Did you ever see the show, The Riches? It didn’t last very long but, in my opinion, it should have. It had a group of great actors including the hilarious Eddie Izzard and the talented Minnie Driver. In short, the show is about a family of grifters who find themselves impersonating members of a wealthy family. For a time, it appears that they are going to get away with it and Minnie Driver’s character muses, “What are we going to do with all this good fortune? What are we going to do with all this good fortune?” Under the circumstances, it’s a funny question for the character to ask but, really, it’s a good question for most of us.
Make no mistake, I’m a lucky lady. I have a wonderful husband; entertaining, loyal friends and family; and beautiful pets. I had the opportunity to be educated and I have a good job. I have a roof over my head in the best city in the world, if I do say so myself. Lucky. Fortunate. Still, I spend a lot of time thinking about what I am going after next and what my perfect life would look like. One of the things that comes to my mind in my afternoon reveries is how awesome it would be to be a full time, successful jewelry designer. Almost immediately, I start to bargain with the Universe. “Dear Universe, if I were ever able to live that life, I promise to give back more. I promise to do something with all that good fortune.”
I went looking for an example of a jewelry designer who has turned personal good fortune into fortune for others. There are many great examples of corporate giving from jewelry companies and of jewelry artists supporting their favorite charities. But, in my search, it didn’t take long to find Joan Hornig and her strikingly charitable style. As her website states:
Her model of giving 100% of the profits on each piece to the purchaser’s charity of choice challenges women to use beauty and fashion in a new way.
Joan’s jewelry is meant to be noticed and talked about as it carries the all important message that philanthropy is beautiful, personal and worth promoting.
Joan has turned her obvious good taste and knack for design into a vehicle for good. Harvard and Columbia educated, Joan knew what to do with all her good fortune.
While we’re at it, let us not forget that Joan Hornig can help her customers support deserving charities because she makes desirable jewelry. I have to admit that I was not previously aware of Hornig’s work but it is truly something to behold. She is confident and assertive in her approach to modern design. There are also lots of nice, little touches that one notices the more that one looks. Note, for example, the clasp on the daring garnet necklace.
We should all be grateful to Joan Hornig for her good works and beautiful design.