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Congress Jewelers to auction $25,000 in jewelry this weekend in support of Sanibel-Captiva Cares

By Staff | Feb 16, 2010

Congress Jewelers will celebrate its grand reopening this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, with a silent auction to benefit Sanibel-Captiva Cares.

A dozen pieces of designer jewelry, worth more than $25,000, will be offered. Many of the designers, celebrities in the jewelry trade and recognized by collectors nationwide, will join in the celebration.

Among the 12 pieces will be a white gold and diamond pendant from Leslie Greene. The 18-karat pendant features pave diamonds on three concentric ovals and retails for more than $3,500. Norman Silverman has donated a $6,000 diamond pendant to the auction, which will also include a gold necklace with a pelican-in-flight pendant from the Sealife by Congress collection valued at more than $3,500.

Joining Leslie Greene for the festivities will be Lazare Kaplan; originator of the round, brilliant-cut diamond; representatives from Bez Ambar Designs, who invented the princess-cut diamond; and other well-known designers.

“Jewelry lovers should not miss this event,” said Scot Congress. “The pieces in the auction are amazing, and this is a rare opportunity to meet the creative minds behind some of our favorite collections.

“We’re happy to be back in our original Sanibel location, under family ownership, and look forward to raising a significant sum for Sanibel-Captiva Cares,” Congress added.

Congress Jewelers and its Rolex boutique, located a few steps away, will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Each visitor will receive Congress Cash, gift certificates worth $25 to $1,000 that can be redeemed at the store during the weekend with no minimum purchase required.

Sanibel-Captiva Cares was formed in 2000 to help improve awareness and funding for children’s health care in Southwest Florida after a group of parents were inspired by the extraordinary care that saved an infant’s life. During the past decade, the group has raised $2.5 million for The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida with support from Congress Jewelers, which has donated jewelry for annual auctions and served on the event committee. Melissa Congress serves as one of three event co-chairs for the 10th anniversary celebration, scheduled for Sunday, March 21.

Congress Jewelers specializes in an exclusive selection of elegant diamonds, colored gemstones, fine designers jewelry and the Sealife by Congress collection, including the original Sanibel sandals. Both stores offer watch service and repairs as well as jewelry design, production and repairs, appraisals and estate buying. For more information, call 472-4177 or 472-1222.