"People may say money is not everything, but in reality, where eating three times a day is a privilege, it is necessary to earn a living." These are the words of Balinese artist, Nyoman Naranata, who now sells his work through Novica, a company dedicated to making talented artisans, such as himself, accessible to the world.
While personally discovering treasures in markets across the globe will always be exciting, for most of us, travel doesn't happen often enough. On the flip side, despite their talent, many of these artists are located in rural areas and can go months without making a good sale. Through Novica.com, the miles are diminished. As a copper artisan from Peru explained, "The biggest achievement of my life has been to give a good education to my four children. All my children have studied in the university, in part thanks to Novica."
Novica.com, which is part of the National Geographic family, offers thousands of limited edition and one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, fashion and home decor treasures handmade by master artisans from regions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Goods are categorized according to region and type and there's even a "gift finder" so you can search through headings such as "For Him," "Under $25," and "Good Luck Gifts."
I fell in love with a number of the necklaces, but two pieces in particular spoke to me. One was this "Goddess Choker" made of colorful gemstones from Thailand.
The eye catching piece came with a story about the artist, a description of the piece and a hand written note making it all the more personal and special.
The other was 'Elephant Journeys,' which Novica is generously gifting to one lucky Luxe Angeles Mom reader. This gorgeous sterling silver elephant necklace (worth $54.99) was handcrafted by Taiwanese artist, Jantana.
It depicts a family of elephants setting out to explore the world. In many Asian cultures, elephants symbolize happiness, longevity and luck.
To Enter :
1. Leave a comment below by Thursday June 27th, 2013.
2. Daily comments as daily entries are allowed.
1 winner will be chosen. US Residents only.
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Note: Thanks to NOVICA for helping to facilitate this feature. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Posted on Thu, June 13, 2013
by Elise Edwards filed under