We have been updating, updating, and updating. Our shop selections, websites, and social media sites have all been under renovation as we prepare to head into the fall and shortly after the holiday season. RiverGlass Creations has been busy creating beautiful jewelry and we are continually adding new items to our store front at Etsy.
For today only, RiverGlass Creations is offering an extra 25% off any item $40 and greater when you use
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RiverGlassCreations™ has reduced it previously listed items for the holiday buying season
we will be offering a coupon code for
an additional 25% off
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RiverGlass Creations™ has begun a new series of jewelry pieces.
This new array of pendant
necklaces is fashioned
with organza ribbon and
These necklaces still have the same hand-crafted pendants made from our collection of RiverGlass™ gathered from the shores of the Hudson River. Each glass piece we pick up is brought back to our workshop where it is cleaned, smoothed to remove sharp edges, and polished to give it a finished look. They are then wrapped with copper or sterling silver wire. These exquisite pendants are then suspended on bands of elegant ribbon to complete the necklace.
The biggest difference between our ribbon-pendant necklaces and our previous listings is the amount of time that is needed to create each necklace. Up until now all of our necklaces have had an abundance of wire work which is completed in our workshop. This takes much time. By utilizing ribbon in place of our bead and wire chains we are able to cut time and also cost. We are now able to offer two price ranges in our shop.
Be sure to visit our shop to see all of our wonderful necklaces!
This necklace can be found in our Etsy store.
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Very soon RiverGlass Creations™ will be posting pictures of new necklaces available in our shop, sharing updates on what is going on in and out of our workshop, finishing our "Endangered Rivers of the World" series, and posting new events - both local and worldwide.
...coming soon to www.riverglasscreations.etsy.com!
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We are up to our 4th river in out Rivers of the World at Risk series. So far we have been to Asia, Europe, and South America. Today we come closer to home. The World Wildlife Federation has listed the Rio Grande as its forth "most at-risk river" in the world.
The Rio Grande is the second longest river in the United States. It begins in Colorado's mountains, and runs through New Mexico, eventually creating the international border between Texas and Mexico until it spills its waters into the Gulf of Mexico. This ecologically, culturally and economically important river travels for nearly 1,900 miles through this region. The watershed of the great river covers over 182,000 square miles and is an important water source for the agricultural communities along it.
There are various crops that are supported by irrigation systems that flow from the Rio Grande. Potatoes, alfalfa, pecans, citris fruit, and cotton are some of the farms you might find not too far from its banks. Along with vegetable farms, cattle farms are a leading industry that benefit from this water source.
The demands of agriculture in the Rio Grande River basin, coupled with municipal and industrial demands is drastically tapping the water supply of the river. Also, there is pollution, development of infrastructures such as dams, and invasive species negatively impacting this important river.
In efforts to protect and restore the Rio Grande, WildEarth Gaurdians has been campaigning to remedy what they believe is a flaw in state and federal water policy, which is that the Rio Grande does not have a right to its own water. Their work began in 1996 after the river's flow was diverted for agricultural interests. The result of this action was the subsequent drying up of the river, killing and negatively transforming the habitat of the river valley.
Dumping in the Rio Grande is also a major issue. According to the website Toxic Texas, rapid growth, resulting in over-pumping of water, polluted run-off, the discharging of millions of gallons of raw sewage, as well as toxic chemicals into the river are serious problems.
As we have seen with the other rivers we have looked at so far dams are a major source of environmental damage to river systems. There are 16 dams or diversions along the Rio Grande and while the benefits may seem necessary, the long term impact of these infrastructures can be devastating. According to internationalrivers.org dams wipe out species, flood huge areas of wetlands, forests, and farmlands, and have the capacity to displace millions of people. For more information on the environmental impact of dams you can visit the International Rivers website.
An invasive species that is negatively affecting the Rio Grande is the Giant Reed. This native Eastern Asian plant has been transplanted around the world because of its variety of uses which range from fishing poles to musical instruments. Despite its many uses, however, it is considered an invasive weed because it is an exceptionally fast growing plant. As these plants grow and spread they become dense and displace the natural habitat of an area. This is exactly what has happened along the Rio Grande River Valley in Texas and New Mexico.
For more information on how you might get involved in the protection and restoration of the the Rio Grande River Valley be sure to visit the following advocate websites.
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