Jewellery you don't have to feel bad about

Jewellery you don't have to feel bad about

You don’t have to choose between high quality design jewellery and items that are sustainable and fair trade, says NPH New Zealand director Kristina Cavit.

The charity looks after orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean and has entered a partnership with New York-based social enterprise Faire Collection to bring the sustainable jewellery made in Ecuador all the way down to New Zealand, with 100% of the sales reverting to the communities the charity supports.

 “My mum and I saw the jewellery one day on CNN and contacted the company to see if they would do a partnership with us,” explains Cavit.

The collection made its New Zealand debut at the NPH New Zealand Latin Festival in December and has since been available at the Cavit & Co stores in Parnell (Auckland) and Arrowtown.

The stores are owned by Cavit’s mother, Debbie Cavit, and the company is a corporate sponsor of NPH.

Sustainably conscious New Zealanders can buy the handcrafted jewellery and accessories and help impoverished communities in Latin America and the Caribbean, as 100% of the sales go to orphaned children in these communities, through the work of NPH.

 “Cavit & Co. is proud to carry this exquisite line and to support the children of NPH Zealand, who are in desperate need of our help,” says Debbie Cavit.

Kristina Cavit says the collection “has been doing really well in New Zealand” and that “there is nothing else like it here”. “It’s a luxury item that is also fair trade. People can feel good about it.”

The Faire Collection was founded by US citizen Amanda Judge, who – whilst researching her Masters’ thesis on poverty reduction in South America - discovered a long history of handcrafted jewellery made from rainforest seeds and exquisite local craftsmanship.

A New York-based design team works with over 60 artisan partners across eight fair trade workshops in Ecuador, drawing on the skills of local craftsmen to create bold pieces from all natural materials.

The eco-friendly jewellery has been spotted on celebrities such as Brooke Shields and Maya Rudolph and can be purchased from thousands of stores worldwide, including DKNY and Bloomingdales.