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Gifts for Graduates

Gifts for Graduates

6/10/2018 9:25 PM

by Ashley Lodato

With Pomp and Circumstance playing as robed graduates march down aisles all over the country, a beloved milestone event has been occurring in high schools and colleges all over the country this month. If you've been to one traditional commencement ceremony, it's as if you've been to them all: the welcome, the march, the student speakers, the inspirational speech, the distribution of diplomas, the moving of the tassel, the throwing of the mortarboards, the crying parents. 

And yet it is this sameness that makes these ceremonies so significant. The ritual signifies to us that we are a part of something bigger than ourselves--something that is being replicated throughout June in communities across the country. 

But while all commencement ceremonies are the same, each graduate is unique. We are all, each of us, like snowflakes--individual, distinctive, imbued with our own idiosyncrasies, possessed of our own individualism. That's why when you're thinking about gifts for graduates, you are considering the singular preferences of the person you're shopping for. 

So who is your graduate and what can Bronwen Jewelry help you give her? 

The Bohemian

Your girl is all soft curls and flowing skirts, barefoot half the year, a true free spirit. She'll love our Ribbon Wrap Bracelets, with their sumptuous hand-dyed silk and sparkly gold or silver plated pewter bangles. With dozens of colors to choose from, the Ribbon Wrap complements any skin tone and outfit, and perfectly suits the gypsy temperament.

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The Scholar

Studious types don't like anything to get in the way of their schoolwork, so the delicately unfussy Tiny Charm Necklace is the perfect choice for your bookworm. The Tiny Charm is lightweight, sweat/swim/shower friendly, and it's strung on 100% nylon cordelette, making it highly durable--even if your girl tugs on it the entire time she's studying. To make your gift extra special, throw in a pair of matching or complementary Tiny Charm Earrings

The Nature Buff

If your favorite graduate heads for the hills every time she gets the chance, then the Landscape Mountain Necklace is the pendant she'll want to wear. The sterling silver and bronze pendant is cast in Thailand under Fair Trade circumstances and hangs delicately from a strong thin cord that is undaunted by sweat. Whether she's wearing it in the backcountry or as a reminder of the places she's happiest, the graduate will be thrilled to bring her mountain with her wherever she goes.  

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The Water Girl

Once your graduate clasps a Waterweave Bracelet around her wrist, she's unlikely to take it off for days--if not weeks--on end. Not only do these bracelets stand up to the shower, they are perfectly at home in saltwater, whitewater, pondwater, icewater, and any other type of water your gal can't keep herself away from. Faceted Czech glass beads are tightly woven into a very durable and water-proof cording with decorative tassel detail. Wear one alone or stack 'em up for a show of color in the water. 

The Artist

The Turquoise Trail Necklace has just the right combination of color, shape, line, form, depth, rhythm, and balance to appeal to the artist's aesthetic. The mixed metal design of sterling silver and 24 karat gold vermeil is slightly edgy, while the pops of turquoise are both grounding and visually interesting. This is one necklace that won't dangle in the paint can when your graduate is hard at work in the studio, and it transitions seamlessly from accessorizing a paint smock to sparkling on a little black dress for evening wear. 

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The Sweetheart

This girl has been nothing short of entirely lovable throughout her life. Honor her with a Bitty Heart Ring that shows her you're aware of the love she spreads in the world. Not only is this delicate ring surprisingly sturdy, it's not syrupy sweet; a contrast of sterling silver and brass makes it visually interesting. It's handmade under Fair Trade practices in Bali and comes in three sizes. Stack with Bronwen's Daily Bands for even more avant-garde appeal. 

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The Girl Who Plays with Fire

We hope there's not actually a pyromaniac in your circle, but there are plenty of fiery girls out there who will delight in the gift of our Matchstick Earrings. Although these small post earrings seem understated, they look dramatic once in the ears: a little bit sleek, a little bit daring. They come in both sterling silver and 24 karat gold, so your graduate can wear the metal she finds most precious. 

Pomp, circumstance, and a little bit of Bronwen--cap and gown not required. 

           
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Off the Beaten Path: 3 Global Travel Destinations

by Ashley Lodato

HYDRA, GREECE

Often called the most beautiful harbor in the world, Hydra, Greece is the gemstone in the crown of the Saronic Islands in the Aegean Sea. No cars are allowed in Hydra, so the only transport is by donkey, bicycle or foot, which gives the small but bustling town of Hydra Port an intimate feel. Although A-list celebrities are frequent guests to the island and its promenade shops and restaurants cater to an upscale clientele, Hydra manages to maintain a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for mainstream travelers, both maritime visitors and those who arrive via water taxi from Piraeus.

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Throughout its history of human habitation beginning around the second half of the third millennium BCE, Hydra has cycled through periods of poverty and prosperity. Farming sustained the island for thousands of years, but it wasn't until the 1970s that Hydra really found its groove as an artist enclave, hosting jet-setting actors, songwriters, painters, and socialites. 

What will you do on your visit to Hydra? 

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BEACH TIME

Kaminia Beach is located just 1/2 mile west of Hydra. With its shallow waters, it's perfect for families and children. An array of cafes and restaurants within walking distance of the beach complete the appeal.

Vlychos Beach can be reached from Hydra by water taxi or on foot. Its long pebbled beach is relatively undisturbed and tends to be quieter than most. 

Although Spilia Beach is more of a rock diving site than a proper beach, it offers the most exciting plunges into the turquoise sea surrounding it. The Spilia Beach Club serves food and refreshments nearby.

The remote Agios Nikolaos beach is a quintessential Greek beach: aquamarine waters, sandy stretches, and a sheltered cove. It's accessible by foot or boat from Hyra.

EAT & DRINK

Traditional Greek food like tzatziki, moussaka, ouzo, and kleftiko can be found at most of the Hydra restaurants serving Greek fare. Seafood fans will delight in the freshness of the catch of the day, served at most of the seafood eateries. And the Italian influence looms large in Hydra, as evidenced by the many eateries offering Italian food with a Greek twist.

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ACTIVITIES

When you're not eating or on the beach, climb the bastions that flank the harbor, visit one of Hydra's 3 major museums (Historical Archives Museum, Ecclesiastical Museum, Kountouriotis), tour the main cathedral--the Monastery of the Assumption of Virgin Mary--or ride horses through town or up steep trails, along the beach, or up steep trails leading to the island's interior.

MERIDA, MEXICO

The capital of Yucatan, Mexico, Merida has a vivid Mayan past and colonial history and is rife with cultural heritage and archaeological sites. Coupled with the fact that it's surrounded by nature reserves, diverse wildlife, cenotes, and tiny charming villages, Merida should be on the bucket list of any international traveler.

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The blend of Mayan inhabitants and Spanish conquistadors creates a dynamic cultural identity for this town, and its proximity to Quintana Roo's 5-star resorts make it a popular place for visitors from all over the world, giving Merida an international flavor. 

You'll never be at a loss for things to do and see in Merida.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

You've undoubtedly heard of--or even visited--the recently designated wonder of the world Chichen Itza (Mexico's most impressive Mayan ruin), but Merida offers easy access to smaller (and less crowded) sites such as Uxmal, Mayapan Ruins, and Ruta Puuc. 

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WILD FLAMINGOS

Yes, wild flamingos. Like the lawn art, but so much better. Just 90 minutes west of Merida, the Reserva de la Biosfera Ría Celestun is home to thousands of wild flamingos. A boat tour is the best way to experience these animals live, outside of the aisles of dime-store kitsch. 

CENOTES & CAVES

66 million years ago an asteroid slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula and in addition to wiping out the dinosaurs, also created a vast network of limestone sinkholes and caves. Swimming in a cenote is truly a magical experience, as Mayan shamans determined when they performed spiritual rituals in these pools. 

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If swimming is not your thing, you can still explore the Yucatan's cave system through dry caverns like Grutas de Calcehtok or Grutas de Loltun. 

THE YELLOW CITY

There's no yellow brick road, but the town of Izamal does a fine job of promoting the golden color through its architecture. Mayan ruins are interspersed throughout the town, and visitors can spend a whole day just finding them and snapping photos of the buildings' unique harmony. 

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CRAFTS

Crafts Bazar García Rejón is packed with stalls selling Mexican crafts, fruits and vegetables, flowers--oh, the flowers! (anthuriums! gingers! heliconiums!)--toys, chilis, handbags, salsas, and jewelry. It's a feast for the eyes, and if you can't help but indulge, rest assured that pricing is typically quite reasonable.

MUSEUMS

You won't want to miss Merida's rich cultural history, which can be best experienced through its museums. The Museo del Mundo Maya de Merida is a glimpse into the Yucatán’s ancient history of Mayan life and colonization. The Museum of Anthropology and History features photography and Mayan artifacts, while the Popular Art Museum showcases ceramics and fibers from various places in Mexico.

 

LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos, was considered the royal capital of the country until 1975, when Ventiane donned that mantle. Unlike many places in Laos, Luang Prabang has been consistently inhabited for thousands of years and was in 1995 designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Luang Prabang is seated in the heart of a mountainous region in Southeast Asia, surrounded by a lush peninsula. Its blend of urban architecture with that of the colonial era make it an aesthetic and interesting townscape, highlighting the effective juxtaposition and harmony of these two distinct cultural traditions. 

GET ACTIVE

With its stunning setting, Luang Prabang is the ideal place to get active. Options for mountain biking, road cycling, river rafting, and whitewater kayaking present themselves at every turn. If you prefer to enjoy the scenery at a more leisurely pace, you can't go wrong with trekking, for just a few hours or even for several days. You'll see majestic waterfalls, native flora and fauna, and most likely experience interactions with members of the Hmong tribe, who make their home in the hill villages, or the Khmu who are located in the lower regions of lush tropical jungle. 

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TEMPLE WALKING TOUR

Whether you hire a guide or tackle a self-guided tour, you won't regret visiting Luang Prabang's temples. These glittering mosaic-covered temples--known as wats and vats in Laos--are both impressive and other-worldly. With paper flags, sacred sand pagodas, monks praying, candles flickering, and incense burning, these historic temples represent the essence of sacred. Don't miss Wat Visou, Wat Souvanna Khiri, or Wat Xieng Thong.

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EAT LIKE A LOCAL

Roasted chiles, galangal, roast garlic, lemon grass, basil, banana flower, kaffir lime, padaek (fermented fish sauce)...the flavors of Laos are irresistible. Elevate your senses through the local cuisine, beginning at the morning market. Located near the National Museum, the market is piled high with vegetables, fish, rice. Locals eat skewers of fish or crispy riverweed, but if you arrive at the market too early for street meat, look for vendors steaming up bite-sized coconut cakes served up in banana leaves. Laotian plantation-grown hot or cold coffee and a croissant (first introduced when Laos was part of French Indochine) serve as breakfast or a mid-morning snack.

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For lunch and dinner, you'll undoubtedly eat something involving sticky rice, which is traditionally eaten by hand. Laotians eat more sticky rice than any other people in the world, and when in Luang Prabang...

The most well-known Laotian dish is lapp, which is spicy marinated meat or fish wtih herbs, greens, and spices. The green papaya salad is divine and the nam khao (crispy rice salad with fermented pork sausage) features peanuts, coconut, mint, cilantro, lime, and fish sauce. Try sangkaya (Asian squash custard) or voon (coconut milk jelly) for dessert. 

ELEPHANT TOUR

Conscientious travelers avoid riding elephants these days, but these magnificent creatures can be viewed and even interacted with at several elephant sanctuaries near Luang Prabang. Protection and rehabilitation of elephants are paramount at these sanctuaries, and guests are offered a respectful way to connect with the animals. Responsible tourism helps fund the sanctuaries.

           
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Global Ambassador Chelsey Magness

by Ashley Lodato

One look at the radiant mud-spattered face of Bronwen Jewelry's newest Global Ambassador Chelsey Magness and you can see echoes of the little girl she once was, making dirt pies and building tree forts in the Alaska wilderness. But that's who she remains at heart, despite the intervening years, the recent motherhood, and the seminal events that have shaped her adult life. As an athlete and adventurer who has built her life and career around racing and hard-core sports, Chelsey has always been a gal whose heart beats faster and whose mind is sharper when she's pushing her limits, and that began with her early years in Anchorage.

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"I think for many kids in Alaska," says Chelsey, "being outside was kind of the main activity, if not the only one. From when school got out until dinner we weren't allowed indoors; we were always told 'go outside.'" So play outside they did, Chelsey and all the other kids she knew. In the winter they dug tunnels and snow caves; in the summer they built tree houses and forts. And every weekend Chelsey went camping with her family, exploring Alaska's vast wild places.

"That was a real foundation for me," Chelsey says, "that time of exploring and running around and adventuring in the mountains." So when Chelsey got her driver's license, instead of motoring around to parties like many other high schoolers were doing, she loaded up her car with friends and went hiking and camping whenever she could. 

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Chelsey dabbled in organized sports--Nordic skiing, cross country running, soccer--but says she did it more to be social than out of a real love of mainstream athletic competition. "When I had free time," she says, "I spent it out in the woods."

Chelsey's competitive side didn't really emerge until college, when she found herself lured to mountain bike racing by the promise of free food. "I was underage," she says, "but at the end of these mountain bike competitions all the racers got free beer and pizza. No one ever questioned my age." Chelsey was surprised to learn that she was actually a pretty decent mountain bike racer. Better than decent, even; she started appearing as a regular on the podium on the amateur racing circuit, and after just one year went professional.

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When Chelsey met her husband, Jason (now her business/athletic partner as well as parenting and life partner), in Tucson a few years later, she was delighted to learn more about his passion: adventure racing. "Adventure races combined all of the components that I love to do," Chelsey says. "Mountain biking, whitewater, running, just being out there in the woods or backcountry." Jason and Chelsey entered an adventure race together on their 4th date and Chelsey found herself feeling anxious and excited at the start line. "I didn't know that feeling," she says. It was the feeling of wanting to win.

Chelsey and Jason ended up winning that adventure race, and many that followed it. Both are members of Bend Racing, a team that is currently ranked 13th in the world. In addition to shorter races, in the coming year they will be competing in the Telluride 100 mile mountain bike race in June and the elite Patagonia Expedition Race in November ("My soul race," says Chelsey, "I really peel back the onion layers on that one."). There is hardly a sport these two don't practice, and they balance (pun intended) all the fast-twitch athletic endeavors with acro-yoga, a partner activity that combines yoga and acrobatics.

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A description of Chelsey's daily workouts coupled with a demanding travel schedule and grueling line-up of adventure races is enough to make anyone else feel exhausted. Add to this a 15-month-old in the house, and you begin to wonder how Chelsey is actually standing upright, let alone winning elite-level races. She's a bit of a modern-day Renaissance woman in this regard. Chelsey says that motherhood has caused her to become very efficient with fitting in her workouts and trainings, so that she can focus on being an awesome mom in the rest of her time. 

Meditation now plays a role in Chelsey's daily life as well, grounding her and giving her access to her inner self. Just over a year ago, Chelsey and her husband were preparing for the birth of their twin sons when their doctor gave them the heartbreaking news that the second twin no longer had a heartbeat. The first twin, Max, was born healthy and strong, but Spirit B, his brother, did not survive. After 24 hours with both beautiful babies, Chelsey and Jason faced the agonizing trauma of releasing their little boy into the spirit world. 

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Chelsey says that her athletics and passion for outdoor exploration have been critical to helping her mourn. "Meditation and getting outside are my primary pillars in getting through my grief," she says. "I meditate every morning and speak to Spirit B." Sometimes Chelsey will see a hawk or a butterfly when she's communicating with her son, and this brings her peace. "When I heard stories like that from others who had lost loved ones, I thought it was grasping for signs," she says. "But now I realize that it's my story. Everyone has their own experiences and things they find healing. This is my story."

The sad irony, says Chelsey, is that during her pregnancy, she and Jason talked a lot about how they were going to handle life with twins. "Everyone told us it was going to be living hell for the first 3 years, dealing with 2 babies," she says. "So we talked extensively about how we were still going to support each other in following our passions." Although the birth of their boys and the death of Spirit B was unimaginably different than what Jason and Chelsey had planned, these talks about their values served them well in coping with their grief. "We knew we needed to get back outside," Chelsey says. "We needed to get back into the things that brought us joy, even in this time of sorrow."

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Chelsey has found double solace in getting back outdoors, as it has become the place she feels most connected to Spirit B, who often comes to her during a tough workout or adventure race. "I speak to Spirit B when I'm outside," she says. 

Chelsey and Jason talk openly to Max about Spirit B as well. Every morning and evening they take Max outside and they all look up at the sky. "Good morning Spirit B," they say. "Goodnight Spirit B, we love you." Max shoots up his little hand and waves toward the sky, toward the brother whose body wrapped around his own for 9 months in the womb. 

Moments like this are painful, but also beautiful. That's what this journey of grief is like, says Chelsey. "We have the darkness with the light. We have to try to walk this beautiful path."

Photos of Chelsey often show her wearing one of Bronwen Jewelry's feather necklaces. (Although Bronwen Jewelry cannot currently source the Angeni Feather Necklace that Chelsey adores, we feature several other feather pendant options.) "When I was pregnant I had a turquoise feather and I wore it constantly," she says. "It was pretty and simple and comfortable. I didn't assign any special meaning to it." 

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But when Chelsey lost the necklace on a highline, she found herself missing it immensely. So she reached out to Bronwen and acquired another feather, this one in lapis lazuli, a rich deep blue. "I touched the feather a lot throughout my pregnancy," she says. "It brought me peace." Chelsey didn't know that lapis has been long believed to have healing powers associated with the 3rd eye chakra, offering peace as well as openness to the spirit world; she just knew that when she touched the stone, she felt calmer. 

When Max was born, Chelsey says, he went straight to her feather. "He was always grabbing it," she says. The feather became significant to Chelsey through Spirit B as well. "When Spirit B passed," she says, "all these ideas came flooding in. I saw Spirit B in the form of a bird, specifically a hawk or a Steller's Jay. So the feather is related to the birds. The color blue, like the lapis and the sky--all these symbols became symbols of Spirit B for me."

On a practical as well as a spiritual level, the feather necklace works well for Chelsey. "I'm so active, my jewelry has to be light," she says. "It has to be simple. It has to be able to be worn for days or weeks on end. It has to get wet. Bronwen Jewelry is all that."

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Chelsey is the gal with exactly the lifestyle we envisioned when we designed our active jewelry. Mud? No problem. Sweat? Trivial. Grime? Just wear it in the shower.

Chelsey says she loves Bronwen Jewelry's aesthetic as much as she loves its functionality. "It fits with everything," she says. "I give Tiny Charm Necklaces as gifts to all the women in my life," she says, "and I see all these active women wearing them all the time, never taking them off."

"I'm really particular about what I put in my house and on my body," says Chelsey. "And Bronwen necklaces--I never take mine off, during slacklining, whitewater, these long races. They fit my lifestyle well."

And Chelsey's lifestyle fits Bronwen Jewelry well. Welcome, Chelsey! We're thrilled to have you on board as a Global Ambassador

Learn more about Chelsey, her races, her training and acro-yoga business, and her Mamas Retreats.

 

 

           
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Dealer Spotlight: Two Old Hippies

by Ashley Lodato

If the name of the store--Two Old Hippies--is not enough to lure you in, then just consider the timeless temptations of peace, love, and rock-n-roll. Now are we speaking the same language? Good, because the Two Old Hippies music/apparel/gift store in Nashville ain't no flowerchild head shop; it's a funky boutique with a modern cowboy aesthetic, selling everything from high-end Breedlove guitars (which are made in Bend, by the way!) to Levis to jewelry (which, naturally, includes Bronwen Jewelry).

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Music has always played an important role in the lives of the boutique's owners, and the shop space dedicated to instruments and accessories is a testament to their passion.  The owners' experiences with a time "when the concept of peace, love and rock n’ roll inspired a generation of free spirits" drives their vision for the store. The two old hippies, Tom and Molly (who are not actually all that old, but who are self-proclaimed hippies) are "young enough to embrace a world community, where generosity, compassion and equality are a way of life." Both loved the music of the era. "It was a time that defined us," says Tom. Molly notes, "It inspired the way we live today."

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Two Old Hippies' laid-back approach to retail fashion stems from Molly's commitment to clothing that is stylish as well as comfortable. The lines of apparel, jewelry, and accessories curated by Molly are thoughtfully hip, without being trendy. In addition to select items from Bronwen Jewelry's line of handcrafted, artisan jewelry, Two Old Hippies carries special brands like Johnny Was, Spell & the Gypsy Collective, and Sanctuary. And that's just scratching the surface of the brands offered at Two Old Hippies.

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Two Old Hippies is more than a store. There are two playing rooms where you can test out guitars. There are entire heels, boots, and handbags departments. There's a stage, with regular live music. And there's a stylist program, with in-house styling for artists. 

To be sure, the Nashville location nurtures a country flair. But Two Old Hippies' aesthetic renders the cowboy vibe authentic, not cheesy. Were you to complement, say, your Old Gringo or Liberty Black boots with just the right accessories, you might select one of Bronwen's Calypso Tassel Necklaces or the Beaded Aurelia Necklace. Two Old Hippies is not just western, either. Spell & the Gypsy Collective's boho look simply cries out for one of Bronwen's Ribbon Wraps to summon the gypsy within.  And since Molly is a jeans-and-button-down kind of girl, we'll applaud this spare choice and simply wear one of our favorite Tiny Charm necklaces and earrings in her honor.

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As one would expect of a store born from the priorities of the 1960s, Two Old Hippies is not just focused on retail sales numbers. Tom and Molly donate to an extensive roster of charities. From human rights to housing, from poverty to pets, Two Hold Hippies upholds the spirit of giving and helping others. As Bronwen Jewelry shares a similar commitment to helping fix the world's problems, we celebrate Two Old Hippies' dedication to causes and communities. 

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Two Old Hippies enjoys a robust following of clients who comment on the store's website post-visit. All reviews are raving, often referencing hours or entire afternoons at the store. Many reference the excellent customer service; others note the incredible selection of retail offerings. But one comment seems to sum up both the store's vibe and its heritage: "Groovy store, man," it says. 

           
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Keep It Wild: Conservation Alliance

by Ashley Lodato

Remember your first trip out into the backcountry? It was a pine forest, granite cliffs looming above, snow-fed streams tumbling beside the trail. Or it was sandstone mesas, geologic layers straight out of a textbook, canyon wrens trilling in the cool evening air. Perhaps it was a chain of lakes, loons crying, the dip of your canoe paddle the only interruption to the glassy surface. Or endless glaciers, the dim blue light of a crevasse mirrored in the brilliant sky above.

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Whatever the place, it had one thing in common with the others: it was wild. Uncultivated, natural, largely unsullied by human imprint. You love these wild places. You feel free. You feel in touch with the rhythms of the earth. You feel like you can be your best and truest self in these places. 

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Never in our nation's history have our wild spaces been so much at risk. Corporate greed, a lack of connection to the environment, and the insatiable human quest for dominance over nature have resulted in legislation and practices that threaten some of the most pristine areas left in the United States. 

That's why the Conservation Alliance is working to protect wild places. 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.

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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 Conservation 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. Not only are we a business sponsor of the Conservation Alliance, but we recently participated in its We Keep It Wild campaign, in which business contribute a percentage of their proceeds for a number of days on or near Earth Day. We gave 20% of online sales for 4 days to this campaign, so every purchase of a beaded bracelet, a necklace from our Active Jewelry line, a set of ear jackets, or any of our other handcrafted artisan jewelry resulted in a contribution to efforts to preserve wild spaces for generations to come.

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We weren't alone in this effort; 21 other companies joined us in contributing proceeds from retail sales. From Kelty to Camelbak, from Moosejaw to Jaybird, companies who care about wild places put our money where our bottom lines are.

The wild places we love are inspired by and reflected in our jewelry: our landscape necklaces that conjur up the mountains, deserts, and forests we love; the Cascade Earrings that remind us of waterfalls; the Trail Necklaces that accompany us on every hiking, skiing, or rafting trip. 

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Without our wild places, we'd lose not only our inspiration, but our solace. We need those wild spaces--and those wild spaces need us now more than ever.

Visit the Conservation Alliance to learn more about how you can help protect the places we play.

           
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Sleeping Beauty Turquoise: a love affair with the best

by Ashley Lodato

Unless you count a brief infatuation with sea shells when Bronwen Jewelry was in its infancy on the beaches of Maui, our company's enduring love has always been turquoise. This humble mineral is, scientifically speaking, a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum. Aesthetically speaking, it's a blue-green stone with an astonishing range of hues, all of them vibrant, all of them appealing.

The term "turquoise" was first used in the 17th century, derived from the French word turquois for "Turkish," a nod to the Turks who brought the mineral from Persia to Europe. But turquoise was known long before its current name became common: first century Roman philospher Pliny the Elder referred to this gemstone as callais; the Aztecs knew it as chalchihuitl.

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In its finer grades, turquoise is rare and valuable, prized for jewelry for its unique hue. But in recent times, the presence of synthecs, treatments, and imitations has devalued true turquoise.

But not for Bronwen Jewelry! We're just as in love with turquoise as we were the first time we used it in a pair of tiny drop earrings accented with red beads and silver spacers, and only the real stuff will do for us. That's why we choose Arizona turquoise, straight from the Sleeping Beauty Mine. 

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Located in Globe, Arizona, the Sleeping Beauty Mine is one of the Southwest's most beloved mines. Initially mined for copper and gold, Sleeping Beauty is now renowned for its turquoise: solid, sky blue, no matrix (particles of the granite that originally hosted the turquoise's formation). If you've seen the jewelry of the Zuni people, you've seen Sleeping Beauty turquoise. 

As early as 1500 BC, Ancestral Puebloans in the Southwest found Sleeping Beauty turquoise as they mined with hand tools and collected little bits of the robin's egg blue stone to make into beads. Turquoise quickly became sought-after and was traded widely throughout the region among North American tribes. Anglos mining copper and gold in the 1900s "discovered" the turquoise by accident, and soon shifted mining operations at Sleeping Beauty to harvest this lovely mineral. Although the Sleeping Beauty Mine is now closed, in its heyday it produced about 1600 pounds of turquoise each month, and thousands of pounds of it are currently circulating throughout world markets.

Why do we love Arizona turquoise so much? Let us count the ways:

1) Its beauty is incomparable. From the tiny faceted Arizona turquoise nuggets in our Turquoise Trail and Turquoise Isis necklaces, to the larger chunks we use in some of our favorite statement pieces, Arizona turquoise is eye catching. It's flattering to all skin tones. It complements a wide range of clothing colors. One look and you're hooked.

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2) We won't compromise on quality. You may not know this, but much of the "turquoise" on the market is actually another stone dyed blue. Howlite is a bona fide gemstone with its own redeeming qualities, but due to its porous nature it is often dyed blue or green to resemble--and be sold as--turquoise, a far more rare and precious stone. (Howlite can also be dyed red to resemble coral, which we applaud, since we are committed to ending the destruction of the world's dwindling coral reefs.) The soft, porous nature that makes Howlite so versatile also makes it less durable, so if you're getting Howlite "turquoise," you're getting a product that won't last. And as Bronwen Jewelry makes a lifetime promise to our customers through our signature lifetime warranty, that's a product we won't stand behind. 

3) We can hand-pick our strands of Arizona turquoise--resulting in the finest, most flawless products for you to wear. If you've seen us at trade shows like the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, you've seen us with heads bent, eyes squinted, poring and pawing over literally thousands of bead strands, picking out the best-quality and most attractive turquoise and other beads. We're not at the whim of some massive Chinese Howlite turquoise factory shipping us uncensored beads; we are choosing the very best beads to bring home to be made into artisan jewelry right in our Bend, OR studio.

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4) Small scale mining beats open pit mining. The roots of Bronwen Jewelry's active line are in the great outdoors--jewelry inspired by the wild natural spaces that surround us. We like big open spaces--EXCEPT when it comes to mining! You probably already know this, but open pit mining has an irrevocable environmental impact. Erosion. Sinkhole formation. Loss of biodiversity. Groundwater contamination. Whereas small scale mining (or "artisanal mining," as it's becoming known) tends to use rudimentary techniques, which make impossible the type of widespread destruction caused by open pit mining.
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Artisanal mining yields less product...and less impact. We believe that artisanal mining is the only ethical and responsible method of mineral extraction and we're willing to pay higher prices for turquoise mined on a small scale.
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You've heard the phrase "true blue." Well, that's Bronwen Jewelry all the way when it comes to our turquoise. To rich, vivid Arizona turquoise, we are loyal, committed, unwavering, steadfast. Arizona turquoise--you're our true blue.
 

           
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Spotlight on Title Nine

Spotlight on Title Nine

3/21/2018 11:55 AM

by Ashley Lodato

If you're a sporty woman of a certain age and you hear the words "Title 9," your first mental image is probably that of your favorite jog bra, that awesome board skort, or the athletic apparel catalog that reads more like a "Ten Ways to Get Active This Weekend" article than a piece of retail advertising. And only after that do you think of the original Title IX--the landmark 1972 legislation that mandates gender equality in public education--that was the inspiration for the largest independently owned and operated retailer in the women’s fitness and adventure market (Title Nine).

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If you've ever wondered what women's athletics were like before Title IX (the education amendment), you need only talk to a woman who struggled to explore her athletic potential in her public high school or university prior to 1972. College men had competitive gymnastics squads with fully-equipped gyms; women had old wrestling mats and tumbling clubs. Men had track teams with pole vaulting; women had croquet. Men had football; women had cheerleading. It was difficult for a young athletic woman to envision herself making athletic accomplishments a lifetime pursuit, much less finding the resources to help her achieve those dreams. 

This is not to suggest that Title IX fixed the inequities between men's and women's sports; nay, much work remains to be done, in everything from equipment funding to scholarships. But let's take a moment to appreciate the groundbreaking civil rights law that paved the way for women to take their rightful places on the track, in the pool, on the court, and on the field.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

— Title IX, Education Amendment of 1972

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If you've every wondered what women's athletics were like before Title Nine (the apparel company), you need only talk to buxom women who loved running but couldn't find bounce-control bras, or swimmers who couldn't find bathing suits that were comfortable and rugged enough for open-water swims, or yoga enthusiasts reduced to wearing bulky cotton sweatpants to do their asanas. Title IX mandated that women and girls have equal access to sports (and other activities); Title Nine made it possible for these women and girls to pursue sports (and other activities) in effective, comfortable, and attractive apparel.

As a recent college graduate in the late 1980s, Title Nine founder Missy Park noticed that no one seemed particularly interested in making athletic apparel for specifically designed for women's bodies. Through old-fashioned hard work, experiementation, and numerous failures, Park and her team began to learn about what they liked to make and what their customers liked to buy. Steadily, Title Nine built up a growing clientele of customers who realized the difference that well-made, activity-specific, aesthetically-pleasing sports apparel makes for active women. Says Park, "The people here are product users, all of our buyers are product users, the folks on the phone are product users. It’s important to us that we be able to speak authentically about what we’re selling." 
That authenticity led to brand loyalty, and now, 30 years later, Title Nine is the independently-owned and operated global apparel company with philanthropic impacts that someone like Park--who believed in women's ability to achieve their dreams--envisioned back in the Berkeley garage where she sewed her first sports bra. As with Title IX, the rest is history.

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Title Nine is owned and operated by women (and, as they say, "a few cool guys"), as is Bronwen Jewelry. But that's only one of the many reasons we admire the company and feel grateful to be entering our second decade of partnering with them. First of all, despite their growth over 29 years, Title Nine has never compromised on the quality and integrity of its products. They make great clothing: attractive, durable, comfortable, and affordable. They use regular, active women as their models (including Bronwen Jewelry founder Bronwen Lodato!), not impossible-dream professionals. Some of their models have grey hair, or muffin tops, or wrinkles--nearly unheard-of in the retail apparel modeling population. There's a gym right in the main office! ("I wanted fitness to be at the center of this company and it literally is," says Park.)

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Title Nine provides grants to organizations that support girls in underserved communities. They sponsor athletic events through their T9 Mermaid Race Series program. They're committed to sustainability. And as a company, they've got great personality, as evidenced by Park's musings on everything from everything from the #metoo movement to the inspiration provided by Yvon Chouinard about doing well by doing good. And, oh yeah, they also sell Bronwen Jewelry bracelets. What's not to love?

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As a company that prides itself on its high-quality, durable, handcrafted line of artisan and active jewelry, Bronwen Jewelry appreciates Title Nine's dedication to excellence, as well its shared value of helping women look and feel their best. We embrace their customer satisfaction ethic as our own; they have a generous return/exchange program, we have our signature lifetime warranty. Our companies are both built on the notion that women are multi-faceted, complex individuals who can be both bad-ass and sensitive, rugged and delicate, athletic and girly. And like the original Title IX, both Title Nine and Bronwen Jewelry stand behind the concept of helping women pursue their dreams. 

           
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Dive In! Water-worthy Essentials

by Ashley Lodato

You love winter: its crisp, cold nights, its feathery blanket of snow glittering in the sun, the alpine slopes, the Nordic trails, the ice stalactites of waterfalls, the smooth ribbons of frozen rivers. But admit it--after 4 or 5 months of shoveling your walkway, living in wool socks, and constantly having sodden mittens dripping by the woodstove, you're ready for a little lightweight living. Flip flops, a sundress, and a baseball cap--that's what you're looking forward to.

Accessorizing in winter is fun, but picking out jewels for spring is downright liberating. This week Bronwen Jewelry welcomes spring in the form of water-worthy essentials for beach, river, and lake living. Prepare yourself to be inspired.

Swim Wraps

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Bronwen Jewelry's unique swim wrap bracelets are a no-brainer for spring and summer water sports. No matter what you're doing--from swimming laps to taking your SUP out on its maiden voyage to testing out that Pacific swell--a swim wrap will hang tight with you.

Swim wraps are so lightweight and comfortable that you won't even notice you're wearing one, but rest assured, others will. And as if the mere sight of these attractive, sturdy, active bracelets isn't enough, consider the fact that they're made out of surplus swimsuit materials from Carve Designs: repurposing at its finest. 

With swim wrap bracelets, your only dilemma is going to be "which one?" We've got you covered. The swim wrap's low price of $22 (and some at $14.50 during our spring sale!) makes it possible for you to say "yes" to more than just one.

Waterweave Bracelets:

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One of the Waterweave Bracelet's many attributes is that it transitions seamlessly from a day on the river to a night on the town. You'll need to change your clothes between activities, but your Waterweave is good for the long haul. If you're a fan of the faceted Czech glass beads on the Glasswrap and Beleza bracelets, you're going to love their water-friendly cousin, the adjustable Waterweave. The Waterweave won't help you be a better surfer, paddler, or swimmer, but it will sure make you look better while you're doing your favorite water sports. 

Tiny Charms:

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Tiny Charm necklaces are our original water-friendly piece of jewelry and they're still living up to their reputation as the sturdiest and most versatile line of active jewelry on the market. Tiny Charms pack a lot of punch: a delicate silver or gold pendant on a deceptively rugged and irresistibly colorful cordelette. And once we realized how effortlessly elegant these little necklaces were, we added our line of Tiny Charm earrings.

Are the little girls with you? You're teaching them to love the water as much as you do, so they'll want to look like you as well. Give your little water girls a Tiny Charm Seahorse, a Tiny Charm Starfish, or a Tiny Charm Mermaid from our Petite B kids' line

For the most rigorous of water sports--surfing, whitewater, and other encounters with big waves--the Tiny Charm line is the one you'll want to be wearing. The fish in you says yes to Tiny Charms. 

Surfing-and-SUPing Staples:

For tackling the waves, we recommend some of our most swim/shower/sweat friendly pieces: Swim Wraps, of course, our Infinity Necklace, and our Fisherman's Anklet. You're happiest and sportiest when you're in the water; let us help you look and feel your best as well. 

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Itching to dip your feet in the water? Let those feet look their finest, complemented by a Bronwen anklet. If you've never been an anklet wearer, it takes a little bit of a perspective shift to take the plunge to accessorizing your ankles, but once you make the switch you'll never go back (at least, not until it's time to clamp those ankles into stiff old ski boots again next winter...). For novices we recommend the sweet and delicate Daisy Chain Anklet. Experienced wearers should try our Thai Trail Anklet. And experts can skip straight to one of our faceted Czech glass bead Solstice Anklets. We should warn you, though; the difference between a novice anklet person and an experienced anklet person is just one beautiful anklet. 

Along with water gals everywhere, Bronwen Jewelry celebrates spring. What will you wear when you take that first plunge?

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5 Inspiring Olympic Women

5 Inspiring Olympic Women

3/12/2018 2:44 PM

by Ashley Lodato

The 2018 Winter Olympics are long over, but like any good amateur sports showcase, the PyeongChang Olympics did not disappoint. We love the theater of the Olympics, the backstories, the tales of overcoming challenges, the pursuit of dreams, and  the displays of truly amazing willpower, grit, and talent. We tear up when the torch is lit, we gasp at surprise endings. We feel unified in our national pride, drawn together by our armchair warrior status in support of the people who followed such different paths than we did. 

But most of all, we love the unabashed athletic prowess of these girls and women who are not afraid to be strong. That's right: strong. Because no matter whether you're a tiny teenage figure skater or a burly slalom skier, if you've made it to the Olympics, one of your inherent qualities is your strength. 

Let's take a look at some of the Olympians we at Bronwen Jewelry admire--because let's face it, these gals are as beautiful, strong, unique, and resilient as everything in our Active Line of jewelry.

1 and 2: Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall

If you missed Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall's historic gold medal finish in the Nordic team spring freestyle race, you'd better watch it now. Go ahead, we'll wait. 

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Got it? We think you'll agree that this race was a real knuckle-biter, and any enthusiastic screaming of "Go Jessie" that issued forth from your mouth was well-justified. Kikkan and Jessie became the first ever--let that sink in a moment, first EVER--American women to win a medal in a Nordic skiing event in the Olympics. And it was a freaking GOLD medal, people! We hardly even need mention that their gold is only the second EVER medal won in a Nordic event by an American; the last was in 1976, Bill Koch's silver medal. 

Randall and Diggins are tough gals on skinny skis, but both have more than a touch of feminine in them. Should we ever get the chance to accessorize them, here's what we'd put on them: Tiny Charm Snowflake Necklace (of course!), Gold Eclipse Earrings (because that photo-finished eclipsed all other Olympic moments!), Beleza Bangles (sweet, yet sturdy as all get-out, just like these gals), and Mixed Metal Star Rings (because these skiers are truly Nordic stars)

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3: Evgenia Medvedeva

Medvedeva is an 18-year-old Russian powerhouse figure skater who has been dominating the world scene for 3 years, including winning a silver medal at the 2018 Olympics. She's got an unusual combination of graceful artistry and raw, explosive power, which makes her performances athletically and aesthetically inspiring to watch. 

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Medvedeva has been described--in entirely loving terms--as a "goth jock weirdo," which gives us a special affinity for her. This is a gal who is not afraid to be who she is at her core, both on and off the ice. Medvedeva leverages the drama and emotion of skating with what some might call a morbid obsession with mortality. Her routines have featured unorthodox elements such as audio recordings from 9/11 news broadcasts, a Chopin piece associated with the Holocaust, and the sounds of an approaching train in the Anna Karenina soundtrack. Her jumps are death-defying, her spins are killer, and her overall effect is simply full of life. 

How would we style Medvedeva's jewelry? On the ice, we'd go Tiny Charm all the way, for elegant simplicity in a sweat-proof design. Tiny Charm Arrowhead Necklace (she's just as swift and sharp), Tiny Charm Feather Earrings (she floats down from her jumps), and Toltec Rings (mixed metals are edgy, just like Medvedeva). Off the ice, definitely an ear jacket, such as the Nefertiti or the Arrowhead; the Beaded Aurelia Necklace, and a Condesa Cuff. 

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4. Kim Boutin

Canadian speedskater Kim Boutin has only been on the international racing circuit for 4 years, but she's been a frequent visitor to the podium in that short time, By 2015, she was ranked 7th in the world and was named Speed Skating Canada's Rising Star of the Year. 

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In PyeongChang, Boutin finished 4th in the 500m final, but ended up winning the bronze medal after a South Korean athlete was disqualified for interfering. Instead of being allowed to bask in her glory, however, Boutin was subjected to an onslaught of abuse and threats from angry Korean fans. We respect Boutin for honoring the spirt of competition and handling an uncomfortable situation with grace and dignity. 

Boutin comes across as a no-frills kind of gal, but we've heard that in her spare time she enjoys painting and knitting, so we know she has the soul of an artist. That's why we'd choose some of Bronwen's more unique artisan jewelry to style her, starting with our Artisan B line. We think she'd look stunning in our Amulet Necklace, accentuated by one of our Leather Cuff Bracelets and a pair of Amazon Woman Earrings, underscoring the brave and strong woman she is.

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5. Simidele Adeagbo

Simidele Adeagbo is not only a lifelong athlete with an impressive history of achievement, but she's also a trailblazer in the world of winter sports. Adeagbo was the first Nigerian athlete to compete at the 2018 Olympics and the first African or Black female to compete in the skeleton (the terrifying sport that involves lying face down and headfirst on a skeleton sled and hurtling down an icy track) at the Winter Olympics. 

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In PyeongChang, Adeagbo finished 20th overall with the 3rd best start time, but an even bigger distinction was being selected to carry the national flag and represent Team Nigeria in the closing ceremonies. Says Adeagbo, “It was an incredible honor to be selected as the flag bearer and represent the success of Nigeria during the Olympics and show all Nigerians what’s possible through sport. It was an amazing end to a powerful experience that I will never forget.

Adeagbo wants to see "strong, smart, vivacious, courageous, beautiful and ambitious women unapologetically blazing a trail in sports." She's certainly serving as a role model in this area. So we'd accessorize Adeagbo with jewelry that says "Look out, here I come." Aztec Silverstack RingsThai Trail Anklet, Todos Leather Necklace, and Bar Drop Earrings. Oh yes, Adeagbo sets the bar.

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You go, girls. 

           
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5 Reasons to Love Bend

5 Reasons to Love Bend

3/2/2018 11:55 AM

by Ashley Lodato

If you're smitten with Bend, Oregon, you're not alone. No matter the season, Bend is a sweet spot to spend some time in--a high desert mountain town with both an urban vibe and a small town feel. And for good reason! Not only is there much to see and do in Bend, but if you just feel like doing a whole lot of nothing, it's a great place for that as well. Here are just 5 of the many reasons to love Bend:

1) A River Runs Through It

How many towns do you know that have a river flowing right through the middle of town? Just imagine--this north-flowing river, critical habitat to salmon and other fish, offers abundant opportunities for recreation (rafting! kayaking or SUPing at the Bend Whitewater Park! fishing!) as well as the chance to get involved in protecting and restoring it. 

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The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council (which Bronwen Jewelry proudly supports) seeks to enhance and restore Central Oregon's world-class rivers by "protecting and enhancing clean water, improving native vegetation and promoting the kinds of stewardship activities that seek to balance the human and ecological needs in local communities." Learn more about restoration priorities here. And while you're wearing your Tiny Charm Wave, Waterweave Braceletor any other piece of Bronwen Jewelry, know that you are contributing to river health in Central Oregon.

2) A Bicycle Built for Two

Yeah, ok, most of us would agree that a bicycle built for one is a lot more satisfying, but whether you're a solo or a tandem cyclist, Bend has something for you. 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.

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Like any good mountain biking community, Bend offers easy access to a vast network of trails. Many Bend residents work a full day and still have time for an epic ride after work, due to the ease of getting on the trails. While we at Bronwen Jewelry can't quite manage daily rides, we do jump at the chance to get out on some of our favorite trails whenever possible, such as Marvin's Garden.

For bike rentals or purchases, visit 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. 

3) Downtown, Everything's Waiting for You

Bend's downtown scene is both bustling and friendly. You could spend every night for a month eating out in different restaurants and still not hit them all, but you'd sure have a rewarding culinary trip in the process. Some of our favorites are Zydeco Kitchen (northwest cuisine with a southern twist), Barrio (Latin-inspired), Mother's Downtown Kitchen (fresh, healthy, seasonally diverse), and 900 Wall (modern American).  Crow's Feet Commons has an incredible backdrop of Mirror Pond and is a lovely place to sit in the sun overlooking the river, sipping a cider, coffee, beer, or wine. And you'll want to schedule a stop at the landmark Deschutes Brewery--the oldest of Bend's breweries in a burgeoning craft beer industry. 

Between stops for sustenance and libation, you can visit Bend's fun and funky downtown shops--like Bronwen Jewelry for example! Bend Store carries local and regional products, Ju-bee-lee is a women's lifestyle and accessories boutique, Kitchen Complements is a wonderland of housewares, and Bendy Dog is a canine lover's delight. And those are just a few of the many places to tickle your fancy in downtown Bend. 

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Whether you're out on the town straight from a bike ride or all dolled up and ready for some nightlife, you'll feel especially put-together in one of our Artisan B necklaces or handcrafted sterling silver or gold earrings. In the summer months, you'll really shimmer in our beaded anklets.

If you've never been in a historic soaking pool, you'll want to visit the hot pool at St. Francis McMenamins, especially in the colder months. Soft, buoyant water cradles soakers while they gaze around at the shimmering turquoise tilework and up above at the open sky above. Time spent in this sparkling gem is both relaxing and invigorating, and followed by a glass of wine constitutes all you need for a full evening of activity. Best of all, any of Bronwen Jewelry's active line of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings can withstand the soaking pools, providing you with glimmer and gleam while you're in the water.

4) The Call of the Wild

Downtown Bend is captivating, but we're guessing that like us, you're enchanted with the great outdoors. And that's why visiting Bend is so appealing. Not only can you access incredible mountain biking trails, but you also have the Mt. Bachelor front and backcountry just outside of town. Are you an alpine skier? How does 4000 skiable acres and 3365' of vertical drop sound to you? Prefer Nordic? We've got you covered with 21 varied trails. You can hike to Mt. Bachelor's summit in the summer, or explore the high alpine Cascades Lakes

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Accessorizing for mountain adventure is simple: Tiny Charm Snowflake for winter, Tiny Charm Dandelion or Fish for summer. And the all-seasons, salt/sweat/water friendly Tiny Charm Mountain or Landscape Mountain necklaces look and feel great any time of year. 

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5) Get Your Groove On

Bend's yoga scene rivals that of bigger cities, without all the highfalutin attitude. In Bend, we do yoga for flexibility, calm, strength, and focus. Bend's yoga classes are well-attended by men and women alike--which as any yogi knows, is quite unusual. Groove Yoga has terrific teachers, loud music and sweaty yoga. Mmm, good! We recommend our Seated Lotus Necklace to help you find your center during one of these yoga sessions. For traditional Ashtanga, The Yoga Lab has some of the best instruction on the west coast, and fellow yogis will be dazzled by your Lotus Pod Necklace.

Oh, yes, we love Bend--you will too.

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