Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides free reconstructive surgery to children around the globe suffering facial deformities, celebrated its 25th Anniversary Gala Oct. 5 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills with a star-studded event that included Jessica Simpson, Molly Simms, John Salley, and Apollonia. For the occasion, Zalemark, Inc. and Steven Zale, known for his celebrity-endorsed jewelry collections, designed an exclusive necklace.
The necklace is hand fashioned with nature inspired gold wire working to accent a very rare 54-ct. Brazilian Opal. The wire gold working was encrusted with prong set vibrant green Columbian emeralds totaling 4.55 cts. The leaves of the piece are pave set with round brilliant diamonds totaling 4 cts. The necklace was valued at $35,000.
In addition, Zale created four variations of a unique pendant symbolizing Operation Smile and its mission. The designs range from sliver and 14k gold-plated to solid platinum and 18k gold set with pave diamonds. Superstar Jennifer Holliday was presented with the latter pendant as she left the stage after her performance.
As seen on Access Hollywood nationally, the climax of the evening came when Zale and music icon Apollonia, picked the lucky winner of the piece of jewelry designed by, Steven Zale and gifted to Operation Smile.
Operation Smile supports international and local in-country medical missions to 24 partner countries. Since its start in 1982, the volunteers of Operation Smile have medically treated 98,000 children and young adults around the world.