Lorraine Schwartz, Children's National Medical Center, Gabrielle's Angel Foundation
Gabrielle's Angel Foundation Board Member, Lorraine Schwartz honored her mother's memory with a day of jewelry making at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
This past January, Lorraine and her siblings Ofira, also a jewelry designer and Ilan Sandberg spent the day with patients between the ages of 6-and 15-years-old to create one-of-a-kind fine jewelry designs with gems donated by Lorraine Schwartz Inc.
Lorraine and her team taught the children various design techniques and created pieces for their favorite celebrity that inspired and help them get through their difficult treatments. For one of the creations, Lorraine worked closely with a young designer, Sammi, who wanted to design something special in memory of her sister Lexi, who recently passed away from liver cancer. They created a bracelet and earrings set for Miley Cyrus made of black spinel and green garnet set in 18K gold. Miley wore the bracelet to Clive Davis' Grammy party and the matching earrings are now available on Charitybuzz.com.
100 percent of the proceeds from the auction will fund a grant to provide jewelry and art therapy programs at Children's National Medical Center through a partnership with Gabrielle's Angels Foundation. Children's National is a leader in cancer research throughout the United States and around the world. Their dedicated oncology team is renowned for their expertise in specialized and comprehensive oncology care for children and teens.
Lorraine, who along with her siblings founded The Shulamit's Hope Foundation, in memory of their mother, Shulamit who died of lung cancer, said, "One of the most memorable times for our family was when my mother made jewelry during her treatment. It was so therapeutic for all of us. We still have those pieces and cherish them."
Lorraine and the young patients created a collection of pieces, which were recently spotted on some of today's hottest celebrities on the biggest red carpets:
Serena, a 15-years-old survivor of metastatic Ewing's sarcoma, created a white and black diamond bracelet with the word "Hope" enameled on it. The bracelet was worn by Pharrell Williams at this year's Grammy Awards.
Arabelle, 8-years-old, recently completed her treatment in October, created a beautiful Flower Ring made up of a variety of gems, for her favorite singer, Katy Perry. Katy was spotted wearing the piece to a few Grammy after-parties.
Jaimin, a 13-year-old patient, and up-and-coming jewelry designer, created a one-of-a-kind bracelet for Taylor Swift, his favorite musician. Taylor wore the champagne diamond-and-amethyst bracelet to this year's Grammy Awards.
Jozlyn, a 12-year-old patient, created a stunning set of flower-inspired gem earrings and a bracelet for Beyonce, who wore the pieces to a recent photo shoot in New York City. The pieces prominently feature the color blue - in Honor of the singer's daughter Blue Ivy.
These unique creations worn on the red carpet by some of Lorraine Schwartz's high-profile clients, will then be sold with 100% of the proceeds being used to fund a grant to provide jewelry and art therapy programs at Children's National Medical Center through a partnership with Gabrielle's Angels Foundation. Children's National is a leader in cancer research throughout the United States and around the world. Their dedicated oncology team is renowned for their expertise in specialized and comprehensive oncology care for children and teens.
For more information about Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, visit gabriellesangels.org.