To Polished Pearl, a non-profit organization dedicated to anti-human trafficking efforts, every life is a pearl: valuable, unique and rare. The director, Nicole Robyn says, “The idea is that every life has value and is beautiful. You gently polish a pearl. The goal is to take something that is already beautiful, already rare, already one-of-a-kind and add a little polish.”
Similar to pearls and saris, every accessory, custom-made by Polished Pearl women, is uniquely beautiful. In addition to the fulfillment the Indian women receive from their work, Robyn says, “We wanted to produce something for our client that was meaningful to them. We call it a ‘meaning filled’ purchase; a product that not only has meaning because it was made by a survivor on the other side of the ocean, but also is meaningful to the person that wears that piece. So we customize all of our pieces for that reason.