Faith is the cornerstone of which Lillian Jude has its foundation. The beauty that is the love of Christ for His people. Beauty which we are all called to share, a beauty that comes from within.
"Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul." - St. Augustine
We are committed to doing all things with love. In our minimalist mentality, we never want any LJD piece to distract, but to help radiate the beauty held within.
"Made in the USA" is becoming increasingly popular - with many brands using the term to capture potential buyers. The problem with a simple "Made in the USA", is that it does not specify where the supplies used were themselves manufactured. Often times they come from mass production factories abroad.
Here at Lillian Jude we take our use of the term seriously. Not only are all of our pieces handmade in Virginia, but all materials in their production are sourced by US based manufactures. Most being small businesses themselves.
Often times brands will label their pieces as "gold", "rose gold", or "sterling silver" to describe the color, but by FTC regulation a product must be correctly labeled. Unlike many other metals, gold-fill is regulated by law. Here at Lillian Jude we use only the highest quality 14/20 gold-filled*, rose gold-filled, and sterling silver.
If the brand you are purchasing from does not specify; without knowing what other metals comprise unspecified pieces, irritation may occur. Ask before purchasing! Gold-filled pieces are filled with metals such as brass and sterling silver, making them hypoallergenic, lead and nickel free.
Along with ethically sourced components, we maintain our Made in the USA standard in every aspect of our products. From the company that makes our custom stamps, to the paper we use to package your piece, we are proud to say we are 100% MADE IN THE USA!
While we cannot create entirely waste free packaging, we do strive to do our part in cutting down on the use of non recyclable products. With our necklace envelopes made from recycled paper, manufactured in the Pacific Northwest, our recycled, 100% biodegradable tissue paper, to our recycling our gold-filled scraps. We aim to respectfully use our resources.
*Note the gemstones are lined in gold plate, this will be the only instance of gold plate being used. Due to the nature of the charm this does not affect the quality!
"To whom much is given, much will be expected." Luke 12:48
At Lillian Jude we aim to give back. One thing we are incredibly excited about is upcoming partnership with the Begin Again Foundation. A local foundation, founded by Marc and Audrey Leishman, the Begin Again Foundation was created to help bring awareness to the life-threatening illness which is Sepsis.
Partnering with a local children's hospital, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD), they provide aid to families with uninsured expenses. Their social outreach program provides hundreds of local homeless women with clean and safe feminine hygiene products, in hopes of preventing Toxic Shock Syndrome. TSS while treatable, many times leads to sepsis and septics shock. With the proper alternatives to the usual feminine hygiene products, these women are less likely to contract the life threatening illness. (For more information on the Begin Again Foundation click HERE)
We should all be aware of the symptoms, as 1 in 3 patients who die in a hospital, die from sepsis. I am happy to announce that in collaboration with Audrey, we will be designing a piece to support this important cause. 10% of every sale will be donated to the Begin Again Foundation, supporting them in their efforts to spread awareness and save lives.