Thursday, February 2, 2012

Just in Time for Valentine's....NOVICA Review and Giveaway!

I love peridot.  I love gemstones in general, but I love peridot more than anything else.  Not only is it my birthstone, it is also my favorite color.  (In case you didn't notice....it's my main blog color!)

When NOVICA contacted me to do another product review (see my last NOVICA review here) , I went straight to the jewelry section and searched for peridot.  I tripped over the wrap bracelets (beautiful!), but ultimately settled on a ring.  This ring.

And this is what it looks like in real life...

And on my pale, chubby hand....

I was looking specifically for something I can wear with my wedding set.  Isn't it just lovely?  

Like all NOVICA products, the ring came beautifully packaged and included a little card with details about the artist, the country, and the item.  My ring came from India and was made by a second generation jewelry designer.  He even included a handwritten post card thanking me for choosing his ring.  

Let me take just a minute to tell you about NOVICA.  Think about going to countries all over the world, shopping at the local market places, purchasing handcrafted items from local artists.  NOVICA in association with National Geographic makes it possible by utilizing the Internet as a worldwide local market place.  Small village artists are no longer limited by their geographical location or by tourist seasons.

Pretty cool, huh?

You can buy a handmade wool shawl from India, a couple of Alpaca sweaters from Peru, or one of the warm cardigans from Guatemala, and hundreds of other items.  And you don't have to travel--you don't even have to leave your living room!  Shipping? Only $2.99 on most items.  Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

NOVICA recently took their efforts a step further by introducing NOVICA LIVE.  For those of you who love home parties, check out this exciting home party concept.  $199.00 gets you started.  If any of my readers are interested in starting a home business, just shoot me an email and I will give you all of the details on how to get started.

Now, about that giveaway.  NOVICA has generously offered a $50.00 gift code to my winner!  Valentine's Day will be here before you know it.  My winner, chosen at random from all entries, will have $50.00 and a whole world of gift choices, literally.  Or....my winner can choose a wonderful item to keep.  No strings attached.  Jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor.....  Good luck choosing....so many beautiful offerings....

Mandatory entry:
To enter, visit Novica and leave a comment sharing an item you would like to have. 

Extra entries:
1 entry if you follow this blog via GFC.
1 entry if you follow me and NOVICA on Twitter.
1 entry daily if you tweet about this giveaway. (Be sure to include @LisalynSchaffer and @NOVICA in your tweet.)

Comment each entry separately, please.

Participants must be at least 18 years old.
U.S. residents only.

This giveaway starts... right now and ends at 11:59pm Friday, February 10, 2012.  Winner will be chosen and announced here on February 11, 2012.

Good luck!

*I was offered a $50 gift certificate to spend on the Novica website in exchange for this post and product review.  Opinions are honest and uninfluenced by this compensation.  An additional $50 gift certificate was provided for this giveaway.

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