Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ten Thousand Villages Review

There's something truly special about handmade jewelry. Sure, store bought jewelry is nice, but nothing beats a piece that someone spent time making. I'd rather wear a handmade necklace much more then wearing a ring I bought at Macy's. You can't beat handmade with love.



Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture. Their textiles, serveware and personal accessories represent the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. They are one of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). The company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.

This company is doing something truly beneficial and helping to better people's lives. That makes me happy and I fully support them.

Ten Thousand Villages sells gorgeous items that would make the perfect gift for anyone. If you choose to buy them a decorative houseware item, they will display it in their home with pride.

I was sent 3 beautiful bracelets to review.


Stunning foil bead bracelet features glass beads with foil at the center, in cool colors of aqua, silver and blue. From the women artisans of Tara Projects, a pioneering fair trade program for community development and business.

This is such a beautiful and fun bracelet. I love the pretty turquoise and translucent glass beads. The colors are bright and vivid. I love chunky jewelry so this is just my style. I also have a lot of beaded jewelry so it will fit in with my collection well. The patterns on the beads are just so pretty. You can tell the bracelet was made with painstaking dedication and took a lot of time to create. The bracelet fits me well and is not heavy to wear at all. It is made with quality materials and I feel it will last a while. The bracelet would look great with a pretty black business suit or black dress.


Heaps of hoops, single and double, in graduated size, give your wrist the attractive gleam of shining brass. From Bombolulu Workshops, Mombasa.

This bracelet is by far my favorite piece that I received. I am instantly attracted to hoops and circles in jewelry and this is right up my alley. The gold circles are shiny and sparkle in the light. The circles are not too large either, but the just the perfect size. The bracelet is very fun and modern which is what I look for in jewelry and accessories. It fits me well and is adjustable, just in case I'd like to make it tighter or looser. The bracelet would look great with practically anything you wear and you could dress it up or down depending on what you choose to wear. The piece is quality made and I will definitely be wearing it to an upcoming dinner party that I have.



Get on a smooth and steady wavelength with this rippling metal bracelet from Trinity Jewelry Crafts.

I really love this cuff too, but unfortunately it is too big for me. I will try to work with adjusting it more for a better fit. I have to be careful so I don't break it though. I do wish it fit better because I would love to wear it. The silver is high quality and has a nice shine to it. I love the wavy design of the cuff though, it's my favorite part about it. You could wear this cuff with whatever you choose to wear because silver excellently pairs with anything. Some cuffs are very heavy on my wrist and I can't wear them for long periods of time, this cuff is light weight which is perfect. Hopefully I will be wearing this cuff soon!

*Disclosure-I received these bracelets in exchange for this review. All opinions and thoughts are solely mine.



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