International Blessings Review | August 2015

Posted by Lindsey

Box of Blessings is a monthly subscription box by International Blessings, an organization with the mission to empower the impoverished around the world. Through selling handcrafted jewelry or other products made by impoverished people, they hope to create sustainable livelihoods and eliminate poverty.

Each box contains three to four pieces of jewelry or other products. The items in the August box were all crafted by Peruvian artisans – a pair of woven butterfly earrings, a bibi bracelet, a carved gourd barrette, and a carved gourd maraca.

Box of Blessing August Item #1 – Woven Butterfly Earrings

These gorgeous bright earrings are delicately and intricately woven with red, yellow, and green cotton thread, around twisted alpaca silver wire in the shape of butterflies. A lot of time and heart were put in the making of these earrings. The craftsmanship is so beautiful, it’s like wearing a piece of art.

Box of Blessing August Item #2 – Bibi Bracelet

This bibi bracelet is very attractive. Made with small alpaca silver beads and strung together with a navy cotton cord, this adjustable bracelet makes a bold statement when worn alone or stacked with silver bangles. I have a feeling I will be wearing this bracelet a lot.

Box of Blessing August Item #3 – Carved Gourd Barrette

This barrette is hand-carved, burned and dyed to create a beautiful butterfly and floral design. I have thick, curly hair, so I can use this pretty barrette when I wear part of my hair pulled back.

Box of Blessing August Item #4 – Carved Gourd Maraca

I have a collection of rhythm instruments, so I’m thrilled to receive this maraca. The bird and floral designs are intricately carved into the gourd, and the burning and dying process adds to the beauty to this piece of art.

The Verdict: August Box of Blessings

I love the items in the August Box of Blessings and everything it stands for. Included in the box is information about the artisans who made the products. The earrings, barrette and maraca were crafted by Sanyok Fair Trade, a group of 66 artisan families; and the bracelet was made by Manotupa family. Knowing this information makes the pieces more treasured and appreciated. Furthermore, $3 from every box is donated to a cause in supporting those in poverty. The August Peru box supports children waiting to be sponsored in the Compassion International program. Box of Blessings is definitely a box of blessings!