I've always liked international arts as I find them very unique and intriguing. Most of my jewelry and small art works come from trips I've been on. It's just more exciting buying something abroad as I'll always remember where it came from. If I had a chance, I'd travel the world, but obviously it's not quite possible at the moment. For those of you who are like me and are not able to do much traveling, there is Novica.com.
Novica isn't just about selling international arts. Their mission is to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. As a result, people like you and I can now have access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values. Instead of artists going through multiple distributors to sell their crafts and getting a small profit, they can now sell directly to the buyer and make a larger profit for themselves which will allow them to support their families better. Novica also tells you about the artist you are buying from, that way you know where your item came from and who made it. Isn't it nicer to buy something from a person who spent time to make the item as oppose to buying something mass-produced at a factory from a department store? I would think so.
Novica supplied me with a gift code to purchase something on their website for my review. As a Canadian, it's always hard to find a company with fair shipping rates. All rates to US start at free or a couple bucks. To Canada it's a different story. That's how I limited my search. I narrowed it down that the cheapest shipping rates (about $10) are from Bali and Java and if I got a small jewelry item, then I would be able to "afford" it. I browsed through hundreds of earrings and decided to pay a bit extra and get something I actually liked.
I got the "Rose Pendulums" pearl drop earrings. I liked the design and while I was looking at the earrings photo, I got to learn about the creator too! I learned that they are made by a woman named Indah. Her husband is a silversmith, and he taught her his craft. They work on designing the jewelry together.
When I received the package I saw how much love went into putting it together. The earrings were placed in a big jewelry box with a paper flower on top. It came with a small envelope which contained a postcard from Bali! AND there was a small booklet which told me about the item I got and the creator of it. All these little things just make you feel more special. I was very impressed with the quality of the earrings themselves. They looked just as good as on the picture. The earrings are made with .925 sterling silver and freshwater pearls. I've been wearing them almost everyday, slept and showered in them and they are still as good as new.
Shopping at Novica.com is now my most memorable online shopping experience to date. I hope I can purchase more items through them and explore the world from home. They don't only sell handmade jewelry, they have a variety of dinnerware, statuettes, paintings, clothes. If you don't know where to start looking you can browse by categories such as gifts for her, gifts for mom, gifts for him and gifts under $30.
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Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation to write this post. I received a free Gift Certificate to purchase a product mentioned above in order to provide my honest opinion.