The vision and passion behind Ann-Made's line of jewelry is Ann Skydell Harmon,
a former special education art teacher. She set out to design a unique and chic product to promote recycling, as well as to show that a business can "do good" for society and the planet in all aspects of its operation.
Ann-Made jewelry is Ann's unique creation made from recycled soda can tabs to
remind us that a little creativity can put many discarded materials to
new use. The bracelets were the first item in the line and were originally
conceived as a project for her alternative school art students. The popularity of the
bracelets were immediately apparent as Ann, her daughters, and fellow teachers received numerous enthusiastic comments each time they wore theirs. Earrings and Pendants have now joined the bracelets in this unique line of jewelry. Each piece is made with great care and attention to detail. We want what you wear to be very special!
The tabs Ann uses for the jewelry are purchased from local non-profit groups that collect the aluminum tabs to support the charitable work that they do. These organizations raise a significant amount of money by selling the tabs they have collected to an aluminum recycler. Ann-Made helps these groups additionally, by paying more for the tabs than the organizations typically receive from the recycler.
Once we get the tabs back to the studio, they are washed, sorted
and polished. Only about a quarter of the tabs we purchase are
beautiful enough for our jewelry. The remaining tabs are re-donated
back to the organizations so that they can sell these tabs, as well, to the recycler.
All of our jewelry is handcrafted by Ann along with very talented and dedicated assistants. We just wouldn't be what we are without the wonderful people who work with us. Each of the women who help make the jewelry have the advantage of working in their homes. There are so many benefits to this arrangement including being great for the environment.
And very importantly, Ann-Made, LLC donates to a number of environmental and social causes. It's our way of doing our part to help keep our planet beautiful and healthy.
In just a short time, it has become apparent that Ann-Made jewelry is unique and not only serves as wonderful conversation pieces but also stylishly shows how much you care about recycling and improving the planet.
So wear your Ann-Made jewelry with pride knowing your purchase
did so much for so many.
And we thank you!