For this Holiday Season, I will be featuring a different designer, experience or idea each day. Over the six years of this blog, I’ve done jewelry gift ideas under $500, and Luxury lists, and everything in between. This year is about highlighting worthwhile beauty, and sharing ideas of what YOU desire.
I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off my holiday wish list, #idazzledesires, than with this significant bracelet. I met Mary Fisher in June, when Gemfields announced a partnership for a limited edition 100 Good Deeds Bracelet. Mary Fisher is a remarkable woman with a story of her own (I suggest you order her memoir, Messenger, that tells her history as a young mother diagnosed with AIDS and her journey to joy through service). Mary has spent the last 10 years working with vulnerable women in Africa–Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, Rwanda–and Haiti, many of them with AIDS. For the 100 Good Deeds Bracelet project in particular, these women build skills and earn a dignified living for themselves and their families. 100% of proceeds from the sale of the bracelets go back into supporting more women and girls in more countries.
This bracelet was born out of the intersection of Mary’s desire to help vulnerable women in some of the poorest countries, and a game created by Thomas Morgan for his family. Thomas had challenged his family to do 100 good deeds in a year. The rules were that the deeds, to be counted, required 1) going out of your way and 2) that they remain anonymous. The bracelet became a vehicle for keeping track, by incrementally moving a tiny rubber ring along a strand of 100 beads that wrap around the wrist. It challenges the wearer to think about how to make a difference, do a good deed, and do it selflessly. It’s not a bracelet–it’s a MOVEMENT.
The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet is available in a variety of colors of glass beads priced at just $30. I’m especially fond of this Gemfields limited edition. Gemfields, a responsible mining company, supplies the Zambian amethyst that make up the bracelet.
This gift has it all: a powerful message of kindness, supports vulnerable women in developing countries, and features responsible materials. Oh, and it’s beautiful and I would wear it with everything else I own. The best part? Your bracelet package will be signed by the woman who made it!
To order the Gemfields 100 Good Deeds Bracelet, visit their website here.
What do YOU desire? Share it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #idazzledesires and I’ll feature it here and on social media…