Sometimes, beauty comes from tragedy. Since 2003, Joan Hornig has been designing the jewelry line Philanthropy Is Beautiful, which donates 100 percent of its profits to charitable organizations around the world.
A Hornig piece is a wonderful, generous gift, although not one we can all afford to give, since prices run upward of $16,000.
But with her new collection, Silver Lining, Hornig is letting people like us (people who pay rent and student loans) get in on the do-good action.
The Silver Lining collection has a much more reasonable price tag—necklaces, bracelets and rings run between $46 and $150.
The Silver Lining designs are inspired by the biggest tragedies in recent memory, but that doesn't mean you'll be bummed out: You go online, buy a pretty necklace, and your money goes directly to making the world a better place.
The Trickle Up pendant was created in response to the floods in Pakistan. Its super-reasonable price tag ($46) is representative of the 4,600 villages that were destroyed. Or, how about the Oil Drop necklace, which supports cleanup from the BP oil spill? There are also designs dedicated to Haiti and the Chilean miners. Purchase one of the pieces unrelated to a specific cause, and you get to decide where your money goes—there are more than 600 charities to choose from.
Like we said: Beauty comes from tragedy, and everybody benefits.