Morgan Freeman to wear his emerald bangle at this weekend’s Oscars.
UK-based jeweller Sabine Roemer has created a bespoke emerald version of the fundraising 46664 Bangle that will be worn by Oscar nominee Morgan Freeman at the illustrious film industry awards this weekend.
A second bespoke 46664 Bangle will be worn by Lori McCreary, the producer on the film Invictus that has scored Freeman his nomination for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela. Roemer’s luxury versions of the 46664 Bangle feature ethically produced Gemfields Zambian emeralds and conflict-free Namakwa diamonds set in 18ct yellow gold and platinum.
Roemer said: “When Morgan and Lori mentioned at the UK premiere of Invictus that they wanted something different to wear at the upcoming Oscars, I wanted to create two pieces of jewellery that were 100 percent African. It seemed fitting to raise awareness around the 46664 Bangle initiative, an international symbol in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
The main line of 46664 Bangles – named after Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison number and cast in copper, silver, gold and platinum – were created to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Foundations. The bangles have been worn publically by many celebrities and are stocked at retailers in the UK including Wempe, Montblanc and Fruitti Jewels.
Roemer has been creating on-of-a-kind jewellery sculptures for the Nelson Mandela Foundation for the past three years. Through this work, Roemer has picked up a celebrity fan in Freeman who bought her diamond-encrusted sculpture of Mandela’s hand at the political activist’s 92nd birthday celebration in New York last year.
Gemfields is dedicated to creating transparency in the emerald supply chain, producing ethically sourced emeralds, and South African diamond company Namakwa specialises in conflict-free diamonds.