When we discovered this jewelry at a recent show, we were struck by how beautiful the colors of the beads were -- rich, luminous colors that you can't help but love. We stood there forever trying to decide which color to offer and simply couldn't.
So we asked the vendor if she could make us a necklace with all the colors! And here it is. The beads on this funky, elegant necklace are handmade by women in the Philippines using recycled bits of newspapers and magazines.
They use a papier mache technique to roll, sun dry, and polish the beads, and then finish them with a metallic, eco-green paint and non-toxic water seal. Finally, the finished beads are strung on a black satin cord (approx. 40'') that can be tied to any length. You won't believe how lightweight this necklace is -- and so comfortable to wear!
Making these beads provides these women an opportunity to fund community projects and to fight poverty in their towns. They are part of the Gawad Kalinga project whose mission is to end poverty for 5 million families by 2024 and give land to the landless, homes to the homeless, and food to the hungry. (See video)
Help them accomplish that goal and add this great piece to your jewelry wardrobe! Because the chunky beads are handmade, they may vary in size and shape.