Next Thursday is Earth Day, an annual event that you’ve probably been hearing about whether it’s via a scroll through Instagram or the evening news. Though it’s only one day on the calendar, what Earth Day represents far exceeds the confines of April 22, touching on the things we as individuals and businesses do year-round.
When I think of Earth Day, I think of all manner of complicated problems that need tackling: reducing carbon emissions, how my household can lower its footprint, how we can buy from responsible companies and just do our best to make a small difference. But on the simplest of levels, if I had to select an image or icon to represent the day, I’d go with the trees. I guess when I think of Mother Nature, I picture lush foliage and green gardens, merely a small part of what contributes to our environment.
Obviously there’s so much more than that, from coral reefs and oceanic ecosystems to an entire kingdom of animals—what would the world be without them? That’s why I was so intrigued by this new collection from California designer Logan Hollowell, a 15-piece capsule that benefits WildAid, an organization dedicated to protecting global wildlife populations and increasing local support for conservation efforts.
“This collection is about honoring the symbolism and divinity of animals and to remind us of our duty to protect them,” said Logan Hollowell, the brand’s founder and designer, in a statement. “We chose WildAid for many reasons, but ultimately we wanted to support the work they do to reduce global consumption of wildlife products, increase local support for conservation efforts, and save endangered animals.”
The collection is a gorgeous menagerie of wildlife—all endangered species—including the likenesses of elephants and lions as well as more symbolic representations of sharks (a tooth), pangolins (claws), and rhinos (horns).
As well as a wonderful representation of the many facets of protecting our Earth, the collection is fodder for animal lovers and adventurers alike. It also beautifully blends realistic animal imagery with more symbolic styles (the shark tooth is especially alluring), speaking to a range of tastes and preferences. If one feels they’re a warrior for the animals, there’s a particularly badass sword pendant featuring an emerald heart that represents a sworn promise to protect the wild. Like I said, there are options.
Logan Hollowell’s collection officially debuts on Earth Day. Each piece is handcrafted in Los Angeles using 100% recycled 14k gold (pictured here in yellow gold, but also available in rose or white gold) and features conflict-free diamonds and ethically sourced gemstones. Fifteen percent of each sale will be donated to WildAid to support its efforts to reduce the demand for wildlife products.
Top: Protect the Wild shield necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.06 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,200; Logan Hollowell
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