Friday, May 17, 2013

Jewelry Giveaway! Hand-made by Freed Slaves

I have over the years accumulated a lot of jewelry, and in my recent purge I finally went through old earrings, bracelets, and necklaces and gave away almost a third of it all to Goodwill. (This was after I realized that I wear the same pair of stud earrings and a Ugandan bracelet almost every day.)

But there were a few pieces I just couldn't toss out because they are hand-made by men, women, and children who have been rescued out of slavery, debt bondage, sex trafficking, and other industries where people are the product being sold.

I don't wear these pieces any more, but I wanted to give people the opportunity to make use of them who would know their history and be proud to support entrepreneurial opportunities for freed slaves.

I am giving away each of these three jewelry pieces. Anyone can claim them. I am asking for a voluntary contribution, even if it's just $1, that I will give to the original organization, NightLight.* If multiple people would like the same piece, it will go to the highest bidder. I will pay all shipping fees to get it to you, even if you live outside the States.

Two pairs of earrings and a necklace.

The two pairs of earrings are from NightLight, which is "an international organization committed to addressing the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation through prevention, intervention, restoration, and education." Both pairs of earrings were made by girls and women in Bangkok, Thailand, who have been freed from forced prostitution and now make jewelry to support themselves.

Aquamarine hoop earrings. The three loops spin around inside each other like a globe.

Green-and-blue hoop earrings. Very sophisticated and work well with formal attire.

The necklace is from The White Rainbow Collection. The White Rainbow Project works with widows in India, who are considered to be bad luck (karma), are outcasts in society, and are often abandoned by their families with no way to support themselves. The widows take discarded saris and re-craft them into beautiful jewelry and clothing (what a metaphor!), which they sell to raise funds for the project.

Pearly-blue twist necklace.

Lay your claim in the comments section! Each piece will go to the highest bidder. Make clear which piece you are bidding for: aquamarine earrings, green-and-blue earrings, or necklace.

* The necklace is from an unaffiliated organization, but to keep things simple I decided to donate all proceeds exclusively to NightLight.