Thursday, May 5, 2011

7000 Bracelets for Hope. Be True. True Blue. Be You.

Be True. True Blue. Be You.

Here’s something you may not know about me. My full time business is Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies, but in one of my past lives, I earned a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics, spent several years researching and teaching in the area of human genetics and ethics, and I still do some work in the area of research ethics. So I was thrilled to learn of the Global Genes Project and their current campaign, 7000 Bracelets For Hope.

The Global Genes Project aims to raise awareness about rare health conditions, many of which impact children, and as a group affect a large number of people around the globe. 7000 Bracelets For Hope is a campaign to collect 7000 bracelets from artists, crafters, designers and to distribute these bracelets to families in December 2011. Why 7000? Because there are at least 7000 described rare conditions currently known. The theme is denim and jean-inspired jewelry, a play on “genes”.

Does it get any better for a human geneticist who now makes jewelry and sources vintage jewelry supplies? And who lives in jeans and whose favorite piece to design is bracelets?

This bracelet is my contribution to the 7000 Bracelets for Hope campaign. In this bracelet I am trying to share my deep belief that no matter anyone’s health condition, appearance, history, whatever feature you want to consider, we are all beings with profound and unique value to this world.
Be true to yourself, be your own true blue friend, just be you.
Care to join me in contributing a bracelet?
Hop on over to 7000 Bracelets for Hope to join in.

vintage Czech glass flower beads
vintage Japanese glass pearl stamens
vintage Japanese glass bead dangle
vintage Swarovski crystal charms
vintage millefiore beads topped with vintage Czech rough cut beads
vintage West German moonstone cabochons
hand stamped and antiqued tags
antiqued brass: chain, bee charms, beadcaps, findings

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