Archive for August, 2012

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Business Advice for Designers Entering the US Fine Jewelry Market
Posted on August 27, 2012
A few months ago Lilian Raji of the Lilian Raji Agency created a very comprehensive series of events in NYC for the government of Quebec's export division featuring 14 fine jewelry designers. The Jewelry Artists of Quebec event was phenomenal --a monthlong exhibition at the beautiful Aaron Faber Gallery that started with a VIP party and press appointments. It was an organizational tour de force and Lilian did an amazing job. I am proud to have been a part of the designers' educational events; we had a terrific business panel with several esteemed colleagues and then I spent two days doing one-on-one consultations with most of the designers. It's my favorite thing to do -- get to know a designer, their inspiration and their work and help them figure out how it should fit... Read More
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2013 Jewelry Trend Forecast with Trendologist David Wolfe by Lorraine DePasque
Posted on August 20, 2012
Lorraine DePasque is one of our most favorite jewelry journalists -- she's been tracking design trends for longer than either of us like to admit (since we're both in our mid-30s you can only imagine that we started in grammar school!). Recently she sat down to talk 2013 jewelry trends with master forecaster David Wolfe of the Doneger Group for INSTORE magazine's new video series. David is one of the fashion industry's most quoted authorities, with international credentials as a fashion, color and trend forecaster. His expertise and entertaining personality keep David in demand as a public speaker and lecturer. Here you can see what David thinks about 2013 jewelry trends ... something we all need to get inspired by!    ... Read More
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Cindy Edelstein Named a Community Choice Honoree in the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards
Posted on August 17, 2012
    Holy Moly! I am so honored to have garnered so many votes -- 2,024 to be exact -- to win one of the top spots in the Community Choice category of the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards. There were 300+ people in my category and some are really BIG fish (Seth Godin, Mari Smith, Peter Shankman, Dave Ramsey, Brendan Burchard, Jonathan Fields, Gary Vanerchuck and more amazing guru's that I love!) so it means even more to me that my community came out in such force to support my nomination. It was fun to see the votes roll in  -- I confess to checking the polls a little too often for someone who professes to be nonplussed -- and it was really humbling to read some of the comments from my business friends and associaites. What means the most to me is that the... Read More
Design Competition Deadlines Coming Up — Niche, Spectrum, DIVA, Palladium
Posted on August 12, 2012
Quick catch-up for designers who like to enter design competitions: Cultured Pearl Association of America's Third International Pearl Design Competition deadlines Sept. 3rd. The AGTA Spectrum Awards deadline is Sept. 21st. The Women's Jewelry Association's DIVA Design Competition deadline is Sept. 21st (WJA also has a category in the AGTA Spectrum Awards, too) Palladium Alliance Design Contest deadline is Sept. 21st. The Niche Awards deadline is September 30th. ... Read More