Carrie Underwood made headlines recently when she wore an incredible 381 carats of diamonds from Hollywood jeweler Johnathon Arndt worth $31 million to the Grammys. However, it's the understated bracelet that Taylor Swift wore that actually has the best jewelry story of the awards show.
In honor of her mother who died of lung cancer, jeweler Lorraine Schwartz joined forces with Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation to teach pediatric patients, ages 6-15, at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. how to make jewelry. The children then used their newly acquired skill as art therapy.
“One of the most memorable times for our family was when my mother made jewelry during her treatments,” Schwartz says. “It was so therapeutic for all of us. We still have those pieces and cherish them.”
Those precious children then got the thrill of their lives when they found out that some of music's biggest stars would be sporting their creations.
Beyonce, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Miley Cyrus have all worn the jewelry the kids have created.
The champagne diamond-and-amethyst bracelet Taylor Swift wore to the Grammys was created by Jaimin, a young patient who already had a passion for jewelry design. “Jaimin started making jewelry before he got sick,” Schwartz tells PEOPLE. “He came prepared with all the jewelry making tools.” And he was especially excited to design for Swift, whom his mom says he listens to constantly. “He wanted diamonds to sparkle because Taylor sparkles,” Schwartz says of Jaimin’s inspiration — and shares that haute N.Y.C. department store Bergdorf Goodman is already requesting “the Jaimin bracelets,” not realizing that he’s just a kid!
What a great story. Millions of dollars in diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but I'll take a simple bracelet with a story like this any day.