Lorraine Schwartz

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Lorraine E. Schwartz
Nationality United States
Known for Jewelry designer
Notable work Diamond and gold jewelry

Lorraine Schwartz is an American jeweller.

Background[edit]

Schwartz was raised in a Jewish family in Israel.[1] The jewelry business has been a part of Schwartz's family for three generations,[2] run mostly as a small business. Schwartz took over the family business in 1989,[3] after her mother died from cancer at age 55.[4] She renamed the company Lorraine Schwartz Diamonds & Fine Jewelry.[5] She also remade the company business model so that her works are sold only at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City,[6] by appointment at her 5th Avenue showroom in Manhattan and by private commission.[7][8]

Career[edit]

Schwartz states that in 2002 Halle Berry wore her jewellery on the red carpet."[9][10] Since, she has designed for celebrities such as Beyoncé Knowles,[11] Jennifer Lopez and Cate Blanchett.[12][13] For ESPN The Magazine, she made a "30-carat, diamond-and-ruby logo" for their 10th anniversary baseball caps.[14] She was also involved in the "Art for Life" gala in 2007, which was led by Russell Simmons and his ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons.[15] In the 2006 Beyoncé song, "Upgrade U", Lorraine Schwartz is mentioned.[16] Kim Kardashian wears a 15-carat diamond engagement ring by Schwartz, given to her by her now husband, Kanye West.[17]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2009, she created the Shulamit Benjamini Sandberg Medical Research Grant, which supports a physician with $225,000 to last over three years for cancer research. It was created "in honor of her late mother".[6][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "Stirring ‘Harts’ And Minds at A Tribute Gala" by Masha Leon December 17, 2004 |"I grew up in Israel [and] did not know what prejudice was until I moved to the U.S. Naomi Campbell calls me to come to [my home] for Shabbat dinner. I see no color. I only see people”
  2. ^ NPR, 'The Queen Of Bling' Preps For The Oscars February 19, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  3. ^ "Vibe Aug 2004" - Google Books
  4. ^ a b "Lorraine Schwartz, Jeweler to the Stars, Tells Us About Her New Charity, 'Muse' Beyoncé and Possible Diffusion Line" - Style List
  5. ^ "Vibe Jun 2003" - Google Books
  6. ^ a b Styleinterviews.com, Lorraine Schwartz Board of Directors for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation March 16, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  7. ^ "New York, Volume 31" - Google Books
  8. ^ Gallery Atlantic, Lorraine Schwartz The Queen of Bling 2009. Accessed August 31, 2010.
  9. ^ "Oscar hopefuls for hire in fashion house wars". The Times
  10. ^ "Red carpet revenue". Los Angeles Times
  11. ^ "Billboard Nov 1, 2003" - Google Books
  12. ^ "Designer Spotlight" - In Style
  13. ^ "Diamonds Lit Up The Strip at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards" - PR Newswire
  14. ^ "C'mon ... Vogue?" Chicago Tribune
  15. ^ "Schwartz to donate bracelet for Simmons' gala" National Jeweler
  16. ^ "Luxury Ties, Fancy Suites: A Guide To Beyonce And Jay-Z's 'Upgrade U'" MTV
  17. ^ Longeretta, Emily (May 25, 2014). "Kanye West & Kim Kardashian's Blinged-Out Wedding Rings". Hollywood Life. Retrieved August 17, 2015.