Back of Glitterati: Akawelle Lots of jewelry has stories behind them, but few have one as inspiring as the Akawelle necklace ($75). When the designer, Lovetta Conto, was only four years old, she and her father fled to a refugee camp from their native Liberia, which was embroiled in a series of brutal civil wars. Now fifteen, Lovetta is the first person to be awarded a Strongheart Fellowship, which aims to create educational and leadership opportunities for young people enduring extreme hardship. As part of her fellowship, she created the Akawelle necklace. Each one features a leaf charm with LIFE imprinted on it, along with the metal casing of an actual spent bullet from the civil war. "Even after something as terrible as war, new life can begin," Lovetta says of the design. A portion of proceeds benefit Strongheart House, a home and school for other Fellows that will open later this year. Something chic for a good cause? Count me in. To see more images of the Akawelle necklace, View 3 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Comments lulabernie 9 years I think this is excellent! A cause worthy of my support. Marni7 9 years I got goosebumps reading this! So great! emalove 9 years It's not exactly my style, but I like the bracelet...and I think it's for a great cause. areidz 9 years Definitely a great cause buy. It symbolizes so much, and I like that it's not an overpowering piece of jewelry. sjtoliver 9 years amazing that the girl is only fifteen years old. I like the bracelet a lot(I might have to get it!), although I also really like the idea of a 'spent bullet' hanging from the necklace. ladyortiz 9 years TACKY NOT MY STYLE,BUT I'll buy it any way its for a good cause. shopgirl123 9 years sry i accidentally clicked post twice shopgirl123 9 years cutee! Beauty 9 years Love this girl — she's incredibly resilient. And she's got a great eye for design, too! Renees3 9 years awesome. I love hearing how strong these young girls can be. Good for her! msdyanelk 9 years A good cause, indeed. Such resolve for a young lady of fifteen. With a current generation so lost it's going to take more and more fifteen year old just like her to pull one another up to make a difference.