Founder and Creator, Stones of Support
18, Penn Valley
By Lisa Dukart
Samantha Dichter has always had a knack for entrepreneurship with a focus on philanthropy, starting with the fundraisers for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation she hosted as a kid. “I really tried anything I could to give back to others,” she says.
That philosophy led to Amethysts for Alzheimer’s, a business she created at school and further developed as a student in the Philadelphia chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. The idea came from her grandmother, who’d been diagnosed with the disease.
A graduating senior at Harriton High School, Dichter is self-taught in her craft, turning to YouTube for jewelry-making tips. She expanded the concept to support other diseases, rebranding as Stones of Support in late 2018. Under that name, she makes bracelets, necklaces and other pieces, some of which feature a stone in a particular color to represent the nonprofit it supports.
Dichter’s lines benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Living Beyond Breast Cancer. “I’ve always worn jewelry,” says Dichter. “It’s kind of my thing.”