A Diamond is Forever’s participation wasn’t limited to their World AIDS Day installation (see previous post). On December 4th, the company joined The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) and Hearst Magazines to host the posh “Empowerment for Africa” dinner. D.E.F. is a non-profit international organization started by another Couture participant, Russell Simmons of Simmons Jewelry Co. Its mission is raising money to support education initiatives that develop and empower economically disadvantaged people in African nations where diamonds are a natural resource – education being critical in preventing the spread of AIDS/HIV in Africa.
The event included an extravagant auction for celebrity guests like Cassie and Kim Kardashian to bid on. Among the jewels were two Couture designers’ pieces; Erica Courtney’s 18k gold and diamond earrings and Erickson Beamon’s 18k while gold diamond earrings. There is nothing better than being able to beautify oneself and the world at the same time!