Unquestionably, showering your closest friends and family with gifts in celebration of your wedding is a meaningful experience both for the gifter and giftee. But when that act extends beyond your own bridal party to benefit strangers in need, well, then you've amplified your gift's significance. Kwiat created a diamond water drop bracelet in recognition of the nearly 1 billion people around the world who don't have access to clean drinking water. So when you purchase the silver .02-carat diamond-and-leather bracelet, 100 percent of the profits will fund "charity: water," a nonprofit organization bringing sustainable water solutions to developing nations.
Likewise, all net proceeds generated from Mikimoto's specially designed charity necklace will go to the Japanese Red Cross. In response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11, 2011, the necklace from Japan's leading jeweler features a 7.5mm Akoya cultured pearl and a disc of red enamel (inspired by the Japanese flag) set in sterling silver. Priced at $290, the necklace is available at Mikimoto retail stores in New York, Beverly Hills, South Coast Plaza, and Las Vegas, as well as online. —Phillip B. Crook