The Sparkle Dilemma. Handmade Statement Earrings Or A Fast Fashion Fling?

The Sparkle Dilemma. Handmade Statement Earrings Or A Fast Fashion Fling?

When trends come and go faster than ever, accessorising has become a powerful means of expressing individuality. Earrings, in particular, are a great way to finish off an outfit and colourful or unusual earrings can stand out and take centre stage, elevating a look and even boosting your mood.

Evolving from simple studs to bold statement earrings can be an integral part of dressing for you, instead of for what society deems fashionable or stylish, and upping your earring game can do wonders for self-confidence!

When it comes to statement earrings though, should you choose cheap and cheerful or should you invest a little more into something that's more or an investment piece and a little more individual? Here are some considerations...

Uniqueness and Individuality

Handmade statement earrings by Glitter Nonsense are crafted with care and creativity, ensuring that each piece is one-of-a-kind. Even when we create multiple of the same design, the colour combinations and glitter distribution is never the same in any two pairs, so you can guarantee you'll be wearing something completely unique.

Quality Craftsmanship

Glitter Nonsense prides itself on the quality of its handmade earrings. Each pair is meticulously handmade, using high-quality resin, micas, glitter and findings to ensure durability and of course because they are handmade, you'll find little quirks and differences that mean no two pairs of earrings are ever exactly the same.

Thoughtful Production

Fast fashion often comes at a high environmental cost. Opting for handmade statement earrings made more slowly means you're supporting a business that produces products in limited numbers which helps minimise waste.

Supporting Local Artisans

By choosing handmade earrings, you contribute to supporting local artisans and small businesses. When you shop with Glitter Nonsense, Shell receives a notification of every single order and does a little happy dance every time!

You get a hand written note and often thoughtful little extras by way of thanks. Shell personally packs orders with gratitude, and good vibes go a long way!

Quality Considerations

In the quest for affordability, fast fashion earrings may compromise on quality. These pieces may tarnish quickly, break or even leave your ears green. By contrast, Glitter Nonsense use stainless steel and sterling silver findings from a small number of trusted UK suppliers.

Environmental Impact

The fast fashion industry is notorious for its heavy environmental impact. Mass production and low-cost materials contribute to pollution and their throwaway nature leads to excessive waste. Choosing Glitter Nonsense's handmade earrings aligns with a more sustainable and responsible approach to accessories, with products that are slowly handmade with minimal waste.

Whilst we of course recognise that resin isn't itself an eco-friendly product (It's a type of plastic after all) for the type of earrings we create, we don't have a viable alternative. As a result we work hard to limit the number of products we create and minimise waste.

Ethical Concerns

Fast fashion is often associated with unethical labour practices. When you choose handmade and shop with a local small business, you can rest assured that there are no dodgy labour practices.

We adore what we do and pour love and positive vibes into everything that we create so you can feel good about choosing Glitter Nonsense!

In the world of statement earrings we will always believe that choosing handmade is a better option than mass produced. Of course there are times when we all need something super fast, or don't have much to spend and we pass no judgement on your personal shopping choices, but we do strongly believe that supporting small businesses is a practice we should be striving towards doing more as consumers.

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