MONTECITO, Calif. — A pair of Montecito siblings chose a jewelry-making hobby to occupy themselves with when the pandemic hit in 2020, and now they’re using that hobby to give back to Ukrainian children.
Siena Jensen, 14, and Meah Jensen, 12, started their jewelry business, Elysse Cate, during the pandemic to “inspire kids to stay positive and do something they love,” said Crystal Jensen, the girls’ mother.
The girls sold the jewelry on Etsy, to family and friends, and at the Nurture Cottage in Montecito, Crystal Jensen told News Channel 3-12.
On Saturday, the Jensen sisters put their hobby and skills to good use and sold ‘Hearts for Ukraine’ jewelery outside Nurture Cottage from 11am to 2pm.
Crystal Jensen said after seeing how the sisters wanted to inspire others to stay positive, Nurture Cottage helped come up with the idea to fundraise for Ukrainian children.
They sold special 18-karat gold and rose quartz necklaces and earrings, and even had metal stamps so customers could customize their jewelry on the spot, Crystal Jensen said.
The sisters donated 50% of the proceeds from Saturday’s sale to UNICEF to support Ukrainian children.