Friday, April 29, 2011

A Very Special Opportunity…

Leading Sydney jeweller and Sydney-based Indigenous School Gawura are joining forces to bring you a very exciting (and rare!) opportunity to own a stunning limited edition pink diamond pendant. Read on below for more details about this very special fund raising initiative.

On Tuesday 3 May 2011, Mondial Neuman is giving pink diamond enthusiasts and serious collectors the opportunity to bid for the Argyle Pink Diamond Limited Edition O Pendant, marked #1 of only 100 released. All funds raised from the auction will go towards Sydney-based Indigenous School Gawura, an initiative that supports literacy and numeracy programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children at St Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney.

To commemorate the Argyle Diamond Mine’s 25th anniversary, Argyle created 100 limited edition Argyle Pink Diamond O Pendants, each individually numbered and certified 1 to 100. The rose gold O shaped pendant is pavé set with approximately 1.3 carats of Argyle pink diamonds. As part of its allocation, Mondial Neuman has received the coveted #1 pendant of this never to be repeated series. “We are extremely honoured to have received the #1 pendant and we predict it will be in very high demand, so we decided to auction it for a greater cause,” says Michael Neuman, gemmologist and co-owner of Mondial Neuman.
“We’ve chosen to donate the entire proceeds to Gawura because we feel strongly about sharing our good fortune in having been awarded pendant #1 and are keen to do something positive for the Indigenous community. Health and education are major Indigenous issues and Gawura is a local initiative doing great work in education and worthy of more support,” says Michael.

“In 2006 Mondial Neuman created a coloured diamond jewellery range, ‘Diamond Dreaming’, in collaboration with Aboriginal designer Alison Page so we’d really like to continue and extend upon that existing foundation.”

Launched in 2007, Gawura was formed in response to the overwhelming evidence of social disadvantage among people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin. “The Gawura education program is not merely a scholarship; it focuses on the children’s literacy and numeracy attainment, at a level of adequacy with non-indigenous children, in a culturally sensitive environment,” says David North, Head of Gawura.

“On average, it costs more than $800,000 a year to run the Gawura schooling program for 39 students from Kindergarten to Year 12, with approximately 30% from the government, so we’re extremely grateful to Mondial Neuman for donating all of its proceeds from the auction to Gawura,” says David.

The Mondial Neuman and Gawura charity auction is supported by the likes of Dr. Larissa Behrendt, NSW Australian of the Year 2011, Professor of Law, and Director of the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology Sydney. “Gawura is doing an amazing job helping Indigenous youth receive a quality education, which is ultimately the building block for the rest of their lives. It’s wonderful to have Mondial Neuman on board to contribute to this fantastic initiative,” says Dr. Behrendt.

Gawura is also supported by respected media personality George Negus. "Our Cockburn-Negus family - a family who instinctively, culturally and ideologically believe that indigenous and non-indigenous Australians have profound things to learn from each other - from its outset, found ourselves in support of Gawura as an exciting educational tool to this important national and personal end,” says Negus.
What: Mondial Neuman auctions #1 Argyle O Pendant with all proceeds going to Gawura
Date: Tuesday 3 May 2011
Time: 6pm
Where: Mondial Neuman, Ground Floor, Shop 17, 455 George St, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney NSW

For more information…

Please call Michael or Jacob Neuman on (02) 9267 7974 or email us.

Have a lovely day!… Anna