WorldWise Jewelry Launches New Website for its Ethical Jewelry Line

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Vashon Island, Washington designer launches artisan jewelry collection that integrates socially and environmentally responsible practices. Part of the proceeds benefit Women for Women International, a global women’s aid group.

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"buying and wearing beautiful jewelry can be an act of generosity to the world — as well as to yourself or a loved one."

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WorldWise Jewelry is pleased to announce a broad selection of eco-friendly, ethical necklaces, earrings and bracelets available on its newly redesigned website, http://www.worldwisejewelry.com.

The intricate yet organic pieces are handmade by owner and designer Kathy Pine, and feature her distinctive woven, chainmaille, and even knitted precious metal wire techniques. There are selections for everyday, evening and special occasion wear, including striking statement pieces.

Pine is committed to contributing 10 percent of the company’s profits to Women for Women International, which provides women survivors of conflicts and crises with tools and resources to move toward stability. The organization’s approach combines microlending with direct aid, and it has helped more than 150,000 women and their families since 1993.

Pine has been creating jewelry for more than 15 years, and incorporates fair-trade artisan beads, semi-precious gemstones, reclaimed silver and gold and recycled materials into her signature textile technique. Many pieces in her newest line feature colorful beads from Kazuri, a fair trade company in Kenya that employs more than 400 people – primarily single mothers. An early champion of using reclaimed precious metals to avoid the environmental damage caused by new mining, Pine became a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council in 2009, a group which strives “to advance responsible ethical, social and environmental practices…throughout the diamond and gold jewelry supply chain, from mine to retail.” She is currently a member of its Standards Committee.

“The experience of buying and wearing beautiful jewelry can be an act of generosity to the world – as well as to yourself or a loved one,” said Pine. “By choosing jewelry that is environmentally responsible and socially aware, I believe greater honor is given to the special woman in a person’s life.”

For more information about Pine and WorldWise Jewelry, please visit http://www.worldwisejewelry.com.

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