«I have experienced racism in all aspects of my life. I consider it a sign of ignorance and a lack of education. I am very focused and determined, so I won't let it get in my way,» says Jacqueline Rabun, an American-born designer based in London. The affirmation of her refined and contemporary style passes through twenty years of collaboration established with the Danish brand Georg Jensen. «My job is deeply connected to my personal experience as an African-American woman. In the "Black Love" series, I've used two seeds that symbolize transformation, to form a modern heart symbol, a talisman that represents the beauty, elegance and grace of those who defend equality, love and justice.» Lauren Harwell Godfrey, founder of the established Californian brand Harwell Godfrey, declares: «It is difficult to talk about something you experience personally. I can imagine that the color of my skin may have affected some decisions made by potential private customers, retailers and sellers in working with me. Fortunately, I have an incredible community that supports me and my work.» Lauren is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement: «It means everything to me. We deserve to be paid and treated the same way. Racism is real and people die from it.» George Floyds' death struck her so much that she created a special project: «A pendant that I am selling to raise funds for NAACP, the oldest basic civil rights organization in the United States. It is a broken and recomposed heart, made of 18 carat gold, diamonds and black onyx. So far I have donated over $ 60,000.00.» According to Terry Castro, founder of Castro NYC, it's all about prejudice: «Sometimes we are not given the same trust as other people in the field. Some people even question the fact that a black person can make jewelry, but the truth is, we ourselves actually invented jewelry!» The designer, appreciated for his artisan skills, is working on a collection of pearl jewelry, whose proceeds - also in this case – are going to finance scholarships for candidates of color, at the Jewelry Arts Inc in New York.
Precious action able to go beyond words, to make a future without discrimination possible and nearer.