Mother-daughter jewelry-makers give back in big way

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A mother-daughter jewelry-making team is all about giving back.

Jewels for Hope has been around since 2009.

The company began when Sandy D’Andrea was caring for her ailing mother.

She started making jewelry for the hospice caretakers as a way to say “thank you” for their help.

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A few years later, her daughter, Stevie, a graduate of the Fashion Institute for Technology in New York, jumped in to help. To date, they have helped many charities raise money with their jewelry.

“Over the years, because we had so many different charities that we were giving to, we would give $100, $200 pieces for them to auction off to raffles, for events,” explained Sandy. “I mean, we’ll try and give as much as we can because we feel that every single dollar helps.”

“This is Emily D’Chenille from Bones. It was on Fox,” said Stevie pointing to a picture. “She’s wearing our turquoise-beaded earrings which you can also see right here. We were so excited we’ve actually had three or four pieces put on Bones, put on that TV show.”

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“His name is Brett Green and he is actually the sweetest guy. He’s on CBS’s show, Inspectors,” Stevie said. “We connected with him through Instagram and he liked our jewelry and he has a bunch of our bracelets.”

National retailer J.Crew noticed Jewels for Hope and is partnering with them this week on Feb. 8 at the Stamford Town Center from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Jewels for Hope will also be at the celebrity gift lounge at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles in March.

For more, visit www.jewelsforhope.net.