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Lapis Birds with Malachite Earrings

I have to admit, I have a weakness for unconventional, handmade jewelry, so I was quite eager to own something from Black Rabbit Handmade Jewelry. The business is run by a mother-daughter team based in Vermont who have a passion for creating jewelry inspired by nature. The company was named for their pet—you guessed it—an adorable black rabbit, photos of whom you can find on their blog.

A quick browse through the Black Rabbit online catalog of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces reveals incredibly striking colors and designs. The designers incorporate precious metals with beads and pendants made of semiprecious stones, glass, crystal, or natural materials—such as bone, horn, shell, mother of pearl, nut, seed, and wood—to create pieces you are not going to find in traditional jewelry stores.

I was certainly not disappointed with my beautiful lapis birds when they arrived. According to the Black Rabbit ladies, the birds were hand-carved in Afghanistan. They added green malachite beads and sterling silver Bali rondelles. The earrings are a colorful yet understated complement to many outfits, and I feel elegant and funky at the same time whenever I put them on. At times, I even enjoy tossing my head from side to side to watch the birds fly!

In addition to offering beautiful trinkets at fair prices, Black Rabbit Handmade Jewelry offers free shipping within the United States, no matter how much or how little you buy. Pick up something handmade for a friend or loved one, or just spoil yourself a little. It is fabulous to support small, women-led businesses whenever you can. It just feels good, doesn't it? And honestly, who can say no to that beautiful black bunny?

Written by: April D. Boland, September 17th 2009