Style with a Silver Lining

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July 27, 2009
Jeweler creates exclusive line to benefit children with special needs at Baltimore's renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute

(Baltimore, MD) - Baltimore-based Lotus Jewelry Studio has designed and introduced a new line of handcrafted, sterling silver jewelry to benefit the children of Kennedy Krieger Institute. Engraved on each piece is a small drawing of three children taken from the Institute's signature logo and representing Kennedy Krieger's patients. These elegant conversation pieces meet the requirements for true style today - a purchase supporting a worthy cause that looks good and gives back at the same time.

Three signature pieces complete the line, including:

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  • A necklace featuring antique-styled lock and skeleton key charms with an old-world patina, and matching 18" adjustable chain. Retails for $50.
  • A necklace featuring a single skeleton key charm with an old-world patina, and matching 18" adjustable chain. Retails for $34.
  • A 2.5" bangle bracelet in a soft hammered, high polish finish accented with a 7/15" custom tag. Retails for $28.

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Each exclusive piece, which comes ready to give in a purple organza bag, is accompanied by a card notifying the recipient that proceeds from the sale are donated to Kennedy Krieger Institute to support patient care, research, special education and community programs.

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While every child is born with great potential, for children with disorders such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, a turn of genetics or twist of fate may have locked that potential deep inside. The people of Kennedy Krieger believe that the support and dedication of donors, volunteers, staff and community members is the key to understanding and unlocking a child's potential. It is this belief which inspired the jewelry line's signature use of a lock and key.

Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill models a signature piece from the new Kennedy Krieger Institute inspired jewelry line

Olympic Gold Medalist Dorothy Hamill models a signature piece from the new Kennedy Krieger Institute inspired jewelry line

"We are so proud to work with Kennedy Krieger Institute to create this exclusive jewelry line. These pieces remind the wearer of the great potential of a child and how they have helped to unlock it," said Erik Legenhausen, co-owner of Lotus Jewelry Studio.

The jewelry is available for purchase online through under "Lotus Gives Back." The jewelry line is also carried by 2910 on the Square, a gallery in the Canton neighborhood of Baltimore.

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About Lotus Jewelry Studio

Lotus Jewelry Studio is owned and operated by Erik and Courtney Legenhausen. This husband and wife team specializes in handmade designer jewelry. Erik began his training as a child working with his father who is a master goldsmith. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland with an emphasis in metal sculpture. Courtney received her training from Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco where she received her diploma as a graduate jeweler. The two met in San Diego where they were working to refine their craft. They now reside in Baltimore, MD where they manufacture their jewelry line. Lotus Jewelry Studio products are now carried in stores throughout the United States and they are known for their unique designs and handmade custom work in silver, gold and platinum.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 13,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit

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