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Giving Keys Necklaces at the Olympics 2016

The Necklaces You Spotted on Olympic Athletes Have a Powerful Meaning

Giving Keys Necklaces at the Olympics 2016
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Although we tune in to the Olympics mainly for the sports, we're just as easily impressed by the fashion. Gymnasts wear the most stunning bodysuits while volleyball players have the best swimwear collections. If you've been following the women's volleyball tournament, then you've probably also noticed Olympic athletes wearing key-shaped necklaces.

In an interview with Fitness Magazine, Kerri Walsh Jennings revealed she bought the Giving Key jewelry for herself and April Ross as good luck charms. "Mine says 'breathe' and April's says 'dream,'" she said. The volleyball duo wears this unique accessory during their matches.

The specially designed keys, however, also serve another purpose off the court. The designs are part of a pay-it-forward movement started by The Giving Keys founder Caitlin Crosby. The company employs those transitioning out of homelessness to work on crafting the jewelry, which you can then buy online. Customers can receive an engraved necklace or bracelet with their personal mantra.

According to the website, the keys are a reminder that "we are all unique, flawed, scarred, and sometimes discarded by others." To learn more about The Giving Keys, watch the video below, then shop the jewelry pieces that speak to you.

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