"It all started when we met each other in India in the summer of 2004 while I was studying gemology; we fell in love almost instantly and started our life's journey together," reminisces David Aviv about meeting his soulmate and future fashion-partner in crime, Helen Dukat, with whom he co-founded Mango Tree Fitted Bangles: hand-carved & -painted bangles crafted from organic Grade A mango trees that are timbered only when no longer able to yield fruit. "Ever since I was a child I was fascinated by the beauty of nature's treasures; Helen, with her skillful hands and passion for creations was the Ying that completed my Yang. Designing jewelry together is what we love to do most. And our vision is to design and manufacture beautiful high quality products using natural materials from around the world, and to sell them at great prices so that everyone can enjoy them."
Available in 3 styles, 4 different sizes, and in 50 colors (although, because they're made from natural materials, colors and patterns tend to vary slightly from bangle to bangle), there's a Mango Tree bangle - or, even better, a stack of them - that fit whatever you're wearing & whatever your wrist size.
"Our passion and inspiration is definitely derived from all of Gods Wonderful Creations, from diving and observing a coral reef and the abundance of the breathtaking colors and textures of the ocean wild life, to trekking in tropical rainforests with amazing trees, flowers and plant life, and from simply sitting at the different beaches and staring at the waves crashing into the sand," continues David.
"The diversity of India and its travelers opened up our appetite to explore the beautiful world that we live in and venture out into new territories. Since then we have been traveling together from South East Asia to Australia's Outback's, to Europe and South America, searching and sourcing whatever natural resources each country had to offer. Since traveling is no light expense, we had to come up with the funds needed to finance these adventures. Selling our distinctive products using the natural materials available to us was our means of income."
So go ahead & indulge! You're doing a good turn for your wardrobe & the planet, plus you're supporting eco-friendly, artisanal fashion in the process! Available at MangoTreeBangles.com.
- Lesley Scott
(Krishna/mango tree painting: source)