Jewelry designer Joan Hornig created her philanthropically-driven company, Joan Hornig Jewelry – Philanthropy Is Beautiful® in 2003 after years as a fundraiser and on Wall Street. The Accessories Council put me in touch with Joan after the much-anticipated Mothers’ Day event was canceled due to COVID 19.
I spent some time with Joan on the phone. We had a chance to chat about her jewelry and particularly her “Philanthropy Is Beautiful” concept and the Pave the Way collections.
We’ve reviewed lots of jewelry on the Advice Sisters web site, but Joan Horning’s jewelry is something extra special.
Philanthropy Is Beautiful:
Each piece evokes an emotion. Each piece is amazingly eye-catching, But when in talking to Joan, what struck me the most is her genuine desire to make a difference, to give back, and to encourage others to pay it forward.
This story is about the jewelry, but that’s just the beginning. Joan explained that she realized women tend to notice and comment on each other’s accessories.
If you’re wearing one of Joan’s pieces and someone mentions it, you can tell them about what makes this jewelry special.
When you buy a piece of the collection, you have the opportunity to give back to a charity of your choice. In fact, Joan gives 100% of the profit donated to the charity of your choice *(501C)(3). If you are curious about what charities have received donations click here
High and Low:
The high-end Joan Hornig jewelry was sold at Bergdorf’s and her signature collections can rise to thousands of dollars, But by design (pun intended) the Joan Hornig Philanthropy is Beautiful collection is more affordable.
These Philanthropy is Beautiful pieces are just a couple of hundred dollars. I was happy to hear that all of Joan’s materials are ethically sourced and the packaging is eco-friendly.
One of the pieces Joan pointed out to me as being affordable is this “Plastic Straws Suck” bracelet (from the No Planet B collection).
The No Planet B Collection empowers people to be part of the growing movement to end to plastic usage and littering. I think this is very unique! It’s a sterling silver “straw” with an adjustable, waxed cord bracelet and a tiny diamond charm.
With a $180 price tag makes it’s gift-able, and the piece will appeal to all genders.
Joan hopes the empowering messages will encourage more people to buy and wear her designs. I think wearing a unique piece of jewelry is also a great conversation starter.
There are jewelry collections with miniature food, tools, earth-friendly, Power Tools and even pet-centric designs.
The Hot Mike Pendant:
To experience the Philanthropy is Beautiful designs up close and personal, I chose the “Use Your Voice Hot Mic” pendant. This piece is from the “Talkin’ Tools Collection. It empowers women to build a brighter and more equitable future). The other designs showing miniature tools are adorable as well.
The Hot Mike is a miniature microphone. You can order it in 23K gold vermeil, 18k Rose Gold Vermeil. You can also get the pieces in Sterling Silver. These are set with small, ethically sourced, natural round diamonds.
In addition, the pendant ‘s chain is a delicate and adjustable 14″ – 18.:
Joan says the microphone symbolizes women speaking up about all sorts of issues. However, I also think it’s perfect for a podcaster, or a performer, or speaker, or just about anyone, really. If you want this particular piece, here’s the direct link
From a Tiny Seed…
If you like to layer delicate pieces, check out the”It All “starts Here” from the Food For Thought Collection. It features a single pomegranate seed ($190 with diamonds) and it’s a great choice.
There are so many different pieces, all with an inspiring message. Of course, I wish I could share them all.
To see all the collections visit the Joan Hornick at https://philanthropyisbeautiful.com/ https://ptwjewelry.com/
Philanthropy couldn’t be more beautiful!