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44 Cause-Driven Jewelry Innovations

From Meaningful Mementos to Explosive Suit Accessories

— July 1, 2012 — Social Good
Cause-driven jewelry innovations, to some, might seem like something of an oxymoron. But can fashion and justice co-exist? What are your thoughts?

A few weeks ago, SocialBusiness.org posed the following questions, via its newsletter and LinkedIn group called Social Business Forum: can fashion companies truly be social businesses? Or do they emphasize consumerism, and thus, can't?

This is a discussion that exists in and around social entrepreneurship spaces. Many of the fashion-based social businesses get a rep for being frivolous, just like many design companies in the face of more "hard" business. But it's important that the conversation happens, and that social entrepreneurs and others alike make the decision based on each and every innovation -- and not just "fashion" as a whole. Take a look at these cause-driven jewelry innovations and judge for yourself.
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Anti-War Whistleblowers (UPDATE)
Anti-War Whistleblowers (UPDATE)
The Falling Whistles Company Aims to Help Congo Through Activism
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Anti-War Whistleblowers
Anti-War Whistleblowers
Falling Whistles is an Organization Dedicated to Speaking up for Freedom
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Explosive Suit Accessories
Explosive Suit Accessories
These 'PeaceBOMB' Cufflinks Will Blow You Away
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Humanitarian Product Developers
Humanitarian Product Developers
Red Button Design's Midomo Bracelet Provides Potable Water
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Benevolent Beaded Bangles
Benevolent Beaded Bangles
The FEED Kenya Bracelet is a Stylish Strategy to Feed Hungry Children
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Caring Handcrafted Jewelry
Caring Handcrafted Jewelry
31 Bits Gives Ugandan Women a Safe Network of Creation
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Philanthropic Online Platforms
Philanthropic Online Platforms
UNITE is Working to Enable Impactful Connections Throughout Africa
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Female-Focused Enterprises
Female-Focused Enterprises
Women's Bean Project Creates Jobs with Jewelry & Gourmet Food
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Alternative Transportation Accessories
Alternative Transportation Accessories
Beatrice Holiday Offers Cute and Eco-Friendly Bike Couture
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Afghan Heritage Jewelry
Afghan Heritage Jewelry
The Pippa Small for Turquoise Mountain Collection is Jewelry with a Cause
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Rainforest Artisans
Rainforest Artisans
Chick Boss Jewelry Creates Employment Opportunities for Women in Guatemala
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Economically Empowering Jewelry Programs
Economically Empowering Jewelry Programs
Senhoa Benefits Survivors of Human Trafficking
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Kenyan Art Clinics
Kenyan Art Clinics
The Bombolulu Workshops & Cultural Centre Empowers Artisans of All Abilities
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School-Supportive Jewelry
School-Supportive Jewelry
SOMO Reinvests Profits Toward Education Fees in Uganda
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Beneficent Bijoux
Beneficent Bijoux
Jewelry for a Cause Supports Charity Fundraising Projects
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No Frills Eco Watches
No Frills Eco Watches
Sprout Watches are Eco-Friendly Timepieces
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Fair Trade Statement Jewelry
Fair Trade Statement Jewelry
Raven + Lily Features Collections Benefiting HIV-Positive Women
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Anti-Poverty Jewelry
Anti-Poverty Jewelry
'Me to We Artisans' Empowers Women & Promotes Tribal Style
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Beneficial Statement Jewelry
Beneficial Statement Jewelry
October Anniversary Makes Chic and Eye-Catching Altruistic Bijoux
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Sparkly Cause Bracelets
Sparkly Cause Bracelets
Every Altruette Charm Design Goes Toward a Different Nonprofit
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Fashion for Justice
Fashion for Justice
Delicate Fortress Creations Fight Human Trafficking, Slavery, Poverty
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Beads to Fight Poverty
Beads to Fight Poverty
BeadForLife Sells Fair Trade Jewelry and Shea Butter Made in Uganda
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Fish Leather Straps
Fish Leather Straps
Sprout Watches Uses Biodegradable Materials and Mercury-Free Batteries
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Charitable Model Jewelry
Charitable Model Jewelry
The Coco Rocha for Senhoa Collection Helps Victims of Human Trafficking
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Jewelry-Funded Water Purifiers
Jewelry-Funded Water Purifiers
The Midomo Launch in Mwingi, Kenya Will Bring Security
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One-for-One Boating Tees
One-for-One Boating Tees
The United by Blue Winter Collection Evokes a Public-Spirited Mindset
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Shrapnel Jewelry
Shrapnel Jewelry
The Peace Bomb Bracelet is Made From Recycled Scrap Bomb Metal
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Ethical Engagement Ring Designers
Ethical Engagement Ring Designers
Fifi Bijoux Specializes in Fairly Traded Luxury Jewelry
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Meaningful Jewelry Mementos
Meaningful Jewelry Mementos
'Penelope Poet' Wants to Break the Chain of Poverty
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Recycled Firearm Jewelry
Recycled Firearm Jewelry
Fonderie 47 Destroys Rifles to Create Stunning Accessories
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Sustainable Change Beads
Sustainable Change Beads
The Vibrant Andean Collection Supports Artisans in Ecuador
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Empowerment Jewelry
Empowerment Jewelry
SWAK X Educates and Employs Young Adults with HIV/AIDS
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Indonesian Artisan Jewelry
Indonesian Artisan Jewelry
'Bersatu Designs' is a Social Business Employing Women
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Slavery-Fighting Jewelry
Slavery-Fighting Jewelry
The Brave Collection Helps Combat Human Trafficking
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Fairly Traded Bohemian Bags
Fairly Traded Bohemian Bags
The JADEtribe Line is Sustainable, Handmade and Natural
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Socially Responsible Bangles
Socially Responsible Bangles
Alkemie Jewelry is Made from 100% Reclaimed Materials
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Ethical Tribal Print Fashion
Ethical Tribal Print Fashion
The Nicole Miller Indego Africa Collection Focuses on Fair Trade
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Zulugrass Jewelry
Zulugrass Jewelry
The Leakey Collection Employs Women in the The Rift Valley, Kenya
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Explosive Ethical Jewelry
Explosive Ethical Jewelry
'peaceBOMB' Bracelets Embrace War-Inflicted Cities
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Repurposed Weapon Accessories
Repurposed Weapon Accessories
Fonderie 47's Jewelry is Made Out of AK-47 Rifle Parts
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Disabled Artisan Jewelry Collections
Disabled Artisan Jewelry Collections
The People Tree Wheelchair Campaign with Bombolulu
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Bullet Jewelry
Bullet Jewelry
Bullets2Bandages Accessories are Designed to Support Healing and Peace
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Beer Can Bracelets
Beer Can Bracelets
Ann-Made Jewelry Supports the Environment and Local Charities
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Transforming Metallic Mancessories
Transforming Metallic Mancessories
Fonderie 47 Cufflinks Stylize Gentlemen in Two Ways
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