When in doubt, wear Mom's jewelry! Being able to raid her collection of pendants and brooches is a perk of living at home. This bold handmade necklace features turquoise beads and a sunset-colored shell.
During the early '80s, before my parents met, my dad worked as a land-use planner on the Hopi Reservation. He bought this necklace from some locals who were selling artisan goods out of the back of a pickup truck. I don't know if he intended it to be a gift for his future wife, or if that just happened.
Three decades later, I'm styling the necklace with a thrifted Target-brand sundress. The tag says it was manufactured in Guatemala. Items with very different origins can come together in a person's closet--I wouldn't be surprised if my makeup and shoes traveled from Asia.
Globalization is cool, but it's also a vastly complex process that raises ethical, environmental, and economic concerns. Anyone who's interested in that should totally read The Windup Girl. And please suggest more good dystopian sci-fi books to me!