Archive for February, 2008

See you in Philly at globalDESIGN – the showcase of exceptional jewelers
Posted on February 11, 2008
globalDESIGN, our international showcase of exceptional jewelers, returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center this week, Friday February 15th through Sunday February 17th from 9am to 7pm. We're just steps away from Buyer's Market of American Craft in room 202 of the Convention Center. And have been for two years. Before then we were in the attached Marriott hotel. Our bigger room in the Convention Center is much better -- more room for schmoozing and socializing and sitting down to view the collections. Our show is very unique; it looks more like a trunk show than a trade show. We offer the fine jewelry buyers an intimate setting to peruse the collections of 20 exceptional jewelry artisans. We serve breakfast and snacks and wine in the evenings. It's a very civilized way... Read More
Jewelry Designer Business e-course — Tips from the Trenches
Posted on February 8, 2008
I've launched a free e-course (that's a class that comes via email!) to help you start the year off on the right foot. Visit our website at and you should see a floating box where you can sign up to receive our free lessons. If you don't see it just send a blank email to: That will hook you up, too. You'll get all 10 lessons in your inbox -- one every other day. Topics include:Lesson 1 -- Marketing is a never-ending processLesson 2 -- Actions in line with goalsLesson 3 -- Tell them what to thinkLesson 4 -- There's no such thing as buzz killLesson 5 -- Don't make it hard to find youLesson 6 -- Sales trumps design every timeLesson 7 -- Follow instructionsLesson 8 -- Manners MatterLesson 9 -- Experimentation is good and... Read More
Handmade at NYGift Show – designer report
Posted on February 6, 2008
Traffic at the Handmade section of the NY Gift Show was slower than last year, said many, but the popular designer lines still had a good show. And we had fun visiting with so many great friends. Trends spotted at the show: GREEN Jewelry is gaining a real toehold in our industry (see early post on Fair Jewelry Summit) and the latest to take the concept and run with it was Cynthia Gale of GeoArt. Her new Go Green campaign was attracting a lot of attention. That's Cynthia on the right.                          Another great green initiative is Julie Bergstein's (on the left) new locket collection for her eponymous line Just Jules. She combines vintage lockets, watch fobs and other trinkets... Read More