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Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Acclaimed Jewelers, Leslie Carroll Designs, Empower Breast Cancer Movement
with $75,000 Showcase for the
Komen Philadelphia Pink Tie Ball®

Susan G Komen logoThe Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is proud to name the Philadelphia area-based Leslie Carroll Designs as the exclusive jewelry provider for the 8th Annual Komen Philadelphia Pink Tie Ball. Twenty-five exclusive Leslie Carroll creations will be available in the event's silent auction.

In addition, the jeweler's original Grecian Grace necklace (pictured), which has a retail value of $9,000, will round out the live auction excitement. The combined Leslie Carroll showcase is expected to bring in approximately $75,000 to support the work of the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate to end breast cancer.

"We are extremely excited to offer our Pink Tie Ball guests the opportunity to bid on jewelry of such high caliber as these hand-crafted pieces by Leslie Carroll Designs... they are truly extraordinary, unique and of the finest quality," said Elaine I. Grobman, Executive Director of the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate. "We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the owners, Leslie Kramer and Carol Gerst, two women who demonstrate a true passion for their craft as well as empowering our community against breast cancer."

Leslie Carroll jewelry designs are carried locally and around the country, and have been presented in trunk shows from New York to Dubai. All of the Leslie Carroll pieces for the Pink Tie Ball are being hand-crafted and custom-made, created from semi-precious stones, pearls, sterling silver and 18K gold. Leslie Kramer and Carol Gerst - owners, designers, craftswomen and breast cancer activists - are donating all of their services for the jewelry creation to the Pink Tie Ball. For them, this act of kindness, as well as other previous donations made to the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate, is a way to give back to the community that helped them realize their dream.

"Four years ago, we started Leslie Carroll Designs with a vision of making beautiful things. Little did we realize how much more meaningful that dream would become through this opportunity to partner with the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate," said Leslie Kramer, Co-Founder, Leslie Carroll Designs and Philadelphia resident. "Carol and I have many friends - both male and female - whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. We are dedicated and determined to advancing a cure."

"Leslie and I are mothers, grandmothers and sisters, so we feel especially fortunate to be able to transform our passion for our art into a very real and powerful way to help empower all people against this horrible disease," said Carol Gerst, Co-Founder, Leslie Carroll Designs and Newtown Square resident. "Moreover, Pink Tie Ball supporters recognize Komen for their leadership in the fight against breast cancer. They are all reputable, responsible corporate and private citizens dedicated to a cure - and we are extremely proud to now be a part of this group."

Leslie Kramer and Carol Gerst have been travel professionals for the past 20 years, and have journeyed frequently together to places such as Bali, Thailand, and India. On these trips, they encountered talented artisans, and gained a heightened appreciation for the art of jewelry-making. Four years ago in India, they were especially inspired by the rich colors, textures, and gems that they saw. Upon returning to the United States, they began to design their own jewelry, collecting and combining colorful stones from around the world: Peruvian chalcedony; rough cut aqua from Brazil; Czech crystal; tribal silver from Thailand. Their designs feature semi-precious stones with pearls, sterling silver, and 18K gold. For Leslie and Carol, jewelry-making is a collaborative process - a dialogue during which each enhances the other's artistic vision. Leslie Carroll Designs are bold and innovative. Each one-of-a-kind piece is handcrafted, and echoes the sophistication of the global vistas that inspired them.

Pictured here, the 2009 Pink Tie Ball Showcase Auction Item - The Grecian Grace necklace by Leslie Carroll Designs. With a retail value of approximately $9,000, this hand-crafted piece consists of fresh water pearls, green amethyst and lemon topaz.

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Philadelphia Magazine

Local Spotlight: Leslie Carroll Designs

By Melissa Nally

Carol Gerst and Leslie Kramer create all their statement-making designs together, weaving global influences that they've picked up from their extensive travels. (Lucky them - they were travel agents before the jewelry gig.) We love the dramatic necklaces, which are reminiscent of the eye-catching baubles seen all over runways this fall and beg for simple dresses. (Teaser: Look for Fashion Editor Carrie Denny's favorite costume necklaces in the November issue of Philly Mag, which comes out next week.) It will come as no surprise that they are all handmade, using exotic materials like opals from Bali and quartz from Peru.

Which is why it makes sense that these two Philadelphia natives, after trunk shows in Paris and Dubai, are getting quite the international following. Stateside, find their designs at Twist and at Frank Agostino Couture. Their fall/winter offerings include a necklace of rough-cut aquamarines from Brazil ($1,200), and a freshwater pearl necklace finished with 18K gold and a lemon quartz drop ($1,800), both shown here. Designs from their "Something Blue" line will also be featured at a bridal event hosted by Nicole Miller on October 19th, from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

NBC10 Philadelphia

Interview with Leslie Carroll Designs

MainLine Life

Newtown Square-based Leslie Carroll Designs makes strong statement with couture jewelry

From the runway to the red carpet, when it comes to accessories this season, the message is clear: it's all about pieces that make a statement. Leslie Carroll Designs echoes this with big, bold necklaces, bracelets and earrings. "Each piece is unique, and each has a distinctive point of view," said co-founder Carol Gerst. Among the highlights of the collection: a spectacular necklace featuring rough-cut aquamarines from Brazil, a sophisticated double-strand piece encrusted with tourmaline, and breathtaking earrings emblazoned with Swiss topaz. "Our jewelry is extremely versatile," said co-founder Leslie Kramer. "It can be worn with a gown for a gala, or paired with a simple tailored shirt and jeans."

Founded in 2003, Leslie Carroll Designs has garnered a cult following that is rapidly growing. Their one-of-a-kind pieces, which have been likened to works of art, are adorning some of America's most fashionable women - and with trunk shows in locales including Paris and Dubai, they are fast becoming the "must-have" status symbol in international circles as well. Each handcrafted design is unique, and features exquisite, painstakingly selected stones and precious metals, such as amethysts, sapphires, pearls, sterling silver and 18-Karat gold.

Co-founders Kramer and Gerst have spent the past 20 years journeying to places such as Bali, Thailand and India. On these trips, they encountered talented artisans, and gained a heightened appreciation for the rich colors, textures and gems they saw.

Four years ago, they began to design their own jewelry, collecting and combining gems from around the world: Peruvian chalcedony, opal from Bali, Czech crystal, tribal silver from Thailand.

For Kramer and Gerst, jewelry making is a collaborative process - a dialogue during which each enhances the other's artistic vision. Leslie Carroll Designs are bold and innovative. Each piece echoes the sophistication of the global vistas that inspired them.

Leslie Carroll Designs participates in ongoing fundraising events for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, ALS and ovarian cancer. Proceeds from the sale of their signature "Happy Bracelets" benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Leslie Carroll Designs studio is located in Newtown Square. Currently, Leslie Carroll Designs are available at Agostino in Bryn Mawr, Saks Fifth Avenue in Short Hills, N.J., and at various other boutiques throughout the country.