by Karine Laudort-Idonije
1, 000 Tickets, 1 Rare Gem
The gem in question is one in a million and when the 60-carat heavy-weight Mozambican aquamarine worth £40,000 is raffled by prison charity Fine Cell Work on 20 November 2014, ticket holders will have a one in a thousand chance to win it.
Gem hunter and merchant, Guy Clutterbuck has generously donated the exquisite, multi-faceted, unheated, cushion-cut aquamarine to Fine Cell Work to raise funds for its invaluable work that helps prisoners in the UK to turn their lives around.
To augment Guy’s generosity, the renowned jewellery designer Georgina Skan, former Head of Design at Garrard and Asprey, has offered to design an exquisite setting and Fine Cell Work will donate £1,500 towards the materials. This is an extraordinary fund raising initiative that offers entrants the chance of winning a remarkable piece of jewellery.
Raffle tickets cost £50 and are available from Fine Cell Work: www.finecellwork.co.uk/
Victoria Gillies, Managing Director of Fine Cell Work said it was a ‘remarkably generous gift,’ and a wonderful opportunity for someone to win a gemstone beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. At Fine Cell Work we and our army of volunteers work every day with prisoners to help to turn their lives around – we’re delighted to have such a unique chance to raise money to continue that work. Buying a raffle ticket might change your life, by winning you this beautiful stone – and it will certainly change the lives of those our charity works with.’
Guy Clutterbuck, the gem hunter who donated the aquamarine, said:
‘I genuinely believe in this cause. In Sweden where I lived for many years, the prison model equips detainees with skills and education to give them the chance to rebuild their lives upon release – it makes total sense. Here in the UK we need to give people skills; help them to maintain their relationships with their loved ones, and have a realistic sum of money when they are released to ensure there is less temptation to reoffend. Regardless of one’s political opinions, it surely makes sense to try and reduce recidivism, so the idea of giving people something to occupy their mind and their hands is essential.’