Designer dedicates first pearl to Cambodian children's hospital

Galatea: Jewelry by Artist's  14-karat gold and diamond   "Mermaid" pendant featuring   the  company's first white South   Sea  and red coral Galatea   Mercy    Pearl.
San Dimas, Calif.--Chi Huynh, founder and chief executive officer of Galatea: Jewelry by Artist, is donating the first white South Sea and red coral Galatea Mercy Pearl from his company's new pearl-farming venture in Vietnam for an auction to benefit Friends Without A Border, a charitable organization that supports the Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia.

For the auction, to be held during the First Annual Los Angeles Gala on Dec. 10 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Huynh has donated the 11 mm pearl set in a 14-karat yellow gold and diamond "Mermaid" pendant. Bidding will open at $2,500.

"It makes me happy to know that this exceptional Galatea Mercy Pearl will benefit children in Cambodia," Huynh said in a media release. "This is a country whose children desperately need basic medical care. To know that this Mercy Pearl may help many more to receive the treatment they so desperately need reinforces this product's very name."

The Galatea Mercy Pearl, a patented pearl that has been called the most significant development in pearl farming in more than 100 years, according to the release, reveals dramatic flashes of its center gemstone bead through its hand-carved nacre or coating.

The Mercy pearls have been grown in the Pinctada maxima oyster at Galatea's pearl farm located in Vietnam's southern coastal growing region. This first harvest shows pearls that are large in size (averaging between 9.5 mm and 14 mm) with lustrous white and creamy yellow nacre.

The First Annual Los Angeles Gala, which is being hosted by Friends Without Borders along with a star-studded committee including Ali Larter, Anne Hathaway, Eva Longoria Parker and Molly Sims, will raise money for the Angkor Hospital for Children, which has provided care for hundreds of thousands of children since its founding in 1999. It is the second largest HIV/AIDS facility in Cambodia and is entirely dependent upon donations for operational expenses.

Galatea: Jewelry by Artist manufactures both in the United States and in Vietnam, and sells to approximately 1,500 retail jewelers throughout the United States. The company also has distribution in both Europe and Asia. For additional information, visit the company's Web site,

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