Thursday, 14 March 2013

Designer Jewellery Boxes charity auction launches

Hit ebay NOW for a chance to bid for one of the 21 unique jewellery boxes that have been designed and handcrafted by world renowned and up-and-coming British iconic jewellery designers, artists and luxury brands in aid of arts education charity, The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, and not-for-profit organisation, Holts Academy of Jewellery.

The 'Beautiful Boxes’ eBay auction will be live until 24 March and has been set up by Coutts as a fundraising initiative. Luxury brands contributing boxes include: Alex Monroe, Ali Miller, Annoushka Jewellery, Caramel Baby & Child, Damien Jeffery, David Marshall, Elizabeth Gage, Elvis & Kresse, Emma Yeo, Getty Images, Jason Holt, Jimboart, Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, Lily & Lionel, Monica Vinader, Paul Smith, Theo Fennell, Tobyboo, Todd Lynn, Holts Academy of Jewellery and Coutts.

The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts is a charity with a UK wide arts engagement programme, working with deprived children from areas of social and economic disadvantage, raising children’s self-esteem and confidence, and nurturing communication skills. Children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible places to visit and since 2006 have introduced over 300,000 children to life-changing arts experiences.

Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts says “We’re thrilled to be involved in the Beautiful Boxes auction, for which some of the creative industries' most inspiring designers have fashioned some truly outstanding boxes. Every penny of the money raised will be spent directly on our work with disadvantaged children across the UK, giving them the chance to see high-quality arts performances and exhibitions. We work to get children actively involved in the arts, raising their confidence and equipping them with life skills vital to achieving a better future and are hugely grateful to Coutts for taking this initiative and helping us to transform more young lives."

Holts Academy of Jewellery the first ever Government approved apprenticeship scheme for young jewellers in the UK is a wonderful starting block for the young apprentices - mainly under 18 years old and often from disadvantaged backgrounds - who wish to pursue a career in jewellery. It sees the students through a combination of skills based teaching and training, nurturing the next generation of British designers, matches them with employers along the way and concludes with permanent employment at the end of the course.

Check out these beauts...

By Paul Smith, still got it :)

By Getty Images, with iconic images

By Toby Boo, designer and illustrator extraodinaire

By Todd Lynn, the celebrated menswear designer
Place your bid from 14th March: ebay.co.uk/beautifulboxes

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