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Parker’s Karat Patch carves out big local niche

Parker’s Karat Patch carves out big local niche

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Southern Gates® Jewelry launches exclusive collection with Biltmore®

Southern Gates® Jewelry launches exclusive collection with Biltmore®

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) - Jewelry design and wholesale f...

Libby Brown, the perfect fit to lead the Atlanta Jewelry Show

Libby Brown, the perfect fit to lead the Atlanta Jewelry Show

My mom always said, “Raise a child in the way he s...

Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

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Travis Piper, the $1 Million Man

Travis Piper, the $1 Million Man

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Thief in NYC gold bucket heist tells of escape to Ecuador

Thief in NYC gold bucket heist tells of escape to Ecuador

It was broad daylight in midtown Manhattan when Julio Nivelo spied the prime opportunity of his decades-long career in crime – the Super Bowl, as he called it, of get-rich-quick heists. A large black pail sat in the back of an armored truck, unmonito...

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Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

The annual Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Thursday, May 31, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red ...

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Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

The Plumb Club is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: Wilkerson and CH Hakimi.  These two companies will complement the Association’s nearly 50 members, representing over 100 brands and will join the other important and leading compa...

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Kelly Waters launches fashion jewelry line inspired by Italian design

Kelly Waters launches fashion jewelry line inspired by Italian design

Bella Cavo Collection to debut at Jewelers Summit and Atlanta Jewelry Show

(BOSTON) - Kelly Waters, an industry-leading manufacturer of high quality fashion jewelry, has recently launched a new collection inspired by Italian fashion and design. The Bel...

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Thief in NYC gold bucket heist tells of escape to Ecuador

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Thief in NYC gold bucket heist tells of escape to Ecuador

It was broad daylight in midtown Manhattan when Julio Nivelo spied the prime opportunity of his decades-long career in crime – the Super Bowl, as he called it, of get-rich-quick heists. A large black pail sat in the back of an armored truck, unmonitored, as oblivious New Yorkers hurried past, its tw...

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24K Club SEUS accepting applications for 2018 scholarships

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24K Club SEUS accepting applications for 2018 scholarships

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States (SEUS) is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted for multiple scholarships. Individuals employed in the jewelry industry for a minimum of 2 years, currently working in the industry and holding residence in the following states ...

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Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

6 DAYS AGO
Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

The annual Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Thursday, May 31, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red Rock Valley, or a less strenuous, street level bik...

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American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ Tucson 2018 increases buyer company attendance by 10%

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American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ Tucson 2018 increases buyer company attendance by 10%

(TUCSON, Ariz.) - The 36th edition of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™ Tucson 2018, held annually at the Tucson Convention Center, came to a close on Sunday, February 4. AGTA reported an increase in buyer company attendance by 10%, representing over 90 countries, who flocked to expl...

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Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

13 DAYS AGO
Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

The Plumb Club is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: Wilkerson and CH Hakimi.  These two companies will complement the Association’s nearly 50 members, representing over 100 brands and will join the other important and leading companies that exhibit in the Plumb Club Pavilion at th...

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ASHI announces winner for latest Lovebright Sweepstakes

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ASHI announces winner for latest Lovebright Sweepstakes

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds has announced the winner of their Lovebright Sweepstakes. Among all the retailers that participated in the Sweepstakes, Bohland Jewelers from Ashland, Ohio had the highest number of participant entries and the winner was randomly selected from their customer participation l...

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Kelly Waters launches fashion jewelry line inspired by Italian design

6 DAYS AGO
Kelly Waters launches fashion jewelry line inspired by Italian design

Bella Cavo Collection to debut at Jewelers Summit and Atlanta Jewelry Show

(BOSTON) - Kelly Waters, an industry-leading manufacturer of high quality fashion jewelry, has recently launched a new collection inspired by Italian fashion and design. The Bella Cavo Collection - which takes its name from the...

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Revolutionary new eLUXE3D scanner unveiled

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Revolutionary new eLUXE3D scanner unveiled

Traditional 3D scanning technology was no match for detail-rich pieces that the jewelry industry demands. It was time consuming and didn’t provide accurate and timely data that is required for the modern jewelry CAD designer. 

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Furry friends on the job: Ned from Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News

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Furry friends on the job: Ned from Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News

Say hello to Ned. He is the 3-year-old Australian Shepherd of Chris Smith, publisher of Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News . While Ned drops in at the office from time to time, he generally works from home. We’d love to have Ned come in every day, but we’ve already got a full time office dog here (Ho...

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Furry friends on the job: Kujo at Jewels and More in Youngstown, Ohio

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Furry friends on the job: Kujo at Jewels and More in Youngstown, Ohio

This is Kujo. Kujo is a Chocolate Lab/Pit Bull mix that goes to work every day with his human Raj Ingle at Jewels and More in Youngstown, Ohio. Gentle and well-mannered, Kujo is adored by Raj and his customers. Some customers drop by the store in the morning to bring him breakfast, kids ask if he ca...

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

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Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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The Marketing Minute: Pricing Strategy

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Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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Rebecca Shemwell’s Quilted with Love stretches across the world

Shemwell-MarchSix years ago Rebecca Shemwell had an epiphany. While traveling abroad on business for Tracy Pearls, Inc., images of children in need deeply touched her. From orphans to below-poverty level kids, the realization that these children were alone in world stirred something in her. In 2003 she started Quilted With Love (QWL), a philanthropic organization whose sole purpose is to deliver hand-made crib-sized quilts to children in need around the world.


Wanting to provide the children with a sense of security and show them that someone cared, Rebecca pulled from her own experience as a mother of two. Her children, now 24 and 17, had security blankets as toddlers. So she contacted local quilting guilds and found enough volunteers to produce the first installment of quilts. The next time she headed to China she carried 50 baby quilts with her.

 

Word of mouth has spread and, now, donated quilts arrive regularly. Some even show up on her door unannounced. Rebecca's mother, a quilter herself, enlisted the help of her guild in Alabama. In addition, many other guilds in the southeast have donated their time and talents to produce these handmade works of love.
(image above: Rebecca Shemwell, founder of Quilted With
Love and owner of Tracy Pearls, has traveled the world
delivering quilts to disadvantaged young children.)


And each time Rebecca travels she carries, on average, 50 quilts. Children across the globe have benefited from receiving these warm gifts of love. From Hong Kong to Guatemala, Bethlehem to Guangxi Province, Rebecca or one of the QWL volunteers makes sure to take quilts with them. In 2007, Tim Roark Imports delivered quilts to a Nairobi children's home. Even Rebecca's competitors have become involved. Richard's Pearls, based in Tennessee, also participated by taking quilts to India.


American children aren't immune to needy circumstances either. When Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast, QWL was there sending handmade quilts to displaced children. QWL recognized that the needs of children know no physical boundaries, cultural barriers or societal status.


"It's funny," states Rebecca, "but I've discovered a big cultural gap in the concept of a security blanket. Other countries don't have anything like it. Only in the U.S. do we understand how significant a blanket can be to a small child. I explain the idea to the social workers I meet at each facility, but it usually takes a few minutes before they fully understand that the quilts are not just for warmth. And they are confused by the idea that we want nothing in return. It has taken a lot to convince them that this is truly a gift - nothing more."


The psychology behind a security blanket is interesting. According to an article written by Fawn Fitter in "Psychology Today," "Children who are both insecurely attached to their mothers AND attached to their blankies seem to adjust better to anxiety-producing situations." For these children the security part of the concept is very real. The article also cites that, "the blanket promotes play and exploration," which is something Rebecca had to teach the children.


"I had to show the kids how to use their imagination to magically transform their blanket into a super hero cape or a tent or whatever they wanted it to be. They had no concept of using it for play."


Today, Rebecca is eager to spread as much warmth as she can across the world via QWL. She looks for volunteers who travel abroad and are willing to take blankets. She connects with people who do mission work or travel for business. Just recently, while on a World Pilgrim trip to Palestine, Rebecca convinced the tour guide and fellow attendees to venture off the beaten path to the SOS Children's Village where she hand delivered blankets to the children living there.


"Out of all the things I do, it moves my heart the most to see a child's face light up when I say, ‘This is for you.'"


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