We all love to splurge once and a while. I mean guilty pleasures and the little things in life make this world so great. What I love even more is you can buy a beautiful item and it doesn’t just end there. This product has a cause and effect after you buy it. It’s not just made in a factory shipped off to you….the end! I have listed some unique and gorgeous items that give back. Some of these items give right back to the people who need it the most. We of course know the story of Tom’s Shoes. I know with companies like this I want to support them even more due to the message. Some of these companies are so humble, I have to be the one bragging for their good deeds to beautifying our style and world. Please let me know some of your favorites or any websites. I love to know to Pay it Forward also when purchasing gifts for friends.
I first heard of Caliber Collection oddly enough from the previous mayor of Newark, Corey Booker. We all know of a lot of cities who hold gun buy back programs. Some offer things such as gift cards and cash. However, Jessica Mindich the former lawyer turned super hero be hide Caliber Collection takes this to a whole other level. Imagine guns taken off the street and turned into works of art. However, there is still a message imprinted on this jewelry. All jewelry pieces melted and than crafted still have the serial numbers of the guns. Most weapons were seized or handed over to Caliber Collection by Newark Police. Additionally, Caliber Collection gives back in another way. Caliber Collection gives 20 percent of it’s proceeds right back to the city. The first year $20,000 was handed over to Newark from Caliber Collection. Caliber Collection proudly funded the only 2 ever privately funded voluntary gun buyback and amnesty programs in Newark, New Jersey’s history. The amazing thing is now some of the most dangerous cities in the world are also now apart of The Caliber Collection. Jessica Mindich sells Caliber Collection on her website Jewelry For A Cause. Jewelry For a Cause is responsible for giving $400,000 of philanthropy dollars to worthy causes. Lastly, some pieces have stunning diamonds in them which are conflict free. Life is just as precious and rare as a person’s life. If you’re a big spender check out the stunning Brass 8 diamond Bangle for 1,375.
Products- Bangle Bracelets,Cuff Bracelets, and Cuff links
Price Range- $150-$350
P.S.- MTV and Caliber Collection have a bracelet on the website for $40 dollars.
Nepal Bracelets are at the top of my list for Summer Favorite Things. I was first drawn to these beautiful bracelets at South Moon Under. Who could resist bowls full of gorgeous gleaming bracelets in different colors and patterns. Nepal Bracelets are the perfect stacking bracelet for your arm party! What I love too is how unique yet cohesive they all are. I swear I literally wear mine every single day no matter what outfit I am wearing. I cannot rave about these bracelets more. I suggest them to people to give as gifts for literally any one in your life. The Nepal Bracelet is also sometimes called the glass beaded roll-on. The company Aid Through Trade who produces them isn’t your typical business. The founder, Damian Jones, was in the Peace Corps at the time when he first became inspired. Those who were inspiring him were the artisans of the Kathmandu Valley and the use of glass beads in Nepalese culture. It was back home in the United States where he got the idea of working with artisans in a fair, dignified manner as a way to improve their lives. In 1993 and 1994 he took three trips back to Nepal to actualize his vision of “fair trade” as a path to sustainable economic and personal development for artisans. Aid Through Trade shifted its emphasis to becoming a fashion design company with ethics! The artisans delight in coming to the exclusive studio and office in Nepal where they enjoy prestige, sisterhood, dignity, fair remuneration, a retirement account and other benefits.
Products- Nepal bracelets aka roll on glass bead bracelets and other beautiful jewelry hand crafted such as necklaces, earrings, and hair pins.
Price Range- $14.95-$60
PS- Nepal bracelets can be purchased without being in a set for $14.95 at South Moon Under. They are available in sets of 3 in various places including amazon.
100 Good Deeds Bracelets
What is better than a bracelet than influences its customers to pay it forward and also employees women. The purchase of the bracelet is the first good deed by employing one vulnerable woman. Mary Fisher spent a decade helping women whose voices would not be heard in Africa. She than began helping women be the creative artisans they were and make a living while making jewelry. The game of the bracelet is you go out of your way to make some one feel good about themselves or help them. Ps- it only counts if the deed goes unknown! The bracelet should be wrapped around your wrist 3 times and each time a good deed is done the rubber cord on the bracelet is moved along the beads. The bracelets come in various types of beads and tons of colors to choose from. The bracelets can be purchased right on the website at 100gooddeeds.org.
Product: Various different bracelet colors available
Price Point: $30
PS- The bracelet has been featured on The Today Show, People Magazine, In Style, Elle, Prade Magazine, glo msn
The Giving Keys
I love anything that is vintage or has a vintage feel. I have always had a fascination with keys especially ones from years ago. The founder had that same fascination as I did, Caitlyn Crosby. She got the idea to repurpose something like a key that’s unique, flawed, scarred, and at the risk of being tossed away into jewelry. They keys she made into inspirational jewelry and products and engraved inspiration words on them. The hope is someone who needs it wears it until that is gained and than the item is given/pay it forward who someone who needs it more. The keys employee people in homeless shelters in L.A and giving back to those who need it the most.
Products-Necklaces, Bracelets, I-phone cases, rings, even beautiful gladiator sandals
Price Point- $35-$85
P.S- Go to their website and check out the amazing stories of how people’s lives were changed by the giving keys.