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By choosing organic jewelry as opposed to stone or metal, you are making a consumer choice to combat the environmental hazards and degradation of natural lands created in the processes of mining stone or metal and refining metals. No materials are wasted in our production process. All are biodegradable. Any extra wood from production of jewelry is used as fuel for cooking or composted into the garden, and bone or horn scraps are composted in the garden.
All materials we use for carving our organic jewelry are native to the region in which we create our goods and are sourced from only licensed, regulated wood sellers or as a result of obtaining food (coconut shell, bone & horn). In addition to the importance of using sustainable resources, the materials are chosen also for their natural beauty. We do not use any varnishes or other surface treatments, but rather utilize the natural colors of the raw materials. These native woods do not require pesticides or fertilizer to grow. Any exotic or rare species we use is plantation grown not wild harvested. We do not buy materials from the black market or use any old growth wood. We pride ourselves in the careful hand selection of our materials.
All the bone and horn we use is sourced from local, small farms where the animals are raised by hand for meat production or plowing fields, and is a main food source of Indonesian peoples. The water buffalo bone is a remnant of meat production and farming on the neighboring islands of Lombok and Java. No parts of the animal are wasted. The buffalo are never harvested for their bones or horns. Please see our material information page to find more detailed information on the materials we use.
By promoting and sharing concepts of species awareness, recycling, and overall health of the ecosystem with the community that produces our products we are able to create a unified understanding that improves the end results for all. The materials we choose are sustainable, local or recycled and reflect our desire to give the earth a chance.
We operate like a family.
Your purchase supports traditional crafts and families and is a choice to purchase a product produced in an environmentally responsible way. All of our organic, silver & wood jewelry is hand-crafted by traditional people of natural materials. Our materials are responsibly harvested and we support their craft and culture, while improving the quality of their lives and providing jobs where there may otherwise be none. We work closely with the craftspeople to create our original designs as well as traditional favorites. We stand behind the quality of our product and the aesthetic of its design. If our product fails you in any way, we will do what it takes to make it right.
Western Bohemian Wooden earrings and wood Jewelry is dedicated to producing outstanding quality of design and craftsmanship in our wood jewelry while respecting and supporting traditional families and their culture and skill, encouraging environmentally sustainable natural, organic and biodegradable eco-friendly jewelry materials for a healthy planet, workplace and community. Bohemian jewelry is more than just a style, its a lifestyle.
We do our best to ensure you will be completely satisfied in both the aesthetic and quality of your new organic jewelry. As we are committed to your style sense and taste, we are always open to ideas about size, gauge and material of your Organic Earrings and body jewelry, and well as the designs you wish to have and the quality of the overall experience. Please contact us with any suggestions or wishes about what you would like to see or have. Whether you desire wood jewelry, bone jewelry, horn or mother of pearl jewelry, we will to our best to accommodate all of your needs. Due to the nature of hand-made jewelry, it may take several months for custom designs or suggestions to become available, as the process of creating a new size, new design, or working with a new material goes through many, many samples, varied stages of perfection, and stringent quality checks to ensure well matched pairs of organic earrings, organic body jewelry, and gauged earrings. All of our tribal stylings are original designs, less a few classic spirals and twists and the basic hoops. Barbara works hard to create these new ideas, and all your enjoyment and complements are highly regarded by her as well as all the hard working crafts people creating the master works in organic jewelry for you to enjoy.
GARUDA Organic Jewelry
A note from Barbara, owner and head designer-
Here's a little more about me, GARUDA, what we do, and how we got here.
When i was a child, i was raised on PBS and National Geographic (thanks, Mom!). This filled me with an urge to understand, experience, and travel, and with a great appreciation for art and culture.I wanted nothing more than to see the world and understand what native cultures of other place lived like, ate, believed and felt.
In 1994, when I was 16, I started to travel to see a great deal of live music all over the country (mostly with a guitar player that happened to be one finger short.) This was a truly eye opening experience that certainly changed my life and the way I view the world forever. Like a lot of people on the road I created a way to get by. I sold hemp jewelry at first to make my way, then started making intricate custom peyote stitches (bead work) with stones set in them, that were catering to a more personal scene...
As the world around me and my own person went through some major transitions, I lost my interest in the kind of travel and lifestyle i was living, and after some patching of my bones, went to college. I studied sculpture, silversmithing and life drawing in college, and was seldom seen outside the studio. This gave me a foundation to understand the details of design and craftsmanship, and to help me better communicate my ideas as well as be sympathetic to the needs of the craftspeople. In 2001, while in school, I made my first journeys outside of the US and discovered a place that was rich in culture and spirit, and had a large population of very skilled craftspeople. I fell in love with the place, and have returned at least once a year every year since. From the beginning I purchased only handmade goods and sold them just to shops and friends to cover my travel expenses.
I began to miss my previous existence and lifestyle a bit, and at the same time found festivals to be a great outlet for both my spirit and my product. In the fall of 2003 GARUDA did it's first festival in it's new incarnation, and has since not stopped, feeling the spirit of all the beautiful people there and the strong sense of tribe drawing us back constantly. From this platform I started the website, using the festivals as a vehicle to promote the constant presence on the web. It seems to have been a good idea.
We work with as many as 18 craftspeople, all of whom come from traditional families. What we mean by that is that they are not westernized, and follow the traditions of their culture. What's the culture? Hindu. It is truly amazing and their lives are rich with ceremony and community, and they believe in Karma as a staple of life. Not just Karma of the individual, but of the entire Island. They see that if one person does a wrong deed it will affect everyone around them.
We work with them firsthand, and pay them wages that are more than fair. The villages and families we work with have in essence accepted us as their own. In the time that we have been working with these families they have steadily improved their standard of living and level of craftsmanship, as well as skills with English.
We respect all the customs and holy days, and there are a lot of them, so at times it can be complicated and when a big holy time comes work may stop for a week or more at a time. There are at least 6 such large holidays and uncountable smaller ones, which makes for a lot of days off!
Why earrings? Who can think of a better place on your body to express who you are without words than your ears. They frame your face. Seated on either side of the most expressive part of your body they are powerful and get a great deal of attention, but are not so outspoken as a t-shirt or bumper sticker. Wearing organic materials feels natural and unobtrusive to the energy of your body. The tribal styled designs express a part of our souls deep with history and proclaim a relationship with all that is ancient and unspoken, yet billowing with truths and connections to our tribe. They ask the universe to recognize your soul as sacred and unified. Basically, they give you HUGE Mojo.
As for the materials, check out our material information page on the web site. That gives an introduction to what I will say here.
First, we need to explain what we mean by "organic".
We call them organic earrings because they are made of organic materials, carbon based, not metal or stone. Secondly, all the materials are organic by US standards (though not certified) as they are either wild-harvested or raised on small farms. They use no medicine that is not natural, no hormones, or chemicals. As a matter of fact, they don't even have access to such things in most cases.
We are constantly looking for new materials to work with, while still maintaining standards of safety, health and environment. The designs and materials continue to evolve to fulfill the spirit of change and adventure, and I find new inspiration around every corner. We take the opinion and input of every customer into account as we make new designs, choose new materials and make quality standards ever higher.
This is a super small and high quality business. This is truly a grassroots operation, We need all of you out there in the virtual world and at those great festivals spread the word about us being here.
All of this comes as some incarnation of all my life's dreams, as I have dreamed of all this before, and did not even realize that I was walking down the path that led to it, but when I ended up here I saw that it was where I had always wished to be.
I am not certain what will come around the next corner, but I am sure that I have more dreams waiting to be both fulfilled and dreamed.
For now, you can only find us at festivals and on the web at
Who knows what will be on the next horizon...
enjoy your exotic nature...
Why did we choose "GARUDA"?
In 2001, when I was first starting GARUDA Organic Jewelry, I was faced with a great deal of strife and struggle, and was trying to piece together all the details of a new and socially responsible business while reclaiming parts of my spirit that were lost.
Dealing with the irresponsible and immoral practices of importers, producers of hand-crafted items and business people left me with a sense of despair at the shape of the world. I had almost every kind of encounter possible with people who were ruled by only the dollar and had no remorse or consciousness about laying waste to anything that lay between them and more money. No one seemed to consider the needs of the highly skilled crafts people who were producing their goods, or that they were even human for that matter. Very few considered where the materials came from or how they were obtained and what impact that has on the planet and life as we know it. It seemed the whole world around me was about getting things cheap, fast, and now and then turning around to sell it for as much as possible with zero liability to the society from where it came. I was very discouraged and disheartened when I began to see all this.
After a much needed spiritual awakening brought on by bountiful internal struggle and contemplation, I rose like a Phoenix, and in while South-East Asia, the closest animal to it, the Garuda, came to me in my dreams night after night, bringing me solace and strength. It was a gift from the spirits of the island, I accepted it with great reverence, and realized it IS possible to operate a business in a morally and socially just manner while still maintaining responsibility to our mother, the Earth.
The energy of Garuda is forever enshrined in GARUDA Organic Jewelry policy and practices. We strive to produce and maintain a socially just atmosphere in all of our actions, from the sources of our materials to the practices in our production and all other steps on the way to deliver this fine Silver & Organic Jewelry to you. Life and Living is our first consideration from our material choices to our employment policy.
We hope the energy of life and love invincible comes to you through the love that is put in every step of our business...
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