Jessica Hendricks Yee

The Designer Melding Jewelry and Philanthropy

Back when Jessica Hendricks Yee was a theater major at New York University, she traveled to Cambodia to teach English and was instantly inspired to help make a change. The jewelry company The Brave Collection was her answer. Partnering with fair-trade artisans in Phnom Penh, Hendricks Yee provides employment, health insurance and a stipend for children’s education to these women—most of whom are mothers, and she donates 10 percent of the company’s profits to help fight human trafficking. As for the jewelry itself? It’s absolutely stunning. Check out her latest collection Zahava, her first foray into fine jewelry.

“I think it’s really just about tapping into what you are good at, and what you can offer.”
—Jessica Hendricks Yee

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