“is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister” - Alice Walker
Sisters Jenny Benscher and Jill Becker founded Lema J in November of 2013. Their premiere collection of cuffs is entirely handcrafted out of exotic hides, lined with soft lambskin and set in a variety of finishes. The pieces are bold in color, daring in design, and so versatile in style that the collection appeals to hip and sophisticated women (and men!) of all ages. The cuffs are currently being sold at boutiques from coast to coast, as well as at trunk shows and craft shows across the country.
Lema J, however, is more than just another jewelry line. In the fall of 2012, Jill's 21-year-old daughter Cara was diagnosed with leukemia. During the course of Cara's treatment, she and her family started Karma for Cara, a foundation with the three-fold mission of: engaging youth, awarding unsung heroes, and tangibly helping patients with leukemia.
When Cara passed away in December 2012, Jenny hand crafted a cuff in Cara's favorite color (orange), adorned it with the protective eye, and gave it to her sister, Jill, as a gift. Though they did not know it at the time, this cuff--now called the "Karma for Cara Cuff"--was the beginning of Lema J Design.
Lema J is committed to making jewelry that is not only beautiful but also purposeful: jewelry with a cause. This is why 100% of the profits from every sale are donated to the Karma for Cara Foundation in the hopes of furthering Cara’s mission and inspiring love, empowerment, motion and adventure in as many lives as possible.
LOVE. Love is the guiding force in all things. It is love that kept us going through inconceivable tragedy, that which bound us together, and that which we are all ultimately striving towards. It is love that makes anything and everything significant; without it, nothing would be possible.
EMPOWERMENT. To know your own strength, to find your own immense ability, is a life-changing phenomenon for women of all ages and walks of life. It is only through self-empowerment that we are able to realize our own potential and capacity to be anything we dream of being.
MOTION. To be in movement is to be alive. Oftentimes it is the actual movement, or the journey that is more significant than the final destination.
ADVENTURE. Taking risks is important at every stage in life, especially when you find yourself comfortable. We strongly believe in the power of being bold, experimenting with newness, accepting change, and taking chances whenever opportunities arise.