East Coast Jewelry Hosts the Inaugural Gems of Time Invitational

East Coast Jewelry Hosts the Inaugural Gems of Time Invitational

A Spectacular Event to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida


MIAMI, March 27 /PRNewswire/ — The East Coast Gems of Time Invitational event was kicked off at a cocktail reception at the Setai Hotel in South Beach. The sponsors for the evening were the Vacheron Constantin timepieces and Venue Magazine.

The following day, at La Gorce Country Club, over 300 invited guests enjoyed a day of luxury, golf, beauty, fashion and East Coast Jewelry’s most fabulous collections of gems and timepieces. Some of the collections that participated were Jacob & Co., Ulysse Nardin, Corum, Krieger, Dewitt, Hermes, Perrelet, Glashutte, Maurice LaCroix, Ebel, Leo Pizzo, Vertu, Hysek, Christian Dior, Zenith, Girard Perregaux, Vacheron Constantin, U-BOAT, Daniel Roth and de Grisogono.

East Coast Jewelry’s Gems of Time Invitational event was hosted and underwritten by Michael and Bobby Yampolsky, a dynamic father and son team, founders and owners of East Coast Jewelry. Former Miami Dolphins football superstar Louis Oliver served as Master of Ceremonies. The all-day affair began with a Golf Tournament with celebrity golfers playing, including Brett Quickley, Nicholas Thompson and golf’s next biggest star, Alexis Thompson.

A mid-day luncheon hosted by W Magazine featured the designs of Teso Furs, making their debut in South Florida. The exciting collection was complemented by the exquisite jewels of de Grisogono. Medici Institute sponsored seminars and complementary beauty and skin treatments.

The afternoon featured a Bubble Hour reception, hosted by Miami Modern Luxury Magazine and Veuve Cliquot Champagne. Showcased were the fabulous diamonds of Leo Pizzo on glamorous models premiering the exciting Vicky Moreinis swimwear collection, while male models paraded in the Nautica Spring Collection accessorized with U-BOAT Timepieces. Miami’s own sweetheart DJ Irie did the spinning.

Artist and sculptor Romero Britto was a special guest for the Gems of Time Invitational event. He showcased an array of his exclusive artwork and sculptures.

The evening culminated with a 19th Hole award dinner reception. Guests were entertained by Cirque performers as they enjoyed a sumptuous gourmet buffet, a spectacular silent auction presentation and dancing to the music of DJ Irie. The Grand Winners of the Golf Tournament were awarded the fabulous prize of a trip to The Cliffs Communities on a private jet provided by Talon Air.

Sponsors of the Gems of Time Invitational included The Fort Lauderdale Collection; Talon Air; Molasses Reef, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve; Veuve Cliquot; The Cliffs Communities; Allied Richard Bertram Yachts; Medici Institute, and many more.

Significant funds were raised for an inaugural event. A check was presented to Norman Wedderburn, CEO and President of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, at the reception.


The Make-A-Wish Foundation(R) began in 1980 with the fulfillment of the wish of a seven-year old buy with Leukemia who wanted to be a policeman. Officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety granted his wish with a custom made uniform, a helmet, a badge and even a helicopter ride! That one child’s delight in having his wish fulfilled provided the inspiration for the Foundation. Today, Make-A-Wish is the largest wish granting organization in the world with 67 chapters in the U.S. and 30 affiliates across 5 continents.The Southern Florida chapter was started in 1983 by the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club. In the nearly 25 years since, there has been a tremendous increase in the demand for wishes. The Southern Florida chapter has grown from granting 2 wishes in 1983 to granting 514 wishes in fiscal year 2007. Today it serves the children of Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry,Highlands, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties.

For more information, log onto our website at http://www.sfla.wish.org or call 954-967-9474.

About East Coast Jewelry

East Coast Jewelry has been south Florida’s premier choice for fine gems and exquisite timepieces since 1986. Founded by father and son team Michael and Bobby Yampolsky, East Coast Jewelry is committed to providing the highest standard of personal service and the finest quality jewelry and watches to its loyal customer base.

East Coast Jewelry currently has three locations, including Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, FL, with additional galleries opening soon. For more information, please visit http://www.eastcoastjewelry.com

For images of the event or for additional information please contact:

Sonia Gibson and Jennifer Heegaard

4000 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Suite # 470

Coral Gables, Florida 33146

O: 305.777.0217


M: 305.458.5003


M: 305.803. 5505


East Coast Jewelry Hosts the Inaugural Gems of Time Invitational