Fair Accessories for the Holidays

Is anyone else out there suspicious of all those sparkly, glittery accessories available at the mall? I certainly am. I want to know who made them and how much they were paid. You’ll have an extra glow at the office Christmas party this year with these Fairtrade and Fairmined accessories.

Need to add a little something to jazz up your holiday finest?


‘Double Helix’ Earings by Hovey Lee $48.00

Hovey Lee’s first jewellery collection garnered positive attention from both the arts and fashion world. Hovey Lee upholds the standards of the Fair Trade Federation and the No Dirty Gold Campaign to ensure that all her pieces are made in a way that brings dignity to miners and ensures sustainable mining practices. Add these reclaimed brass accessories to your holiday finery and you’ll feel merry and bright (clever you for seeking out Fairtrade accessories!) the whole night through.

Canada’s ethical diamonds sparkle on the hands of people the world over. Did you know Canada is also home to Fairtrade and Fairmined jewellers?


Custom jewellery from Hume Atelier.

Vancouver based Hume Atelier specializes in bespoke jewellery using Fairtrade and Fairmined gold. They believe in connecting clients to producers and helping people become aware of the people behind their unique products.

T’is the season to pop the question!


Engagement rings from the Fairtrade Jewellery Company in Toronto.

Toronto’s Fairtrade Jewellery Company was the first Fairtrade certified jeweller in North America and is proud to use Fairtrade and Fairmined gold for their jewellery. If you’re planning on popping the question this holiday season make sure the future of the gold miner will be as bright as your future together.


Wedding Expectation

I was married 3 months ago. And, while our wedding day was near perfect and full of congratulations and celebration, I was shocked by the response to our engagement. Rather than being flooded with congratulations we were met with heavy expectations. No one was interested in celebrating with us despite the previous months of teasing and questioning as to when we would get married. Everyone had their own expectations about what a wedding should be. We heard a lot of “well, we wish you had decided to wait a year.” And, “you’re not supposed to get married in a recession.” Friends were hurt because they didn’t receive the rolls they expected in the wedding. The week leading up to the wedding became a battle to have our reception outside. It didn’t meet expectations.

These expectations followed us after the wedding. Thanks were not sent out quick enough. Christmas cards were never sent and people, I think, expected them.

So, for me, the final sending out of the Thank Yous feels like a form of closure. To be sure, I am grateful for all that was given and said and done for our wedding. We received such an outpouring of love in the form of gifts, we still haven’t had time to wade through it all. But, I’ll be glad when that last Thank You note is sent out and I can close this chapter of my life, a chapter that was nothing like what I thought it would be.