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Golden Rule

BY Laura Eckstein Jones and Katherine Schwarzenegger | October 23, 2018 | Feature Features National

Katherine Schwarzenegger chats with family friend Sheryl Lowe on her eponymous fine jewelry line, philanthropy and what drives her every day.
From left: Sheryl Lowe and Katherine Schwarzenegger

Made from organic materials, diamonds, oxidized sterling silver and more, Sheryl Lowe’s statement-making eponymous fine jewelry line (Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills) also makes an impact beyond its beauty—a portion of proceeds from the statement pieces go to charity. Here, Katherine Schwarzenegger—the face of the brand’s latest campaign and a longtime family friend—checks in with the UNICEF 2018 Global Philanthropist Award recipient.

How did your jewelry line come to life?
I’m inspired by the beach; California nights; and my girlfriends, who have empowered me to pursue my passions. I didn’t come up with the idea for the line; I was born with it. My lifetime obsession with gemstones and their spiritual elements brought me to create a collection using beads and diamonds to enhance and enlighten my spirit.

How important was it to have a charitable component?
It is more than just important to me. It is mandatory. I am blessed with the ability to pursue my passion and pay it forward whenever possible.

What causes do you support?
From the beginning, I have wanted to focus on women and children’s causes. We have a pink vinyl, shell and diamond bracelet, and a Maria diamond charm necklace—inspired by my best friend, your mother and the tireless leader of The Women’s Alzheimer’s movement, Maria Shriver—that directly supports that organization.

What is a lesson you’ve learned since starting your business?
Always stay true to your vision.

Any regrets?
I don’t look at anything in life as a mistake as long as you learn and grow from it. I wouldn’t be where I am today without those experiences.

Has there been a defining moment when you felt that you were making a difference?
Any time a woman expresses the joy one of my pieces brings to her, I feel that I have contributed to the beauty in her life.

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