Making Waves

“Waves are a metaphor for the flow of a life. Born in the union of diverse elements, and destined for a shore beyond the far horizon.” – David Pu’u

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A wave is birthed when the first wind of a growing storm blows upon the glimmering surface of a sea, thousands of miles away from the beach on which it breaks.

The story of the Betty B. Signature Wave design begins much like this timeless phenomenon.

Its inspiration swelled long before its first release in 2006.  Initially created to generate proceeds towards Surfaid International, the Betty B. Wave became the first of many Cause Collection designs. The Wave has since become a kind of internationally adopted symbol for ocean lovers, much like the peace sign.

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The 1st Surfaid Cause Collection Wave

The now iconic symbol took many forms in the beginning including a necklace made of a wood and sterling pendant on leather, a buckle on a coconut bead stretch belt, and a pure wood pendant.

Later incarnations include earrings, cuffs, keychains, and of course our quintessential silver charm introduced in 2008 that represents “ocean inspired jewelry” on Etsy and beyond.

Sea glass + Wave

Sea glass + Signature Betty Wave

Sterling studs

Sterling studs

The Wave is worn to symbolize joyous living by the sea, a deep love for surf, and passion for adventure. There’s no greater expression of that than when Donna and David exchanged wedding rings in a specially designed Wave band in 2012.

David and Donna's wedding bands, designed by Donna

David and Donna’s wedding bands, designed by Donna

Ever since, many ocean loving couples have also expressed that same beautiful bond with nature and each other with Wave engagement, and wedding rings.

Wave Band Ring

Even over the course of nearly a decade, this simple yet evocative form continues to inspire Donna.

The Betty B. Wave story continues to roll on with the most recent rendition released in 24 gold plated brass, which reflects the elegance nature lends to our manmade creations.

Golden Beauties

Golden Beauties

 
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Sister Betty Bees

The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labours for others.” –St. John Chrysostom

To truly live the life of a Betty from the heart, is to practice the daily wisdom that we are One with the Earth, the Ocean, and all living souls– that includes our kindred animal spirits- among them, are bees.

Honey bees face serious survivability today. In our connected world, that means we too may be facing trouble. As in the last blog post, we’ll share another way we infuse Made with Dignity into our community.

The guiding light of Made with Dignity is ultimately compassion moderated with cultural intelligence. The two facets create a wise and intimate connection to our precious blue marble, and all life up on it– even that of the tiniest creature, for she too, is precious.

Local Bee performing her pollinating miracle

In the last decade, bees have endured a state of extreme crisis. In 2005, honey bees started to mysteriously die in alarming numbers from what is now known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

With a decade of  research behind it, CCD appears to be  the result of generations of bees inheriting a deficient immune system due to exposure to harmful pesticides, lack of nutritious food from over-harvesting honey for the mass market, and other destructive commercial farming methods.

The impact of such practices leave bees more susceptible to devastating disease, developmentally crippled, and is leading towards apparent dearth of sustainability–as we have a direct dependency on them to pollinate over one-third of the world’s fresh food supply.

Because of human disconnection and misunderstanding, our vital pollinators– who help not only us, but the whole planet grow– are in critical condition, and could now perish without our help.

A portion of Betty B 1% for the Planet membership proceeds now support the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association.

 

On a local level, they “bring goals of education, awareness, and honeybee preservation to a new level.” This for-purpose organization exists to offer “Learning [on] how to take care of the Honey Bee, so that she can continue taking care of us.”

A colony is a tribe of sister bees working very hard to keep our flowers, fruit, and their family alive. What they miraculously create within their home hives inspired one of our freshest designs; the Honeycomb— an ode to our sister Betty Bee.

Sweet life statement piece

Betty Bee Honeycomb Ring in sterling

Our hope is that through our Betty Tribe wearing this strong, dedicated symbol, we can bring awareness to the continuing struggle of our sister bee, and spark action towards healing her– for a sweet, healthy life is truly dependent on hers.

Betty Bee Honeycomb Stud Earrings in sterling

Betty Bee Honeycomb Stud Earrings in sterling

Betty Bee Honeycomb Charm Pendant  in sterling

Betty Bee Honeycomb Charm Pendant in sterling

Please visit us at our cozy corner boutique in Downtown Ventura to keep the buzz going, and shop in-store for the most current selection of styles and sizes.

Not in town? Order online, and we’ll deliver the sweetness to your doorstep.

With honey love,

Donna & Team Betty

Made with Dignity Defined

Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn’t blow in the wind or change with the weather.” -John D. MacDonald

What does “Made with Dignity really mean?” you might wonder…

It means through our business practice we enrich and sustainably support our cherished relationships and environment on every level.

A deep love for the ocean, Earth, and humanity guides every decision made at Betty Belts. This simple intention, above all else, is the cornerstone of everything we do.

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Blessed by ocean beauty in Bali

Making choices this way generates positive energy in all of our team members, and an undercurrent of good vibes in every piece of product we offer to you, our dear customer. A true world-wide collaboration must happen in order to create our inspired and unique designs.

Made on the island of Bali and locally here in California, the work is done by those who are passionate about their artistry– they pour genuine love of the craft into each handmade piece.

In this post we’ll focus on our beloved Team Betty in Bali. Donna’s Balinese soul sister and business partner, Ketut, is the leader of our island Betty tribe.

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Donna sharing laughs with Bali Bettys

She’s a woman of strong integral soul and mind-set. Blessing each day and each project with sweet prayer, incense, flowers, and other traditional offerings, Ketut infuses the “Made with Dignity” spirit into all aspects of work performed in our Bali studio headquarters.

An offering of gratitude

An offering of gratitude

Her practice of reverent gratitude for our growing global family working and thriving together across the expansive Pacific adds yet another deep layer of love into Betty Belts.

She employs mostly women, who otherwise may not have an opportunity to develop valuable skills in the trade of jewelry making. Through this treasured relationship, we have the opportunity to sustainably support the livelihood of local people in this village.

Honing in the craft

Honing in skills of craft

Made with Dignity not only means the creation of integral products, it’s a practice in sharing abundance where it’s most needed throughout a wider circle of connected communities.

The future of the village

The future of the village

Betty Belts gives to the East Bali Poverty Project (EBP)–an organization started to rebuild extremely remote villages destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1963. The suffering people of these devastated villages were neglected, forgotten, and faced near extinction when rediscovered more than three decades later.

As an active member (since 2007) of 1% for the Planeta partner organization of the EBP–our contributions toward reviving the villages have helped restore sustainable function back to their community once again.

As always, thank you so much for reading. In future posts, we’ll discuss how we practice Made with Dignity on both a local and larger scale by partnering with fellow Ventura businesses and other cause organizations.

Until then, sending smiles, sunshine, and the Aloha spirit.

With so much love,

Donna & Team Betty