A few years ago, after several years of not wearing any jewelry at all, I found myself feel very frumpy, but I wasn’t really sure what to do about it.
Then one day I complimented my sister on how cute she looked in a scrubby sweatshirt and ponytail, and her response made me stop and think. She said, “It’s the earrings.” Turns out that wearing something as simple as earrings really does make me feel more put together, and I began slowly building a collection of jewelry.
At first, most of what I bought was cheap stuff from Target or Kohl’s, but then I made the decision to only purchase handmade or fair-trade jewelry. Not because there’s anything inherently wrong with factory-made jewelry but because it felt like an unnecessary purchase, a frivolity, and therefore something that I could choose to only purchase fair-trade without the stress that comes with making other changes.
Plus? There are so many great fair-trade and handmade jewelry artisans out there to choose from, and my collection now includes pieces from 31 Bits, Lisa Leonard Designs, The Vintage Pearl, various Etsy stores…and Starfish Project.
That’s why, when I heard about this great sale that Starfish Project is running to raise awareness about their work in Asia, I couldn’t wait to share it with you!
Exploitation of women all over the world and especially in Asia is a huge, sick, and overwhelming problem. Thankfully, it’s one that we are hearing more and more about thanks to charities and advocates who are working hard on their behalf, and as much as I’d like to bury my head in the sand and ignore it, I just can’t.
Starfish Project is an organization that works with women in three different cities in Asia. They find and befriend women who are being exploited and then offer them a way out with a range of social, emotional and practical opportunities. While in the Starfish program, girls can live in the shelter, receive counseling, get work training, and have a job to provide income for themselves.
By buying a piece of jewelry, you make these programs, and lasting change in these women’s lives, possible.
Over the past year, Starfish Project has almost doubled the number of girls they are able to help and has also made changes to increase efficiency of production. While these are both awesome things, they are now producing ahead of their current sales levels, which has led to a need for growth in the online market.
To help spread the word, they are offering one of their best selling pieces at a huge 70% discount for 4 days only with a goal of selling (at least) 10,000 necklaces:
This 3 Silver Flower Pendant Bib Necklace is fixed on a double silver chain that is adjustable between 20 to 23 inches. Normally $29.99, you can get it for $8.99 (that’s 70% off!) with coupon code STARFISH2013. But hurry because this offer ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on 8/1!
Whether you buy the necklace, though, you can join Starfish Project as an advocate by sharing their work (and selection of jewelry) with friends and family and following their story on their blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
I am sharing this with you because I love the work Starfish is doing; I haven’t and won’t receive any compensation or free products in exchange!