Honey Becomes Jewellery in an Effort to Save the Bees
Image credit: Friends of Honeybees
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 jewellery 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" jewellery 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.
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