Current Obsession: Raven + Lily x The Giving Keys Convertible Jewelry

Current Obsession: Raven + Lily x The Giving Keys Convertible Jewelry(Source: Raven + Lily x The Giving Keys Beauty Over Bullets Necklace & Wrap Bracelet, $95, at Raven + Lily)There is something intriguing about a simple key, considering it's an everyday item we might not always give much thought to and may even take for granted. We throw them into our bags each day, though when misplaced, the tiny objects can suddenly feel colossal.

Every key has a story because it is tied to a home, office, mailbox, or somewhere sacred that needs protecting. One particular key, along with the long string of beads it hangs from, has an especially powerful message because it provides hope to those who aren't lucky enough to have keys (or homes) of their own. Socially conscious brands Raven + Lily and The Giving Keys have collaborated on a sustainable accessory that empowers members of poverty-striken communities.
Julianne Hough Visits the Salon'Safe Haven' actress Julianne Hough stops by a salon in West Hollywood, California on September 5, 2013. (FameFlynet Pictures)more pics »Just as every key is unique, so is the philosophy of The Giving Keys, one of the brands behind the collaborative accessory. The jewelry line repurposes old keys into trendy pendants with inspiring words engraved onto them, while employing those transitioning out of poverty in Los Angeles, where the company is based. Founded by singer, songwriter, and actress Caitlin Crosby, customers—including countless celebrity fans, including Julianne Hough (above)—are encouraged to pay it forward by passing along their key to someone who needs the inscribed message and then sharing their stories on the site. 

Current Obsession: Raven + Lily x The Giving Keys Convertible Jewelry(Source: Raven + Lily x The Giving Keys Beauty Over Bullets Necklace & Wrap Bracelet, $95, at Raven + Lily)Across the globe, struggling women in Ethiopia are granted fair trade wages for their sustainable, hand-crafted charms, thanks to Raven + Lily, another site dedicated to ethical fashion. Utilizing bullet casings left over from war conflicts in the country, the women turn something that was once harmful into beautiful beads. 

Merging their missions, the two ethical brands have developed the Raven + Lily x The Giving Keys Beauty Over Bullets Necklace & Wrap Bracelet ($95), a versatile accessory that can be worn a number of ways: as a lengthy necklace (left), a layered necklace (top right), or a wrap-around bracelet (right). 

Help those in need build their own stories (and homes) by purchasing the three-in-one piece of jewelry online at Raven + Lily or The Giving Keys.
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