Valentine’s day, the time where lovers are searching for the perfect gift for their partner or secret crush. Or singles are planning their anti V-day parties at the local hotel bar. Love is in the hair indeed, along with the temptation to splurge. The team at Fashionedits.com is stepping it up a notch this season by spreading the love in a different way, helping those in need and not breaking the bank in the process.
At the recent NYC gift show, we were introduced to Mujus Jewelry. Mujus means “seed” in Quechua, the ancient language of Peru. Launched in 2011, designer Paola Delgado creates affordable ($9-$129), intricate pieces using tagua on vegan fasteners. Pronounced (Moo-hoos) the brand’s mission is based on two principals: making beautiful product that is also good for the planet, and giving back. Mujus’ sales go back to providing fair wages and health insurance benefits to the Peruvian artisans and helping to create social change for impoverished communities in Lima. In the US, Mujus gives back by collaborating with the ALS Association to design a special collection in an effort to raise money and fight Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Mujus sells jewelry made from Plant Ivory, Nature’s alternative to plastic. Plant Ivory, or Tagua Nut. A Tagua Nut In one year produces the same amount of “ivory” as one female elephant. In addition to protecting animal ivory, tagua products help preserve tropical rainforests by providing a sustainable income for forest gatherers.
Perfect for Valentine’s day and the rest of the year. The Heart Bracelet, Hope Cuff, and XOXO Bracelet is hand carved from tanga Seeds. The bright colors makes an ultimate statement that spring is right around the corner. No winter blues here! The one size fits all feature is great to wear for work, a hot day, or a night out with the gals!
The Hope Necklace is the winter statement necklace, with the pop of red at the heart, the necklace runs on a delicate strand of tagua slices. For every purchase of this Hope necklace Mujus will donate 35% of the proceeds to the Rocky Mountain ALS Association to aid in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Looking for a combination of elements in a jewelry piece? The Heart Pendant will end your search this Valentine’s day. The heart is hand carved in tagua, and the chain is antique brass. Talk about a new form of mixed media that works effortlessly.
If you are coupled up or single, you can make a difference in what you purchase this Valentine’s day in supporting Mujus jewelry. The brand’s design aesthetic is chic, unique, and sustainable. Mujus also prides itself in using products that do not harm the environment and give back to charities that make a different in people’s lives everyday. Beyond Valentine’s day, it’s always an awesome feeling to be able to feel good, look good, and know you are supporting a brand that gives back. It makes the world a little brighter in the process as well.
By; Kosi Harris