Raising thousands of dollars for charity through a unique jewelry design is no small feat, particularly when done before the age of 22. That’s what local Rhode Islander and current URI junior Paige Dellerman has awesomely accomplished recently – the 21-year-old East Greenwich resident combined a love of fashion and a passion for making a difference in the world to create the Living Water Charm Bangle for Alex and Ani, a beautiful robin’s egg blue tear drop bangle. 20% of sales go to Living Water International, a nonprofit that provides clean drinking water to developing countries. The bracelet is one of the top five sellers in Alex and Ani’s “Charity by Design” line with over 200,000 sold, raising more than $750,000 for Living Water.
It’s Alex and Ani’s first student-driven project – Paige was involved in all aspects of the creative process, from design to marketing. She has continued her partnership with both Alex and Ani and Living Water, recently travelling to Guatemala on a mission trip to dig a well with two other Alex and Ani employees. She also created a limited edition pink teardrop bangle to benefit women who bear much of the burden of carrying water in developing countries, the Living Water for Women Charm Bangle.