Diamond and ruby tiara, in memory of nephew, becomes a fundraising jewel
Proceeds to Benefit Runway to Hope
Published on October 12, 2018 - The Orlando Sentinel
After Virginia Rodriguez lost her teenage nephew to bone cancer, she decided to use her talents as a jeweler to honor him and raise money for charity, including childhood cancer. So in his memory, she designed “The Hope Tiara” — $200,000 worth of white gold, rubies and 80 carats of diamonds that’s now on a tour of Central Florida galas and events to raise money for a local pediatric cancer charity, Runway to Hope. Nearly all of the fees for its rental and use for portraits are donated to the nonprofit.