5 Ways Charity Jewelry is Changing the World [PHOTOS]
Traditionally, giving to charity means reaching for your checkbook. While any form of giving makes you feel great, it's even more fantastic when you get something in the process.
Enter charity jewelry.
From specific jewelry pieces created by well-known brands to entire jewelry companies founded on the premise of social good, opportunities to purchase jewelry while benefitting a great cause are endless.
Teaming up with UNICEF, Louis Vuitton created a collection to help at-risk children. Their #MakeAPromise campaign promises to donate $200 of each purchase to aid UNICEF in their efforts to assist children who've been exposed to conflicts, disease or natural disasters.
The collection includes a "Lockit" pendant and matching bracelet.
After realizing how much food New York City wastes despite their large homeless population, Micaela Gallina started Foodxury.
She designs food-like jewelry pieces as a reminder that "food becomes a luxury when we don't have it." She then gives away these pieces to the homeless so they can turn around and sell them, empowering them to make enough money to nourish themselves.
Foodxury is a triple-threat, feeding the homeless, providing them a level of autonomy and raising awareness about hunger and food waste in NYC.
Raven + Lily was created to alleviate poverty among women. They employ more than 1,500 marginalized women across multiple countries at fair trade wage, giving them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their family.
Priding themselves on creating beautiful, unique handmade products, Raven + Lily follows fair trade standards and honors their eco-friendly commitment.
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Bird & Stone donates 15% of their net profits to funding microloans and supporting financial education for widows in Kenya.
This entrepreneurial effort empowers women near Kitale, Kenya and is a partnership with the SiSi Fund.
Choose Your Charity
Looking for jewelry that gives back but can't find a cause that speaks to you?
Look no further than Joan Hornig Jewelry. They provide a donation to the non-profit of your choice with each purchase. From local to national organizations, your next fine jewelry purchase can make a difference that's meaningful to you.
Have some favorite charity jewelry? Tell us about it in the comments!