, these adjustable sterling silver and beaded rings can transport you to warmer climates in your memory. They're made in a traditional form by artisans in Jalisco, Mexico, and add a little pizzazz to any outfit you pair them with.

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Oh, and there are matching and complementary earrings as well. We predict you'll be as crazy about them as we are. You'll be hard-pressed to find Bronwen Lodato in any other pair of earrings. 

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The same roaming that put the delightful and whimsical Aurelia line in our hands also brought us to the namesake Roam Beaded Diamond Earrings (which come in cream gold or black gold, by the way). These Bronwen designed elegant diamond-shaped beauties are made by an established Fair Trade artisan and are likely to become your favorite neutral staple piece of jewelry.

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Some call our desire to explore wanderlust, others say it's just a bad case of itchy feet. In German, it's fernweh--an irresistible impulse to travel. We just think of it as savoring every stop possible on life's incredible journey.

           
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Seasons of Giving

Seasons of Giving

11/28/2017 11:56 AM

by Ashley Lodato

It's widely known that giving has as many--if not more--benefits for the giver than for the recipient. Giving makes you feel happy. It lowers blood pressure and reduces stress. Giving increases self-esteem, lowers depression, and feeds contentment. Giving nurtures cooperation, social connection, and civic participation. And most importantly, giving inspires gratitude, which opens hearts and minds to the beauty and wonder of life. 

There are hundreds of reasons to give, and chief among them is the concept that when we all do good, we all do well. Giving results in cleaner air and water. Giving feeds the hungry and clothes the poor. Giving preserves open spaces. Giving builds libraries, schools, and shelters. Giving protects civil rights and civic liberties. Giving produces a higher standard of living. 

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At Bronwen Jewelry, charitable giving has been at the core of our company's vision since its inception. Sure, we make jewelry that helps people feel great about how they look, but we've also always been committed to making a wider impact on social and environmental causes

Take, for example, our partnership with Driftseed, a nonprofit with the mission of education, outreach, and documentary storytelling to build a better world. Bronwen gives the foundation a portion of sales of our Litte Stones Bracelet, which we designed specifically for the organization. We also support EarthWorks' No Dirty Gold campaign, which drives change in the mining industry's human rights and environmental practices.

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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 each other, and provides the tools and support they need to create positive change in their lives, in their communities, and in our world.

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We feel proud of all of our charitable giving, but we hold a special place in our hearts for conservation causes, since our Active Jewelry line is designed for gals who love the great outdoors as much as we do. One of our favorite organizations 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 REIPatagoniaThe 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.

If you're an active gal, you might already support your local land trust or conservation group (Central Oregon gals--consider the Deschutes Land Trust!). Giving to local and regional conservation organizations is a rewarding way to ensure that the special places you play will remain wild and open in perpetuity. 

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If you're invested in social causes, we highly recommend Kiva, a global microlending non-profit. If the recent wildfires in northern California are causing you grief, the two best ways you can help are: 1) visit the Napa Valley--bring your tourist dollars back to the region; and 2) contribute to the Napa Valley Community Foundation's disaster relief fund. If Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands' devastating hurricanes broke your heart, join 5 former presidents in providing relief through their One America Appeal

The sheer number of organizations eligible for charitable gifts can be overwhelming, so always vet your recipients through a source like Charity Navigator, which helps you determine how and where charitable funds are spent. 

At Bronwen Jewelry, we're filled with ideas of things that you can give to others. But the best gift you can give us is the knowledge that you join us in helping care for the planet and its people, one thoughtful charitable gift at a time.

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Giving Thanks: Holiday Sale and Gift Guide

by Ashley Lodato

At Bronwen Jewelry, we give thanks to you, our loyal customers. You've provided us with photos of you wearing your Bronwen pieces at the beach, in whitewater rapids, on surfboards, and on mountain peaks. You've told us stories of losing your favorite tiny charm necklace, only to find it months later at the bottom of your climbing pack. You've shared your ideas for jewelry designs. You've helped us find studio spaces and connected us with artisans in Mexico and Thailand. But most of all, you've helped us grow from a tiny one-woman operation into....well, if not a global powerhouse, at least a viable company with high-quality products and principled business ethics.

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We have always--and will always--made our products in the USA, handcrafted by artisan jewelers right in our Bend, OR studio. All of our products come with--and will always come with--a lifetime repair or replace warranty; that's how strongly we stand behind our quality and our customer satisfaction. And we invest in companies that are working to advance social and environmental causes. We have much to be grateful for and we like to communicate our gratitude through action. 

So thank you--thank you for believing in our jewelry and our company. In return, we'd like to give you some sweet deals during the long Thanksgiving weekend, so you can stock up on some Bronwen favorites for friends and family (or heck, for yourself--you deserve it!).

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Use promo code HappyShopping25 from Nov 23-27, 2017 and you'll receive 25% off your entire order, including sale items (Global Market excluded). That's right--25% off, without even leaving the comfort of your own home.

All those people who complimented you on your handmade jewelry this year? Now you know exactly what you can give them for Christmas. Consider buying batches of a collection for those who inspire and support you: teachers, coaches, tutors, care-givers, and colleagues. You'll want to stock up on stocking stuffers, too. Our Ribbon Wrap BraceletsTiny Charm Necklaces and Swim Wrap Bracelets will be the most coveted items in the socks! And don't forget all the little girls in your family. Visit our petite b line for adorable pint-sized pieces.

Check out our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide featuring 10 of our Best Selling Items

All under $50 each With Promocode HappyShopping25

Valid 11/23-11/27

'Tis the season for giving thanks. We extend ours to you, and hope you will pay it forward to the people in your life who matter to you.

           
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Active girls, Get Dressed!

Active girls, Get Dressed!

11/12/2017 12:58 PM

by Ashley Lodato

Psst....hey you. Yes, you. You surgeon in your scrubs that look and feel like pajamas, sensible clogs on your tired feet. And you freelance graphic artist, with your baggy sweatpants and smudged eyeglasses. Or you yoga instructor, sweat-dampened clothes and hair frizzed out in a messy bun. Even you, kindergarten teacher, sticky fingerprints on your jeans and bits of crayon stuck to the soles of your shoes. And you, wildlife biologist, mud-streaked pants tucked into clammy rubber boots, dirt under your fingernails and braids matted under a woolen cap. 

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Yes, you, all of you. You know what time it is? Holiday party time, that's what. Office parties. Wine socials. White elephant gift swaps. Cookie exchanges. New Years bashes. Fundraiser galas. Family dinners. This time of year defines the phrase "social whirl." And that means it's time for the active girl to get cleaned up.

The good news is that secretly, you don't mind an excuse to dress up every now and then. Because even though you live your life in motion, you know that these times of celebration spent with friends and family are at the core of things you value. And if the price to pay for being on the social circuit is getting fancy, well, who are you to argue? (Besides, you know you look fabulous when you put in a little effort!)

The gals at Bronwen Jewelry--who, truth be told, pretty much live in yoga pants and jeans--offer three tips to other active gals who need to turn on their shining lights during the holiday season.

1) Revitalize that LBD (little black dress) 

Nothing, simply nothing, is a better backdrop for a new necklace than your favorite LBD. Vibrant colors, gleaming neutrals, and the sparkle of silver and gold all stand out stunningly against a black background. Let's face it--you don't need another LBD. You just need a statement necklace (we recommend a Tassel Necklace or anything from our Artisan B line) to make it look like a whole new outfit. Throw on some dangly earrings and a couple of beaded bracelets, and your ensemble is complete.

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2) Play with scale

Holiday parties are the perfect time to experiment with scale. Are you usually a post earrings kind of gal? Cut loose a bit and go for earrings that swing gracefully from your ears. Do you gravitate toward the understated elegance of delicate necklaces? That office party might be a good chance to try out the bold beaded necklace you've secretly been coveting. Or if you're already in the habit of wearing statement jewelry, exercise restraint with our Tiny Charm collection of earrings and necklaces. Because good things come in small packages, right?

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3) Try a new you

Are you strictly a silver or gold gal? This holiday season, give mixed metals a whirl. Your tendency is toward neutrals? Jazz it up with some festive color. Not a ring wearer? You'd be amazed at what a little glimmer does for your hands. Think natural fibers aren't your thing? Think again--leather is both rustic and chic. Never take out those tiny diamond studs? Next time try ear jackets

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You get the idea? 'Tis the season for a little boldness. You might have to draw on some false bravado as you try out your new look, but we're betting that as the compliments roll in, your confidence will grow. 

           
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Made in the USA

Made in the USA

11/8/2017 1:01 PM

by Ashley Lodato

When Bronwen Jewelry was just a tiny company operating on a ktichen table in a San Rafael guest cottage in 2007, founders Bronwen Lodato and Michael Rubovits made a conscious decision to make all Bronwen pieces in the USA using artisan materials sourced fairly. It's a commitment they've stuck to over the past decade, despite lucrative options to outsource production to other countries.

This Land is Your Land

At Bronwen Jewelry, we believe in handcrafting our jewelry in a way that that feels honorable and which supports local economies. That means hiring local artists to fabricate jewelry in our Bend, OR studio. It means using gems, stones, and precious metals that are traded fairly and whose purchase directly benefits those who toil to acquire them for us. It means making decisions like the one we made 5 years ago to stop using coral in our jewelry in order to reduce global impact on ocean health, and the one we made to drive change in the gold mining industry by not using "dirty" gold from companies that do not respect human rights or the environment. 

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We're not alone in this commitment to creating our products in the USA. Some of our favorite companies like Hardtail, Duckworth Wool, Carve Designs, and By Elke Bags share our philosophy about the value of American made products. American made products strengthen our national economy. American made products allow for consistently high quality. And American made products send a message to consumers that their purchases make a difference. Plus, buying American made products makes consumers feel great

We Americans love our landscapes--those spacious skies, those amber waves of grain. Our identities are deeply rooted in our sense of place. Bronwen Jewelry's place-based necklaces (like our mountain, forest, and desert Landscape Necklaces, our 3 Sisters Necklace, and our Tiny Charm mountain and wave necklaces) are a nod to this connection between people and places.

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We're also a nation of faith, with widely varied interpretations of what this means. And regardless of whether you practice one of the hundreds of religions currently represented in the United States, you're agnostic, or your faith is a private affair, Bronwen Jewelry most likely has a Tiny Charm that will represent your beliefs, such as our Tiny Charm Cross for Christians, our Tiny Charm Elephant for Hindus, our Tiny Charm Heart for those who believe in love, and even our Tiny Charm Lucky U for those who leave everything up to chance.

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And finally, we're a nation of patriots--a great melting pot of colors, habits, customs, and talents knit together by our belief in the American dream. We believe in the opportunities this country affords us and we understand that we are all tiny pieces in the great mosaic of American society. Bronwen Jewelry's Let Freedom Ring celebrates the belief that through tolerance, understanding, and a shared love of America at its best, together we can uphold the values of this nation.

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Each year on Veterans Day we are reminded of this commitment to our country, as we think about those who have made the ultimate commitment to our country--a willingness to die for it. Veterans, we salute you. And in your honor, we pledge to respect our country and its people by making high-quality products right here on US soil, from sea to shining sea. 

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