When celebrating a commitment large or small, shouldn’t the symbol of that sentiment come from a company just as committed as you are to conscious choices? If you haven’t discovered them yet, Turtle Love Co., an online retailer of handmade artisan designer jewelry, should be first on your list for jewelry you can feel thrilled about. Based in Portland, Maine, this eco-friendly, people-friendly brand is the brainchild of Adrianne Zahner and was founded in 2009. Zahner brings together talented designers to offer unique engagement rings, fine jewelry, and everyday pieces handcrafted with care and a commitment to the planet.
We talk a lot about the challenges of eco fashion production and marketing here at EcoSalon. The truth is that it’s not enough just to be green – a brand that develops a following must not only be green, but better than the competition that isn’t green. It’s not every day that a values-driven business can deliver products, service and an experience that stand out on their own merits. It’s a tall order and the people who pull it off inspire us – and deserve success. Just take a look at Turtle Love’s customer review page. The love for product, planet and people is so evident. Turtle Love Co.’s mission is a simple one, Zahner says: they want to thrill you. Count us in.
Here are a few of our current favorites.
I love how modern and strong this simple diamond engagement ring is. $3,300.
This Silver Equinox Moon Necklace is just what Santa wants to get for me, I can tell. $170 (Turtle Love Co. does engagements right, but they also feature a large assortment of pendant necklaces, which are so perfect for every day mixing and matching.)
Delicate Nest Diamond Stud Earrings (also in silver) are also at the top of Santa’s list for this editor. $475
You can also check out the new, exclusive collections by designers Michele Scholnick, Laura Serrafero and Adel Chefridi (something tells me those stacking rings won’t last long). Even the packaging is mindfully made!
We’ve all heard of “conflict diamonds,” but the importance of staying away from the Macy’s jewelry counter can’t be emphasized enough. A gift of jewelry is special, and the piece should be sourced, produced and sold in the spirit of what the piece represents: an honoring and a commitment to a special person (even if it’s you!). That’s love.
Editor’s note: Turtle Love is a proud sponsor of EcoSalon. We feel great about sharing their earth-friendly, people-friendly products and story with you, and would love to hear your feedback. We rarely publish sponsored posts, so when we do, you can be assured it’s a brand we believe in and think you’ll love, too. (And we will always tell you.) Feel free to drop us a line at contact at ecosalon dot com or leave a comment sharing your thoughts.