Silver: Jane Taylor, Joan Hornig & Michael Bruder

Jewelers Help Japan

When the Great Sendai Earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan March 11, the American jewelry community responded quickly. These necklaces were made available within a week of the disaster.

Designer Jane Taylor introduced the silver Rella (Sinhalese for “wave”) pendant on a black waxed cotton cord after the December 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. Sadly, it’s back in production in light of the Japanese tragedy, with 100 percent of the proceeds earmarked for recovery efforts; funds will aid the Japanese Red Cross through Google’s Crisis Response page. The pieces retail for $43 each, including shipping and handling. (Jane Taylor, Amherst, Mass.; 413-256-8404;

Joan Hornig’s Wave of Help pendant

The Japanese-relief charity of the buyer’s choice receives 100 percent of the profits from Joan Hornig’s sterling ­silver Wave of Help pendant on a sterling chain. The retail price of the piece ($60.80) reflects the coordinates of the earthquake and tsunami: Having originated 80 miles off the eastern coast of Japan, the wave then traveled 6 miles inland. (Joan Hornig Jewelry, New York City; 212-427-6216;

Just for Men

Silver lighter case; $1,350; Corrupt Design, New York City; 212-594-6161;

Michael Bruder’s Corrupt Design has been making bold gold for ladies for years. Now the men finally have their own line, comprising 22 sterling silver pieces like bracelets and cuff links. “We’ve done unisex pieces, as well as some styles in gold for men, but this is the first complete collection for men,” says the New York City­–based designer, who used guy-friendly gemstones like smoky and rutilated quartz plus colorless and brown diamond accents. The line (retail: $300–$500) will be offered in up to 20 stores this fall.

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