Last night in our little village of Great Falls, I attended a fund raiser for the Vanessa Pean Foundation which honors the life of Vanessa Pean who tragically passed away in a car accident at the age of 16 in October, 2005. The foundation keeps Vanessa's memory alive through charitable contributions to worthy endeavors in academia, athletics and social service. A portion of the proceeds last night went to support clean water around the world and to provide scholarships to children in Haiti. It was a lovely event.
Monique Pean, the noted jewelry designer was there displaying her latest work. Monique is Vanessa's sister and is the founder of the Vanessa Pean foundation. Monique is passionate about the environment and strives to combine eco-friendly, sustainable and conflict free materials to create unique pieces of jewelry. She uses a variety of fossilized materials including woolly mammoth, walrus ivory and dinosaur bones. She combines these materials with recycled gold and conflict free diamonds.
In 2009, she was selected as one of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund winners. In July 2011, Monique was awarded the first ever CVFF and Tiffany & Co. development grant.
Here are just a few photos of her amazing work.
Grey ombre fossilized walrus ivory ring with white diamond pave, 18 karat recycled white gold, 0.27 total carat weight. Photo courtesy of Monique Pean.
Grey fossilized dinosaur bone oval cabochon ring with white diamond pave, 18 karat recycled white gold, 0.31 total carat weight. Photo of Monique Pean.
Light sunburst fossilized walrus ivory and jasper "K'AN necklace with white diamond pave, 18 karat recycle white gold, 0.93 carats total weight. Photo courtesy of Monique Pean.
Sustainable black buffalo horn asymmetrical cuff with small gold pyramids, 18 karat recycle rose gold. Photo courtesy of Monique Pean.
Antique rose cut diamond bracelet, G color, VS2 clarity, 18 karat recycled white gold, 45.80 total carat weight. Photo courtesy of Monique Pean.
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