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Ashley Morgan & Yael Designs Launch the Leone Collection

Sales Benefit Schools for Salone

Apr 6, 2011 1:24 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Jewelry designer Ashley Morgan and Yael Designs will debut their Fall 2011 Leone Collection to benefit  Sierra Leone. The collection was designed by Morgan and manufactured by Yael Designs and  includes rings, earrings and necklaces that feature conflict-free, custom-cut black diamonds set in 18-karat recycled blackened gold and accented with white diamonds and Japanese seed pearls. Price points begin at $1,200.

black diamond ring''We wanted to create a collection that brings regal beauty to the modern age and speaks to the universal values of our world's many cultures,'' said  Morgan.

Yael Designs' chief executive Yehouda Saketkhou added, ''As jewelry designers, we wanted to do our part to help rebuild Sierra Leone - a country that has been so negatively impacted by the diamond trade industry.''

A percentage of the profits from the Leone Collection will be donated to Schools for Salone, a Seattle-based nonprofit that helps build schools, train teachers and give scholarships in Sierra Leone. The donation from the Leone Collection will be used to help build a primary school in Lungi Village in the southern part of Sierra Leone.

''New schools infuse villages with pride and give the people of Sierra Leone renewed hope for a brighter future,'' said Cindy Nofziger, executive director of Schools for Salone. ''We're excited to partner with Yael Designs and Ashley Morgan to help achieve our goal of building a school for the Lungi community.''



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