Archive for January, 2009

NY Gift Show Held Optimism for Jewelers – Jewelry Trends Focus on Black, Airy and Natural
Posted on January 28, 2009
It wasn't all doom at the NY International Gift Show this week at the Javits Center. While recent reports from a lot trade shows were depressing more people I spoke to yesterday were pleasantly surprised. Perhaps expectations were set SO low that any news was good news but still and all, I spoke with designers who see this as a time for the good guys to "hold on" and treat their customers well and make smart, conservative choices in their business management. Odd statement for "artists" to make, huh? But these were sound, rational unpanicked conversations.What a welcome relief!Now don't get me wrong, no one was whooping it up but they weren't crying in their beers, either.The retailers that attended (while small in number) seemed cautious but... Read More
Call for Entries – Jewelry Business Development Grant by Halstead Bead
Posted on January 20, 2009
Deadline: June 17, 2009 Award: $6,000 in start-up cash and materials No entry fee required Application details at www.halsteadbead.com/grant Halstead Bead, Inc. is calling for entries to its fourth annual Business Development Grant competition for new American jewelry designers entering the bridge jewelry trade. The grant will be awarded to a winning candidate in August. All finalists will be eligible for a mentorship program that matches new designers with established and successful jewelry entrepreneurs. The Halstead Bead Business Development Grant differs from other jewelry industry competitions and awards because of its emphasis on business skills. Entrants must demonstrate not only extraordinary design, but also a strong business strategy. Designers utilizing a wide... Read More
See you in Tucson during GemFair for Designer Business Workshops and Consulting
Posted on January 18, 2009
Ah, Tucson in February -- great weather, great things to see at the dozens of gem and bead shows and now, great education, too! We're bringing our unique designer business workshops to Tucson this year -- Feb. 4-6 -- to help designers gain valuable insights and skills to go along with their new materials and components. First time in Tucson, we usually do this in NYC, and first time we're hosting so many in a row.Join us for one, two or all seven classes -- your choice -- at the historic Manning House downtown near the Convention Center. The Manning House show is bead-centric but our classes are not. It's just a beautiful, convenient location that was offered to us.Each class is $95 or $80 each for two or best of all, $70 each for three or more. Register on the... Read More
Fashion Group Nominates Fine Jewelry Designers for Rising Star Award
Posted on January 6, 2009
Every year the Fashion Group International (FGI) salutes eight outstanding individuals recognized for innovation, creativity and accomplishment in Accessories, Beauty/Fragrance Corporate, Beauty/Fragrance Entrepreneur, Home/Interior Design, Fine Jewelry, Men's Apparel, Retail, Women's Apparel.This year nominees include Stephanie Albertson (one of our globalDESIGN designers you can see in February in Phili), Ariane Zurcher for Ariane Zurcher Jewelry,  Danielle & Jodie Snyder for Dannijo Jewelry,  Darcy Miro for Darcy Miro Metals Shop and Ivanka Trump for Ivanka Trump Collection. The winner is announced in January at their event. This Stephanie Albertson cuff is part of her newest rosecut Mosaic Collection that showcases a palette of colored gems in each... Read More