AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the "Force 4 Fashion" event on December 2nd, Kay® Jewelers will be unveiling a custom-designed gold and diamond BB-8 collectable, paying homage to the newest droid in the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The new fashion-meets-fundraising initiative brings together an illustrious group of designers to create looks inspired by characters from the new movie to be auctioned for charity.
Standing at 4.25" high and weighing more than 1.5lbs, the custom BB-8 collectable is set in 18 karat yellow gold and features an incredible total diamond weight of 18 carats. The BB-8 will be on display at the Star Wars "Force 4 Fashion" event – presented by Kay Jewelers – in NYC this week, along with looks from other designers taking part in the project, including: Billy Reid, Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, Giles Deacon, Halston, Opening Ceremony, Ovadia & Sons, Parker, Rag & Bone, Timo Weiland and Todd Snyder.
Following its presentation at the event, the custom BB-8 collectable – which includes more than 860 diamonds – will be available for auction with the proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® on behalf of Star Wars: Force For Change, a charitable initiative that empowers people to make a positive impact on the world around them. More details regarding the online auction through St. Jude will be available soon.
"We are honored to be presenting the 'Force 4 Fashion' event and thrilled that this one-of-a-kind collectable design will benefit our long-term partner, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," said George Murray, Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer, Kay Jewelers. "More than 600 hours went into the design and development of the BB-8 replica, and this incredible custom design is an example of the craftsmanship and dedication that is available to guests every day at our Kay Jewelers stores and online at Kay.com."
In addition to this unique collector's item, Kay Jewelers offers an assortment of fine jewelry inspired by the Star Wars Saga, as well as the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Star Wars collection for Kay launched this fall and has recently introduced new designs, including accessories for men. The Star Wars collection for Kay features some of the most popular characters from the series, including both classic fan favorites (such as Yoda, R2-D2, Stormtroopers and Darth Vader) as well as characters from the new film (including BB-8).
Fans can now find Star Wars-inspired rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets in addition to an extended offering from the original Charmed Memories® collection. The new selection includes designs set in sterling silver and gold, as well as those featuring diamond and other gemstone accents.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in U.S. theaters on December 18, 2015.
For more information about "Force 4 Fashion" please visit StarWars.com and follow the social conversation using the hashtag #Force4Fashion.
Visit Kay.com for more details on the Star Wars jewelry collection.
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