The Jewelry O’s Collection is a Vermont non-profit based in Norwich at, The Family Place. The Family Place hosts playgroups and offers parent education and support in a variety of ways.. including the Jewelry O’s program for young women.
Read more about this exceptional program: “JewelryOs™ necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are handcrafted by the young women in our Families Learning Together program who are working hard to overcome the disadvantages that have thus far defined their lives. At The Family Place they find the support and the resources they need to graduate high school, start college, learn to be proactive parents, find and maintain employment, manage money, find housing, get a driver’s license – the list is as long as they need it to be. One of the regular work sites of the FLT program is the JewelryOs™ studio. Accomplished jeweler Julia Dickenson teaches the women both the art of jewelry making and the art of small business management. The women take pride in the stunning products they create in the studio, and they take even more pride in earning money towards the program that helps them improve their lives and the lives of their children.”
Julia Dickenson, supervisor of the Jewelry O’s program, sent me a Crazy Crochet Necklace in earth tones. The necklace starts with silk and is adorned with glass beads and natural stones. The finishing touch on the necklace is the signature Jewelry O charm placed near the clasp. I love this beautiful piece of art. It’s colorful, it’s eye catching, and it’s fun. The necklace alone can dress up any outfit. I appreciate the time and skill that went into selecting each bead and crafting this necklace.
These young women are making a lot of jewelry! Earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more! Find their products here. ALL proceeds from sales go directly back to this program to support Vermonters. Think of Jewelry O’s the next time you need a gift…. you’ll be giving a lovely gift and giving back!
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