Three Grand Rapids charities chosen to compete for funds raised by $25,000 ArtPrize necklace

MLIVE: Published: Monday, September 17, 2012, 12:09 PM    

ArtPrize necklace depicts Grand Rapids skyline

Enlarge “The Grand” is pictured Monday, August 27, 2012 at Craft-Revival Jewelers in Grand Rapids Mich. The necklace, which is an ArtPrize entry, is valued at $25,000 and made of white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, silver, and has 117 white blue and teal diamonds. “The Grand” will be auctioned on Ebay, with all proceeds going to charity. (Sally Finneran | MLive) ArtPrize necklace depicts Grand Rapids skyline gallery (7 photos)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A $25,000 necklace submitted as an ArtPrize entry is at the center of a competition among three local charities.

Whichever one gets the most online votes will receive 80 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the necklace, which will be auctioned on eBay. The runners-up will split 20 percent of the proceeds.

Craft Revival Jewelers announced the three nonprofits chosen to compete for the funds:

Kids Food Basket

Humane Society of West Michigan

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Voting begins today at grandrapidsgem.com. Supporters may submit a single vote daily.

The necklace, named “The Grand,” combines strands of white gold and 117 white, blue and teal diamonds to evoke the Grand River and the city’s skyline. At the center of the necklace, the shapes of DeVos Place, the Amway and the Marriott are created in silver that has been oxidized to a dark color.

A Calder is shaped in rose gold, and two yellow-gold bridges stretch across the necklace river. An independent appraiser valued it at $25,000 said Craft Revival co-owner Jayson Case.

The piece will be displayed during ArtPrize at Craft Revival, 16 Ionia Ave. SW. The store is an ArtPrize venue that is also hosting works of two other artists.

Case said craftsmen spent more than 100 hours creating the necklace.

“We really wanted to do something to give back to the community,” he said. “And we wanted to use our artistic talents to showcase and bring some attention to the charities.”

If the necklace wins ArtPrize, the winning bidder in the eBay auction will receive a replica of “The Grand.”

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