David Lee Holland Donates $10,000 Gold and Diamond Orchid Pendant to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - 30th Annual Orchid Ball

media contact: Diane Creasy

dcreasy@selby.org / 941.366-5731 ext. 225

March 25, 2011 — Sarasota, Fla.  David Lee Holland has partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue to support Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.  Botanically inspired fine jewelry designers and eco-preservationists David Lee Holland and Yanni Kyriazis announce their donation of a custom designed Orchid Pendant with diamond. The retail value of the pendant is $10,000.  It will be auctioned live at the Selby Gardens 30th Annual Orchid Ball on April 2, 2011 at 6:30pm.  All proceeds from the sale will support the Gardens mission, “to further the understanding and appreciation of plant life, with emphasis on epiphytes, and to provide enjoyment to all who visit the Gardens.”

The Orchid Pendant is the designers’ vision of this beloved epiphyte.  Handmade in their Soho, New York City workshop, the pendant is made from 100% recycled solid 18-karat gold.  The pendant evokes an elegant, yet vital orchid blossom embellished with an exquisite 40 point diamond, set invisibly into the bloom.  The bail of the pendant is modeled after corkscrew willow, seamlessly merged into the design. The pendant hangs from an exquisite strand of rare, natural colored Japanese Akoya cultured pearls, hand-knotted and hand-strung on natural silk cord. 

“I have always loved orchids and inherited that passion from my parents.  This pendant was inspired by the many beautiful specimens we saw when we toured the impressive grounds and greenhouses at the Gardens,” says designer David Lee Holland.

David Lee Holland and Saks Fifth Avenue are hosting a private two-week preview of the pendant to ramp up excitement for the impending auction in an effort to raise much-needed funding for this vital Sarasota institution and national treasure.  David Lee Holland’s collection utilizes a thoroughly non-toxic production process, and is committed to ecological and botanical preservation through its many philanthropic efforts.

About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information please visit www.selby.org

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $17, children 6-11 $6, children under 6 free, (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social at www.facebook.com/selbygardens or www.twitter.com/selbygardens

Thank you to  Saks Fifth Avenue and David Lee Holland