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The change of seasons is the perfect time to splurge on set of stacking rings or to get a new statement necklace for sweater weather. It’s also a great time of year to support Latinx-owned jewelry shops.
Sept. 15 marks what is traditionally referred to as Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States. Some people in the community have started calling it “Latinx Heritage Month” in an effort to be more gender-neutral and identity-inclusive. (If you’re confused about the difference between Hispanic, Latino and Spanish, here’s a quick guide.)
Shopping at Latinx-owned businesses is a great way to celebrate and support the community, especially this month. That might mean reading books by Latinx authors, hanging work by a Latinx artist on your gallery wall or incorporating more Latinx designers into your wardrobe.
If you’re on the hunt for handmade jewelry, Etsy is home to plenty of metal, beaded, woven and wooden jewelry pieces by Latinx makers and artisans. These unique finds are sure to stand out in a sea of sea of Missoma, Mejuri and Gorjana baubles. You can often even communicate directly with the Etsy creator to customize the purchase to your liking — it doesn’t get more personal than that.
“When you shop from a small business, you’re buying from a real person — someone who put their heart and soul into making something special — and making a difference in their life and livelihood,” said Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s trend expert.
Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Latinx-owned jewelry shops on Etsy where you can find necklaces, earrings, rings and more.
Take a look below:
Lenore Lenore Studio
CBJ by Lorena
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.