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Yael Designs Launches Tanzanite Collection

Apr 8, 2010 1:40 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Yael Designs launched a tanzanite and diamond jewelry collection just in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The new Pacifica Collection includes 38 rings and earrings and pendants made with deep blue tanzanites and white diamonds set in recycled white and yellow gold. The collection was said to be inspired by the the Pacific Ocean, which is situated less than one mile from Yael Designs in San Francisco, California.

tanzanite diamond ringThe collection features tanzanite stones ranging in sizes from 3 carats to 22 carats that are set in intricate diamond and 18-karat gold or platinum settings. The items' price points run from $5,000 to $25,000. The collection is available online at and in select stores.

“I was attracted by tanzanite’s royal blue and violet hues,” said Yehouda Saketkhou, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Yael Designs.  “I often walk around the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and think this beautiful stone tells the story of our blue planet, dominated by oceans that are in dire need of protection.”

Yael Designs said that it recognizes the need to preserve the earth's resources in its designs and in line with that focus, the jeweler will donate to “A Bid to Save the Earth,” the green auction hosted by Christie’s. The auction's proceeds will benefit  Oceana, Conservation International, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Central Park Conservancy. 

“The funds we raise will help us to win more victories on behalf of the world’s oceans all over the world,” said Andrew F. Sharpless, the CEO of Oceana.

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