When I started my business two and a half years ago, it was quite honestly a total leap of faith. I had zero experience in jewelry making or how to run a business - much less how to START a business from the ground up. What I did have, however, was a deep desire to be a part of the solution to human trafficking. I had made enough mistakes in my life to know that this pull on my heart was not one to ignore.
With the help of COUNTLESS friends, I have been privileged to release seven unique collections to date. With each new collection, I've tried to be intentional about communicating our mission through the names of the pieces and through social media - but I was constantly not feeling satisfied with how our impact was coming across.
Before releasing this NEW Summer 17 collection, I knew I had to find a way to better articulate how your purchases were making an impact. I have been so blessed to personally see your purchases and donations in action. I see the stories come to life firsthand. I hear constantly about how lives are being changed. But I knew this information wasn't being accurately relayed to my customers - the ones behind UNCVRD who were actually making everything happen! I thought long and hard about how I could better connect your purchases and hearts to the tangible things that Gems Uncovered is doing in our community, and I'm so happy to announce the four Impact Areas that are tied to this collection.
Each piece of jewelry is linked to a program that Gems Uncovered offers - Street Outreach, Youth Awareness And Prevention Workshops, the NEW Women's Jail Ministry, and the Sexual Exploitation Diversion Program in partnership with the Long Beach Prosecutor's Office. Look for the ways that each piece in this collection can change a life and for the program that it supports to do so. #myjewelryCAN
I can say, without a doubt, that your purchase are helping to change lives. I invite you to visit our IMPACT page and learn more, and I also invite you to SHOP the NEW Summer 2017 "Freedom Falls" collection. Let me know what you think! Which pieces are on your Summer Wishlist?
I am beyond grateful, from the bottom of my heart, for the hundreds of you who have partnered with UNCVRD in bringing about light, love, change and hope to the amazing women we have been and are going to be blessed to journey with through Gems Uncovered. Thank you. I love you!!!
P.S. A special, enormous THANK YOU to our stunning model Amalia, our beautiful and talented makeup artist Nichole, and my soul sister and resident photographer extraordinaire Shauna of Maple and Elm. Also thank you to Marissa at Symbology Clothing and Christina at Citizen & Darling for providing the beautiful, ethical and sustainable wardrobe for this photoshoot.
Without you ladies, this wouldn't have happened. xx