Designer takes her love of marine animals and gives back

By Helin Jung
April 07, 2010 11:45 AM

When jewelry designer Temple St. Clair isn’t designing a new collection, she can probably be found in the water. St. Clair, a diver who’s swam with Jacques Cousteau’s son in Honduras, is such a devotee of marine life that she devoted a chapter of her book, Alchemy: A Passion for Jewels, to her aquatic experiences.

St. Clair is now donating 40 percent of the proceeds from sales of her Tree of Life collection to, an organization that works to stop the slaughter of dolphins in the village of Taiji, which was profiled in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.

The beautiful designs include 18K gold pendants that feature dolphins floating over waves. They range from $200 to $8,750, and can be simple and bare or large and ornate – the priciest pendant is studded with cabochon blue sapphires and diamonds!

For more from Temple St. Clair about her love of the sea, visit her blog and her Web site.

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