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Jewelry to Get Your Zen On

Jewelry to Get Your Zen On

6/28/2018 9:05 PM

by Ashley Lodato

Summer's here, you're hustling from place to place, trying to do it all, see it all, be it all and then every once in a while you realize you've been so busy you've been living in the future, not the present. So you stop for a minute, breathe, and remind yourself to be fully present in the here and now. This is your Zen moment.

Zen Buddhism and its very essence defy succinct description. Zen Buddhism is a practice that must be experienced to be understood, not a concept that can be intellectualized or understood in conventional ways. Some say that we cannot intellectually grasp Zen due to the limitations of human intelligence and wisdom; others refer to Zen as a spiritual awakening.

Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang Dynasty, during the 7th and 8th centuries A.D. Meditation is central to Zen philosophy, and indeed, the very name Zen is a derivation of the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which means "absorption" or "meditative state." Indeed, one evolution of Zen Buddhism is the more general practice of calm attentiveness and introspection guided by intuition instead of directed effort--a total focus that emphasizes the unity of mind and body.

We at Bronwen Jewelry don't profess to be Zen masters, but we fully embrace the tranquility and focus behind Zen philosophy. And although we've designed our jewelry to withstand the rigors of gals on the go, we also honor these same women's needs to slow the pace, examine the self, and seek a calming mindset. So if you're looking for Zen-inspired jewelry to complement your practice or remind you to observe life more fully, our Zen style can be found in any number of our pieces of outdoor and artisan handcrafted jewelry.

Chakra Necklaces

The seven chakras are the centers in our bodies in which energy flows through. Each of the seven centers possesses its own color and vibrational frequency; these chakras govern various emotional issues, from our survival instincts and self-esteem to our ability to communicate and experience love.  Our beautiful chakra collection is made of sterling silver (Fair Trade cast in Thailand), double-sided with one side etched with the chakra symbol and the other side with the corresponding chakra in Sanskrit. 

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Possibilities Necklace

Our sterling silver Possibilities pendant depicts a lotus rising from the mud to become more powerful and beautiful. On you, it will be a reminder of your own strength and potential, and of life's infinite possibilities. 

Abundance Necklace

Living in abundance is a mindset that involves viewing life through a lens of optimism and gratitude. The five principles of abundance in Zen let us live our lives more fully, with hands and hearts open. Our beautiful sterling silver Abundance pendant is all palms open ready to accept and receive.   

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Solstice Anklet

Our Solstice Anklet honors the Earth's path around the sun and the way the sun seems to hang weightless in the sky at the zenith during the summer and winter solstices. These appearances of the pause in orbit remind us to pause, breathe, and surrender to life's beautiful journey. 

Hamsa Hand

The Hamsa hand symbolizes the interconnection of the chakras, the body's energy flow, and the five senses. It has also been thought to ward off "the evil eye." The jury is still out on whether our sweet Tiny Charm Hamsa Hand can ward off the evil eye, but it will certainly attract some glances of envy! Sleek and lightweight, yet deceptively durable, this little necklace--like all of our Tiny Charm Necklaces--is so easy to wear you'll find you leave it on for weeks at a time.

Om Shanti Tiny Charm

Once you're on a roll with Tiny Charm jewelry, it's hard to stop! An excellent mantra for Zen meditation, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti combines the Sanskrit words "om," which is a cosmic vibration, and "shanti," the word for peace, calm, or bliss. And after putting on your Om Shanti Tiny Charm necklace, you'll be pretty blissed out. Wear this delicate pendant to symbolize your hope for individual, collective, and universal peace. 

Mala Necklace

A mala is a strand of beads used in meditation, so we incorporated the most beautiful and unique handmade Tibetan beads in a precise 108 mala count punctuated by a patina Buddha pendant. Small batch handmade beads ensure that your Mala Necklace is unique and thoughtfully constructed, like the rest of Bronwen's handcrafted artisan jewelry.

Sunburst Necklace

Something about our Sunburst Necklace just puts you in the frame of mind for a restorative meditation or yoga practice. A perfect combination of sophistication and practicality, this detailed pendant necklace is beautiful and interesting in shape. Not only does it hold up to vigorous flow yoga, but it's happy to get wet in the river, ocean, or shower as well. 

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Ribbon Wraps

If there's anything you want to be while meditating, it's comfortable. Our Ribbon Wrap Bracelets are made of sumptuously soft silk hand-dyed in the USA and are our signature best seller for good reason! We should warn you, however; deciding which one to buy is the tricky part. We even sell Kids Ribbon Wrap Bracelets, for that special child in your life!  

Infinity Necklace

The concept of infinity is something without bounds and our Infinity Necklace knows no bounds when it comes to dressing you up or down. This lightweight pendant necklace is elegant and interesting in shape and is a perfect combination of sophistication and practicality. Infinite possibilities for accessorizing with this beauty; it goes equally well with hiking attire, beach wear, or a little black dress. 

Balance Necklace

Ah, balance--the thing we're all seeking. You might not have it in your life, but at least you can have it around your neck, giving you hope for calmer days ahead. Like the Infinity Necklace, the Balance Necklace transitions seamlessly from the hills to the hot spots, giving you flair with your activewear or perfectly complementing your strappy sundress. 

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Every piece of Bronwen Jewelry is protected by our signature lifetime repair/replace warranty; always has been, always will be. And all of our outdoor and artisan jewelry is handcrafted right in our Bend, OR, studio under Fair Trade practices. Knowing we offer this level of quality gives us a feeling of tranquility--you might say it's our Zen business model

So play hard this summer. Weed your garden; get dirt under your fingernails. Get waterlogged and bruised; scrape your knees. Stay up too late, watch the meteor showers, savor the sunrise. But cherish the pauses in the pandemonium, breathe deeply, and be present in the time and space you occupy. At Bronwen Jewelry, we're here for your Zen moments.

           
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Life on the Side of the Mountain - Guestblog by Jill Wheeler

Creating meaningful work and serving with love is the antidote to despair and loneliness in this big and befuddling world. Belonging is a force that fortifies our most basic foundation; our self as connected to others and a world worth fighting for.

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While en route home to Boulder, Colorado following another deeply fulfilling and inspiring week with Wellfit Girls, I reflected upon a statement one of our leaders expressed to the girls in our final circle. “I may be your leader, but you are my teachers.” Through tears, humility and grace, I experienced great pride in that moment. Pride, not because I created an organization that led an amazing group of 19 young women and five staff members to Peru for our fifth year in a row, but because I have gotten out of my own way for my mentees to take ownership of this program as if it were their very own. This is no small gift and I behold it with great reverence; I have not only envisioned purpose, I have enabled and nurtured it to fruition. In order to do this, I spent years leading in my way, then stepping out of my way, to let others lead in their own way.

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This may sound cliché and trite, but it’s as brave a thing as I’ve ever done—handing over the reins. It’s like planning for the adventure of a lifetime and not checking the weather, showing up surprised, unprepared (or possibly perfectly prepared), miserable and/or satisfied all at once. Sharing our vision with others and allowing them to claim it as their own makes for one fantastic and authentic adventure. If we try to control everything ourselves, the natural cycle of change will stagnate and growth will cease.

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I grew up believing in and abiding by the “American Dream”. I don’t recall collaboration and connection with alliances at the top of How to Be an American Success story. I was expected to surpass my parents in education and wealth, climb the corporate ladder and achieve excellence and success at all costs—mainly the message was, stomp over your competitors. Individual pursuit was not only encouraged in society, it was preferred. Although I was acknowledged as a “natural leader” my entire life, I felt alone in my mind, unaware of my true potential to lead and influence for good in the world. I was not motivated by financial gain like many of my peers; and social justice and environmental issues continued to be my paramount concerns throughout my life. How would I ever be successful if these were my goals?

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I continue to meet this once-younger-me in many of the young women we serve at Wellfit Girls. In most of their one-on-one sessions during our 10-day Peru expedition, their self-proclaimed greatest challenge was “their negative thoughts” or “lack of confidence”.  When faced with nature’s bountiful opportunities for challenge, they actively and powerfully stepped through them, one rocky, high altitude, oxygen-deprived and icy step at a time. It wasn’t the obvious thin air, cold temperatures, nausea, fatigue or back-aching physical labor of service that challenged the girls the most—it was their own thoughts—the 65 thousand some-odd ones they walk with daily.

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Deceptive, destructive or even mildly distracting thoughts, I’m not like anyone else. I don’t fit in. If anyone knew who I really was they wouldn’t like me. I can’t. It’s too hard. I’m not fit enough. I’m not smart enough. I’m not enough. I’m too small. I’m too big. I’m too poor. I’m too much. I’m too different.

The. List. Goes. On.

Until we flip the script. Until we talk more honestly with one another. Until we validate our wholeness. Until we stop criticizing our parts. Until we show each other we matter. Until we show ourselves we matter.

Until we lead the way.

And I’m not saying everyone should go climb a mountain or hike a trail (well, yes, actually, I am saying that). You must if you can or even if you think you can’t, because nature is the most badass place to be and hiking is hard and when you do hard things then you prove you can do other hard things, so there, I said it.

 

Take a hike!

 

We use the mountains as metaphors in our program as a strong inspiration to “climb high in all areas of life” and life rarely presents us with one daunting mountain per life. We get ranges of peaks to ascend in our lifetimes; sometimes arduously, perilously and painstakingly slow, other times with great ease, adventure and joy.

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One thing I confidently, proudly, heart-burstingly know for sure; no matter the difficultly of the mountains we will climb in life, it’s always better with a trail full of power sisters and brothers in front of and behind you.  You don’t have to be the strongest or fastest to be a leader. You don’t have to always know the physical way (there are guides for that). You must simply show up—mind ready and open hearted to adventure.

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Nietzsche reminds us, that on the mountain of truth, one never climbs in vain; we either reach a higher step today or exercise our strength to climb higher tomorrow.

Not everyone reaches bold, beautiful and blissful summits in life. In fact, for most, summits are brief moments, far and few between, marked by tenacious time on the trail of life, endless endurance on the side of the mountains.

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The flailing and resting and pausing and doubting and supporting and stopping and starting again and questioning and continuing and crying and laughing and loving and getting to know every little thing about our selves and each other. That’s building character. That’s the side of the mountain. That’s the hummingbirds and sweet, wild strawberries and river crossings and coffee plantations and purple flowers and pink, orange and yellow ones, too. That’s barfing from altitude sickness, but rallying and walking again. The trail to the top is fun facts about cirrus and lenticular clouds and how to hike cool and sleep warm in the mountains and what’s your favorite thing to eat and how your parents met and what you want to be when you grow up and how much you love your dog and what your siblings names are and a million other reasons why taking a slow and hard hike with a bunch of people is a really good idea for your state of mind and the heart and soul of leadership.

 

Summits don’t matter in the long or short term. It’s the lessons along the way we give to ourselves, and the ones that mama Earth offers so generously. Nature kicks us all in the behind equally. When it rains, we all get wet—rich or poor, skinny or round. We believe the greatest positive influencers in the world will be humbled and empowered by nature’s grace and grit, no matter where we are from, what we look like or where we are going.

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One of the greatest gifts of this intensive five-month leadership program was actually not the surprise (yummy) chocolate-making workshop in Cusco, it was the opportunity to hike a trail that led us to the mountain, and the mountain that led us to ourselves. While we did summit with success and pride, it was the lessons along the way that impacted the girls the most, specifically their ability to rein in a couple hundred, perhaps even thousand thoughts or so to make a positive trail marker on their minds for life, knowing they are not alone, fortifying the path to prosperity through connection and belonging.

 

           
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Outdoor Jewelry for the Summer Solstice

by Ashley Lodato

Summer solstice 2018 dawns in the early hours of Thursday, June 21st, and with it ushers in the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. Warm nights, lazy days, feet bare, hair pulled back--if you're a child of summer then this is the launch of your time to shine. And Bronwen Jewelry is right here to help you blend your love of summer with your love of simple, sexy artisan jewelry

Derived from the Latin word solstitium ("sol" = sun + "stitium" = stand still), the summer and winter solstices mark the times of midsummer and midwinter when the sun seems to hang in the sky without moving as it reaches its zenith. Nearly every agricultural society in history has noted these days each year, and many societies left elaborate recordings of the sun's travels.

The summer solstice celebrates the sun in all its full glory--its fire, its light, its power. At Bronwen Jewelry, we like to celebrate those same qualities in YOU--your fire, your light, your power. In honor of the summer sun, we offer these unique pieces of handcrafted jewelry to applaud the blazing star that brings us life.

Our Beaded Desert Sun Cuff is not only our most recent curation from a women's creative cooperative in Colombia, it's also our latest favorite. Lightweight but deceptively sturdy, this Fair Trade statement piece is a burst of color on your wrist. 

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The Sun Disc Ring Set shimmers on your fingers like the sun shimmers in the sky. Contrasting metals (sterling silver, 24k gold vermeil, and rose gold) evoke images of the sun and its coppery tones, while the hammered detail echoes the texture of the sun's fiery surface. 

Ear jackets are all the rage and our Sun Ray Ear Jacket leads the pack for elegance and edginess. Three rays of sterling silver or 24k gold vermeil radiate out from an ancient Mexican-inspired post, paying homage to the indigenous civilizations whose lives were inextricably linked with the sun.

Our simple and sweet Sunburst Necklace whispers to the world your attachment to the sun's warmth and light. Like all of our Tiny Charm necklaces, the Sunburst is lightweight, swim/sweat/shower friendly, and sporty in function. 

Where would the moon be without the sun? Hidden from our view, that's for sure. The sun brings the moon to light, literally, and we honor that relationship with our New Moon Necklace, which represents the start of a new lunar cycle, new beginnings, fresh starts. The sterling silver pendant is strung on a sturdy cord dotted with pops of 24k vermeil and stands up to water, sand, dirt, and sweat.

Two other moon-focused Tiny Charms you're sure to love are our Crescent Moon and Moonbeam necklaces.  Sweet and functional, these necklaces work well when you're working hard to summit a peak, top out on a climb, or run a rapid, but they're lovely accessories for casual or dressy attire as well. The Tiny Charm necklaces and earrings are unique outdoor jewelry for gals who spend their summers outdoors. 

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On this shortest night of the year, let's not forget the stars in the heavens above. Twinkling down on us in the dark skies, they're the encore once the sun has exited the stage. Our Mixed Metal Star Ring is sleek and intriguing, with its contrast of sterling silver and brass. The Tiny Charm Star is a go-to piece for the girls of summer; in fact, once you clip it on you might not take it off until the autumnal equinox, it's so light, comfortable, and cute. If you're starry-eyed about our artisan jewelry, go all out with our matching collection of tiny stars: Teeny Star necklaceMixed Metal Star Ring, and Teeny Star Post Earrings. And don't forget the mini-me in your life; bring her along on your celestial journey with a Petite B Shooting Star Necklace for kids. 

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Life can sometimes feel like one long orbit, as you move from home, to work, to errands, to home, to work.... Like the earth, you seem to be forever orbiting something grander. But it's a long and beautiful journey, punctuated by shining moments and fits of passion. As you give thanks to the sun and all the luminescence it delivers, take a moment to celebrate yourself and all the radiance you bring to the world. And let Bronwen Jewelry help you bring your inner shine to light. 

           
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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.)

Shall we go on?
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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