#HandInHand auction unites 10 black jewelers to fight hunger in Ukraine – JCK

The ongoing war in Ukraine has broken the hearts of millions around the world, including right here in the jewelry industry. Many of our peers have taken action, using their platforms to raise awareness, raise funds or supplies, and advocate for certain causes that bring relief to people across the country.

We’ve covered some of the ways jewelers are doing their part to help, many donate the proceeds of some of their sales to worthy causes, some even design specific products for the occasion. To add to the growing list: an auction, currently underway, which brings together a group of world-renowned black jewelers, auctioning off their creations for the benefit of the World Central Kitchen (WCK) association.

The group of 10 brands participating in the initiative include Castro, Johnny Nelson, Lola Fenhirst, Lorraine West, Marei, Matturi Fine Jewellery, Melanie Eddy, Moonymoon, Sheryl Jones and Thelma West, designers spanning the map from New York to London, Paris. , and Istanbul.

Titled #HandInHand, the auction, which kicked off on Instagram on Thursday April 14, features 10 pieces of jewelry – one from each brand – available for sale, with 100% of proceeds going directly to World Central Kitchen, which provides meals to regions affected by natural and humanitarian disasters.

To bid, users can comment under each post on designer profiles or send their bid via direct message. The auction closes Sunday, April 17 at 2:24 p.m. ET, a time chosen to mark when Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.

“My heart breaks at what is happening in Ukraine,” Castro said in a statement. “It’s a tragic situation, especially for those who face discrimination on the ground.”

“As a transplant from Africa to Europe, I understand the difficulties one can face as a foreigner, but it becomes magnified beyond comprehension when there is conflict,” Thelma West said. in the same press release. “It’s an honor to partner with a group of like-minded creatives I’ve long admired, and when Castro offered that we do something, I wholeheartedly accepted.”

Below are the pieces up for auction, with some designers explaining why they were selected. If you want to bid, the designers Instagram handles are also noted and linked.

Castro, @castronyc

Castro Infinity Lock
Wreck of Dubai charm in gold and bronze with gray diamonds; Castro. The opening bid starts at $1,500.

“I chose the ‘infinite lock’, which is about taking a break from life and living a full life full-loop,” says Istanbul-based jeweler Castro. “I felt that the poor souls trapped there and those who had to endure hardship crossing borders deserved a full and healthy life. Also one of the reasons we chose the charity [WCK], because they do the same with meals – not turning anyone away from a meal, regardless of race, gender or sexuality. This was the most important for us as a group: we had seen how blacks/Africans were treated in Ukraine, refused on trains and at borders. Deprived of the basic necessities of life, and some were placed in detention centers as soon as they made the difficult journey across the border.

Johnny Nelson, @johnnynelsonjewelry

Johnny Nelson All Power Fist
All Power Fist Necklace in 14k Yellow Gold; Johnny Nelson jewelry. Bidding starts at $800.

“The All Power Fist was chosen because it is a universal symbol of the fight against oppression,” says Johnny Nelson, from New York. “It is a statement of power and resistance in the face of racism, fascism and all other isms that create and promote schism and disunity in the world.”

Lorraine West, @lorrainewestjewelry

Lorraine West heart earrings
Mini open heart stud earrings in 14k yellow gold with 0.18 ct. two diamonds; Jewelry Lorraine West. Bidding starts at $1,450.

“When women wear their Open Heart pieces, I want them to feel like they can love themselves in the boldest way,” says Lorraine West, who lives in New York. “To keep their hearts open to walk in this world with grace, inspiration and love.”

Marei, @mareinewyork

Marei Damian black horn ring
Sterling Silver Damian Talisman Ring with Black Onyx Horns; Sea. Bidding starts at $500.

Matturi, @matturijewellery

Matturi classic earrings
Classic point dangle earrings in 18k white gold with onyx and natural brilliant diamonds; Maturi. Bidding starts at $2,000.

Melanie Eddy, @mne_eddy

Faceted hoop earrings Melanie Eddy
Faceted hoop earrings in 18k yellow gold; Melanie Eddy jewelry. Bidding starts at $730.

“Although my work is typically asymmetrical in shape, all of my earrings are made to mirror each other, so the earrings always have a symmetrical relationship to one another,” wrote Melanie Eddy, based in London, on Instagram. “Historically, earrings have always carried various associations of status, wealth, style, and cultural affiliation, but I’m quite taken with earlier ideas of them as talismans of protection. Protection in battle, protection against disease or supernatural forces, which might enter through the ears. I see my earrings as striking geometric shapes, sentries watching over you. So to me, earrings seemed be an appropriate choice for this auction: the geometry is special and magical, and the earrings are synonymous with unity.”

Sheryl Jones, @sheryljonesjewelry

Sheryl Jones Pink Sapphire Earrings
14k rose gold earrings with pink sapphires and diamonds; Sheryl Jones jewelry. Bidding starts at $1,100.

“I chose the pink sapphire earrings because it’s one of my favorite colors,” says Sheryl Jones of New York. “It is a color of passion and vitality.”

Moonmoon, @moonymoon.world

Moonmoon BLK Angel Baby
BLK Angel Baby in Sterling Silver and 18k Yellow Gold with Diamond Eye; Moon of Moon. Bidding starts at $750.

“The most popular design at MM is the BLK Angel Baby. The inspiration for this image came during the 2019 Black Lives Matter protests in Chicago, where I was living at the time,” Moonymoon’s creative director wrote, Sir King Castro, on the brand’s website, “The BLK Angel Baby is a celebration of the innocence, purity and sweetness within each of us, and a vehicle for commenting on world events. “

Thelma West, @thelmawestdiamonds

Thelma West Sparkling Adaeze Earrings
Adaeze 6 earrings in rose and white gold with diamonds; Thelma West. Bidding starts at $3,000.

“The sugarcane design incorporated into my Adaeze 6 earrings is inspired by memories of my childhood in Lagos,” says London-based Thelma West. “It’s used in many designs in the collection, including my wedding bands and engagement rings, which were created to honor sweet love.”

Lola Fenhirst, @lolafenhirst

Lola Fenhirst amethyst earrings
18k yellow gold earrings with full size amethyst; Lola Fenhirst. Bidding starts at $950.

“I am so grateful that World Central Kitchen offers the opportunity to help through this auction,” says Lola Fenhirst, who lives in Paris. “Amethyst drop earrings are a celebration of the richness of the mineral world, designed with portability in mind. They transition effortlessly from day to night. Richly saturated faceted Brazilian amethyst is suspended in a prong setting in hand brushed 18k yellow gold It is a simple design that draws light to the face with the movement of the stone.

Top: The 10 jewelers participating in the #HandInHand auction to benefit World Central Kitchen for Ukraine: (top row, left to right) Castro, Angie Marei de Marei, Melanie Eddy, Thelma West; (middle row, left to right) Matturi’s Satta Matturi, Johnny Nelson, Lorraine West, Sheryl Jones; (bottom row, left to right) Lola Fenhirst, Sir King Castro of Moonymoon (photo courtesy of Danielle Gadi PR)

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