Written by contributing writer, Jacalyn Beales.
They say that what you wear defines who you are. And sometimes, who we are is bold and eclectic, or shy and minimalist. For some, the bold statement of a chunky necklace speaks loudly whilst others, like yours truly, keep our accoutrements minimal and understated. But no matter our tastes or style, there’s always a piece of jewelry or accessory we can’t go without. It’s like Jada Pinkett-Smith said: “If I had my way, I'd wear jewelry, a great pair of heels and nothing else.”
Finding that elusive piece of jewelry with which you adorn yourself can be challenging. Many of us stumble around the internet, spending hours searching hundreds of online stores simply hoping to find that perfectly versatile piece. But what if there was a better online marketplace, brimming with beautiful jewelry, both classic and nouveau?
Luckily for us, there is. It’s called Uncommon Goods, and it’s your new favourite place to shop for all things unique — and otherwise.
Founded in 1999, the privately owned, Brooklyn-based retailer features handcrafted goods and unique designs in harmony with the environment — and without harm to animals or people. Running operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, the company makes it their mission to support and provide a platform both for artists and designers. In fact, half of the items sold by Uncommon Goods are handmade, and as a founding B Corporation, the company boasts an impressive profile, including great wages for employees and low environmental impact. Through its Better to Give program, Uncommon Goods has been able to donate over $1 million to charities around the world, making your purchase well worth every penny.
The selection of uniquely designed pieces from the company is fascinating. What I love about Uncommon Goods is that each piece has its own story; whether it’s a handmade ring, a woven bracelet or a fashionably functional watch, every item of jewelry from Uncommon Goods weaves an interesting tale, making each piece distinctively its own. That’s because the company supports artists and designers whose remarkable pieces are available for addition to your own collection. And often, these are pieces you can’t find anywhere else.
I’m currently obsessed with my own piece of jewelry from Uncommon Goods, the Horseshoe Cuff Ring. Having spent over a decade working with horses, the piece instantly spoke to me and my love of the animal. But perhaps the most significant part of the ring is the wonderfully evocative attention to detail and individuality. With a story of its own, the Horseshoe Cuff Ring was designed by Dana Reed, a local Chicago artist whose line of sophisticated pieces was inspired by the iconic shape and influence of the horseshoe. It’s comfortable fit and beautiful gold detailing remind me of my love for horses every time I peer down at it, wrapped nicely around my finger. Maybe it will even bring me some good luck!
My ring arrived nestled in a vibrant orange box, and included a small card telling me about the designer of my ring. It was the perfect touch, and makes me feel good knowing I’m wearing a piece of craftsmanship I can’t get anywhere else. It’s such a versatile piece, that I wear it whilst writing at home, or out for drinks with friends. I’ve received so many compliments on it already that I suspect my loved ones will have a tough time convincing me to wear anything else — jewelry, that is!
With a wide range of jewelry to choose from — like their gorgeous necklaces, which you can check out here — there’s a uniquely stunning piece waiting for you at Uncommon Goods. Every purchase you make results in $1 donated to the nonprofit of your choice, so you don’t even have to worry about buyer’s remorse. Which is great, because, well…shopping. It also doesn’t hurt that you’re shopping with a company dedicated to operating harmoniously with the environment. Not all hand-crafted retailers can say the same.
So whether you add the Horseshoe Cuff Ring to your jewelry repertoire, or grab a hand-forged bracelet for everyday wear, you’ll own a distinctive piece whose impact on artists and the environment is life-changing.
Disclosure: Jacalyn was sent the Horseshoe Cuff Ring to review.