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The much awaited benefit “Diamonds in the Sky” soirée took place on October 5th at the elegant home of philanthropist, Elisabeth Thieriot. TV personality, of the Bay Area Back Roads fame, Doug McConnell was on hand to kick off the gala evening. I had acquired and designed the jewelry especially for this evening. A small group of powerful woman from the Board of the Redwoods organized this event, Barbara Young, Jill Greenman, Joanne Spotswood along with the Executive Director , Barbara Soloman and Jeannie Elrod. Gary Morgret did the flowers and display and Joy Spicer (with Gary’ s help) was the official photographer for the evening. The 11 lovely ladies sold the jewelry with as much passion as I had in creating them, each donned in a silk sari! Craig Potter and Jim Prigoff were the cashiers.
Diamonds and gold jewelry was showcased from my collection in all its splendor. Over 80 guests came to celebrate and indulge knowing that their purchases would help renovate and refurbish the main auditorium at The Redwoods making a major difference in the lives of the community of seniors. The evening was a resounding success and could not have been possible without the support of Elisabeth Thieriot, who mingled with the crowd all evening and put her stamp of approval on the event. I am happy to say that Ed and I were able to not only donate all the profits from the sale, but also made a matching grant.
“'Diamonds in the Sky", an October 5th fundraiser for The Redwoods, a Community of Seniors, will be dedicated to bringing some much needed sparkle to the main auditorium at this revered retirement home in Mill Valley. The exclusive one-night, invitation-only event is being held at the lavish home of Bay Area philanthropist, Elisabeth Thieriot.
I will be offering my collection of especially designed diamond jewelry for sale at this gala and 100% of the profits will go to The Redwoods and the cost will be given back to the artisans. The funds raised will underwrite important improvements to the auditorium at The Redwoods, the activity center.
I was asked why I chose diamonds for this event.
The properties with which diamonds are associated with are enhancing relationships,(God knows we all need that), and increasing inner strength (who doesn’t in these days of constant turmoil in the world?).
Diamond is said to create balance, clarity and abundance on the wearer. All good things and much needed.
Although diamonds were first discovered and mined in ancient India, at least as far back as 5,000 years ago, today they are no longer the exclusive domain of royalty and the wealthy. By using silver where there was platinum and 14 karat or 18 carat where there was 22 K, I have made these precious gems more affordable, but keeping the look of the more expensive pieces. Many pieces take their inspiration from Victorian designs and the Royal jewel of India. But many are also designed by me for the contemporary woman who is looking for something to wear both during the day and in the evening.
Just like diamond set in a circular setting symbolizes eternity, we want this sale to have a long lasting effect on the health of the seniors at The Redwoods. I was happy to not only provide the jewelry for sale here but have also promised a matching donation of the profits from the sale. A guilt free shopping spree is hoped for on October 5th.