I may not be saving lives or inventing something that will change the world. I recognize that beauty is a privilege and that I am in the business of luxury, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all find ways do some good. Jean & Alex has always tried to contribute in our own little way–by donating pieces of jewelry to help raise funds for charitable causes close to our hearts. Usually, those charitable organizations are ones that I am personally involved in, but not always. This year, I’m happy to say that one of the organizations that we will be donating a piece to is very dear to me indeed, the Junior League of Seattle–“an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.”
If you’ve never heard of the Junior League, know this–it’s like the mob, we’re everywhere. The organization was founded in 1901 by Mary Harriman (a fellow Barnard alum) and has had a hand in everything from the creation of the Red Cross to women’s right to vote. The first female Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Conner, is a Junior League member. Four first ladies were Junior League members. Ten members of the House of Representatives and two members of the U.S. Senate–Junior League members. Julia Childs. . .a Junior League member. And that is only domestically, we’re an international organization!
As a provisional member this year, the Junior League has already given me so much. I met my posse here in the Pacific North Worst–a group of brilliant, accomplished, open-minded women who speak their minds and look gorgeous whether they’re digging up blueberry bushes to help create urban farms or speaking out against violence against women. In six months, I’ve been exposed to docent training, urban farming, financial planning and leadership training. I enjoy it so much because it is the single most active non-profit organization I have ever been a part of; everyone is accountable and everyone is expected to shoulder responsibility.
As such, it is only appropriate that the pair of earrings that I designed and will donate to be raffled off at the Premier Event this year is called the “Doyenne.” The Doyenne earrings will be made in rose gold and be set with over one carat of pave white diamonds. After all, every doyenne deserves diamonds.
Big Kiss and Bigger Diamonds,