While relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims have been a hot topic—and ongoing project—in the Northeast since disaster struck a month ago, industry members from as far away as the West coast have pitched in to help expedite the recovery through a grass-roots effort born in lower Manhattan.
Thanks to Jennifer Gandia and Christina Gandia-Gambale, co-owners of Greenwich Jewelers in New York City, the Sparkle for Sandy Relief Auction kicked off yesterday to raise money for victims of the super storm. With more than 75 donors, including Todd Reed and Sylvie Collection, and 92 pieces of jewelry gifted for auction, 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Waves for Water’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative. The Gandia sisters chose Waves for Water for its grassroots initiatives in disaster areas around the globe, including Haiti.
To bid, log onto Biddingbowl.com through Dec. 6., at which point a closing party will be held at Greenwich Jewelers at 64 Trinity Place for last-minute views and bids (from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) on all the jewels in person.
“As a native New Yorker, seeing the destruction in neighborhoods like our home in Brooklyn, the Financial District, and beachfront communities in the Rockaways, Coney Island, and the Jersey Shore was heartbreaking,” says Jennifer Gandia.
The complete list of Sparkle for Sandy Relief donors is as follows:
Aaron Basha, Adel Chefridi, Alberian & Aulde, Alex Soldier, Alex Woo Inc., Alexis Bittar, Allia, Anne Sportun, Anzie Jewelry, Arik Kastan, Baume et Mercier, Belle Brooke Designs, Beny Sofer, Beverley K, Carla Caruso, Catherine Weitzman, Charriol USA, Dana Kellin, Dana Rebecca Designs, David Alan Jewelry, Defense Jewelers, Delphine Leymarie, DeLatori, Donald M Jewelry Designs, Elena Kreigner, Emily Keifer, Estate of Grace, Exex, Gerard Yosca, GK Designs, Goshwara, Gumuchian, Gurhan, Hera, Ista Jewelry, Jamie Joseph, Jane Basch, Jane Taylor Jewelry, Jeanine Payer, Jemma Wynne, Jude Frances Jewelry, Kamari, Kamofie, Kara Ross, Katie Diamond Jewelry, KC Designs, Laura J Designs, Lika Behar Collection, Margery Hirschey, Marie Todd Jewelry, Mark Schneider Design, Megan Thorne Fine Jewelry, Melissa Joy Manning, Mercury Ring, Meus Designs, Miguel Ases, Miriam Salat, Nina Nyguen Designs, Omi Gems, Pamela Froman, Paula Crevoshay, Pyrrha Design Inc., Rony Tennenbaum, Rotenier, Royal Asscher, Saundra Messinger, Shaesby, Sholdt, Single Stone, Susan Wheeler Design, Suzanne Kalan, Sylvie Collection, Syna, Temple St. Clair, Tiffany Chou, Todd Reed, and Zaiken Jewelry
A diamond pendant necklace from Todd Reed Jewelry is one item up for grabs in the Sparkle for Sandy Relief Auction.