- Length of necklace approximately is 16 inches with a 2 inch extender
- Size of rainbow pendant (side to side) is just about an inch
- Cast in 100% recycled brass & 14 karat-gold/sterling silver plated
- Pendant sustainably cast in downtown Los Angeles
- Chain is made in the US
- Wire, and extender chain are made in the US
- Clasps is made in Italy
- Necklace is handmade in Austin, Texas
- There's no nickel, cadmium or lead in our jewelry - making it nontoxic
- There are two options of chains with this necklace:
- Mama-friendly - tugging toddler safe because the pendant held sturdy by two chains (versus one) and they are double-looped. There are two small jump rings on the back of the pendant. The two chains slide through each one.
- The other option of chain is a single chain sliding through the jump rings in the back of the pendant. The pendant slides more freely than the other option.
A few years ago a grandmother, named Pauline (she/her/hers), called to tell me that her grandson, Ricky (he/him/his), had been bullied at school for being gay. I was shocked this would happen in 2021. Don't worry, this story takes a turn. Pauline sat down with her grandson and listened to him and his experiences. GO PAULINE! She expressed her empathy, compassion, and support to her grandson by asking him if he'd want to make something with her in support of him and other youth who are out. The two of them called me and we three immediately went to work. This and the Ricky Dog Tag necklace are a collaboration of us three. The collection is called "Acceptance." Ricky and Pauline were a part of every step of the designing process.
This subject is important to me on a personal level. You may know that my best friend, Dawn (she/her/hers), identifies as a lesbian. When she was in high school in the early 90's, she was shamed and asked to leave the girl's bathroom due to her androgynous demeanor as some of the girls at school thought she was a “boy”. Dawn quickly learned to hold her bladder to avoid these instances where she felt disconnected from her schoolmates. She didn't use the bathroom at school for the rest of her high school experience. To this day, that woman can hold her bladder all day.
This shaming needs to stop. In my perspective, this stems from fear and a lack of education around our LGBTQIA+ community. This Rainbow necklace is made with love (the opposite of fear). Whether you are part of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally, when you purchase this necklace you are expressing your support.
A percentage of proceeds will go to Out Youth, an Austin-based non-profit in Central Texas that supports LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults, as well as Ricky and Pauline.
Help spread love and support by wearing what you believe and represent. Thank you for your acceptance and support of our LGBTQIA+ family members!