Archive for June, 2008

Jewelry Designer Business Education — Live Events Coming Soon
Posted on June 21, 2008
We've been very busy this year with our online initiatives for designer business education -- this blog our free ecourse (sign up for it by sending a blank email to our free discussion group (send blank email to free e-newsletter Tip of the Week (sign up from our homepage) and of course, our content-rich member's only portion of our site which has several hundred savvy designers subscribed Coming in the second half of the year is a brand new website that will help consumers and retailers source your work, an affordable web developer package if you don't have your own website yet AND an affordable advanced custom website that is fully e-commerce enabled. This is all happening... Read More
Designer Jewelry Business Processes, Checklists, Systems
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I've had an interesting day here at the Jeweler's Resource Bureau... several consulting sessions in one day. When I work with clients one-on-one like this I definitely get "in the zone" when we're brainstorming. Ideas, connections and lessons just start spilling over and I'm dying to figure out a way to share those spur-of-the-moment pearls with the rest of my clients, website subscribers and blog readers. So here goes.... I'm going to throw out some ideas to see what percolates with you. Please add your thoughts to the comments section, if you're so moved. A lot of our topics today circled around the idea of check lists, procedures and timelines for specific tasks you have to perform all the time. Like getting ready for a trade show. Not just the packing list but... Read More
Another Essay Contest to Use for Self-Promotion
Posted on June 20, 2008
Tell Real Simple Magazine how you started your business or got your biggest order...or something else profound and win editorial ink and some cash, too. You can email your essay -- deadline is Sept. 9th. Go for it -- you never know! ... Read More
Jewelry Salesgal at Saks finds a New Way to Sell More Jewelry
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She must have been the most popular sales gal at the Saks Fifth Avenue jewelry counter. According to the June 19th New York Post, a former Saks saleswoman is set to stand trial today on charges she stole more than a million dollars from the posh chain's Manhattan flagship store - a small fortune she's accused not of keeping, but passing along to customers. Read story here...... ... Read More
Martha Stewart Dreamers to Doers Contest – Show off your Entrepreneurship
Posted on June 17, 2008
Jewelry Designers have a great opportunity to enter a contest that awards their smarts rather than just their  designs. You could win up to $10,000 as part of Martha Stewart Living's second annual Dreamers into Doers Awards --and appear on "The Martha Stewart Show"! From May 2nd - July 11th, we're accepting entries from anyone who has turned a dream into reality, just as Martha did when she published her first book, "Entertaining."  It sounds easy, you just send a 250 word essay telling them how you've turned a dream or hobby into a career. Be sure to include photos of your project or business. 1 grand-prize dreamer will win $10,000 to expand her business and Vacation for a Lifetime with Wyndham Vacation Ownership 10 inspiring finalists will... Read More
Trends from Couture designers — #1 gem slices
Posted on June 13, 2008
Large, flat gemstones cut in slices was one of the most fun trends seen at this year's Couture. Designers set all kinds of stones from diamonds in an array of colors to colored stones both transparent and opaque. Here's the first of probably many images...... Pippa Small's bracelet of brightly colored flat cut stones of  Carnelian and Pink Tourmaline. And here's a set of diamond slice stacking rings by Melissa Joy Manning -- a huge hit at the show. ... Read More
Seal at Couture – a Private Concert for the Best in the Jewelry Industry
Posted on June 6, 2008
The opening night party of the Couture show featured a private concert by SEAL. He was at the show with Mouawad who produces his wife Heidi Klum's jewelry line -- and a new line by Seal, too. I swear, he was singing just to me most of the time! What a great concert... it kicked off the show with energy and sex appeal. The exhibitors at Couture continued that vibe for the next six days. Most of the designers in the show rocked, too. I'll share some trends in future posts. ... Read More
Tantalizing Party by Tanzanite Foundation & Erica Courtney & Stephen Webster
Posted on June 5, 2008
So many parties and events happen during Las Vegas Market Week. We'll try and show you as many as we can. One eveing Erica Courtney and Stephen Webster teamed up with the Tanzanite Foundation for a tantalizing party at Couture 2008 to showcase both phenomenal designers' tanzanite collection. Many wonderful designers, editors, and stylist sipped on their “Tanzatini” while admiring the one of a kind collections! It was a great schmoozefest. Just another party that helped make this year's Couture the star event of the jewelry industry. ... Read More
Town&Country Couture Design Awards Celebrate A Wide Variety of Talent
Posted on June 4, 2008
The 13th annual Town&Country Couture Design Awards is a major highlight of the Couture event. This year the voting system included an online first round of judging that let nearly 5000 people view and vote on the 168 applicants. WOW! Talk about viral marketing. After the first round online 80 designs were chosen to be displayed onsite at Couture. Show attendees made the final votes during the first 3 days of the show. Winners and finalists were announced at a fab party at Blush on Friday evening hosted by Jim Taylor, publisher of Town&Country. As Couture's consultant for the designer sector I was particularly pleased (read: out-of-my-mind happy) to see that many awardees were smaller, independant designers. This underscores that  great design is born at Couture... Read More