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Welcoming a New Partner
in Preservation
Trudy Coxe and Carolyn Rafaelian
by John Rodman,
Director of Museum Experience
The Preservation Society of Newport County’s newest Partner in Preservation level underwriter is the international jewelry maker ALEX AND ANI. The new relationship is year-round, providing financial support for activities from the Newport Symposium and Summer Lecture Series to the Newport Flower Show, the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival, the annual summer gala and Christmas at The Newport Mansions.
"With ALEX AND ANI, we are exceptionally proud to have formed a bond with one of America’s great companies and one of America’s great entrepreneurs, Carolyn Rafaelian," said Preservation Society CEO & Executive Director Trudy Coxe. "Carolyn and her company have Rhode Island and Newport roots that run deep."
Said Kate Richard, ALEX AND ANI Senior Vice President of Brand and Creative, "ALEX AND ANI
is proud to be a Partner in Preservation with The Preservation Society of Newport County and to support their initiatives all year long. As a Rhode Island-based organization, The Preservation Society of Newport truly aligns with our mission to preserve the qualities
of our beautiful town."
Carolyn Rafaelian transformed a family tradition
of jewelry making into a worldwide lifestyle brand. Recognized for her entrepreneurial spirit, innate skill, and goodwill, Ms. Rafaelian learned the craft of jewel- ry design and production as a young apprentice to her father, who opened his jewelry factory in the historic Jewelry Capital of the World, Rhode Island, in 1966. Since launching in 2004, ALEX AND ANI has turned heads in both the business and fashion industries.
ALEX AND ANI products deeply reflect Carolyn’s vision, charitable focus, and desire to spread positive energy around the globe. To date, ALEX AND ANI has donated more than $38 million to charities world-
wide. Her designs are created with a deep reverence for powerful and sacred symbols that inspire awareness, and express empowerment and inner beauty.
In 2016, she launched the iconic Liberty Copper Collection, featuring the
original copper preserved from the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty. Carolyn’s commitment to spreading Lady Liberty’s message of love and hope is at the core of everything she creates.
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