Marsha P Johnson celebrated in Pride Month jewellery tribute

Marking Pride Month 2022, we revisit our article on the ‘Marsha P Johnson’ necklace by Awe Inspired, first released last year, from which all proceeds go to the Marsha P Johnson Institute

Celebrated in Pride Month jewellery tribute
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If you didn’t know it was Pride Month, a quick look at the multicoloured recent jewellery trends would fill you in, as brands mark the occasion with vibrant tributes. Standing out from the rainbow-hued crowd is jewellery brand Awe Inspired, which has released a necklace in honour of Black trans rights advocate Marsha P Johnson. A hundred per cent of the proceeds of the eponymous necklace, part of the brand’s ‘Goddess’ collection, go to the Marsha P Johnson Institute, in support of its mission to protect and defend the human rights of Black transgender people.

Marsha P Johnson – the ‘P’, she said, stood for pay it no mind – was a tireless campaigner for the LGBTQ+ community in the 1960s and 1970s, and is credited with her bravery in standing up to the police at the 1969 Stonewall riots, an act that spearheaded lasting change.

‘Marsha P Johnson’ necklace, by Awe Inspired, seen A rainbow-beaded enamel chain.

‘Marsha P Johnson’ necklace, by Awe Inspired, seen in 14ct yellow gold vermeil. A rainbow-beaded enamel chain (seen top) is also available

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Now, Johnson’s image takes centre stage on a medallion by Awe Inspired, available in 14ct yellow gold vermeil, solid 14ct yellow gold, and sterling silver. ‘After a year of record anti-trans violence and outspoken transphobia, we were adamant about using our empowering jewellery to uplift and celebrate trans and non-binary women as the Goddesses they are,’ says Max Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Awe Inspired. ‘As Marsha is an icon and hero in the LGBTQ+ community, it is an honour to release a necklace that furthers our goal to ensure that every femme individual can turn to us for a product that empowers them, which undoubtedly includes our trans and non-binary community.’

The brand’s ‘Goddess’ collection honours women from the past, present and from mythology who have made a difference; each piece is a celebration of intersectional feminism and those campaigning for social justice.

To mark the release of the ‘Marsha P Johnson’ necklace, Awe Inspired teamed up with actor and trans rights campaigner Indya Moore, who is the face of its Pride campaign.


Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.