****Janet Jewelry Sterling Silver trunk shows are one of the special events we have at The Bead Gallery! I will definitely post when she visits with us again!
Join us for some amazing jewelry, sterling silver jewelry and charms sale and a featured fundraiser sterling silver necklace (featured above) that’s being made for Womankind!
Janet and I went to high school and college together, but it was beads that brought us together as adults – for which I am ever grateful for!
I admire how she is quick to praise and support others, that she’s dedicated to self-improvement, believes in the power of creativity, and toots the horn for “GIRL POWER! tirelessly as a mom, jewelry designer, wife, friend, daughter…..
She’s doing something extremely important for herself and ALL women with this new piece that she created for Womankind. We are all connected through our open hearts and creative spirits – and it’s a beautiful reminder to love each other, support each other and be kind always :).
With that in mind…… here’s Janet!
NOTE FROM JANET: JanetJewelry is proud to support Womankind! This is a special piece that I specifically designed for Womankind, a NYC based non-profit organization that helps survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault, and it will not be available for purchase elsewhere. In order to donate as much as possible per piece, instead of sending it out to an outside company for production, I am donating ALL my design and production time and costs, each piece will be made by me in my NYC studio, and 100% of the profits will go directly to Womankind. For the first run of this fundraiser, I have made only 200 pieces.
I made the original prototype out of wax, cast it in sterling, played with the shape, and once I was happy with the finished piece, made a mold to have 200 pieces cast in NYC, all in sterling silver. In order to be able to raise as much as possible per piece for Womankind, instead of hiring an outside company to produce the pieces, I’m donating ALL my design and production time (all pieces are made by me in my jewelry studio), as well as my production costs for this piece. For each piece sold, $80+, 100% of all profits, will be going directly to Womankind. $80+ x 200 units = $16,000+. We can do this!
The Goals of the Design/Fundraiser:
My first goal, is that this necklace will become a reminder, every single day, to “be kind to women”—to yourself, and to others. Being a woman means different things to different people, but to be genuinely mindful about how we define that for ourselves, and to hold ourselves accountable to those beliefs; to acknowledge and have an appreciation for where we’ve been as women in the past, where we are now, and what we can achieve, collectively, for a better future. It sounds daunting, but it’s also really exciting! I have a daughter and I often think about how my actions and words will affect her and her future, and I want her to be proud of who she is, no matter what anyone else tells her she “should” or “could” be, based on her gender and/or race. I also have a son, and I often think about my responsibility to raise him so that he will regard and respect women as equals. There is no shame in being a woman, being feminine, or being anything that has been “relegated” to “a woman’s place,” because there is also strength in being female, too–we can reclaim and redefine it for ourselves!
My other big hope for this piece, is that every single person wearing this piece takes the time (if they haven’t done so already!) to educate themselves about domestic violence, human trafficking, and/or sexual assault—on a local, national, or global level—and can use this piece as a conversation starter to help bring awareness to these issues that affect so many, so deeply, in our communities: “In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually” (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). Think about that. That is just one statistic about domestic violence in the USA. Many more are affected by gender based violence, and more by human trafficking.
To read the details, please see her blog post here!