By ALEX AND ANI, Special for USDR
In a history-making unveiling, original copper preserved from the Statue of Liberty’s centennial restoration is now available to the public through a jewelry and accessory line. ALEX AND ANI announces the groundbreaking launch of its LIBERTY COPPER Collection, made with original copper from the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
This limited edition collection was created in partnership with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., and includes 26 pieces available now. It features an exact replica of Lady Liberty’s torch, made from her preserved copper.
After nearly 100 years, she underwent restoration from 1984−1986. Stainless steel armature bars replaced her original iron frame and copper supports. The original copper was preserved, awaiting a new purpose.
“The biggest honor of my life is to take her message and make it literally, physically attached to each and every one of us,” says ALEX AND ANI Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer Carolyn Rafaelian. “LIBERTY ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD. That’s who she is. She holds the torch to light our path.”
The signature meaning card that accompanies each LIBERTY COPPER Collection purchase reads, “Bearing her torch…we become Lady Liberty’s movement of light and hope. When we CARRY LIGHT, we ignite the light in others, and create one light indivisible.”
With this, ALEX AND ANI encourages consumers to draw inspiration from Lady Liberty, and recognize the light they bring to the world. The company is asking people to answer the question, “What do you CARRY LIGHT for?” — for example, their causes, passions, art, the Earth, loved ones — then share their response via social media, inspiring others to do the same with the hashtag #CARRYLIGHT.
“We always knew there was a greater purpose for these preserved materials,” said Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “This collaboration with ALEX AND ANI will bring the Statue’s message and spirit directly into the lives of people around the world. We couldn’t be more pleased.”
Through the Liberty Copper Collection, ALEX AND ANI is supporting the work of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.
The collection is now available at ALEX AND ANI stores nationwide, as well as alexandani.com, and authorized retailers.
About the Ellis Island Foundation
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center® and The Peopling of America® Center completed in 2015. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.
About ALEX AND ANI
ALEX AND ANI creates meaningful, eco-conscious jewelry and accessories to positively empower and connect humanity.Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer designs each piece. Carolyn believes that every individual has their own positive energy to share with the world. By incorporating powerful symbolism and personal meaning into each product, ALEX AND ANI provides a vehicle for consumers to express their individuality. The company is passionate about the wellbeing of our planet, our communities, and our individual paths. ALEX AND ANI uses recycled materials with eco-conscious processes. Its CHARITY BY DESIGN division has strengthened non-profit organizations through innovative partnerships and collaborative experiences, resulting in donations of more than $35 million. An Inc. 500 Company, ALEX AND ANI has retail stores, as well as retail partners, worldwide. ALEX AND ANI products are proudly designed and crafted in America and made with love. The company’s World Headquarters is located in the greater Providence, Rhode Island area. Please visit alexandani.com for more information.
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