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Join me in the Windy City in April
Posted on April 8, 2015
Ready for the Windy City?  April 16 -19th -- Join me for several days of seminars, one-on-one consults and lots of networking   I'll be in Chicago for the Smart Show and have added several other events so I can work with you. I hope you'll join me if you're in the Windy City any time from Thursday through Monday. List of Events: 4/16 @ 10am  One-on-One Consults to be booked 4/16 @ 1pm    Tips & Tricks Marketing Seminar for Designers* 4/16 @ 6pm    Insights Into the Designer World & WJA Networking presentation**   4/17 @ 11am   One-on-One Consults to be booked 4/17 @ 2:30     Smart Show:  Using Customer Types to Sell More  Jewelry 4/17 @ 5pm     Cocktails @ Riva Crab House (until 7:00) 4/18 - 20      ... Read More
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Get noticed in Cindy’s TrendTracker on NationalJeweler.com
Posted on March 29, 2015
Every week we showcase a theme and 10-20 designs that fit the theme for retailers. I am having so much fun with my weekly TrendTracker column on NationalJeweler.com. I'm always looking for submissions -- it's is a great way to show your jewelry to the world. If you're a jeweler who wholesales your work to retailers then please feel free to pitch me your work! Here's what I need: images shot on a white background full description w/suggested retail and your URL Sent to me via dropbox or email to info [at] jewelersresource [dot] com   I don't have time for email back-and-forths so if you don't have it all in one email I probably will have to skip you. And if you send too... Read More
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MJSA Vision Awards Call for Entries
Posted on February 8, 2015
Since its first winners debuted at the 1992 Expo New York, MJSA's annual Vision Awards competition has showcased outstanding jewelry design. In 2014, MJSA revamped the program, adding new categories and expanding to focus beyond just design to the business of design  -- to great success.  The deadline for 2015 submissions is April 2. MJSA ensures the Vision Award winners receive the recognition they deserve by promoting their triumph through the industry's leading publications, which in 2015 will include INSTORE, Metalsmith, and the association's own MJSA Journal. In addition, the winning entries will be on display for thousands of buyers and exhibitors during the March 2016 MJSA Expo New York, the largest and oldest trade show in the U.S. dedicated to professional... Read More
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Halstead Grant is Calling for Entries
Posted on February 5, 2015
New jewelry artists working primarily in silver are invited to apply for the 2015 Halstead Grant. The winner will receive $5,000 in cash for their business start-up, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, and recognition in the industry. Applications are due June 9, 2015. Eligible jewelers should have launched their businesses within the last one to three years. All design techniques are welcome including metalsmithing fabrication, casting, metal clay, wire work, or beading. The competition is open to US citizens with studios in the country. Complete application details can be found on The Halstead Grant website. Candidates are required to submit a design portfolio, resume, and answers to several business planning questions. Halstead is one of North America’s leading distributors... Read More
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Customer Types for 2015 Gives You a Publicity Boost
Posted on January 24, 2015
Everyone knows a "sexy soccer mom" or a "couture collector," right? And that's why my column, Customer Types, in INDESIGN magazine is so popular. While we all like to think of ourselves as multi-dimensional more often than not our clothes and jewels and fashion personae can be wrapped up in a few clever clichés. Which is great for sales people because it gives them a shortcut to help the customer out finding that perfect give or new self-purchased jewel. My column appears every issues -- 6 times a year -- and this coming April our Customer Types concept will be a central focus at the magazine's sister trade show, The Smart Jewelry Show in Chicago. I also enjoy giving exposure to designers who make beautiful jewels. I only wish I had more than one page per issue so that I... Read More
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