Archive for April, 2008

Revere Jewelry Academy Offers Scholarship
Posted on April 30, 2008
For the second year, the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts  in downtown San Francisco will offer a complete scholarship for a 3-day class to the winner of its new scholarship contest. The winner can chose from about eighty short classes offered each year in a range of subjects, including fabrication, design and setting. The scholarship contest is open to anyone who has not attended the Revere Academy before. The winner receives full tuition plus airfare from anywhere in the U.S. as well as lodging, and kit fees.Applications call for a statement of why the applicant wants to attend the Revere Academy and examples of previous artwork or handwork in any medium. The Academy will accept on-line applications from May 1 to October 1, 2008 and the winner will be announced November... Read More
Judging the World Gold Council’s Blue Ribbon Collection – Contest and Publicity Event in One
Posted on April 16, 2008
[seen in photo is just ONE of three tables worth of jewelry to judge] A few weeks ago I was invited to be on the World Gold Council's Blue Ribbon Panel to choose their juried collection for the year. The collection is published in a beautiful catalogue distributed to American retail buyers during Vegas market week, as well as via direct mail throughout the year.  The call goes out to all designers to apply -- and they had a lot of takers. See the photos -- it seemed like there was a mile of entry trays to get through! That's a lot of jewelry to review and evaluate in a short amount of time. The panel consists of editors and trade folks like me. It was a daunting task to rate more than 150 collections. But I learned a lot. I knew most of the applicants (about 7 out of... Read More
On Facebook yet? We Just Started a Group so Join Us
Posted on April 8, 2008
So... are you on Facebook? Linkedin? Any social networking sites? According to recent reports there's more than just kids on these networking sites. A BusinessWeek article entitled "Fogeys Flock to Facebook" says: Facebook, the online hangout for college kids and recent graduates, is growing up. The site has amassed an audience of 33 million Web users, initially by catering to well-scrubbed kids who use the social network to nudge their friends, share photos, and swap music tips—all while consuming ads from Gen Y brands like Apple, Jeep, and Red Bull. Lately, an influx of older users—professionals in their 30s and 40s, many in high-tech—is changing the face of Facebook. Among Silicon Valley executives, journalists, and publicists, Facebook has become the... Read More
See You In NYC at MJSA Expo next Monday, April 14th
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Join me for some great brainstorming and networking at the MJSA Expo in NYC next Monday, April 14th... we're sure to come up with something that can make a difference for you in your business right now. I'll be on two panels during their education sessions: MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2008  9:30 – 11 A.M. M1:  75 Business Tips in 75 Minutes Panel Cindy Edelstein, Jeweler’s Resource Bureau; Chris Ploof, Chris Ploof Designs; Mark Shipman, Rio Grande; and Andrea Hill, Hill Management. Moderator: Rich Youmans, MJSA. Business knowledge can be less than riveting, but when it’s delivered in 60-second sound bites, you’ll find yourself truly engrossed! Business experts will give you power-packed, solid business advice you can apply and benefit from right away. This panel is... Read More
Deadline for WJA DIVA Design Contest Online Entries is April 18th
Posted on April 5, 2008
For the second year in a row the Platinum Guild International is the sponsor of the Women's Jewelry Association's DIVA competition will celebrate the cool beauty of platinum. One category adds the excitement of natural color diamonds, too. See the website for the 5 categories you can enter (online) with either a rendering or a finished jewel. New this year is our online entry system -- which only has 1 requirement. You must enter a specifically sized digital image of your design. It's easy. Don't let techo-phobia keep you from entering! For information please contact DIVA Competition Chair, Cindy Edelstein at 914-738-8485 or [TIP: Design competitions help you garner free publicity for your name, business and designs. Take every opportunity you can to... Read More
Couture Pavilion Hosts High Tea for Editors
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At the JA NY Winter Show a few weeks ago we had a great time organzing a High Tea for editors and industry VIPs. It was a great event where over 70 Couture show designers debuted their new Spring Picks for the crowd. Most of the items were on display for the editors while many more were in the handout. Trends that emerged were: Rose golddangling earringsbig gemstone pendantsfloral themesbrushed metalhammered textures Couture and the Couture Pavilions is the destination for high-end jewelry design and is the perfect confluence of the best brands shopped by the best retailers in the best environment.  Colored diamonds were also seen often -- browns, champagne, pink, yellow and some greens and blues, too! The Natural Color Diamond Association brought along a great... Read More
Ethical Jewelry Handbook Now Available
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Reflective Images, a designer jewelry firm, announces the free Ebook for the jewelry trade entitled:  THE ETHICAL JEWELRY HANDBOOK:  A Resource Guide for the jewelry sector wishing to adopt exceptional standards and radical transparency:  Fair, Responsible, Ecological (FRE) System. The book provides articles and information for those in the jewelry sector wishing to be more ecologically and socially responsible in their business practices.  It is also a handbook which explains how any company can implement the FRE System, which offers customers a detailed insight into the supply chain, from the mine to the showroom, for all components of every finished piece of jewelry the company sells. FRE empowers customers to make decisions based on a product’s: F=... Read More