When Purpose Jewelry first reached out to me, I couldn't help but fall in love with their mission. Their jewelry is both beautiful and fashionable, but their cause is one to be admired.
The folks at Purpose believe, "You shouldn’t have to sacrifice style to make a difference. PURPOSE Jewelry is beautifully crafted by young women rescued from human trafficking. By Purchasing with Purpose® you are providing freedom, dignity and hope for these amazing artisans.
We have worked with hundreds of young women around the world for the past 10 years. The art of jewelry making paired with holistic care ensures every artisan receives freedom and hope for the future. Holistic care is provided through our non-profit, International Sanctuary, and includes education, health care, and counseling. Our program provides every artisan with the life skills and opportunities to succeed."
Before brands like Purpose brought it to my attention, it was hard to wrap my brain around the fact that human trafficking and modern day slavery are still a relevant issue. I guess you could say I was living in my own naive American bubble. Unfortunately, it is a relevant issue and both a domestic and international problem that needs to be addressed. Here are just a few facts about human trafficking:
- The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally.
- 81% of them are trapped in forced labor.
- 25% of them are children.
- 75% are women and girls.
- The International Labor Organization estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.
- More than 40,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in the last 10 years
It's not always fun to open your eyes to these very real issues, but it's definitely necessary. Luckily, with more and more brands focusing on using their business to give back, it's getting easier to support causes you believe in. By choosing to buy from a brand like Purpose, you're using your dollar as a voice. You're making a conscious decision to make a difference.
My favorite piece of Purpose jewelry are the Dusk Drop Earrings. Black is my favorite fashion color, so you can see why they're a clear front runner. I'm also currently loving the Rosa Earrings and the Sundust Earrings, especially as gifts. I always love giving earrings as a gift, because you don't have to worry about size....and, honestly, who doesn't love a good pair of earrings? Plus, I think giving a gift that supports a cause makes it extra special.
You can shop all our Purpose Jewelry here.