Designer’s ethical gold and ruby jewellery raises $25,000 for charity.
Jewellery by ethical designer Anna Loucah has been auctioned for charity raising $25,000 (£16,132) at an event organised by a UAE philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares.
The auction took place at a charity evening during the Dubai International Film Festival. The evening, sponsored by luxury watch brand IWC, raised more than $1m (£645,300) for Oxfam and Dubai Cares.
Loucah took part in the auction, with her Fiore della Notte collection, famed for being worn by Livia Firth, a ‘green’ campaigner and wife of actor Colin Firth. Livia First wore Loucah’s jewellery at the Oscars earlier this year, working with Loucah to design the collection.
The 18ct recycled white gold pieces are set with rubies from company Ruby Fair, conflict-free black diamonds and South Sea pearls from Jersey Pearl.
The black-tie charity evening took place December 10 at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. Other lots auctioned on the night included a painting by Pablow Picasso, an IWC watch, tickets to the premiere of The Avengers, donated by Scarlett Johansson, and a trip to New York to do yoga with Alec Baldwin.
Oxfam chief executive Dame Barbara Stocking said: “We are delighted by the overwhelming success of this auction which has raised valuable funds for Oxfam’s life-changing work around the world.”