Following on from a successful collaboration with Sandy Leong Jewelry earlier in the year, Gemfields is delighted to reveal that the New York-based designer is once again leveraging her creations for the greater good. Leong’s stunning new collection of five very special ruby pieces will benefit the Gemfields Foundation – the charitable arm of Gemfields – with 10% of all sales going towards the Foundation’s community and conservation projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sandy Leong has been in the fine jewelry business for over a decade and has always put sustainability and social conscience at the heart of her work. Her designs incorporate a reverence and respect for the natural world and the people who inhabit it. The Sol Collection – which she partnered with Gemfields to launch in March – contributed much-needed donations towards the building of a brand-new primary school in Madagascar. Built this summer in partnership with a local NGO, with help from parents and villagers, this new school will educate and provide hot food and clean water to 195 local students.
The Sol Collection was the first partnership between Sandy Leong and Gemfields to benefit the Gemfields Foundation and both brands are delighted to reveal this new ruby initiative. The five new pieces are the Ruby Hinge Choker, Ruby Cage Ring, Ruby Halo Ring, Ruby and Diamond Pave Stud Earrings and Petite Origin Hoops with Ruby Charms, with prices ranging from USD 1,700 to USD 22,000. In keeping with the passion for responsible sourcing that Leong and Gemfields share, each creation is made from 18k recycled yellow gold and features Gemfields’ responsibly sourced rubies from its Montepuez mine in Mozambique.
“I started my company with sustainability and humanitarianism at its core, and have always looked to partner with like-minded businesses,” says Leong. Gemfields believes fervently that the value of colored gemstones should circle back to the communities from which they originated, helping to improve the lives of local people. Children and education are causes that Leong feels passionate about, and so it is fitting that her pieces have already made a significant difference in this area – and will continue to do so.
“The generous donation made by Sandy Leong from the Sol collection is already making a difference to children in Madagascar. It has been wonderful to see the school take shape and speak with the pupils who are now taking their classes there, which would not have been possible without Sandy’s contribution. I am grateful to Sandy for her continued support with this collection of ruby pieces that truly celebrate the vibrant red gemstone,” said Emily Dungey, Marketing & Communications Director of Gemfields and Managing Director of the Gemfields Foundation.
The Sandy Leong x Gemfields ruby collection will be available to purchase at the Four Seasons New York Downtown from Monday 29 November and throughout December, or online at sandyleongjewelry.com