My sustainable shopping habits does not end with clothes, I am also looking to shop more sustainably for accessories and even furniture. Much like handbags I have stopped buying cheap throw away jewelry. You think you are getting a deal when you buy inexpensive jewelry; but when you buy junk jewelry at $20 a pop it only lasts 6-8 months before the “gold” is removed and you are left with a crappy piece of broken down metal. I now only buy quality jewelry that is preferably, made sustainably and cruelty free. So I was over joyed when Au-Rate reached out to me, this was a brand that I could really get behind and they are based right here in New York, Brooklyn to be exact.
The piece I am wearing is the Geometric Hamsa necklace. A Hamsa is an open palm generally thought to be the right hand, and is supposed to offer protection and ward off the evil eye. So, it is a no brainer I chose this piece, we could all use a little protection in these trying times. Au-Rate uses only 14- and 18-karat gold, pearls from Japan and the South Sea and S1-Clarity diamonds. So you can be rest assured the materials are cruelty free as well as excellent quality. But the best part? The beautiful, contemporary, on trend designs. I love when a company hits all the marks for me: sustainable, locally made, gorgeous designs, and relatively affordable. The pieces range from $100 to up to $680 if they include diamonds.
I am excited to drop in to one of their stores here in New York, but for those who do not live near one of their stores they have free shipping, home try-on, and a life time warranty. So if you are in the market for good quality, beautifully made, sustainable jewelry be sure to head on over to Aurate.com
Much like the last week’s post my look is a combination of pre-loved and new items. The super on-trend trench dress is from Banana Republic and I got it at a second-hand thrift shop in North Port, Long Island. I paid $26 for it, and it even had dry cleaning tags on it, how cool is that? I paired it with my cheeky red Hello Kitty bag from PINKO and the dad like scuba sneakers are from Micheal Kors. The sunnies are fast fashion and are from Forever 21 I believe, and the ring is hand-made and from Italy.
I shot this look with Elle of the Elle Diaries who took these photos. It was a nice quite day in Manhattan as most people had left the city for the shores. After the shoot we had a lovely dinner at a sidewalk cafe and with the sunny skies and low humidity it was a wonderful way to end the day.
Photos of me by Elle, jewelry photos, art direction and photo manipulation by moi
Disclosure: This post features products received in exchange for review. All thoughts are entirely my own.