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March 11, 2014

An Exclusive Bracelet for a Good Cause

By Sasha Levine | Jewelry

Shamballa Jewels
Photo courtesy of Shamballa Jewels

It would have been enough if world-renowned beauty Helena Christensen had stopped at supermodeling. But the Danish creative had other aspirations, including photography, philanthropy and, most recently, jewelry design.

Blending her passions for not one, but two good causes, Christensen has collaborated with Shamballa Jewels (shamballajewels.com) on a customized, single-edition bracelet (pictured here) that will be auctioned to benefit Operation Smile (operationsmile.org), an organization that provides surgeries to children around the world with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

The live auction launches today (March 11) during “The Better” exhibition at Dillon Gallery (555 W. 25th St.; 212-727-8585; dillongallery.com) and will continue online through March 21 at Gavel & Grand (gavelandgrand.com). Bids will start at $12,000 for the exclusive piece, which is inspired by Buddhist prayer beads and decked with gray moonstones, blue sapphires, brown diamonds, a pavé of pink sapphires and Star of Shamballa beads in 18-karat rose gold.

“I wished for the overall feeling to be personal and precious, as if the bracelet was found in your grandma's old jewelry box,” says Christensen. “But I also wanted it to feel timeless and elegant.”

Her second contribution to the auction is a selection of her photographs, the sale of which will benefit Every Mother Counts (everymothercounts.org), Chernobyl Children International (chernobyl-international.com) and David Lynch Foundation (davidlynchfoundation.org). And though both endeavors speak to her creative side, the good they will do is a clear priority. “Supporting any organization that changes a child's life for the better,” she says, “is, in my opinion, worth anyone's commitment, effort and time.”