May 18, 2011

The Story behind Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope

Why I do What I do!

Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope Mission
I, Lexi Butler certified goldsmith, jewelry designer also beading artist and owner/ creator of the online boutique Beaded Jewels have experienced the devastation of cancer, directly through my dad who was diagnosed in 2003 with stage four colorectal cancer. When I heard the devastating news from my mother over the phone, I took an emergency flight to Germany to see my father one more time or so I thought.
 Nothing could prepare me of what I was about to see, once I reached my family’s home. The handsome man in statue had shriveled into this pale, bald, skinny, almost not recognizable human being a picture that would stay with me for years to come. Today, my father is a seven year survivor and we thank God for each day he gets to live.
 During my life in Germany, I knew my dad not only as the father figure, but as the boss of his jewelry company. As I grew, I also learned the trade of goldsmith and design, in which I decided to become certified in both. For many years, I have wanted to help and make a difference, but did not quite know how to go about it.
 As many people today, I was uninformed about the many types of cancer alone that affect thousands of people every day. Until one day when I met this young women who was a Cervical Cancer Survivor. We met online in a chat room where I was presenting Beaded Jewels at the time. After talking with her and also through prayerful confirmation it was clear to me what I needed to do. I wanted to make a difference and help inform people and spread cancer awareness nationwide through a unique way, by designing and handcrafting a special bracelet line which I named “Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope” which design by the way came from no other then God. Knowing myself how devastating cancer is, I wanted to “Bring A Little Sparkle into someone’s Life” which is the Motto behind Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope.
 Having met a lot of people, not only devastated by cancer, but also all kind of other diseases, I decided to expand the bracelet line to all cancer, diseases and causes.
The Mission behind Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope is: “Raise Awareness and Spread Knowledge of Cancer, Diseases and Causes through Colours International.”
 Since the Mission first began in October 2009 we have now reached 95 individuals who have expressed a need for one or more Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope. In just a little over a year we have sold 115 plus bracelets which were either ordered in basic style or made to custom with their name, and other personalizing options or for Team Spirit Awareness. We have since broken through the national border with having send bracelets as far as Trinidad and Tobago as well as Auckland New Zealand.
 The Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope Mission started with one bracelet are still to this day each Beaded Jewels Bracelet of Hope is individually made by me by hand and only made by me. Every order I get is still received with mixed emotion, especially if a child has passed away, and the bracelet is made for a mother who is wearing it in the memory of the child. Therefore each bracelet is made with Love and great care also prayed over for the person that receives it.
 You can choose now from the Colours of Cause List of 34 different colours and combination  at which are associated with the awareness colours national and also 12 personalizing option to make the bracelets you choose truly yours.
 Sometimes families are in battle with more then one kind of cancer, diseases or causes. For this reason I designed the Variety Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope. Meaning you can choose up to six different colours to be woven into your Bracelets. Instead of a name you can also add Initials from Family members. I can fit into a 7 inch bracelet up to eight sterling silver Block letters.
 The Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope are made sturdy enough to withstand severe epileptic seizures. They can be worn in water and can also be cleaned with a soft toothbrush and simple Dawn without bleach. The sterling silver extension chain and lobster clasp can be cleaned in silver jewelry cleaner if it should tarnish.
 The Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope should be worn to any occasion because they are elegant and very sparkly and good way to raise awareness, because once noted they can be a conversation starter, about the cancer, disease or cause your facing, have faced or someone has passed away from in your family or friends cycle or is facing right now.
 Now you know why I do what I do!
 Lexi Butler
Owner and Creator of Beaded Jewels
 Founder of Beaded Jewels Bracelets of Hope Mission

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