Are typical store-bought earrings not cutting it anymore? Check out Enigma Design & Co to browse through a multitude of unique earrings made by a non-binary lesbian who donates a portion of their profits to charity.  

Enigma Design & Co is owned by 16-year-old Jordan Ingersoll who created their business when COVID-19 hit the United States.

“I have family members who are immunocompromised and I couldn’t risk their health and safety to work,” they said.

Though the business started as a way to work safely and save money for college, Ingersoll’s shop has blossomed into something more.

“The purpose of my small business is not only to help raise money so I can go to college but so that I can share my art with the world,” they said. “I’ve always loved jewelry-making but I never really considered making it into something until I started my business.”

They also donate 20% of their profits to three main charities: the Trevor Projectthe Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, and the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

“As an LGBT youth myself, I know how important it is for other LGBT kids to have a hotline that understands their struggles, so that’s why I decided to donate to the Trevor Project,” they said.

Ingersoll decided to donate to the Black Lives Matter Global Network after the protests that took place during the summer of 2020.

The donations are taken from the money that Ingersoll makes by selling their products.

“I sell handmade jewelry, from tiny book earrings to citrine and sun charm necklaces, I just love creating adorable designs!” they said.

The products in their Etsy shop fluctuate, but Ingersoll says that one product is special to them.

“My favorite products that I’ve made are the picnic basket earrings, they’re super simple, super cute, and customizable!” they said.

They offer made-to-order products as well so that everyone who visits their shop can have something special for themselves or someone else.

Creating and managing a small business is a learning experience for Ingersoll, but they have big goals for the future.

“Running my own business has been one grand learning adventure from understanding marketing to tracking inventory to balancing my school and afterschool activities on top of that,” they said. “This year I’m hoping to hit 1,000 sales and save as much money as I can for college.” 

You can support this LGBT-owned small business by visiting their Etsy shop or following them on Instagram @enigmadesignco.