Gifts That Give Back: O Bracelets Help Rwandan Women

December 7, 2007 by Bryn
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What: O Bracelets, $88-$330

Why: If you ever needed an excuse to shop, we're about to give you the perfect one: the O Bracelet. These bracelets, being distributed as part of a unique a partnership between O, The Oprah Magazine, Fair Winds Trading and Macy's, are meant to aid women in Rwandaaffected by poverty, HIV/AIDS and the 1994 genocide. The collection includes designs by jewelry designer Christine Brandt, artist and AIDS activist Mary Fisher (who designed the first O Bracelets sold in May 2007), and artist and president of Fair Winds Trading, Inc., Dean Ericson.

Not only are these bracelets beautiful—they feature dramatic and colorful gemstones like Amethyst and African Hessonite Garnets—but they're also made by the women they're meant to help, trained in beading and production by Fair Winds.Best of all, every time you look down at your wrist to enjoy your sparkling "Midnight Briolette" bracelet (our personal favorite) you can feel satisfied knowing that your purchase wasn't just pretty, it directly contributed to helping women in Rwanda enjoy regular, nutritious meals and send their children to school. Guilty pleasure? We think not…

Get Yours: Macy's

Deal: Get free shipping on orders over $99 through December 17.

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