For years, we’ve been covering the beautiful work of Peggy Li. I mean, we’re talking years and years. I just adore her affordable jewelry, which always makes its way onto the arms of the rich, famous, and highly televised. I mean, who wouldn’t take a second look at the earrings Audra McDonald sports in Private Practice, right?
So when Peggy wrote to me about a new collection — with 100% of the proceeds going to fight AAPI hate — I was so excited to help her get the word out.
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As an Asian-American designer herself, Peggy explained that she couldn’t stand by as she read report after report about the horrific increases in hate crimes against Asian-American and Pacific Islanders in the US. So she she was inspired to design two necklaces, with 100% of the profits going to incredible fundraising efforts.
Her Year of the Ox Necklace not only honors what we hope will be a fantastic year (rooting for you 202!) but donates 100% to a trusted GoFundMe campaign for #StopAsianHate from the Support AAPI Community Funds.
I think this would be such a fantastic new mom gift for anyone welcoming a new Ox baby this year — or even a unique keepsake for the baby. Hey, Mother’s Day is coming up right?
I also love her dainty sterling Fortune Cookie Necklace, especially because of how personal it is to her; she designed it to raise money for Save Our Chinatowns, a grassroots effort to provide direct contributions to artists and hard-hit restaurants in the Chinatown neighborhoods of Oakland and San Francisco, where Peggy’s own parents found comfort and support as new immigrants.
I mean, we could all use a fortune cookie necklace to bring us a little extra luck this year. But the AAPI communities can use more than that right now, and this is a lovely way to show solidarity.
Peggy in her studio.Photo: Emily Kim
Check out the entire Giving Back collection of jewelry from Peggy Li, that supports some outstanding causes.