The necklaces draped around Cathleen Kral's neck were a good sampling of jewelry designer David Yurman's career.
"I have a Yurman collection that's huge," she said. "From way back, when nobody was wearing him."
Yurman is well known for his signature cable bracelet - a twisted helix with gemstones on the ends. His designs have been in the pages of magazines like Vogue and Town & Country, and have adorned celebrities like supermodel Kate Moss.
The New York born designer was at his store in Copley Place last Wednesday as a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. About 275 people packed among the glass cases, drank champagne, and tried on unique bracelets, earrings, rings, brooches and more. Ten percent of the sales went to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
"It's so nice to see it so crowded," said Elisha Daniels, a breast cancer survivor who owns the Elisha Daniels shop at 116 Newbury St.
Marlborough Street resident Vivien Li could barely get to a counter.
"I think it's really going to help in terms of increasing the visibility of breast cancer," she said.
Some people were there for a specific piece of jewelry, while others bought what caught their eye. Melanie Karlberg was there with her mother, Donna Stearns, and texted a photo of a ring to a friend's husband.
"It's his get out of trouble ring," Karlberg said.
Kral - who's well known by sales associates at the store - traveled from Welfleet to for a chance to meet the designer. As the owner of about 15 collections - that's nearly 75 pieces of jewelry - Kral tends to draw a crowd when she comes in to have her jewelry cleaned.
"I have things he doesn't make anymore," she said. "I brought it one piece at a time."
Case in point: A wide chain-link bracelet with a gem in the center, that she brought at a truck show 15 or 20 years ago.
"They weren't going to sell it," she said. "And then they called me back three days later and said they would."