It was the summer of 1991, months away from my second birthday. As an almost two-year-old who regularly observed my surroundings, my mind was stirring with much anticipated birthday gift ideas. Finally, my mom asked the infamous question all children eagerly wait to hear: “Emmy, what do you want for your birthday?” Without a stall or hesitation in my tone, I quickly blurted out, “Ear-wers pier-werced.” Huh? What? My mother’s face drew a blank. I swallowed and attempted this difficult tangle of words I’d overheard many a time while my mom would get ready. “Ear-wers pier-werced.” Eventually my mother caught on. “You want your ears pierced!?” She blurted out, surprised and impressed at my answer. After multiple conversations with my dad and more persistence on my end, my parents agreed to let me get my ears pierced for my second birthday.
Let’s be real: I was only two! I have no recollection of this memory, but after hearing this story retold at countless family dinners and gatherings, it still brings a smile to my face. Years later, when popping on a pair of earrings, I am instantly reminded of this memory.
Now as an adult, I oddly have been sparse and selective when it comes to jewelry shopping. Typically, I only wear my wedding ring. Other times you’re lucky to spot me in a chunky statement necklace. I adore the look of unique and quality jewelry, yet rarely invest in it myself.
When I was given the opportunity to partner with Love Justly, a curated marketplace for discounted ethical products, I surprised myself by selecting an accessory I don’t often sport: earrings. Not just any simple earrings. I chose to review the White and Black Stone Earrings by Starfish Project.
What stood out to me most about these unique finds was the pattern: black and white spots with hints of tan and gray. They give off an almost textured appearance, while remaining smooth and light weight. I love how their simple coloring makes them extremely versatile, easily pairing with any outfit I pull together.
The original designer of these earrings, Starfish Project, is on a mission to provide holistic care to women who’ve escaped human trafficking and explotation in Asia. Through this program, women are not only trained how to create beautiful jewelry, but are also given the opportunity to become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers. Beyond vocational training, women receive healthcare, shelter, counseling and education grants for themselves and their children.
On occassion, brands do not sell all their seasonal merchandise. Even ethical brands, who do not mass produce their garments or products, can still end up with excess pieces. Though nearly all ethical brands attempt to avoid this, it still happens! What to do with gorgeous products from past seasons? Why not create a marketplace for discounted ethical shopping. Thanks to Love Justly, frugal, ethical finds are just a click away. Artisans still receive a full, fair wage from the original company, yet you can find beautiful and unique ethically made products from past seasons at a lower cost.
Time and time again, I hear that ethical shopping is too expensive to be realistic for an everyday consumer. We have bills to keep up with, mouths to feed, most of us are just getting by! I hear you. Our heart behind our blog is to offer a selection of brands and ethically made goods at a variety of price points. There are times when you can afford to save up for a luxury garment and there are seasons where this is not possible. Ethical shopping should not be exclusive.
If you are on a strict budget and are eager to shop more ethically, I encourage you to peruse Love Justly. Currently, my Black and White Stone Earrings are $13.99. Additionally, we are excited to offer all our readers 20% your first purchase at Love Justly by using the code ADAYPACK at checkout! Ethical earrings for only $11? Yes. That’s right. You’re welcome!
Note: Thank you, Love Justly, for gifting me these earrings. For the sake of transparency, we were not paid for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own!