Get Some Bling for a Good Cause


The Diamond Empowerment Fund helps raise money for educational programs in Africa.
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The Diamond Empowerment Fund, a jewelry industry charity, has recently announced pieces of fine jewelry that will be sold this year to raise money for educational programs in Africa.  The collection for 2013 features jewelry designs from three members of the fund, who will donate 10% of sales to the empowerment fund.

Royal Asscher designed a beautiful green tsavorite and diamond pendant, tiny jewels encased in a liquid fill sapphire dome.  The pendant looks like a glimpse into the universe, with celestial light flickering across the sphere.  For every pendant purchased, a $125 donation will be made to the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF).  Donna Distefano has created a line of leather bracelets adorned with sterling silver and diamonds that retail at $200.  The third offering is a watch selection by Bannker.  The watches are built with luxury woods and adorned with diamonds and green crystals.

You can also buy the DEF’s signature jewelry, the green bracelet with finely polished beads, or an empowerment charm.  Both signature jewelry pieces have a higher percentage of sales that go to charity.  The charms, for example, are $39.95 and donate ten dollars to the fund for each sale.  The charms are made by Kay Jewelers.  The bracelets have been worn by Michael Phelps, Penelope Cruz, Beyonce Knowles and other celebrities.

Diamond Empowerment Fund

DEF was formed by Russel and Kimora Lee Simmons in 2006.
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Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons, entrepreneurs, reality TV stars and philanthropists, started the Diamond Empowerment Fund in 2006.  The couples owns Simmons Jewelry company, and after a fact finding mission to Africa to see how the diamond industry can empower African people through sustainable initiatives and economic development, they began the trust to help African countries continue to develop.  The fund works in countries that have a track record of stability and improvements to quality of life.  The fund supports three charities focused on youth empowerment and scholarships in South Africa and Botswana.

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