Stylebook: Shadyside jeweler Caesar's Designs creates accessories to celebrate Pittsburgh Marathon

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Looking for something special to commemorate finishing the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday? Try a piece from the Runner of Steel jewelry collection.

Shadyside-based designer Caesar Azzam of Caesar's Designs, who created the collection, is the official jeweler of the race, which is sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods.

"The marathon approached me for sponsorship, and the ideas started flowing after I signed on and met with the marathon staff several times to capture the feel and the essence of what it means to be a 'Runner of Steel' and how to translate that into a wearable piece of jewelry," he said.

Highlights of the unisex line include a circular pendant embossed with steel beams and the phrase "Runner of Steel" on a rubber sports chain with sterling silver clasp ($68 for large), a bracelet charm for a Pandora-style charm bracelet ($45) and a steel beam pendant on rubber sports chain ($65). All jewelry is designed and made in Pittsburgh.

Shop the collection online at, visit the store (5413 Walnut St.) or call 412-621-0345. Caesar's Designs also will have a booth at the Marathon Expo from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. A portion of the proceeds will go to The One Fund to benefit those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings.

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For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the Post-Gazette's Stylebook blog at To have a fashion or style event considered for Stylebook, send listing to First Published April 30, 2013 4:00 AM


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