Editor’s note: We don’t sell iram-inal designs in the sustainablog Green Choices store… just thought this was a great story! Might have to look into listing these products…
Mari and Lani (Malene) Davis were once two little girls with a simple dream: to create “delicious designs” for sustainable jewelry from items that most people would regard as trash. They knew it would be a challenge to carve a place in the niche market of earth-friendly designers and convince the masses that trash could be beautiful, trendy and fashionable jewelry.
Nevertheless, the sisters pursued their dreams and launched iram-inal designs (“iram-inal” is the sisters’ names spelled backwards) in 2007. They, along with their team, began handcrafting necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings from mostly recycled and repurposed materials.
Eco-friendly jewelry, unique materials
Initially Mari and Lani only used semi-precious stones in their designs but felt compelled to do more to be help the environment. So the sisters began implementing recycled wood beads from FSC certified forests in their Green collection. The idea was a hit with Iram-inal’s customers and a springboard for new designs.
The designers’ newest creation is the SL fabric collection, which are necklaces made from upcycled and recycled jersey cotton tee shirts. The line got its name from a design team member and friend Shannon Lynette, who also designs her own line of apparel. The designers also use old hardware parts, like nuts, bolts and washers, to create their Ear Candy and Handcasted collections of earrings and rings.
All of iram-inal’s “chunky, funky and always fresh” jewelry designs are affordable for any budget, with each jewelry piece costing under $100. If you are a bargain shopper, now is the time to snatch iram-inal’s designs at discount prices during the New Year’s Sale at their website. Every day new items will be added to the sale section of the website.
Iram-inal’s designs are also sold in retail locations throughout the country; you can learn how to create your own one-of-a-kind jewelry by contacting Mari and Lani to request hosting an iram-inal designs jewelry party with your friends.
Talancia Pea is a freelance green style writer based in St. Louis, Missouri
Photo credit: iram-inal designs