Monday, September 27, 2010

Bario-Neal Jewelry

I know on this blog I've shared several links to stories of traffickers being arrested and prosecuted, of victims being set free and of those who work tirelessly to change the world in regard to trafficking from the legal side of things.

What I don't think I've shared is anyone who is working from another aspect. Those who make and sell products using fair trade practices. Whenever I come across such a company, I am going to try to share them here, too.

Today I learned of a jewelry company, located in Philadelphia, who, to quote their website: "Bario-Neal jewelry is handcrafted in Philadelphia with reclaimed precious metals; ethically-sourced stones; and low-impact, environmentally conscious practices."

They use ethically-sourced stones. That means their diamonds* and gem stones are not mined by people (adults AND children) forced to work ridiculous hours with absolutely no consideration for safety. The stones they use aren't sold to fund wars. Read their "About + Ethical Practices" page. I hope you're as impressed as I am.

Christmas shopping, birthday gifts, anniversary presents (hint, hint, Aaron :) )... Know someone who is considering proposing to his girlfriend? Send him to this site. They have beautiful pieces from which to choose and they do custom work. How wonderful it would be to look at my hand and know, without a doubt, that my diamonds did not cause harm before ending up in my ring.

Consider your purchases, consider your choices and search for those who combat trafficking in a productive way. Bario-Neal is one of those.

Proverbs 31:8-9

*All images from the Bario-Neal website

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