• $100,000 to UCSD Moores Cancer Center

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    The 2016 Spark Gala was a great success, raising over $2.5 million for novel cell therapy at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. We are incredibly honored that the necklace we donated managed to raise $100,000. La Jolla Light featured an article which noted that this is the largest jewelry donation ever recorded in the San Diego area. 

    The 35th annual Spark Gala for UC San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center took place April 16, 2016 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, where one of the largest jewelry donations to date in the greater San Diego area was auctioned off. Vahid Moradi, president of CJ Charles Jewelers in La Jolla, donated a rare Golden South Sea Pearl Diamond necklace and earring suite with an estimated value of $88,000 with more than 500 diamonds.
    Auctioneer Grant Snyder opened the bid at $30,000. Momentum grew once the gala audience felt the positive synergy and excitement. Bid numbers rose, cheering grew louder and applause resonated throughout the room. Finally, a benevolent couple made the final bid at $100,000. Immediately, Moradi personally introduced himself and congratulated them. “Their generosity has far surpassed my expectations. I am proud to be part of such a cause,” he said.
    Moradi, who is on the board of UCSD’s Moores Cancer Center, said he considers the fight against cancer a mission very dear to his heart. When he was a young man, Moradi lost his father to cancer. This sparked him to never give up hope. “After seeing firsthand doctors and scientists (at UCSD’s Moores Cancer Center) devoted to their craft, my belief is reinforced that we are on the brink of something really great. Dr.Scott Lippman explained to me how the research is evolving to treatments such as immunotherapy,” Moradi said.
    Proceeds from this year’s auction will support the center’s new Novel Cell Therapy Program, which is a type of immunotherapy treatment. More than 450 people came together to support cancer research through the Spark Gala and the result was “astronomical.” The event raised $2.5 million, which exceeded last year’s fundraising amount of $2.1 million.

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  • CJ Charles Jewelers Supports UCSD’s Moores Cancer Center’s Spark Gala

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    Vahid Moradi and CJ Charles Jewelers are pleased to support this year’s 35th Annual Moores Cancer Center Spark Gala with the donation of a stunning golden South Sea Pearl and diamond necklace and earring set. This exquisite piece will be available at auction during the Spark Gala on Saturday, April 16th at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. All proceeds of the auction benefit cancer research and clinical care at UCSD’s Moores Cancer Center, which is a cause very dear to his heart.

     

    Interview with Vahid Moradi, president of CJ Charles Jewelers:

    What first got you involved with UCSD’s Moores Cancer Center?

    “Finding a cure for cancer intrigues us all. I lost my father to cancer when I was a young man. This sparked an inner flame. I gravitated to any cause that was willing to go to war with cancer. After I was invited to join the UCSD Cancer Board, I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Scott Lipmann. On the first day I entered his office at UCSD’s Moores Cancer Center, I knew this was to be a lifelong mission of mine. I saw how passionate and devoted Dr. Lipmann is in his pursuit to find a cure. Throughout our conversation that day, Scott explained to me how the research is evolving to treatments such as immunotherapy and designing targeted cancer drugs based on the genetic information of the patient.”

    How long have you been involved in supporting UCSD's Moores Cancer Center?

    “This is my second year. My experiences as a board member over the last two years has been enriching. After seeing firsthand doctors and scientists devoted to their craft, my belief is reinforced that we are on the brink of something really great.”

    Tell us about your donation.

    “Every year for the gala it gives me the pleasure to offer my support by selecting an extraordinary one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. This year I have selected a breathtaking necklace and earring set featuring golden pearls and diamonds. I can only hope that this donation will inspire an even greater act of generosity.”

     

    The necklace and earring set feature 18 South Sea Golden Pearls 11-15mm, 500 Round Brilliant Cut White Diamonds 13.67cttw, 13 Rose Cut White Diamonds 2.60cttw, 336 Yellow Diamonds 6.72cttw set in 18kt white gold. 

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  • It's April - bring on the diamond jewelry!

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    April has arrived and brings with it probably the most popular birthstone of all...it's time to break out your collection of diamond jewelry! Who doesn't love receiving a diamond on that special occasion...or any occasion. And for the lucky April born, isn't it the most perfect gift all around...what could be more symbolic of eternal love than a diamond?

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  • CJ Charles creates custom ring for Spark Gala

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    For those who follow the fundraising gala calendar, it's time to bring out those gowns, suits and dress shoes because it's that time of year again. The 34th edition of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Gala, SPARK, is set to happen in style this month!

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  • Hold the sea and sky in your Aquamarine gemstone

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    We've hit March and we're almost through the first quarter of the year (is it just us or is the year beginning to fly by?). That notwithstanding, the year is still young and what better to signify youth than this month's birthstone – the aquamarine gemstone.

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  • Welcome to the month of amethyst jewelry

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    We've just rolled into February...the month of hearts and flowers and all things love...and also the month of  amethyst jewelry. That's right...this beautiful purple stone is the birthstone for arguably the most romantic month of the year (and the zodiac sign of Aquarius).

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  • Christmas jewelry for the newer traditions

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    Christmas (and Hannukah) are the biggest celebrations that we look forward to in the year, and they're almost here. Besides all the family time, the carols, the traditions and everything that is the occasion, one of the things we really look forward to are the gifts (we admit it). And what makes a better gift than jewelry, right? We're not leading you on...research shows that jewelry is a very popular choice, this time of year!

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  • Turquoise Gemstones: bringer of love and success

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    We've entered December and we're looking back at the year gone by and wondering about the one around the bend. For December births though, it's truly a month of simultaneous ends and new beginnings – a new calendar year and a new year of life to be lived. And with that, we come to the last birthstone for the year...the turquoise gemstone.

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  • The November birthstone...which one's yours?

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    It's time to get to know the November birthstone...like we've been doing for the others for the past so many months. And like a few times before, November has more than one birthstone. Which begs the question...are you a topaz soul or a citrine one?

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  • 2ct diamond rings - how different they can look!

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    Anyone who loves diamonds knows about the 4 Cs - cut, clarity, color and carat. Most often though, when we think carat, we're imagining of the size of the diamond when it's really the weight of your diamond. So, when you think "the larger the diamond, the greater the carat weight", that's not necessarily true.

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