Loss of habitat, overfishing, disease, hunted to near-extinction, and other delightful side-effects of the human race are given a cheeky bitchslap by jewelry designer Simon Cardwell, whose line is created stateside from fair-trade gems, and gold and silver that is 100% reclaimed from jewelers' fillings, sweeps, polishings, computer data boards, and old jewelry.
(Fun jewelry factoid: mining enough gold to make the average women's wedding band requires moving about 20 tons of earth...despite the fact that there is sufficient jewelry laying unused and dormant above ground - in safes, vaults, and jewelry boxes, etc. - to meet our collective jewelry needs for the next 50 years.)
The new Cheeky Monkey Endangered Collection showcases 12 fabulously bling-encrusted critters which feature a message pertinent to their plight, including the ode to humble mushroom and fungi everywhere that break down matter and transform it into nutrient-rich compost; On thin ice! (the Polar Bear); Oh bee-have! (Western Honey Bee); What a calam-ity! (Giant Clam); One hot chick! (Emperor Penguin); Don't rein me in! (Knysna Seahorse); and, of course, One Cheeky Monkey! (Golden Headed Langur).
Cheeky celeb monkeys include Drew Barrymore, Liv Tyler, Selma Blair, Eva Longoria, Avril Lavigne, Bonnie Somerville, Jennifer Esposito, America Ferrera, Debra Messing, Jamie Pressly, Kate Walsh, Rebecca Gayheart, Susie Castillio and even the Pussycat Dolls.
Available at CheekyMonkeyJewelry.com.
- Lesley Scott
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