Gift to Empower: Day 13 – CLEO


This holiday season, artist Yvonne Yao, founder of YVIE, has chosen to create unique designs for “Gift to Empower”, 24 days of unique one-of-a-kind daily designs for a cause. From December 1 – 24, 50 percent of all proceeds from Gift To Empower will be donated to Humanity Unified International, a charitable organization dedicated to lifting vulnerable populations out of poverty through education, food security programs and economic opportunities. The proceeds will be invested into a women’s farming cooperative project in Rwanda that will provide health, rights and business education along with all the tools, training and inputs necessary for 100 smallholder farmers to rise above poverty.

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Yao’s inspiration for this piece…

A sister piece inspired by “Ruby”—CLEO romances the retro revival vibe with a splash of exotic drama and a hint of jazz lounge glitz.  Reminiscent of the historic collared necklaces from Cleopatra’s wardrobe, this flirty piece is crafted from sterling silver wire, red coral, spinel, and labradorite.

Length: 20”

Pendant:  2 5/8” (h) x 5” (w)

Metals: sterling silver


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