If you haven’t experienced the awesomeness of the Andean Collection, I hope you’re sitting down. Their products are that awesome.
How about that bracelet? That’s the Acai Wrap Bracelet (in Classic Multi) which I adore. This bracelet features hand-dyed açaí seeds that are offset by copper-colored glass beads. Need I mention that it goes with everything? In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it goes with literally everything. And I don’t throw “literally” around all that liberally.
Let’s move on, shall we? The Andean Collection has some breathtaking earrings as well (I’m a sucker for a jewelry…I’m pretty sure that’s been established). I adore these stunners, the Floresta Earrings in Berry. They’re so festive and sassy!
Earrings like these are the perfect summer accessory…they would be the bee’s knees in that cute little summer outfit while on vacation…or anywhere, for that matter. Earrings these pretty should be worn liberally and often!
This is the necklace I received, the Colorblock Rope Necklace, in Berry. It is beautiful. As you can see from the picture, it features orange and a beautiful shade of purple. It is a generous 84 inches long, which means it can be worn quite a few different ways, which makes the necklace versatile and utterly fabulous. The Colorblock Rope Necklace is made in Ecuador, like the rest of the amazing stuff you’ll find at Andean Collection.
Along with the Andean Collection necklace, I received two of their gorgeous Riverbed Bracelets; one in Berry and one in Ivory. The Riverbed Bracelet features tagua that is so finely polished it resembles the stones found in the riverbeds (hence the name) of roaring rapids. The Riverbed Bracelet, like all of their bracelets, is available in a stunning array of colors…from a neutral Nude to a soft Pink Grapefruit to a bold Tomato, and everything in between.
But, more important than the fabulousness of their products — which also includes rings, belts, hats, and scarves — is the story of Andean Collection. Andean Collection is diverse, like the world around us. And that’s because they work with artisans in the Andean (get the connection? I knew you would!) regions of South America. And, you can rest assured that Andean Collection products are fair trade.
For instance, the tag hanging from my Colorblock Necklace read:
Handmade in Ecuador by Olga & Cesar
“Our life has been difficult, but our children will have a better future, thanks to the people like you who buy our jewelry.”
Prior to working with Andean Collection, Olga sold grain at a local market, and Cesar worked in a poncho workshop, often forgoing meals so their children could eat. Now they can afford nutritious food, have invested in their home workshop, and are able to provide an education for their children.
Andean Collection was founded by Amanda Judge in 2008 to bring sustainable change to impoverished communities in South America. Through the efforts of Amanda and her New York team, talented artisans have the opportunity to participate in the global marketplace. The relationship between the New York team and the Ecuadorian artisans translates into chic new designs inspired by both the urban feel of New York City and Ecuador’s natural beauty. The jewelry you will find at Andean Collection is currently created by more than 40 artisans who hand-craft every single design in Ecuador, using local materials.
In addition (and I love this part!), Andean Collection’s non-profit arm, Andean Project, helps ensure that the sustainable change is healthy and productive, while also addressing poverty-related social issues. Andean Project is funded through sales as well as private donations.
I cannot encourage you enough to check out Andean Collection on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. You’ll want to get the latest scoop on their fabulous jewelry and accessories as well as all the feel-good things they’re doing!
I was not compensated for writing this post. Andean Collection provided product for review. My opinions are 100% mine and 100% honest.