I can’t believe we’re only 10 Fridays away from Christmas! Oh boy! I like to get my Christmas shopping done as early as possible, while purchasing meaningful things (and sticking to my budget!). For this post I’ve composed my favorite pieces (not just jewelry!) from Fashion & Compassion; each piece comes from a different collection and I’ll briefly describe the collection with the picture. My husband blesses me during the year with different pieces of F&C, because he knows I love what they stand for and the story behind each & every piece. I hope you find something(s) that you could bless someone with this Christmas!
The Bullets to Blessings Collection is fair trade jewelry handcrafted from recycled bullets casings & vintage coins of brass, copper and nickel silver by HIV-positive women in Ethiopia. Net proceeds are donated to Hanna’s Home for abandoned children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Community Collection features fair trade accessories that are keeping communities together. Beautiful metal jewelry handcrafted in a rural village deep in the heart of Mexico where families remain intact because of work available through a local metal workshop.
The Dignity Collection features beautiful, versatile and fun paper bead jewelry that brings you beauty and our artisans dignity. Profits from The Dignity Collection are invested in ALARM’s work developing leaders, reconciling relationships and transforming communities in Central Africa.
The Freedom Collection-Free as a Dove Wrap Bracelet (I have this and love it!)
Combining rough-hewn Coptic pieces from Ethiopia with shimmering Czech crystals & semi-precious gemstones, vulnerable women in Charlotte, North Carolina handcraft stunning statement necklaces, bracelets & earrings. The women who make these pieces include refugees, formerly homeless women, survivors of domestic abuse & exploited women.
Beautiful, sturdy baskets woven from local grasses by women who survived one of the most horrific events of the past century – the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Not only are the women survivors of the genocide, but they come from the tribes that killed each other in the genocide – both Hutus and Tutsis