April 16th, 2013
While on the lookout for ethical and sustainable jewelry, we discovered Mala Collective.
Based in Vancouver but handmade in Bali, its jewelry is ethically sourced, sustainably harvested, and combines form and function. Made from rudraksha seeds (known to embody peace and love) and gemstones, the pieces not only look good but will also relieve anxiety, improve circulation, or provide protection, depending on the stone.
We like the Surfer Mala necklace ($138) a combination of lava, obsidian, and turquoise, which will deflect negative energy and protect the wearer on a journey. Let’s test it out on a surfing trip to Bali, shall we? —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Bracelets start at $20, necklaces at $55 in Vancouver at Nicole Bridger, 2151 W. Fourth Ave., and online at www.malacollective.com
October 31st, 2012
Whether it's the snow-capped mountains or the falling leaves, we're feeling positvely patriotic about our little corner of the world lately. (Rain? What rain?)
The British Columbia Necklace from LA-based jeweller Maya Brenner features a delicate outline of our fair province. Oft-photographed celebs like Cameron Diaz, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon and "Jessica Timberlake" have all been seen sporting her classic-with-a-twist designs.
The playful and pretty pendant is available in sterling silver or 14k gold. Really want to show some love for your hometown? You can choose to add a diamond anywhere along the border.
Beautiful BC, indeed. —Laura Cropper
From US$140-$350 at www.MayaBrenner.com
August 17th, 2012
Sun’s out, guns out.
Since you’re going sleeveless, you’ll want to make sure your bare limbs are decorated accordingly. Handmade bracelets by Vancouver’s own Sarah Cameron will do the trick with just the right amount of razzle and laidback dazzle. Her Bon Voyage wrist-wrapper ($20) balances a bit of glam (the gold-coloured chain) with athletic-inspiration (rope tied in an adjustable knot).
It’ll look great as the guest of honour at your (no longer bare) arm party. —Kelsey Dundon