From time-to-time, I like to sell a piece of jewelry in my Etsy shop where a portion or all of the proceeds go toward helping others, such as my Animal Lovers’ Charm Bracelet, where 50% of the proceeds will be going to help the victims of the Orlando shooting. But there are much bigger entities who are making jewelry for a cause. I’ve conducted a bit of research and here’s what I’ve found:
The Clarity Project
The Clarity Project, whose Mission is to “Love Entirely, Give Completely”, experiments with a zero-profit motive model of diamond distribution and jewelry creation. They have a large environmental impact, which you can read about here. They are partnered with Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America. Additionally, they are partnered with World Hope International, a relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice.
Raven + Lily
Raven + Lily is an Ethical Fashion And Lifestyle Brand Dedicated To Empowering Women Through Design. They currently help employ over 1,500 marginalized women at fair trade wages to give 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 families. They are committed to providing beautiful and unique modern minimalist products that are made by hand, follow fair trade standards, and honor their eco-friendly commitment.
The Caliber Collection
The Caliber Collection, which was founded in January 2012 by the Mayor of Newark, NJ, as a way to turn illegal and unwanted guns from our cities streets into jewelry. By transforming instruments of destruction, illegal and unwanted weapons and shell casings swept from crime scenes, into jewelry, the Caliber Collection could create a virtuous cycle by funding a gun buyback and amnesty programs from the proceeds of its sales. To date, they have taken over 1,500 illegal guns off the streets and have raised over $135,000 for police departments in Newark, Hartford, the San Francisco Bay Area, Detroit and Miami from the sale of Caliber products to customers in over 87 countries.
Faire Collection has developed a holistic poverty reduction model that nurtures the development of productive skills, promotes family health and education, and increases income levels. The sustainable management of natural resources is crucial for Faire Collection, as poverty and a lack of reliable income play a major role in deforestation. They have developed a unique yet efficient supply chain that is not only socially and environmentally responsible but is able to produce artisan-made products at scale. You can read more about their journey here. Also visit the Helping Hand Partners website to learn more about their mission as well as the high-quality, competitively priced, socially responsible products they represent.
Starfish Project is a non-profit organization with a social enterprise that cares for women coming out of human trafficking and exploitation. Their jewelry business provides women with meaningful employment in a safe and supportive environment. They have employed over 100 women and have served thousands through their Community Outreach Services. What’s great about this organization is that you can earn free jewelry by hosting a party with your friends and provide a brighter future for exploited women. You can also become an Advocate of Hope, where women who want to change the world can connect online and in-person, as well as meet the women at Starfish Project in Asia. Plus, Advocates of Hope earn a 25% commission for every sale they make at parties or online. You can read more about Starfish Project here.