SAG Awards Team With Graff Diamonds in the Green Room

AG Awards Executive Producer Kathy Connell; President and Chief Executive Officer Henri Bargurdjian; Actress and SAG Awards Nominee,  Sufe Bradshaw: SAG Awards Committee Chair & SAG Foundation Board President JoBeth Wiilliams
AG Awards Executive Producer Kathy Connell; Graff Diamonds Director of Sales Eddy Van Der Geest; Actress and SAG Awards Nominee, Sufe Bradshaw: SAG Awards Committee Chair & SAG Foundation Board President JoBeth Wiilliams. Photo by Thai Lee/News4usonline.com

Just when you think the Screen Actors Guild Awards has nothing more to prove until show day, they present you with a secret hideout of rare, luxurious diamonds; the blueprint of who is sitting with who during the ceremony; and an inside scoop on SAG Awards nominee, Sufe Bradshaw’s developing documentary titled, New Leaves.

On January 23, 2015, the 21st SAG Awards unveiled the Green Room hosted by the House of Graff.

Graff Diamonds returned for their fifth consecutive year as the Official Jeweler of the SAG Awards’ Green Room. Graff will be honoring the charitable work of actors and will be benefiting the SAG Foundation’s children literacy and actor assistance programs by sourcing the world’s most fabulous jewelry.  The SAG Awards Green Room is tucked away back stage as an elegant, yet comfortable get away in which SAG Awards presenters can await their moment and privately review their awards ceremony scripts in peace. Displayed throughout the Green Room are Graff’s beautiful gemstones and the latest, iconic statement cuff.

When asked what makes Graff Diamonds stand out from the rest, Eddy Van Der Geest jokingly asked, “Do you have two hours?”

SAG Awards Executive Producer Kathy Connell with the blueprint of the seating chart. Photo by Thai Lee/News4usonline.com
SAG Awards Executive Producer Kathy Connell with the blueprint of the seating chart. Photo by Thai Lee/News4usonline.com

“We make one of kind pieces and do not lend out on the red carpet because, they are very special. Our clients, among which are many stars don’t necessarily want to see everybody just wear it or be paid to wear it, whereas they are purchased,” said Van Der Geest. He continued, “Our pieces are investments, they are very valuable. Our price points are much higher than 99.9 percent of other dealers, regardless of their names. Our pieces are special. Not that other companies don’t make nice jewelry, by all means, they do. They just do not have the same dynamics as a Graff. When you come to Graff, you will see things you will never see anywhere else.”

The blueprint of seating for the ceremony was presented by SAG Awards Executive Producer, Kathy Connell. From Reese Witherspoon to Robert Duvall, the names of outstanding actors were endless.

SAG Awards Nominee, Sufe Bradshaw (“VEEP”) was in attendance for the unveiling and called the Graff jewelry, “Amazing!”

“It was great to hear the history of the stones, hearing where they are from, which ones are rare and the ones that are easiest to find. It was really beautiful. It is one thing to wear jewelry, but it’s another thing to know where it comes from,” said Bradshaw.

She has been nominated for a second consecutive SAG Award as part of the comedy ensemble in the HBO series “VEEP”.

Bradshaw described being nominated as, “a great honor.”

SAG Awards Nominee Sufe Bradshaw ("VEEP") and President and Chief Executive Officer Henri Bargurdjian sharing the history of Graff Diamonds. Photo by Thai Lee/News4usonline.com
SAG Awards Nominee Sufe Bradshaw (“VEEP”) and Graff Diamonds Director of Sales Eddy Van Der Geest President sharing the history of Graff Diamonds. Photo by Thai Lee/News4usonline.com

“It is a great honor to be nominated; it’s kind of overwhelming and so exciting. I was just thinking about all these amazing actors and actresses that I grew up watching  on television, now being a part of that and also being nominated by my peers. It is pretty outstanding.”

She is currently developing a documentary titled, “New Leaves” about troubled youth and the life choices they make. Bradshaw mentioned the documentary came from an idea and that it is currently in preproduction.

On the discussion of her documentary, Bradshaw said, “If you have two kids from the same parents, household and same economic opportunities; what makes one kid go to Princeton and the other go to jail? It’s really more of a question of that,” She continued, “The idea is to interview doctors and families, to ask the question and get the conversation going.”

Even with all the unveiling and sneak peeks, the SAG Awards plans for the ceremony to be filled with surprises packed with various elements.

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