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Honey Becomes Jewelry in an Effort to Save Bees

Honey Becomes Jewelry in an Effort to Save Bees

As Discovery’s network-wide Bees on the Brink coverage continues, we want to focus not just on what problems honeybees face, but also on what each of us can do to help them. From funding an educational version of the Vanishing of the Bees, through planting bee-friendly flowers, and even erecting a deer fence, there are plenty of ways that each of us can support our beleaguered honeybee populations. But one group of bee advocates and activists is asking us to try something a little different — why not try wearing some honey to show your support?

The idea is not as daft as it first sounds. Rather than slathering ourselves with the sticky sweet stuff — fun though that might be — Friends of Honeybees have created unique jewelry designs using honey as the beautiful center piece.

Describing the use of honey as amulet as “the New Amber,” beekeeper and advocate N’ann Harp designed the “Life’s Work Amulet” as a reminder of just how important each little bee is. Containing one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey, which corresponds to the life’s work of one bee, the amulet was custom created from glass and sterling silver by Alexander and Lehnert jewelers of Asheville, North Carolina.

Proceeds from sales of the amulet — which retails at $150 a piece — will go directly to fund a major new outreach effort known as the Buzz for the Bees campaign. The initiative aims to raise a minimum of $1m a year which will go toward research into bees, beekeeping and threats to pollinators, as well as grants toward community and educational beekeeping initiatives.

The Life’s Work Amulet is currently available through the shops at Asheville’s Biltmore Estate (which is home to 41 hives of its own), and should be available for sale online too. A second “New Amber” jewelry piece is in development — pictured above — and the Friends of Honeybees are offering $150 to the person who comes up with the perfect name for it.

This post was originally published by Treehugger.

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Photo from cygnus921 via flickr
Written by Sami Grover, a Treehugger blogger

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8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Different to say the least. Just came from a vegan site telling us not to eat honey because we are basically enslaving the bees. One commenter here - jane a. - says honey is for the bees and not the rest of us--not to steal their honey....hmmm. Shall I chat with the local bear populace and ask them to cease and desist from stealing hives and eat blueberries instead? Very unlikely that most of us non-vegans will stop adding honey to our tea whatever.
Certainly cannot afford the $150.00 price tag involved.
Pesticides are certainly a big problem!

2:45PM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

If you really care about bees (and all other creatures) just stop using and abusing bees - their honey is just that - THEIR HONEY!

They made it to feed themselves and their babies, not for humans. Yes, let's help them by providing plants with flowers without pesticides, and by buying only organic foods, so that the demand for pesticides reduces, by putting a home for them, a hive in our gardens then letting them get on with life - don't steal THEIR honey

2:31PM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

Honey as jewelry? Ceative fund-raiser!

7:03PM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

BEES ARE COMMODITY AT ITS BEST. BEES MAKE MORE FRIENDS WITH HONEY THEN VINEGAR DOES; HEY, MAYBE THEY SHOULD GET TOGETHER...

10:32AM PDT on May 18, 2011

Save the bees!

4:35PM PDT on May 17, 2011

I would love to buy one of the necklaces, I am going to have to wait until they appear online though.

9:26PM PDT on May 16, 2011

That is such a great way to garner support for the bees! They are such beautiful creatures, it only makes sense that we should wear something beautiful to remind ourselves and others to care for them.

6:25PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Never heard of such a thing.

2:24PM PDT on May 16, 2011

T.B.H, I be prepared to do without mobile phones if necessary. I mean, couldn't we just use portable radios instead?!

11:05AM PDT on May 16, 2011

Very interesting idea, and a good place to retail the piecces (Asheville).

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