Auction: Ocean-Inspired Jewelry

Frank Gehry Coral Earrings Too Precious to Wear Photo
Vena Cava Spiked Silver Oyster Ring Too Precious to Wear Photo

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Famous designers are coming together to auction of ocean-inspired pieces to raise funds for coral reefs. As part of SeaWeb's "Too Precious to Wear" Campaign, pieces designed by Frank Gehry and others will be available for auction starting today through the end of April.

More images after the jump.

Hannah Garrison Seaweb Necklace Too Precious to Wear Photo
Monique Pean Coral Necklace Too Precious to Wear Photo

The organizers chose coral reefs as their charity of choice because of the beauty of coral reefs, as well as to bring importance to the plight of coral reefs around the world. Most of the jewelry in the collection is made from recycled silver, gold, vintage jewelry and/or conflict-free diamonds. Each of the pieces can be viewed online at the Too Precious To Wear site, and you can also find information about coral reef issues, and find out more about what you can do to protect coral reefs and threatened marine areas.

Melissa Manning Coral Necklace Too Precious to Wear Photo
Jennifer Meyer Diamond Necklace Too Precious to Wear Photo

The following artists all donated pieces for the auction: Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava; Hannah Garrison of AZU; Frank Gehry; Melissa Joy Manning; Kimberly McDonald; Jennifer Meyer; Monique Pean; Paloma Picasso; and Jean Schlumberger. The event is supported by the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, the Kingfisher Foundation, the National Marine and Sanctuary Foundation, and the Ocean Foundation. Tiffany and Co stopped using coral in its jewelry over 6 years ago and has tips on the auction site to help other businesses find alternatives to coral for jewelry pieces. There are also tips for consumers to find alternatives to purchasing coral in their own jewelry pieces.

Paloma Picasso Coral Jewelry Too Precious to Wear Photo
Kimberly McDonald Arm Cuff Jewelry Too Precious to Wear Photo

To join the online auction, opening today and running through April 30, log online to "Too Precious to Wear" or Charity Buzz. Meet the artists and see the pieces in person on February 26, 2009 from 6-8pm at the Rouge Tomate in New York.

Jean Schlumberger Brooch Too Precious to Wear Photo

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