This weeks featured etsy seller is Aloka Jewelry, headed up by Lakshmi, a very talented metalsmith who is also a medical student! Her shop name is inspired by a Sanskrit word, meaning 'vision, glimmer, an opening of the eyes'... and I think that description is well-suited to the aesthetic of her shop. Her pieces have simple clean lines, but also carry a lovely, exotic feel. I especially love the Blooming Lotus piece pictured below, but the Filigree Necklace representing a lotus emerging from a pond is also gorgeous...In addition to bringing you really unique and lovely jewelry, the shop has an important social mission as well... all profits are donated to Asha for Education, an organization that is trying to achieve socio-economic change in India by focusing on education- they're working towards this by both improving the educational system, and the factors that influence access to education. So, get a fantastic piece of jewelry... help children... what is there to lose? Go check it out.