In 2019, Sydney Ziems founded her company, Serendipitous Project, with the goal of creating eco-friendly jewelry and accessories. Since then, she has created and sold countless pieces made with materials from the earth, such as sea glass, as well as vintage items from brands like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera.
Given that sustainability is a major part of the Serendipitous Project, Ziems also likes to work with natural materials, such as pearls, stones, sea glass, and shells.
Not only does Serendipitous Project help the environment, they also use their platform to raise awareness about social issues. In the wake of the George Floyd protests, Ziems wanted to give back in whatever way she could, so she decided to donate two-weeks worth of her business’ profits to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. Giving back has always been an integral part of the Serendipitous Project, for each seasonal collection, Ziems selects one piece to give a percentage back to charity. For the resort collection, 10 percent of the proceeds from the Mayan Necklace went to RAICES, a Texas non-profit that helps protect and provide legal aid to children at the border. Connecting with other women is another important part of the Serendipitous Project.
Serendipitous Project Mayan necklace, $70
Project French estate earrings, $70
Serendipitous Project Tiki necklace , $65
Vintage baroque medallion necklace with semi-precious beads, $66
scalloped gold statement necklace with pearl pendant, $85
Project Mykonos earrings, $65
Source: Mary Elizabeth Andriotis