Japanese Jewelry Designer in New York Raises Money for Japan Earthquake Relief

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New York based designer Mai Sato-Flores donates 50% of proceeds of her Rising Sun Necklace and Earrings and 30% from all other online jewelry sales to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief.

Rising Sun Necklace designed by Mai Flores

“Every little bit helps. It feels good to know that there is something I can do even from far away, and that customers know their purchase helps those who are suffering from the earthquake, tsunami and radiation tragedies”, says Mai.

Mai Sato-Flores, who was born and raised in Japan, watched the news of the earthquake, tsunami and ensuing radiation disaster with great emotional pain. After feeling helpless she decided she would take action doing something she knows to help those in need.

She designed the "Rising Sun” in both necklace and earrings with red garnet and white moonstone gems in the form of a circle to show unity with the people of Japan, and she donates 50% of the proceeds from sales on her website to the Red Cross for the Japanese Relief Fund. She makes each one of these intricately designed pieces by hand.

Mai is also donating jewelry for the “Ring of Love for Japan”, a charity jewelry sale for Japan earthquake relief at ABC Carpet & Home to be held on Saturday, April 9 at 2:00pm - April 10 at 6:00pm, at 888 Broadway NYC, NY 10003, NY, NY. More than 60 jewelry designers have donated pieces to support children who have been displaced from their homes. All profits are donated to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Relief.

About Mai Sato-Flores
Designer and author, Mai Sato-Flores grew up in Japan. Mai (pronounced like my) moved to New York City to study jewelry-making and graphic design. Mai uses various techniques to create her jewelry, including metalsmithing, wax-carving and intricate wire-wrapping. She loves working with her many tools to create jewelry at her design studio in a former toy factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Mai is the co-author of “Wrapped In Gems”, a book about gemstones, wire-wrapping jewelry techniques and design inspiration, published by Random House/Potter Craft. She currently sells her jewelry at trunk shows at New York City’s renowned Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue, online at http://www.maiflores.com, and is expanding to more stores.

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