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STONE'S STONES: Sharon Stone and Silvia Damiani hosted a cocktail party at the Beverly Wilshire to toast the debut of the house's Maji women's collection, which Stone co-designed (the actress also lent her hand to the men's collection, which launched a few months ago). The collaboration was Stone's first stab at jewelry design, "apart from the things I made for myself in grade school," she said. The 35-piece collection, retailing from $740 to $69,790, features brushed yellow gold earrings, collar necklaces, rings, pendants and bangles set with rough diamonds and will be available in Damiani's 80-plus boutiques worldwide.
Stone, who has been a Damiani ambassador for two-and-a-half years, has taken up crusading for clean water in Africa "so that all the babies who survived the AIDS epidemic can have clean water to drink with their milk." A portion of the sales of the Maji collection, as well as a $200,000 check from Stone and a private donation from the Damiani family, will benefit Drop in the Bucket, which constructs new water wells in Africa.
"It's a game changer," said the outspoken actress, who is at work on an unnamed script she wants to direct. "I hope to engage the whole diamond community to just give me 1 percent of their sales to change the paradigm. You either can help or don't. If you don't, you're the schmuck who didn't do it."