“A Force For Female Empowerment”- Girl Up Collection in Forbes
Girl Up Collection is featured in an article by Kyle Roderick in Forbes called Fine Jewelry That’s A Force For Female Empowerment: Girl Up Collection.
The article, which describes the creation of Girl Up Collection as “The dynamic movement for global gender equality takes fine jewelry form,” describes how the collection benefits the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative, a global leadership development program that coaches girls to fulfill their potential, while also working for gender equality through 4,000 Girl Up clubs in the USA and over 100 countries.
In the past 11 years, the article explains, the Girl Up initiative has fostered the personal and social development of 75,000 girl leaders in 120 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Led by Executive Director Melissa Kilby and her team at the United Nations Foundation, the initiative has raised more than $27 million for girls’ leadership programs and impact partners at the United Nations. According to Kilby, “UNI Creation embraces our core values of community, and has transformed those ideals into jewelry pieces you can wear. The Girl Up Collection is more than a jewelry line. Each piece,” she asserts, “is symbolic of our movement, and highlights strength, compassion, and togetherness. Each piece starts conversations about what Girl Up is and highlights the work of our young leaders before a word is ever spoken. That’s what makes the Girl Up Collection so special.”
The article goes on to describe the designs in the collection, which embody motivational symbols and phrases. The “Power Gems” assortment consists of bracelets made of beads of precious and semi-precious gems such as ruby, sapphire, emerald, opal, amethyst, pearl, labradorite, turquoise, watermelon tourmaline and moonstone that are unisex in appeal.
“My favorite pieces in the collection are the ones that utilize the dove,” Kilby told Roderick. “The dove is so symbolic of Girl Up – representing unity, peace and community.”
While the dove symbol animates many Girl Up Collection designs to convey peace and freedom for all, jewels in the shape of laurel leaves reference the laurel logo of the United Nations Foundation, as well as Olympic laurels. Jewels in the shape of planet earth symbolize unity and global consciousness, while star motifs encourage girls to fulfill their potential by aiming high and reaching for the stars.
Read more about Girl Up Collection in Forbes: Fine Jewelry That’s A Force For Female Empowerment: Girl Up Collection.