It's that time of year when goodwill and charitable actions reign. A number of jewelry designers have pledged to donate 100% of proceeds from certain pieces to designated charitable organizations. So jewelry can be a gift that benefits both the recipient and the broader world.
Laguna Beach's Gorjana Reidel and her husband, Jason Griffin Reidel, created their 18-karat-gold-plated brass Warrior feather bracelet and necklace combo to benefit African schoolgirls via Southern California's With My Own Two Hands. The nonprofit is building a dormitory at a Kenyan refuge for victims of genital mutilation and child marriage. Sold separately; $65 for the wax-corded bracelet and $60 for the pendant. Available at Gorjana.com
Yoko Ono for Maiden Nation
Maiden Nation's Imagine Peace bracelet designed by artist Yoko Ono is made of either matte black oxide plate or 14-karat gold on plated steel. It is produced in the U.S. by Laura Su, and proceeds go to support female entrepreneurship. $80 at MaidenNation.com
New York City designer and philanthropist Joan Hornig's sumptuous multi-strand, multicolored Jungle Pearl Necklace has an 18-karat green gold feather toggle. Joan Hornig jewelry donates all proceeds to charity under her Philanthropy is Beautiful banner. $4,600 at JoanHornig.com
Ojai jewelry designer Jes MaHarry features two of her rescue dogs, Bodhi and Citta, on this sweet sterling silver Bodhicitta medallion. A healing hand on the reverse is engraved, "Be Kind and Gentle." Handmade in the U.S. of recycled metals with proceeds donated to organizations that support animal spay and neuter. $340 at JesMaHarry.com
Designer Becky Hosmer splits her time between Los Angeles and Bali, where her Anna Beck jewelry is handcrafted. Her elegant, modern, reversible Divided Disk necklace is 18 karat gold plate and sterling silver. Proceeds go to Bumi Sehat, a Balinese healthcare foundation for families and expectant mothers. $140. At AnnaBeck.com
Made by Survivors
Nonprofit Made by Survivors trains former enslaved, trafficked and child marriage survivors in India, Nepal, Cambodia and Thailand in the high-income, male-dominated metalsmith craft. The Learning to Trust sterling silver bracelet is a bouquet of five roses. Also comes in 14-karat gold plate. $134 and $104, respectively, at MadeBySurvivors.com. Proceeds go to support the survivors.
Co-designed by Sayta Jewelry founder Satya Scainetti and actress Kristen Bell, the 18-karat gold-plate-over-brass with drop peridot Acholi Tree necklace is sold to benefit the nonprofit Invisible Children in northern Uganda. $88 at amazon.com or SatyaJewelry.com