Went to dinner and the Sip event at La Thai last night. Branch Out, a cute little eco-friendly shop in the Lower Garden District, hosted a trunk show. I purchased these sweet little dangle earrings made out of antique Mardi Gras beads. The girls from Branch Out told me Laura D’Arcangelo, the designer, found a stash of the beads in her grandmother’s attic and decided to re purpose them into something a bit more wearable. I love the concept of taking a little piece of New Orleans history and reinventing it.
The pair I bought are milky white, pink and black. The beads are of substantial weight but don’t feel heavy on my ear lobe and the handiwork is really great. All too often “handmade jewelry” equates amateurs churning out shoddy craftsmanship but these are really well made. At $12 a pair they would make a great gift or a guilt free treat for yourself.
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