The charity trunk shows: Elephant Heart necklace helps the troops


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From now through Christmas Day, 50% of the proceeds from the sale of each Elephant Heart charm necklace will be donated to the Bob Woodruff Foundation to support wounded soldiers and their families.

The handmade 1/2-inch 22K gold vermeil pendant on a 16-inch 14K gold fill chain retails for $110 and is part of Elephant Heart’s bridal collection (according to the website, it’s a popular bridesmaids’ gift, and can be personalized by adding a bridesmaid-specific birthstone).


Think of it as helping the folks who stick their necks out for others by buying something to accessorize your own.

The jewelry designer behind the Elephant Heart line (which also includes a wide range of pieces that have nothing to do with the proboscis-porting pachyderm, including necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and cufflinks) is L.A.-based artist Elyse Graham, and the Nov. 1 to Dec. 25 support of the Woodruff Foundation is only one of the ways she wraps a charitable/social responsibility element into her work.

Another way is through the greeting cards sold through her site (two different assortments of 10 cards each) which sell for $20 with 100% of proceeds going to Los Angeles’ 32nd Street School -- whose students’ elephant-themed artwork adorns the cards -- to promote arts education and purchase art supplies.


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