With ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Ukraine during the Russian invasion, the jewelry industry continues fundraising campaigns in hopes of helping the people of Ukraine during this chaotic and dangerous time.
Some jewelers, in coordination with International Women’s Day on Tuesday as well as Women’s History Month throughout March, have also focused on specific charities that support women refugees and survivors of war. .
For example, Pomellato announced on Tuesday as part of its Pomellato for women and advocacy for International Women’s Day that she has donated to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and is launching a fundraising campaign to benefit UN Women, which aims to protect and empower women and girls in Ukraine.
Pamela Love also donated as part of International Women’s Day, saying in a statement: “In light of recent events, we have decided to mark International Women’s Day by donating to the Ukrainian Crisis Fund of CARE…. 50% of today’s proceeds from the Divine Feminine Collection will be dedicated to uplifting these women who are the pillars of their families and the protectors of their children.
Another noteworthy donation comes from Boston Dune Jewelry & Co. As part of its month-long giving campaign, 15% of net proceeds from its daily sales from March 9-10 will go to Save the Children’s Crisis Relief Fund in Ukraine.
“We’ve had such success with our Giving Week events and are continuing them with wonderfully deserving organizations throughout March of this year,” said Dune Founder and CEO Holly Daniels Christensen. “Our world badly needs positivity, so not only will we be donating 15% of net proceeds, but we’ll also be highlighting each charity to raise awareness of their mission.”
Another eye-catching campaign comes from Bibi van der Velden and his handcrafted Ukrainian alligator. The body of the alligator is created with specially selected gemstones. Blue Topaz is an empathic stone associated with compassion and communication, building bridges between people. Yellow citrine boosts our stamina and represents the joy and peace we all yearn for, the designer said in a statement.
The earring is crafted in 18k yellow gold with the alligator’s mouth acting as the earring closing mechanism to snap onto the ear. The eyes are blue and yellow sapphires and the alligator’s tail moves gently. A single earring can also be used as a pendant. The designer said 100% of the proceeds would be donated to UNICEF, “who are doing everything in their power to respond to this devastating crisis,” she said in a statement.
Here is a roundup of other charitable efforts in the jewelry industry for Ukraine:
• Based in California Holly Yashi partners with the International Rescue Committee to help families affected by this crisis. Until March 31, 25% of retail proceeds from her Free Spirit feather earrings will go to the International Rescue Committee to support families displaced by the invasion. These earrings are “symbols of honor, strength and freedom as a sign of solidarity and remembrance of the freedoms we so often take for granted,” the company said in a statement. So far, Holly Yashi has sold more than 50 pairs of the earrings, the company said via email.
• Throughout March, the London-based fine jewelry store Rachel Bostonwhich is known for combining art deco-inspired shapes and modern silhouettes in its collection of fine jewelry and engagement rings, will donate 20% of sales of its new 18-karat gold and diamond necklace and bracelet matched with Women for Refugee Women, a women-led charity that helps empower and give voice to refugee and asylum-seeking women in the UK
• British jeweler and goldsmith Cece Fein Hughes is donating 30% of all sales between March 4-12 of its hand-enamelled signet rings and pendants to UNICEF as they work to support conflict-affected families in Ukraine and bring basic services to those who need them most.
• British jeweler Minka Jewelry, which is known for its use of colored gemstones, is donating 15% of all sales between March 1-12 to Women for Women International. The charity, which has helped more than 500,000 women in eight countries since 1993, helps female survivors of war rebuild their lives and work for a better future for themselves and their families through training programs and the charity’s support network.
• Tomasz Donocik and Bea Bongiasca mobilized to raise funds to support Ukraine during this period. All sales of Bea Bongiascafrom March 1 to 2 (8,572 euros) were donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross. Tomasz Donocik has created a Ukrainian blue leather bracelet and will donate 100% of the proceeds to SOS Children’s Villages UK.
• Eden Presley has designed a limited edition version of his Peace & Love Pendant. The peace sign padlock clasp of this limited edition is set with yellow and blue sapphires. All proceeds from the sale of this design will be donated to United Help Ukraine, a local non-profit volunteer group providing medical supplies and humanitarian aid.
• Sig Ward Jewelry donates all proceeds from the sale of her two reed gold rings, each set in 14k yellow gold with a deep blue lolite or vibrant citrine. Proceeds will be donated to Razom for Ukraine, a non-profit organization that supports democracy and civil rights in Ukraine.
Top: To support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, Bibi van der Velden created her handcrafted Ukrainian alligator. The body of the alligator is made of specially selected gemstones in the colors of the Ukrainian flag (photo courtesy of Bibi van der Velden).
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