A good moment to pause and consider our purchasing patterns is before making a registry because often they represent a big chunk of anticipated purchases. Although there are some voices calling for abolishing the practice of registries altogether given the fact that more and more couples are living together before the wedding, if it’s something you want to embrace I think it can be a sweet way of building a life with help from people you care about. As with favors and other gifts it’s important to remember there is no one right way for any of it to happen.Read More
Last month I claimed this final chapter of the jewelry series would be on ‘everything else.’ Foolhardy, to say the least. Especially working as I do for a small jewelry company that partners with artisans in Haiti to upcycle unconventional materials like steel and horn, I should have been fully in touch with the fact that jewelry can be created out of almost anything.
What I should have said is that we’d be looking at some other common metals used for wedding bands and a couple other gemstone alternatives to diamonds. So know that this is by no means the real Everything Else. There are possibilities of all kinds that can be used to make jewelry. I just had to give myself a little more focus, or this column would have gone on for days.Read More
Diamonds themselves are very old—those formed in the earth are somewhere in the range of several hundred million to several billion years old. But diamond engagement rings are very new. Though rings in various forms have been involved in marriage rituals going back to ancient Rome and Egypt, the very first documented diamond engagement ring was commissioned in 1477 by Archduke Maximillian of Austria.Read More
The jewelry industry is wrought with problematic paradigms—beautiful things are often created at a high human and environmental cost. It does not have to be this way. If we educate ourselves as consumers, we can support a transition to safer and saner practices.Read More
February brings an onslaught of pink and heart-shaped paraphernalia we are instructed to want. Although I can specifically recall walking into a drugstore and very earnestly coveting the teddy bear nearly as tall as me, I’m generally quite wary of token gifts. I know that had that enormous teddy bear entered my home he would have been almost immediately re-homed elsewhere. And that, likely, after a succession of re-homings, would have ended up in a landfill. (Although when it comes to stuffed creatures, I suppose, who knows? I have a now-cyclopian spherical sheep that my dad bought for me at the hospital gift shop on the day I was born, and he’s not going anywhere.)Read More
We encounter countless small choices strewn about our day-to-day lives, and they tend to multiply in the significant moments surrounding weddings. We know these choices have big, yet often invisible, ramifications. We know we can choose to sustain our local economy and businesses whose work we respect or that we can feed into systems of inequality, oppression, and environmental destruction.Read More