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Italian jewelry designer becomes Texans' newest fan in first Houston visit

Italian jewelry designer becomes new Texans fan in first H-Town visit

Mattia Cielo and Lesha Elsenbrook at IW Marks Jewelers
Lesha Elsenbrook shows off a pair of earrings created by Mattia Cielo, left. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Joanna Marks, Bria Wall, Amanda Weeks, Hannah McNair at IW Marks Jewelers
Joanna Marks, Bria Wall, Amanda Weeks, Hannah McNair. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Hallie Vanderhider, James Bruno, Theresa Bruno at IW Marks Jewelers
Hallie Vanderhider, James Bruno, Theresa Bruno. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Brad Marks and Gary Petersen at IW Marks Jeweler
Brad Marks, Gary Petersen. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Jeweler Mattia Cielo and Texans jersey at IW Marks
Jewelry designer Mattia Cielo proudly displays his new Texans jersey. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Keith and Jyl Calcote at IW Marks Jewelers
Keith Calcote, Jyl Calcote. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Cal and Hannah McNair at IW Marks Jewelers
Cal McNair, Hannah McNair. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Mattia Cielo, Elizabeth and Alan Stein at IW Marks Jewelers
Mattia Cielo, Elizabeth Stein, Alan Stein. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Bria Wall at IW Marks Jewelers
Bria Wall tries on a pair of earrings designer by Mattia Cielo. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Mattia Cielo and Lesha Elsenbrook at IW Marks Jewelers
Joanna Marks, Bria Wall, Amanda Weeks, Hannah McNair at IW Marks Jewelers
Hallie Vanderhider, James Bruno, Theresa Bruno at IW Marks Jewelers
Brad Marks and Gary Petersen at IW Marks Jeweler
Jeweler Mattia Cielo and Texans jersey at IW Marks
Keith and Jyl Calcote at IW Marks Jewelers
Cal and Hannah McNair at IW Marks Jewelers
Mattia Cielo, Elizabeth and Alan Stein at IW Marks Jewelers
Bria Wall at IW Marks Jewelers

The IW Marks Jewelers annual Diamond Dinner had a special sparkle as owners Brad and Joanna Marks welcomed famed Italian jewelry designer Mattia Cielo, a favorite of such celebrities as Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Wonder Woman's Gal Godot.

It is Cielo's first trip to Texas, so upon finding out that he is an avid fan of American football, the Marks arranged for the jewelry designer to attend Sunday's game with a prime sideline pass at NRG Stadium when the Houston Texans take on the Cleveland Browns. Joanna's sister, Hannah, is married to Texans vice chairman, Cal McNair.

During a four-course dinner catered by Tony's that ended with a chocolate cake adorned with edible rose gold gems, Marks presented Cielo with his own Houston Texans jersey (bearing quarterback Deshaun Watson’s No. 4 on it)  to cheers from the crowd, which included the McNairs, Alicia Smith, Hallie Vanderhider, Bria Wall, Amanda and Jon Weeks, Sara and Paul Doyle, Lynne and Joe Hudson, Melinda and Bill Kacal, Jyl and Keith Calcote, Donna Vallone, and Gary Petersen.

Cielo expressed his excitement about attending the game and also praised the way Houstonians banded together after Hurricane Harvey. “I know it has not been an easy time for your community, but we saw how you all came together like family after the hurricane,” he said. “It’s a lesson we should take back to Italy.”

Before attending Sunday's game, Cielo will host a trunk show and personal appearance on Friday and Saturday (October 13 and 14) at IW Marks, 3841 Bellaire Boulevard.