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Umbilical Cord Jewelry Is Now a Thing

The pieces sell for under $200.

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Some new mothers are keeping their umbilical stumps to use as jewelry, the New York Post reports.

The stump is the section that is left on the baby after the cord is severed. It falls off within three weeks.

Florida-based jewelry designer Ruth Avra uses a process known as lost wax casting to incorporate the umbilical stumps into silver necklaces. She cord is sealed in resin.

She sells the pieces, which she has been making since 2012, for prices starting at $175.

On her website, Avra explains that she can also make rings from the umbilical stump, and she can work in gold or platinum if the customer wishes.

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Avra is quoted saying, “It represents the connection between mother and child because it’s literally the physical connection that is between you.”

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Woman Indicted in Jeweler’s Stabbing Death

She’s accused of second-degree murder.

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A Tennessee woman has been indicted in connection with the stabbing death of 62-year-old jeweler Patrick Murphy in a New Orleans hotel room.

Magen Hall, 25, was charged with armed robbery and obstruction of justice and with the second-degree murder of Murphy in the three-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury.

The defendant’s name also is spelled Megan Hall in some court records.

Murphy was the owner of Murphy Jewelers, which has three stores in eastern Pennsylvania.
A housekeeper discovered Murphy’s body at 11:41 a.m. inside a room registered to Hall at the Empress Hotel at 1317 Ursulines Ave. New Orleans police homicide detective Patrick Guidry testified at a preliminary hearing in March that Murphy had been killed by three stab wounds — one to his neck and two to his abdomen.

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Hall has remained jailed since her March 3 arrest, in lieu of a $750,000 bond set for the murder allegation.

Hall faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted of the murder charge, according to a press release from District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office. An armed robbery conviction carries a penalty of 10 to 99 years in state prison, while obstruction of justice in a homicide investigation is punishable by up to 40 years.

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Waiter Donates $200 to Jeweler’s Fundraiser, Wins Billionaire’s Heart, Gets Dream Job

The event raised $450,000 in all.

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At a catwalk held by family-owned jeweler Le Vian on June 2 in Las Vegas, a billionaire and a waiter became the unexpected stars of the show.

At the company’s 20th anniversary Chocolate Diamonds catwalk fundraiser, Le Vian CEO Eddie LeVian announced that his company would be matching donations for children’s and cancer charities up to $175,000. One donor pledged the full $175,000.

LeVian then invited other smaller donations which came from the floor, with each donor being gifted a balloon and a rose as a thank you.

A waiter, whom the Daily Mail identified as Diego Mario Galietti, suddenly took the roving microphone. Through tears, he explained that he was a single dad and pledged $200 in honor of his father, Luis DaSilva, who had died of cancer at age 55, and in honor of his daughter, who is 7. The 500-strong audience erupted into a standing ovation.

The total raised for charities on the night was $450,000, with Le Vian and a billionaire donor ultimately both raising their donations to $200,000 each.

The billionaire top donor has now offered the waiter a job in his property company. The billionaire donor himself was orphaned at a young age and built himself up from troubled beginnings to become a plumber, a builder and now a property mogul in the U.S. market.

Charities supported by the fundraiser were Jewelers for Children, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Rafa Foundation.

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Selena Gomez Makes a Statement with Pro-Choice ‘1973’ Necklace from Sophie Ratner Jewelry

It’s available in gold, silver, and gold with diamonds.

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Actress Selena Gomez recently created a buzz by wearing a “1973” necklace from Sophie Ratner Jewelry.

The piece is a political statement commemorating the 45th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision protecting abortion rights.

It was created in a collaboration with Physicians for Reproductive Health. Thirty percent of proceeds will be donated to the organization.

The necklace comes in three versions: gold, which Gomez wore; silver; and gold with diamonds. They sell for $380, $115 and $850, respectively.

Gomez wore the necklace on Live With Kelly and Ryan. Sophie Ratner Jewelry posted a closeup of Gomez wearing the piece on Instagram.

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