Rachel Bilson Designs Jewelry For Charity

01/20/2010 at 06:00 PM ET

Courtesy InStyle

Following a trip to Botswana and South Africa last December to learn more about improvements made in the diamond mining industry, actress, fashion designer, and InStyle contributing editor Rachel Bilson was inspired to take matters into her own hands to promote the cause. InStyle reports that the 28-year-old star has just created a bracelet to benefit the Diamond Empowerment Fund, a non-profit that supports education in Africa. The new Bilson-designed accessory strikes a nice balance between rugged and refined, comprised of earthy brown leather cords punctuated by a twisted gold charm that frames a dainty, sparkly round diamond. It retails for $100, with $20 from the sale of each piece going to the Diamond Empowerment Fund to build student housing at the CIDA City Campus, a university in Johannesburg. For more on the jewelry—and to place an order exclusively through the site —go to instyle.com. – Emily Hsieh

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erik on

ah… charity fueled by materialism yet again. It’s better if you’re buying the piece because you actually like it and instead of another piece that donates *none* of the proceeds, but if you’re just getting it for a tangible token of your “generosity” you’re better off just donating the $100.

Tessa on

Oh and P.S. people…. LEARN SOME GRAMMAR and PUNCTUATION. It doesn’t help you sound any smarter while making a point when one can barely understand what you are trying to say.

Faye on

Firstly I agree with Tessa, the spelling and grammar on here is dreadful. Secondly, I personally believe she is doing this for all the right reasons, I don’t believe she is doing this for attention. Why is it when someone famous does something caring and generous people always think there is a shallow underlying reason for their act of kindness? Maybe people need to stop their jealously getting in the way of appreciating a good thing someone has done.

Aisha on

Agreed with Stacey!
i guess some people these days are so ignorant…

nostalgicwardrobe on

I am really shocked at both the lack of punctuation and grammar in some of these comments–if you’re going to take the trouble to write a comment, at least make sure people can understand it…please–but also: why are people so angry that Rachel Bilson is trying to use her celebrity to bring light to a cause and organization that is only trying to help impoverished kids who really need it? Really, why not have this kind of thing presented to people who are clearly able to spend money on things they don’t really need? Maybe some of them will see this for more than just a pretty bracelet and think: hey I want to buy it to help out at least in a small way. After all don’t we want more companies to do things like this more often? I love Rachel Bilson, but I’m not going to pretend that I know who she is and what her morals are. I love her sense of style, but I don’t care who she’s dating or what designers she’s into–why does that matter?

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[…] on Rachel Bilson’s charitable work sponsored by InStyle  magazine which you can read in full here and InStyle’s here. The photo below is of the bracelet that allowed for this actress and […]

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[…] When she visited Botswana and South Africa in December, Bilson, 28, was impressed by the diamond mining industry’s efforts to improve the countries’ quality of life, according to People. […]

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