"Leaves of Change" celebrity designed jewels raise thousands - Sun, 21 May 2009, 00:00 EST

Brooke Shields wore her own beautiful "Leaves of Change" necklace design to the charity event on May 7.

In New York--The World Gold Council's "Leaves of Change" - celebrity-designed jewelry collections raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity, with actresses Marcia Gay Harden and Brooke Shields showing their full support by wearing their own celebrity-designed necklace designs to the event.

Guests from around the world gathered at New York's famous Chelsea Art Museum for a Sotheby's facilitated live auction of the gold creations, each featuring a fine leaf motif, from different designer collaborations and 12 celebrities. All the proceeds from the event, which also included an first of a liked online auction component, went to the pairs' favorite causes and the online auction sales exceeded one of the biggest sales as the celebrity-designed jewelries were available to the whole world via online auction and the online auction was a huge commercial success.

The celebrity-designer partnerships and their respective charities include:

-- For Ronald McDonald House Whoopi Goldberg, with Annie Fensterstock,

--Christina Applegate, with Alex Woo, for Right Action for Women

-- For Waterkeeper Alliance Marcia Gay Harden, with Ariane Zurcher,

--Samantha Harris, with Erica Molinari, for Jewelers For Children

--Eric McCormack, with Mauri Pioppo, for Project Angel Food

-- For Youth AIDS Debra Messing, with Robert Lee Morris,

--Chris Noth, with Robin Rotenier, for Make-A-Wish Foundation

--Brooke Shields, with TreSpighe for Gold Expressions, for Jewelers For Children

-- For Yum-o!Rachael Ray, with K. Brunini Jewels,

--Susan Sarandon, with Mattioli, for Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

-- For Hope for Henry Lena Olin, with Mauri Pioppo,

-- For Jewelers for Children Pauletta and Denzel Washington, with Leslie Greene,

"It's truly exciting to capitalize on gold's profound and enduring emotional significance by supporting so many worthy causes," spokeswoman for World Gold Council Duvall O'Steen said in a press/media release.

The designers crafted three pieces of each design, with the celebrity receiving the first, and the highest bidder securing the second. The third piece will travel on tour and will be displayed from July to December 2009 in Jared the Galleria of Jewelry stores in approximately 16 U.S. cities. The purpose of the tour is to raise further awareness for the multiple charities. It was heartening to see the celebrities and stars turning up for charity events and it is a good things for the event as a whole.