We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Bedrossian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, what do you attribute your success to?
The reason why UNCVRD Jewelry has been successful is because our customers believe in our mission. From the start, we have set out to raise awareness around human trafficking in the United States. We support local organizations that are working to end this injustice – one that affects an estimated 40.3 million people in the world today. Our customers recognize that they hold purchasing power, and that by supporting and wearing UNCVRD Jewelry, they are actively being a part of the solution.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
UNCVRD Jewelry supports two local anti-human trafficking non-profit organizations – Gems Uncovered and Brave Global. Gems Uncovered focuses mostly on victim services and after care resources for survivors of trafficking and exploitation. Brave Global works on the prevention end of the spectrum, empowering and resourcing at-risk girls in the foster care system, from which over 70% of trafficked/exploited women have come from. I love fashion, and I wanted to use my creative skills to make a product line that people could wear that was more than “just jewelry”. I personally would be more inclined to buy a product from a brand that was doing good in the world through their mission, and I believed that others felt the same. Once I heard about the issue of human trafficking (early 2014), and the fact that it happens in the United States – in my hometown of Long Beach, CA even – I knew in my heart that I had to do something. I started small, built out a website, designed my first collection, and launched right before the holidays in 2014. I took small but intentional steps forward, and have continued to experience growth every year.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This question instantly makes me sad since we are in COVID times and I can’t actually do any of these things…haha BUT, someday (hopefully soon!) when we can be tour guides in our own cities, this is where I would take a friend. I’m in Long Beach, and love this city so much. It’s diverse, it has amazing food, shops, the beach….it’s just the best. To eat: The Attic The Breakfast Bar George’s Greek Cafe To drink: Ola Mexican Kitchen for margaritas The Boathouse Tantalum Shop: Stitch & Feather Prism Boutique And Then LB
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who have poured their time, knowledge, expertise, and heart into UNCVRD. It’s almost impossible to choose just one. However, there is one woman who both challenged and supported me from the time that UNCVRD was simply an idea in my mind. Mary White, the founder of our partner organization Gems Uncovered, has been a part of my business since day one. She challenged me to seek God’s guidance, she encouraged me to dream big and to be brave, and she inspired me to do all that I could to use my unique gifts to be a part of the solution to this injustice. She has truly dedicated her life to the restoration of women and girls, and she is constantly helping others to see their own beauty, potential, value and worth. Ask anyone who knows her – Mary is a FORCE!
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