Be My Valentine: Erica Weiner Jewelry
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
11 days til Valentine’s Day! “They do not love that do not show their love.” — William Shakespeare, The Two Gentleman of Verona, 1590-1591 Show your love for both your sweetheart and Mother Earth this Valentine’s Day with one of Erica Weiner Jewelry’s charming and environmentally-conscious creations. As a Carbonfund.org partner, Manhattan-based designer Erica Weiner reduces her business’s carbon footprint by 300 percent each year by donating to energy efficiency, reforestation, and renewable energy projects in the US and abroad through Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction program. But of course, her business’s commitment doesn’t stop there. Nearly half of the materials that go into her quirky baubles and jewels are vintage, sourced from dead stocks, and crafted from repurposed materials — and all are hand-refurbished, hand-made, and packaged for sale using reused materials. For her special edition 2010 Valentine’s Day collection, Erica Weiner drew from her treasure trove of hundreds of ’70s-era heart-shaped charms, lockets, and chains she’s salvaged over the years from vintage shops and overstock warehouses around New England. The resulting bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are all absolutely fanciful and one-of-a-kind, all offering a funky mix of shapes, colors, and metals. (My fave: The Limited Edition V-Day Vintage Heart Charm Bracelet on Pink Chain.) Don’t like hearts? Check out her Double Initial Gold Vermeil Letterpress Necklace, which will be individually crafted for you and your Valentine — bearing each of your initials — by combining antique moveable iron type pieces originally used on hand-cranked Vandercook Proof Presses. Visit the Erica Weiner Jewelry store on Etsy.com to see the whole Valentine’s Day collection. You can also locate a boutique in your area that sells Erica Weiner Jewelry or view her list of merchants by state.