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Written by Ann Shepphird   

Petit SoleilIn honor of Valentine’s Day I thought it appropriate to highlight Love Heals Jewelry, a mother, son and daughter team who not only make their handcrafted jewelry on a family farm in Ojai but plant 10 trees for every piece of jewelry sold (and they’ve planted more than 320,000).

I discovered the jewelry last spring on a trip through San Luis Obispo. I was staying at the Petit Soleil bed-and-breakfast inn (pictured, right), which – for you GTTers who like staying at businesses that support local agriculture -- not only has its own herb garden but features locally grown products, including those purchased at San Luis Obispo's famous Thursday Farmers' Market. Petit Soleil is a few blocks from downtown San Luis Obispo where, on the first Friday of every month, the Art After Dark gallery walks take place. It was on one of these walks that I discovered Romp Shoes. Owner Karen English has a great eye for truly fabulous shoes, accessories -- and jewelry, including Love Heals. When I found out a ring I was looking at was not only exactly my size but that by buying it 10 trees would be planted, well, what could be better?

So, I said this was in honor of Valentine’s Day and that’s because a lot of people associate the day with, say, a lovely locket – but, really, who needs an excuse to buy a little bauble that both makes you happy AND adds 10 more trees to the world?

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