The statistics are staggering. One in eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer. We were all reminded of these figures when Julia Louis-Dreyfus repeated them a few weeks ago in the announcement that she had become “one.”
The overwhelming numbers mean breast cancer is a personal subject for a lot of women. Joanne Teichman, the owner of the beloved jewelry boutique Ylang 23, is a 15-year survivor. It’s one of the reasons she teamed up with Retrouvaí designer Kirsty Stone to raise money for breast cancer charities. Both women are donating a portion of the proceeds of the sale of limited edition pink gold fantasy signets featuring a lion on the front and the words “Fearless and Extraordinary” engraved on the back, to the cause. Part of the money raised goes to BCRF, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and part to The Bridge Breast Network, an organization providing access to diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer to low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals in North Texas. The pieces range in price from $1,025 to $2,500 and can be found online at ylang23.com and in the Ylang 23 boutique located at The Plaza at Preston Center in Dallas.
“With family members who have survived this disease, the reality of breast cancer hits close to home,” says Kirsty. “Beyond the importance of the charity donation, I’d love women to wear this signet as a reminder that prevention and early detection are vitally important.”
The passant lion on the jewels, a figure from heraldry symbolizing courage and strength, captures this year’s new attitude of empowering jewels for breast cancer awareness month. Jennifer Fisher’s is also using a bold jewel (seen in the photo above) in her partnership with BCRF. “I designed it knowing that it was in the Fall collection and every October is Breast Cancer Awareness month,” explains Jennifer who lost her beloved grandmother to disease when she was very young. “When we were creating the script collection, I incorporated the ribbon ring into it.” Twenty percent of the proceeds of the sale from her dynamic script ring—available in 14K yellow gold-plated brass or silver-plated brass with rhodium finish for $295—are being donated to the charity. What’s cool about the jewel is that it looks like the BCRF pink ribbon but its abstracted.