As I mentioned in my Shop the Art Museums post, there are so many shopping alternatives during the holiday season. For example, finding handmade products that will help support communities or designers who are working closely with foundations. With all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget supporting important causes.
We all love a beautiful accessory, like a statement necklace or delicate earrings. I love them more when I know it supports a community or contributes to health related causes. When you’re looking for something sparkly for mom, sis or your best friend, consider buying something beautiful that will also give back to those in need. As you can see below, I love wearing my bracelets from Maiden Nation and Heart of Haiti.
If you’re in the middle of holiday shopping and would like to make your gift a global and meaningful one, here’s a list of jewelry that gives back in many different ways. From sharing profits with organizations for cancer research and human trafficking to providing jobs and empowerment to women, you can strongly impact someone’s life this holiday season.
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Heart of Haiti a collection of housewares & jewelry made by Haitian artisans to help rebuild post-earthquake - sent me this bracelet over a year ago, and it's one of my favorite pieces after getting a bit more insight about Haitian artisans from my friend and Babble Voices author Ana, who met many of the people behind the Heart of Haiti initiative through #Bloggers4Haiti. The bracelet featured in the image is not on the Macy's site (where Heart of Haiti items are exclusively sold), but there are lots of other jewelry pieces like this Moon Pendant Necklace.
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Another item sent to me is this IMAGINE bracelet from Maiden Nation designed by no one other than Yoko Ono. Maiden Nation celebrates refugee women who aim to make a better life for themselves, their family and their communities.
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Joan Horning's motto is - Philanthropy is Beautiful. And so is her line, which is designed to make a statement and a difference. One hundred percent of the profit is donated to the charity of your choice. If you love cuffs as much I do, you will love her pieces.
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The Satya Foundation has raised over $1 million for children's groups throughout the world. This designer has a line of beautiful earrings, necklaces and rings such as this Cyclical Ring.
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31 Bits uses fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty. Every time you make a purchase, you have a direct impact on women's lives in Uganda, who work directly with 31 Bits to create fashionable, quality products.
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If you want to give a meaningful gift to express your support for someone with Breast Cancer, Breast Milagros is a company that embodies hope, love, support and faith. Your purchase helps support several organizations, including The Breast Cancer Fund.
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Same Sky provides jobs globally for women struggling to lift themselves out of poverty by helping become trained artisans.
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Alex Woo and actress Christina Applegate collaborated on the Tree of Life pendant design, which was developed as a reminder of the most important things in life - like helping to raise breast cancer awareness and to take the steps needed for early detection. The price for this necklace puts it in the investment category for me, but certainly a purchase that carries a lot of personal sentiment.
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Made By Survivors' offers ongoing, high-level design and entrepreneurship training, which empowers survivors of human trafficking to become product designers and business owners. The goal is to raise the survivor's status in society and help build the self-esteem they need to no longer be vulnerable to exploitation. The company is incredible, and I encourage you to stop by their site just to see all the amazing things they're doing.
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Orphaned Earring finds a home for that earring that gets lost at the bottom of your jewelry box. You know the one! The earring is given a new home and beaded into a bracelet. Profit goes towards raising funds for orphans in Latina America.
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Simone I. Smith, who is also the wife of LL Cool J, teamed up with the American Cancer Society and started "A Sweet Touch of Hope". Her lollipop necklaces represent Simone's journey with cancer and serves as a symbol of getting well and staying well.