I am pretty certain my dreams of a becoming a world travel were thwarted when I became a parent of six.  That doesn’t mean I won’t be able to enjoy the beautiful arts of foreign lands!  Thanks to Novica, a cute little shop from National Geographic, I can now enjoy home decor, jewelry and unique gifts from Artisans around the world!

At Novica, you can find gorgeous plates made by a potter in Mexico, charm bracelets from a silversmith in Bali or a painting from an artist in India.  Everything from Alpaca Sweaters to Silver Pendant Necklaces!  Each item includes a card that shares the story of the artisan, their background and a bit about their craft.  You can shop by categories or if there is a particular area of the world that is of interest, such as Mexico, you can shop by region!

This gorgeous pearl and moonstone beaded bracelet, titled ‘Midnight Sea’, was created by Thailand Artisan, Nareerat.  It combines luminous pearl with moonstone, white agate and quartz and silver beads from Thailand’s Karen hill tribe complete the dazzling bracelet.

This is a perfect bracelet for a night out with friends and the many hues of the moon will compliment almost any outfit.  My favorite thing about this bracelet is the obvious time it took to create this one of a kind, gorgeous piece of jewelry.  Instead of a chain, the bracelet is composed of sterling silver that Nareerat twisted and wrapped around each stone to create a bracelet.  It’s absolutely breathtaking the care she put into creating this bracelet.

I am madly in love with this recycled cotton messenger bag titled ‘Rajasthan Kaleidoscope’ and made in India.  This colorful  paisley bag is trimmed with rubber recycled from car tires!  Do you know how hard it is to recycle tires?  It is impossible to simply melt them down because of all the different components in the rubber.  I love, LOVE that we are finding new ways to recycle tires and keep them out of landfills.  The cotton used on the bag is made from swaths of cloth left over from different sources so each one truly is unique.

The recycled cotton messenger bag features a big pocket on the back which is perfect for me to just slide my keys in when I get out of the car.  The flap in front closes with a magnetic button under the brass buckle. The black lined interior has a large open compartment, as well as two pockets, one closing with a zipper.  I was worried I wouldn’t be able to hold much because it is slender but so far, I have been able to fill it with anything I need and more!  I love the extra long strap so I can wear it across my body in front or back.

The bag’s original design comes from Green The Gap in India.  Green the Gap was created to raise awareness on environmental issues as well as to provide secure employment with reasonable wages for disadvantaged people. They believe that by transforming waste through innovative procedures to create high quality, useful products, it will empowers consumers with alternative choices about their shopping habits!  How cool is that?

If you have a hard-to-shop-for person in your life or simply want a bit of the exotic in your home, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for (or didn’t even know you were looking for) at Novica!


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The Pearl and moonstone beaded bracelet, ‘Midnight Sea’ was $32.29 but it currently not listed on the site.  The Recycled cotton messenger bag, ‘Rajasthan Kaleidoscope‘ is $59.95 is currently unavailable at Novica but you can sign up for updates to be notified when it is available!

New customers are eligible for $7 off their first order with coupon code SAVE7NOVICA.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Mom Blog Society Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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