Politics & Government

Ivanka Trump buys jewelry, and the company donates her money to Hillary Clinton

This is the note that Brooklyn-based jewelry company Lady Grey sent to Ivanka Trump when she ordered a popular gold-plated ear cuff.
This is the note that Brooklyn-based jewelry company Lady Grey sent to Ivanka Trump when she ordered a popular gold-plated ear cuff. Facebook

Ivanka Trump was hardly the first person to order the Helix ear cuff from indie jewelry company Lady Grey.

The $84, 14-karat, gold-plated ear cuff — it comes in silver, too — sold out three times last month for the Brooklyn-based company, whose jewelry is worn by celebrity fans including Beyoncé, Rihanna and Selena Gomez.

When Trump placed an order for the ear cuff online, the company was happy to fill her order, but it didn’t keep her money.

Owners Jill Martinelli and Sabine Le Guyader told her so in a handwritten note included in Trump’s order.

The note read: “Dear Ivanka, Thank you for your web order! We’re happy to let you know that the proceeds of your sale have been generously donated to the American Immigration Council, the Everytown for Gun Safety Organization, and the Hillary Clinton campaign. We hope you enjoy your new Lady Grey #helixcuff. Best, Sabine and Jill.”


Dear @ivankatrump, #thanksbutnothanks #payitFORWARD ➡️

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The company posted a photo of the note to its Instagram account and on its Facebook page, where it has triggered an avalanche of both support — “I wanna buy one now” — and complaints that posting the note on social media was “classless.”

“Make a list of the last fifty things you bought. Now think about whether you’d want the person you bought them from making a public post with your full name about it,” wrote one online commenter.

In a statement to media outlets, the company said the note was included in a package that was shipped to Trump from Brooklyn last week.

“While we were flattered to receive an order from Ivanka Trump, our social and political views couldn’t be further from those of the Trump campaign,” the statement says.

“When we received her order, we instantly felt compelled to take the money and donate it to a few organizations that were more aligned with our ideals.

“We strongly feel that everyone and anyone can make a difference through actively supporting the causes that they believe in, no matter how big or small.”

They added that they shared their letter publicly “to make that statement, and hopefully inspire people to follow suit.”

A spokesperson for the jewelry designers told the New York Daily News and other outlets that they have not received a response.

A writer for Jezebel who had a hard time envisioning Trump, known for her classic sartorial choices, wearing an ear cuff wondered whether it was a gift for someone close to the presidential candidate’s daughter.

Maybe someone else in the family?

“Was it for Tiffany?” she wondered.