By  on September 26, 2007

Costume jewelry brand Carolee marked its 35th anniversary Sept. 19, and commissioned seven prominent women to each design a bangle with a special message. The bracelets' proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

The Words to Live By line's celebrity designers were Lynda Carter, Amanda Beard and Deborah Norville, who were on hand for the celebratory luncheon at Le Cirque in Manhattan, as well as Beyoncé and Tina Knowles, Mena Suvari and Julianna Margulies, who could not attend.

"I've been supporting breast cancer research since 1983," said Carter, of TV's original "Wonder Woman." "We used to have to beg to ask for $25,000 for fund research. I was told I couldn't even say the word 'breast' before a congressman or else it would make him uncomfortable. We couldn't get corporate sponsors to associate their product with the cause, and now, looking around, this is incredible."

Beard, a two-time Olympic gold medal swimmer, showed off her bangle, which read "Laugh 'Til You Cry, Cry 'Til You Laugh."

"It just means you have to have laughter in your life no matter what," she said. "Sometimes you cry so hard, you start laughing and vice versa. You need both in your life."

Carolee president Joel Fivis and vice president of marketing Karen O'Brien welcomed guests. "Carolee has always been about giving back," said Fivis. "Adopting causes is a strong connection to this company, so it was only natural for our 35th anniversary that we do something like this."

The limited edition bangles will be available through December at select Carolee retailers such as Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor and Dillard's. The sterling silver pieces will retail for $100, and the gold bangles, sold exclusively at Bloomingdale's, will sell for $110. A sterling silver box set also is available at Bloomingdale's, for $600.

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