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Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

The potential sale of De Beers's London HQ offers a rare glimpse inside the mining giant, from subterranean vaults to a rooftop helipad.

Number 17 Charterhouse Street, a fortress in the heart of London, has been De Beers’s headquarters since 1979, but...

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MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

The 2017 MJSA Expo may have been cut short by one day, thanks to a looming blizzard, but that didn’t stop the show’s attendees from getting the full “Expo experience.” The industry’s longest-running show dedicated to professional jewelry making and d...

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Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, has grabbed two honors in the 2017 JCK Jeweler’s Choice Awards. Now in its tenth year, the awards are given in multiple categories. Both of Lafonn’s wins are in the “Lab Grown Gemsto...

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ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI is excited to launch the 2017 Lovebright Collection Book for all of their retail partners to share with their customers. ASHI reports the positive feedback they have received from their retailers, and the overwhelming desire to ignite and promot...

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Diamond shipping scam impacts 20-plus diamond wholesalers

Diamond shipping scam impacts 20-plus diamond wholesalers

Since November, an estimated 20 or more diamond vendors from across the country have been contacted by phone - in many cases with repeated calls - by what a number of industry members and authorities suspect is an organized group of individuals submi...

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Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

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Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

The potential sale of De Beers's London HQ offers a rare glimpse inside the mining giant, from subterranean vaults to a rooftop helipad.

Number 17 Charterhouse Street, a fortress in the heart of London, has been De Beers’s headquarters since 1979, but the street has been its home since the 1930s. At ...

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An emerald with a history goes to auction

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An emerald with a history goes to auction

In the auction world, there are few things more fascinating than the journey of a gem through the hands of the rich and famous. The Stotesbury Emerald, which will be included in the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on April 25, is one such stone.

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MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

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MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

The 2017 MJSA Expo may have been cut short by one day, thanks to a looming blizzard, but that didn’t stop the show’s attendees from getting the full “Expo experience.” The industry’s longest-running show dedicated to professional jewelry making and design, MJSA Expo had been scheduled to run for thr...

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Stuller hosts mini conference for jewelry group

7 DAYS AGO
Stuller hosts mini conference for jewelry group

Leading Jewelers Guild visits global headquarters

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller recently partnered with the Leading Jewelers Guild (LJG) to host a one-day conference at its global headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana, giving members of the guild an entire day of education and networking.

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Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

1 DAY AGO
Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, has grabbed two honors in the 2017 JCK Jeweler’s Choice Awards. Now in its tenth year, the awards are given in multiple categories. Both of Lafonn’s wins are in the “Lab Grown Gemstone” category, further anchoring the brand’s positi...

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Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

29 DAYS AGO
Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

(RALEIGH, N.C.) - The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Kirk as Executive Director, effective immediately. The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Kirk will be an excellent steward of NCJA’s goals and an advocate for North Caro...

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ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

15 DAYS AGO
ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI is excited to launch the 2017 Lovebright Collection Book for all of their retail partners to share with their customers. ASHI reports the positive feedback they have received from their retailers, and the overwhelming desire to ignite and promote their store’s diamond sales, has been extremely ...

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ASHI launches the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes

21 DAYS AGO
ASHI launches the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes

Announces winner of #LovebrightValentine Sweepstakes

(NEW YORK) - ASHI is excited to launch the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes, to kickoff the wedding season for its retail partners. Retailers will be able to attract bridal shoppers to their stores, through various social media platforms, and let every bride...

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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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