Saturday, November 10, 2012

Eco Chic Gifts for Her

Whether you are treating yourself or someone special on your holiday list, these statement necklaces make for truly memorable gifts.
Tayrona Park: A notice-me necklace with a unique combo of acai, orejero and bombona seeds.
Cartagena: These tagua necklaces are composed of tagua nut petals with exotic shapes and vibrant colors which make them very chic and feminine, while staying on the right side of sustainability.

Cafe Latte: The coffee beans, acai seeds and camajuro seeds make for a big piece that feels superlight, so you will feel comfortable wearing it day and night.

Amazon Rainforest: Go eco chic and look gorgeous while you are at it with this line of necklaces made from tagua nut and acai seeds from the Amazon Rainforest (South America).
Terranova: The beautiful fall colors of burgundy and camel paired together create a color pop necklace, great for daytime or a night on the town.
Cayman Islands: This necklace, designed with a large heart-shaped congolo nut, bulls eye seeds and red acai seeds, will bring exotic allure to your look.
Calypso: A large turquoise tagua nut is beautifully paired with a strand of red bombona seeds in an artful combination of color and size.
Aloha: A design of utmost delicacy, Aloha can be worn long or wrapped around your neck once, for a glamorous touch. This piece stands out with confidence, whether displayed in full view or glancing from beneath a jacket.
Tango: This one-of-a-kind, hand crocheted necklace is composed of red tagua nuts, red choclo and platino seeds and small pieces of avocado nut.
Tahiti: This cool multi-strand necklace, made from acai seeds, coconut shell and tagua nut, is an effortless way to wear eco-chic jewelry and look fabulous at the same time. 

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The tagua nut: the vegetable ivory

Have you ever heard of tagua? It's a nut that grows on the palm trees in the rainforests of South America, and is commonly referred to as "vegetable ivory" or "plant elephant". These nuts are usually about the size of a walnut, but they can be as small as an olive or as large as an orange. They are pure cellulose and before the nuts mature, they are soft and can be eaten.

We love working with tagua for many reasons, the cultivation and commercialization of these seeds help hundreds of families that are employed by the tagua nut production market. It is their livelihood to protect the resources among which they live and work.

Tagua nuts are as dense as ivory, this is why they are viewed as a sustainable alternative to the ivory derived from elephants. Sadly, elephants must die for their precious ivory. But tagua palms are a renewable resource; as long as their native habitat is preserved and sufficient seeds are left to perpetuate the palms.

A single female tagua palm may produce up to 50 pounds of nuts in a year. That’s roughly the amount of ivory in an average African elephant tusk. The elephant yields its ivory only once, while the palm produces nuts year after year.

Tagua is our main raw material, and can be transformed into beautiful jewelry pieces like the  Tango necklace with two large tagua nuts.

The Cartagena necklace, composed of tagua nut petals.

Tagua nuts and other vegetable ivory plants not only can help save at least a part of the South American rainforests, but also help to preserve the elephants.
Photo courtesy of: Macrame Project, Lee Valley, Beth Wicker, Big Life Foundation.

Friday, October 19, 2012

It's all in the accessories

Outfits that are both striking and effortless do wonders for your appearance. Here is a stunning example sure to help you make an entrance. For that final touch just add our Cardinal bracelet and Thalia earrings.

Every woman has a "little black dress", right? How about a pair of eco chic earrings to go with it? Our new Thalia earrings and the Cardinal bracelet are handmade with Peruvian huayruro seeds and go with pretty much anything!

Thalia earrings

Cardinal bracelet
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Burgundy: Dare to Wear It


Call it Burgundy, Bordeaux, Wine, Deep Red,'s definitely the “it” color this fall. “This sumptuous shade is flirtatious and even slightly provocative,” says color expert Kate Smith of “The woman who wears it has an allure that is hard to ignore.”  Dare to wear it!

A Fall runway favorite, this rich, intense color is as sexy as red yet as versatile and chic as basic black.

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney introduced biodegradable soles for Fall/Winter 2012. The cruelty-free shoes feature soles made from Apinat, a biodegradable thermoplastic derived from natural and renewable raw materials.

Irma Guzman Eco Jewelry Terranova Necklace
The Terranova necklace, made from bombona seeds is an attention-getting accent for any look.

Tory Burch Opalina skirt
Tory Burch's Opalina skirt, in burgundy and pink, is crafted from silk and adorned with ruffles and a finely pleated hem.
Irma Guzman Eco Jewelry Paloma earrings
Irma Guzman Eco Jewelry's Paloma earrings are just fun and flirty, a must have for fall! Made from bombona seeds.  

Sharon Barber Purses Bordeaux Velvet
Custom Beebi Bag dressed in Burgundy Velvet and artful cross decoration from Sharon Barber Purses.

Diane von Firstenberg Opalista Stacked Wedge Bootie
A carved wooden platform grounds this Diane von Furstenberg wedge bootie.

Forzieri Gloves
Forzieri Women's Burgundy Cashmere Lined Italian Leather Gloves.

Irma Guzman Eco Jewelry Bordeaux Necklace

The Bordeaux necklace, the dark blue of these tagua nut petals is equally as vibrant as the deep red hue.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

New York Fashion Week Spring 2013: Orange, Our Favorite Trend

"Whether it's a hot coral or a pale sherbet shade, full-on or just used as an accent, orange stands out amongst a sea of white and black looks for spring" ~ NM Daily
Street Style Scene at the Spring 2013 Shows
Some of the most prominent trends from the Spring 2013 preview collections included muted florals, tons of stripes, relaxed silhouettes, white-on-white outfits and lots of orange.
Chado Ralph Rucci
Over the years, orange has grown in popularity and acceptance among designers and consumers alike, encouraging those who were once shy about using bold colors to give them a chance by pairing them with versatile neutrals to exude a more subtle confidence.

Diane Von Furstenberg
 Besides, orange (tangerine tango, was chosen Pantone's Color of the Year for 2012, so it's definitely that orange will remain popular in 2013.
Victoria Beckham
Orange is a fun yet tough color to get right. Try to find the shades that best combine with your skin tone.
Diane von Furstenberg
Pair orange with other warm colors or cool shades such as teal or turquoise.
Rachel Zoe
Orange is a surprisingly versatile color and makes a striking statement.
Peter Som
Our favorite eco-chic look: Osklen who uses eco friendly materials in their collections.
You can also embrace orange through accessories that will allow you to instantly brighten up your look. Take a look at our Amazon Rainforest necklace in orange and pink.
Irma Guzman Eco Jewelry
Michelle necklace
Irma Guzman Eco Jewelry
Carmen, tagua nut bracelet, a chic row of tagua nut rectangles with natural markings and striations that make each bracelet unique.
Irma Guzman Eco Jewelry
Our Frida earrings are just fun and flirty, they feature tagua nut petals, geometric shaped brass beads, and Chinese-inspired coins on both sides of each tagua petal.
Irma Guzman Eco Jewelry
Cartagena necklace in orange and pink,is composed of tagua nut petals with exotic shapes and vibrant colors which make it very chic and feminine while staying on the right side of sustainability.
Irma Guzman Eco Jewelry

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Jewelry Organizing Ideas

Having trouble organizing your jewelry? Check out these easy and inexpensive ideas that will help you keep your jewelry organized, visible and handy.
To make this necklace display you will need some chic door knobs in different colors and shapes and a pretty wood frame. Karapaslay.
You will see all of your earrings at a glance with this idea! Use shadow boxes and a screen mesh, cut the screen to size and staple it to the back of the boxes. Decoratrix.
Love this idea for both necklaces and earrings, take a piece of wood, cover it with fabric and add hooks. The jar collection.
Love this rake organizer.Hang the rake on a screw, rake prongs down. Arrange your necklaces on the prongs. The look today.
How about this one? You will only need a cork board and thumb pins to hang your necklaces. Hub pages. I hope this post has given you some ideas to redo your jewelry storage system and also hope your daily ritual of choosing jewelry is fun ... again!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Green: The Summer-to-Fall color

Summer welcomes Fall by featuring an array of stunning green shades to fit every taste, from bags and jewelry, to shoes and nail polish. What is your favorite shade of green?

1. Talbots Fall  2.Cosmetic pouch by Milloo
3. Wrap watch by Anthropologie 4. Cartagena necklace by Irma Guzman
5. Steve Madden 7. Flower brooch by Brigite
7. Crumpet scarf 8. Fossil 9. Green peacock ring by Tessa

You can incorporate green to your wardrobe and mix it with other colors. These are our favorite color combinations:

Green and Royal Blue with Orange

Green and Pink

 Green and Yellow


Green and Purple

Carmen Electra looks radiant in this unexpected color combo.

Green and Brown

Cumbia earrings by Irma Guzman

Evergreen Necklace by Irma Guzman

Orange and Green
Reese's dark forest green sweater with a rust colored scarf is such a casual chic look.

Only Green

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, stopped by a reception at the British Consul-General's residence wearing a belted emerald green dress and a leopard-print clutch, both by Diane von Furstenberg

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