Archive for 2009

Photos you can use on your jewelry blog without breaking the law…
Posted on September 14, 2009
Getting serious about blogging? Want to blog about more than your own work? Love fashion so you want to comment on fashion designers and their trends?Read this article on the Fashion Bloggers blog and learn how to find and use other people's images correctly!"Sure there are loads of bloggers who lift images from other sites, but due to copyright infringement laws, they may be breaking the law, and vulnerable to lawsuits. Yuck. So which images can you use? "  Jennine Tamm of Independent Fashion BloggersImage by Digital Sophia ... Read More
Scholarship App Ready to Revere Academy’s Jewelry Masters Symposium 2010
Posted on September 4, 2009
This scholarship honors Mort Abelson, who was instrumental in promoting the American designer jewelry movement. The winner receives all expenses paid (tuition, fees, transportation and lodging) in San Francisco for any class during Revere Academy's annual Masters Symposium, April 2010.To see more about the Masters Symposium classes available, go to Alan Revere and Cindy EdelsteinENTRY DEADLINE: December 1, 2009 11:59 pm (MST)ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to anyone in the United States and Canada. Jurors will be looking for an individual whose work exemplifies original, innovative, high quality jewelry design.TO APPLY: Online application through (CAFE) at... Read More
Robert Lee Morris awarded for his lifetime achievement in silver jewelry designs
Posted on September 3, 2009
 Silver Marketing International (SMI) has honored Robert Lee Morris with the prestigious “Designer of Distinction” award. Celebrating Morris’ 40 years of unsurpassed artistry in silver and his 11 years as one of QVC’s premier jewelry designers, the award was presented at QVC in West Chester, Pa. on Saturday, August 29th.   The ceremony, which was in conjunction with Morris’ QVC appearance in the Sterling Designer Gallery broadcast was led by Michael C. Barlerin, director of the SMI.   “There could not be a more appropriate recipient of SMI’s inaugural ‘Designer of Distinction’ award than Robert,” Barlerin said. “His work over the years reflects the forefront of jewelry as wearable art.  While Robert has earned... Read More
Who’s Driving Twitter’s Popularity? Not Teenagers –
Posted on August 27, 2009
Twitter is a mini-typhoon of marketing chatter bringing with it a lot of real and perceived value. I'm getting the hang of it and can see its' potential and other jewelry folk like Michael Schechter of Honora Pearls and Daniel Gordon of Samuel Gordon Jewelers have really captured its power.It starts with a few self-promotional tweets and it can move on to regular communication with key customers or vendors and even twitter-based promotions like tweetups (live meetings amongst twitter fans) and scavenger hunts for your customers with jewelry prizes. There's a lot here - and it could mean good business.Who’s Driving Twitter’s Popularity? Not Teenagers - Another reason that teenagers do not use Twitter may be that their lives tend to revolve around their... Read More
QVC Sterling Designer Preview Event – inperson AND on TV
Posted on August 26, 2009
Guess I never thought about it since I'm too far away but I think it's cool to actually go to QVC to meet the designers and watch the tapings. This Friday is a BIG day for them ... the Sterling Designer Event with so many key designers and the meet and greet is on Friday Aug. 28th at 7:00 to 8:30 PM ET. The shows start with Robert Lee Morris at midnight  --  here's a link to the whole schedule.I hear Robert will be given a very special award by the Silver Institute during his show. I'll be cheering from my couch!The roster of designers includes some of our friends and favorites like the team at Anthony Nak, Elizabeth Rand, Elizabeth Showers, Barbara Bixby, Carolyn Pollack, Seidengang and so many more.Guess I'll be watching QVC all weekend!Go to... Read More
Jewelers to take part in Fashion’s Night Out
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Fashion's Night Out, a five-hour global shopping fest aimed at getting consumers out and purchasing, now counts more than 700 retailers and designers on the event list, and while apparel brands make up the bulk of the participants, the jewelry industry isn't slouching.And it's not just the big players getting in on the action. Along with Cartier, Tiffany, Yurman and Van Cleef are savvy smaller designers who think broadly about their brand exposure.Donna Distefano will debut a new suite of jewelry exclusively featuring fair trade gems and recycled gold. Visitors to her 20th Street atelier will get a chance to hear from fair trade gems expert and former Tiffany and Co. Vice President Marissa Harvey about the intricacies and importance of fair trade initiatives, while enjoying... Read More
Should a designer’s website be written in 1st or 3rd person?
Posted on August 25, 2009
About pages in 1st or 3rd person: A compromise — Art Biz Blog. The 1st person v. 3rd person discussion for About pages on web sites can be a tough one for me to balance with my web design clients since artists’ sites are often light on the amount text they include. Google, an important “target audience” to consider, uses the plain (HTML) text to understand a web site. If an artist’s name appears only in a graphic logo it may be highly beneficial to incorporate the full name into the text on several pages within the site or the site may be invisible to people searching for the artist by name.Read more of Alyson Stanfield's advice. ... Read More
Unemployment Can Lead to Entrepreneurship –
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Interesting Article in NYTimes today about entrepreneurship. Down economies give more people the opportunity to start something of their own.I think it's true that when the status quo is good (at your old job) you just may not have the drive to start your own thing. But when you're kicked out of the nest, so to speak, you learn quickly how well you can fly.Maybe less true for artists? You tell me if you needed to be kicked out of the nest or did you leap? Leave us a comment....Unemployment Can Lead to Entrepreneurship - Others among the unemployed are taking the entrepreneurial route. The most recent Index of Entrepreneurial Activity by the Kauffman Foundation showed a slight uptick of new businesses in 2008 — a full recessionary year — over 2007. An average... Read More
Giveaways: How to do it…successfully
Posted on August 20, 2009
Just found this helpful blog - The Accounting Spot Online. Great for smallish design entrepreneurs - especially those with ecommerce sites.This blog entry gives you a few tips on how to run your own online Giveaways. Great way to pump up some PR and gain new potential customers.Holly also offers great simple accounting tools and templates -- again, best for smaller designers with less precious materials. Bigger/finer jewelry designers will probably need more extensive tracking tools. But these are a great start! ... Read More
Centurion Emerging Designer Awards application extended to Aug. 31
Posted on August 19, 2009
The Centurion Show -- an exclusive hosted fine jewelry event held each year in Tucson -- has extended the application for it's Emerging Designer Awards till Aug. 31st.The Centurion Emerging Designer Awards gives 3 up-and-coming designers the opportunity to introduce themselves at Centurion, in a shared space at the event Jan. 31- Feb. 2, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.Judging will be done by a panel of established industry designers who will be looking for a balance between creativity, originality, function, production quality, craftsmanship/skill and the ability to sell in high-end stores.Full details and the entry form can be found at: ... Read More