New York-based Sandy Leong Fine Jewelry has dropped a small collection of one-of-a-kind pieces using Zambian emeralds and Mozambican rubies from ethical-minded gem producer Gemfields. And the collection is being sold exclusively at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store in New York City and online at SandyLeongJewelry.com.
Leong’s pieces are all produced locally in New York, and the elegant and heirloom-worthy collection was fabricated with recycled 18k gold. Leong is a member of the No Dirty Gold (NDG) campaign, which also counts Tiffany & Co., Cartier, and Brilliant Earth as members.
The eight-piece curated collection, which starts at $6,000 per piece, includes ruby, emerald, and diamond studded bangles, a delicate pearl and ruby teardrop pendant, ruby and emerald baguette huggies, emerald baguette hoop earrings and an emerald twist cocktail ring. All rubies in the series were mined at Gemfields’ Montepuez mine in Mozambique, while its emeralds hail from the Kagem mine in Zambia (both mines are majority owned by Gemfields).
Leong has a rich history with the miner, having produced three previous collections with Gemfields; the sales from her past collaborations helped fund the re-build of a school in rural Madagascar. And 10% of the net proceeds from the new pieces at Bloomingdale will be donated to the Gemfields Foundation, the miner’s charitable arm that funds community and conservation projects on the ground in Africa. —Ruby Baybei
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