Celebrity-Designed Jewellery Hits the High Seas for a Great Cause

May 1, 2009
Cunard auction item

What do jewellery and some of the world's most famous superstars have to do with cruising?

Sure, celebrities take cruise holidays, serve as godmothers for new ships and, of course, sport some of the most expensive baubles imaginable. But, now, these three indulgences have come together to benefit several international charities.

Cunard Line, auctioneer Bonham's and The Prince's Trust -- a nonprofit, U.K.-based organisation that helps underprivileged young adults learn job skills -- have teamed up with a large roster of A-listers to auction celebrity-designed jewellery, clothing and autographed memorabilia as part of the "Stars for a Cause" effort.

The pieces -- created by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Kate Winslet, Miley Cyrus, Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell, Brad Pitt, Ricky Gervais and Tom Hanks, among many others -- are currently on display aboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2, en route to Southampton, where they are scheduled to arrive Saturday.

After its stop in Southampton, the collection -- which has been on QM2 since 26 April -- is slated for preview at Bonham's in London on 5 May before being returned to Bonham's on Madison Avenue in New York on 18 May. The items will be available for auction on 28 May at their final stop -- Bonham's and Butterfield's in Los Angeles.

Half of the proceeds for each item will be donated to charities of each celebrity's choice. Remaining funds will then be given to The Prince's Trust to help it further its job-training programmes. Julian Barrell, director of fundraising for The Prince's Trust, is quoted in a cruise line press release as saying that "the money raised will help disadvantaged young people into jobs, which is more vital than ever during the economic downturn."

--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor

Photo courtesy of Bonhams & Butterfields