In 2004, Carolyn Rafaelian started making jewelry in Rhode Island. Her goal, she said, was to create items that “adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit.” She named her business Alex and Ani, after two of her daughters. The company manufactures and/or assembles all of its jewelry in the USA.
Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!The latest jewelry from Alex and Ani is a departure that reaches a new level of sophistication.The new crystal necklaces are especially attractive. Left, the Golden Ray Spike Pendant Necklace. Center, the Rose Glow Spike Pendant Necklace. Right, the Icy Moon Spike Pendant Necklace.Matching earrings are also available.
The newest “Carry Light” necklaces are really special, made with copper saved from the restoration of the Statue of Liberty.
See all the Alex and Ani designs here.
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We’ve just checked-out the latest releases from Uncommon Goods and, happily, there are 41 American-Made items. Here are some of our favorites:First up is a six-pack carrier for your bike. It’s made from reclaimed bike tube material and upcycled tent fabric, and has a handle for use off the bike.This can carrier for your bike is by the same maker.If you can never get enough heat when dining out, try this set of fiery travel-sized sauces: jalapeño, tequila, and lime (medium), scotch bonnet and ginger (hot), and red habanero with black coffee (hot). They are vegan, sugar-free and preservative-free.Have a stressful day ahead? Infuse the aroma pad in your new aromatherapy scarf with a few drops of essential oil and wrap yourself in calming comfort. Created by a psychotherapist.
This handmade razor blade sharpener can extend your razor’s life by 5-7 times. All you do is wet your razor and move the blades against the honing service a few times. Works for both men’s and women’s razors.
Finally, brighten up your surroundings with wild flowers. Pick a color range, then plant indoors or out to see Mother Nature’s vibrant hues.
Kudos to 1-800-Flowers, which is now offering a selection of bouquets grown in the USA. None of them is specifically for Valentine’s Day, but unless your honey is hung up on red roses, you’ll find some lovely choices here.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, hordes of hopeful men will head out in search of sexy underthings for their girlfriends and wives. Unfortunately, much of what they’ll buy will be tacky “teddies,” chafing thongs and other garments that women hate.
This year, take a different approach and buy something elegant, luxurious and more likely to make her feel good about herself. Better fabrics, modern designs and a little more coverage can go a long way toward making your honey feel beautiful and desirable. Here are some ideas, all made in the USA.
The Flora Nkrooz Showstopper Robe is a perfect example of a grown-up lingerie gift. it’s sensual, luxurious and has the surprise of a sheer back when she turns around.The Showstopper Chemise, also by Flora Nikrooz is just lovely, with flowered coverage on the bodice, a sheer back and a flowing skirt.
Really good lingerie is usually made of silk. It feels great against the skin and looks beautiful. These Arak’s Cadel Slips are available in black and phthalo ( a blue-green; and no, we never heard that word before either).The Hanky Panky Ariel Lace Bodysuit has plenty of coverage, but its see-through lace shows off her curves.Speaking of curves, don’t hold back on the lingerie just because your woman is plus-size. As long as she enjoys wearing sexy things, there are plenty of gifts available in her size, such as this Signature Lace Bodysuit.A shy girl might appreciate this Magnolia Knit Chemise, from Flora Nikrooz. It’s more pretty than provocative, but still perfect for a romantic evening.
The same goes for this Commando Peacock Black Print Chemise, although it’s color scheme is a little more exotic.The Hanky Panky Shadow Stripe Bodysuit has complete coverage in the front, but the back is all peek-a-boo openings, and the bottom one cuts very low.Another option is the Debutante Maxi-Slip.And finally, Faux Fur and Satin Robes by Giraffe at Home.