BEIRUT: A gold ring from renowned Lebanese jewelry designer Alia Mouzannar sold for $20,000 at a charity auction over the weekend. The Phillipe Hatem Foundation held a gala dinner Saturday at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure center in Downtown to raise money for its children’s charity. This year’s event included other donated luxury items, such as customized Mini Coopers by photographer Roger Moukarzel.
Philippe Hatem Foundation for a Happier Childhood seeks to give children opportunities and organizes activities that make their lives more fulfilling. The foundation develops educational projects for children in Lebanon and around the world, and tries to focus on teaching children how to care for the less fortunate in their communities.
PHF projects also include health care, advocacy against child abuse, educational project and extra-curricular opportunities like dance and sports.
Mouzannar’s ring was part of the designer’s autumn-winter 2014 collection of modular bands titled “My Other Ring.” The collection features sets of rings that fit together. The one donated and sold for charity Saturday was a gold set of three detachable rings, with a diamond heart band at the center.
Mouzannar is part of a jewelry-making family that’s been operating since the 18th century. Pioneers Aziz and Walid Mouzannar have a shop now located in Downtown’s luxury shopping district.
Alia Mouzannar specializes in jewelry design inspired by contemporary art. The $20,000 ring, from an award-winning collection, was among other jewelry pieces donated by members of the Mouzannar family for charity.
ABC Malls also commissioned works as part of its “Designed and Signed” campaign. Alia and Dori Mouzannar produced Christmas-themed pendant necklaces for ABC’s fundraiser which was sold in a fundraiser for Brave Heart, a foundation that helps pay for surgeries for children with congenital heart disease. Moukarzel also took part in Designed and Signed.