For those of you who know me, you know I'm not a starstruck kind of person. I don't follow celebrity gossip and I'm not "dying to meet so-and-so..." That's just not me. However, if you're the type who does get into what the celebrities are doing and wearing, then the fact that Paris Hilton, Kristin Cavallari, Mandy Moore, Khloe Kardashian (I know, it's a Kardashian -- who cares?!), and many other fashion-conscious celebrities all love the jewelry at Bead Relief. But there's a good reason they do. Not only are the designs amazing, but Bead Relief is also on the cutting edge of the pay-it-forward accessory craze that is sweeping the country.
What does this mean exactly?
Well, Bead Relief offers gorgeous, affordable handmade bracelets and necklaces that actually do pay it forward.
Each bracelet and necklace is designed for a dedicated charity with 25% of the purchase price going to a partnered charity, such as A Place Called Home, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Autism Society, and many, many more. Click here to see a list of the 40 different charities.
Proceeds for the signature Bead Relief bracelet are divided between all of the charities in partnership with the organization.
I was asked to review some of the bracelets and I chose two of the bracelet stacks, based on the charities I wanted to support. These are the ones I chose:
CDK provides service dogs that help children in a variety of ways: psychiatric disabilities, guide, hearing, medical and seizure alert, social, therapy, traditional service, and walker balance dogs. They seek to create child-canine service teams to promote independence and social awareness.
EARTH stands for Environmental Awareness of Resources and Threatened Habitats. A 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization based in Mendon, MA, their focus is on environmental education with a goal of teaching their community about a variety of topics, including ecology, endangered species, and sustainability. Their home base is locate in Southwick's Zoo at the Earth Discovery Center.
The bracelet stack can be worn to raise awareness for their cause, with a hope that donations will follow.
The bracelets I received were inspired by these organizations and are handmade to represent them. Bead Relief uses their own signature unique beads and elastic bands and each bracelet is adorned with their signature copper Bead Relief tags.
I really like the bracelets, but wish I'd ordered a larger size. Since I have relatively thin wrists, I ordered mediums (7"), assuming the elastic would be a bit more stretchy than it actually is. The bracelets fit my wrists, but I have a little bit of a problem stretching them over my hand.
They are well-crafted and true to the photos on the website.
You can buy single bracelets for $6; the stacks are $25. If you're more interested in metals, they're available as well, starting at $40. The sterling silver one shown here sells for $45.
They also sell bracelets made with natural stones from the earth, like this Burmese Jade bracelet: