You guys know about the excellent (and generally super affordable) Turtle Love Co., and their long time sponsorship of APW. And you guys love them (after their last APW post, intern Lauren told me she was pretty sure she’d found her wedding ring). But, I wanted to tell you one of the reasons *I* love them today, and that would be their passionate support of individual artisans. When I talked to Turtle Love Co. about which of their uniqe wedding and engagement rings they wanted me to highlight today, they actually asked if I’d highlight two of their artists instead (rad, right?) And then they sent me the links to the artists, and holy wow. The first is Adel Chefridi, who’s work you’ll see above and below. He was born in Tunnis, and works in New York, and, “his work increasingly draws from his multicultural background, reconciling past and present, nostalgia and hope.” How’s THAT for an artists statement?
I love middle eastern art and pattern work (must be all those years of bellydancing.*) So this Diamond Motif Wedding Band made me want to faint. Seriously I saw it, and everything got a little swimmy. And can we discuss it’s pair, the Gossamer Diamond Wedding Ring? Effff, ladies. And the Silver Equinox Moon Necklace is just stunning, the end.
The second artist under discussion today is Midori Ferris Wayne. Her story and jewelry is equally fascinating. First, she uses all reclaimed metals, so nothing a newly mined (green, ethical, metal with a history, I love it). Plus, she uses and amazing technique that I’ve never heard of or seen before, “Midori has embraced a centuries-old Japanese tradition of alloying gold and copper to create the distinctive chocolate-colored shakudo which features in many of her pieces.” Crazy cool, right? You can see this in her Shakudo Branch Necklace. But on the wedding jewelry front, the Rose Gold Vine Ring is stunning and simple and lovely.
In the end though, I’m thrilled to partner with, and encourage you guys to shop at, a business that has such focused support on independent artisans. I’m passionate about that, and if I were at all bossy (cough, cough, cough) I’d tell you that you should be too. You can go browse all of Turtle Love Co’s Independent Artisans here, and shop for… well… engagement rings (’tis the season), but also just jewelry for your mom and grandma and sisters for the holidays. I think they’ll thank you for it.
*Oh, have I never mentioned that I bellydanced very seriously for years? Sometimes my life is too complicated to effectively sum up here. Some of the girls I used to dance with are now (literally) Bellydance Superstars. Yeah. So there we are. I love it, and you’re caught up.