Flawed Perfection Jewelry Follows the 10% Rule
Posted on April 03, 2013, by Louisa Mardirossian, Half the Sky Movement
By the age of 10, Megan Reynolds was beading her own jewelry. By the time she graduated from high school, Megan had turned her passion into a business plan with a name: Flawed Perfection Jewelry. As a sophomore at California State University San Marcos, she realized that she wanted to use her business to change lives—she just couldn’t figure out how. It wasn’t until this past December, when Megan’s mother gave her a copy of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, that she realized how she wanted to contribute.
Megan Reynolds beads jewelry for her company Flawed Perfection Jewelry.
“I didn’t blink an eye when I started my business at 18. I thought it was no big deal. I could do whatever I wanted. Then after reading and watching Half the Sky, and doing additional research, I realized a lot of people don’t have that opportunity... I want to help empower these women and give them a chance for better lives,” Megan said in an interview.
As of March 13, 2013 — Megan’s 22nd birthday — ten percent of Flawed Perfection Jewelry sales each month are donated to Half the Sky Movement partner organizations through CrowdRise. “My mom raised me to always give ten percent back. Over time if you are giving back it does come back to you,” she reasons.
While watching the Half the Sky Movement documentary, Megan was most inspired by Urmi Basu, the founder of New Light, an organization that provides education to at risk girls in the red light district of Kalighat in India. She felt moved by Urmi’s “passion, the risks she takes, and the idea that even doing a tiny bit of good for a couple of girls makes it worth it.” On her website, Megan provides a synopsis of the book with quotes and statistics that resonated with her. She has even posted a video of herself talking about some of the issues covered in Half the Sky and urging her customers to take action.
This scroll band cluster ring was handmade by Megan Reynolds.
The young entrepreneur has always gravitated toward feminist issues and finds the use of jewelry to help women’s causes fitting. “Jewelry is universal. Almost every culture has it,” she says. “I like that people have a story with it… When you wear it, it’s something you know how you got, when it was given to you, et cetera.”
Since announcing her involvement with the Half the Sky Movement, Megan has noticed a boost in website traffic, and she has received a lot of positive responses from both new and returning customers. One of her favorite bits of feedback came from a client, who told her that she was “helping spread good feminine energy in the universe.”
While Megan hasn’t set any specific monetary goals yet, she does have clear objectives. In the near future, Megan hopes that the business will support itself and she’ll be able to employ other local women. Long-term, she would like to set up her own charity focusing on either economic empowerment or mental health services, and to potentially employ women abroad.
Megan’s pieces are made from natural gemstones, pearls and sterling silver. Her tagline states, “From natural flaws… to design perfection.” Items range from necklaces to rings to bracelets and run from $7.00 to $130.00.
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