Giveaway: $25 GC to Novica.com, Fair-Trade Artisans Around the World (US, Ends 10/12)

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Have you ever purchased something and wondered who made it?

Have you ever worn a “statement” piece of jewelry and had a story to tell about it?

I own this beautiful necklace, that a friend of mine called “stunning” just in the last few weeks.

quetzal necklace from novica

 

I bought it from Novica.com and because I did, I can tell a story about it.  It has a Quetzal bird in silver surrounding the jade and is made by an artist in Guatemala.  My daughter Rosie was born in Guatemala, so it has special meaning for me in addition to being a gorgeous piece of jewelry.

Novica.com has found artisans from around the world and given them a platform to sell their creations to customers around the world.  More than 2,000 artisans!   Founded twelve years ago, Novica.com is an online, fair-trade marketplace with more than 30,000 offerings.  From jewelry to apparel, or home goods, Novica has unusual, limited edition items.  

Novica is celebrating a renovation of their website.  It’s super easy to navigate – you can filter by region of the world or type of item you are looking for.  There are gift suggestions and all kinds of help to find something unique and fun within your price range.  I think you’ll find the photography of items quite beautiful.  I could spend hours reading the stories and shopping the beautiful things.  Join me and I hope you can find something that you like.

Here are some of my favorites:

novica scarf

Colder weather is coming to Chicago and I love wearing scarves in the winter.  This is beautiful, isn’t it?  It was made on a back strap loom – one of the simplest and earliest means of weaving – by a woman who is part of the association called K’amolon K’i K’ojonel in Guatemala.  When you purchase an item like this, you are not only adding a beautiful hand-made piece to your wardrobe, you are supporting someone who needs your help to sustain themselves, their art and their customs.  I found this when I started in the section called, Unique Gifts.

Novica Sunflower Plate

Speaking of gifts, when you give someone a special gift, isn’t if fun to be able to tell them a story?  Art glass is one of my favorites and I think everyone loves.  The piece above is from Brazil.  The artist says, “Round about 2000, I crafted my first fused glass fruit bowl and I became enchanted with it. I resolved to learn more about this craft and I bought a kiln and the necessary tools. I was completely dedicated to the learning of this craft, all on my own. The most fascinating moment in the crafting of glass pieces is when you open the kiln’s door. There’s nothing like predicting the patterns and hues the paint will take – the end result is magnificent!  One of my dreams has been to present this kind of work to the world, and the Internet offers me that possibility.”  I found this when I started in the section called, Unique Home Decor.

Novica Family Love

Elephants are a powerful symbol in many cultures.  I was searching in Gifts for Mom and found this unusual necklace.  The mother and baby make it a perfect “mother’s necklace”.  The backstory is interesting as well – made in Thailand by a woman named Jantana who is continuing her family’s tradition of jewelry design.  The piece is appropriately named, “Family Love”.

One lucky KLY reader is going to win a $25 Gift Code to Novica.com!  Enter in the Rafflecopter form below and good luck!


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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I was compensated for this post.  It did not influence my opinion, nor would I recommend a product or service to my readers that I don’t believe will offer quality or value to my readers.

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    What a stunning presentation the Blown glass wine glasses, ‘Ruby Globe’ (set of 4) would be on a table.

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    I like the Leather bracelet, ‘Floral Red’. Thanks for the chance to win!
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    I got very distracted from this giveaway looking at all the beautiful bracelets and necklaces! I’m now smitten with pretty much every piece (her cultured pearl bracelets are unbelievably gorgeous) made by the artisan Sasina from Thailand!

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    I like Blue Moon Ring.

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    I like the ‘Lakeshore’ Cotton table runner.
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    Jennifer P - Vicki Vix on Rafflecopter says:

    The silver cuff bracelet “Rain” is one of my favourite items. You can see it at http://jewelry.novica.com/bracelets/cuff/sterling-silver/sterling-silver-cuff-bracelet-rain/210681#. I also pinned it to one of my boards. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Jennifer P - Vicki Vix on Rafflecopter says:

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    Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I have my eye on the Talavera ceramic serving plate, ‘Regal Flora’. I just love this line of gorgeous tableware.

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    I love the Jade Owl sculpture.

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    Carolann Leibenguth says:

    One of my favorite picks would be the womens batik robe made in Indonesia. It really is hard to pick just one thing so many great things to choose from and what a great way to help others.

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    Anita Yancey says:

    I really like the Mystical Petal Blue Chalcedony Pendant Necklace.

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    Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    I like the Pearl dangle earrings in ‘Purity’

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    The elephant necklace is adorable!
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    I like the Pearl and labradorite flower bracelet, ‘Angelic’.

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    The Truth gold plated bracelet is lovely! I have ordered jewelry from Novica and enjoy wearing them!

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    rod jackson says:

    the vigilant owl is my fave and my email sub is djackson1958 at hotmail

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    I like the Alpaca blend sweater, ‘Andean Orange’.

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    Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    I LIKE THE Cultured pearls and gemstone beaded necklace, ‘Green Peonies’.

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    I like the ceramic candleholder, ‘Ivory Snowball’ because of its design! The light emanating from the candleholder would definitely create a cool illusion!

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    Dorothy Teel says:

    I love the items from Novica and I would like to have a set of these for my home Wrought iron ornaments, ‘Holiday Dove’ (set of 4), they are beautiful and I would probably keep them up all year.

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    Carrie Phelps says:

    I have so many favorites but just to name one I would say I love the Lapis lazuli locket necklace, ‘Royal Prayer’.

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    I liked the Sterling silver braid bracelet, ‘Hill Tribe’

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    I like the Artisan Crafted Handcrafted Floral Ceramic Platter Serveware.

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    I really like the Hand Crafted Andean Gemstone Sculpture ; I could put it on my tabletop or desk

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    i love everything in the silver earrings category, esp infinite dance

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    Claire Rheinheimer says:

    I love the Modern Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings!

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    Stephanie Hirsch says:

    I like the Treasured Lotus
    Blue topaz flower earrings, they are gorgeous.

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    laurie nykaza says:

    brass-charm-bracelet-splendor-of-siam/209323 is one of my favorite pieces

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    laurie nykaza says:

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    I like the cobalt wine glass set

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    I love the peridot cloud necklace.

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    Pearl and Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings

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    1955nurse says:

    I love this: http://gifts-for-mom.novica.com/sterling-silver-necklace-soulful/202397// Taxco silver, very unique! Love Novica… Thanks for the chance!

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    Paol Trenny says:

    I like the Carnaval Confetti
    Fair Trade Central American Cotton Hammock (Single)

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    Mippy/Sabrina says:
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    I like Classic in GreyHandcrafted Men’s Alpaca Wool Cardigan by Peru’s Nestor Yana. But it’s really hard to choose just one thing

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    Samantha K says:

    Lanna Greatness, I really like the Lanna Greatness

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    Samantha K says:
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    ellen casper says:

    I like the Crimson Rain Sterling Silver Y Necklace Garnet Necklace Indian Jewelry

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    Kayci Stanley says:

    I love the Lotus Yoga in Teal Floral Jersey Knit Dress.

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    laurie nykaza says:

    iron-wall-lamp-kokopelli-melody this is just so beautiful

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    I love the Sterling silver dangle earrings, ‘Dance of the Unicorns’!

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    I like the May’s Lily of the Valley Hand Crafted Sterling Silver and Emerald Pendant – there were always lily of the valley flowers around my grandma’s house when I was a little girl. Grandma passed when I was 8 (over 30 years ago), and lilies of the valley still remind me of her every time I see them.
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