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Remembering Janel Russell, creator of Mother and Child Jewelry

Remembering Janel Russell, creator of Mother and Child Jewelry

Motherhood defined much of Janel Russell’s life, b...

Sandy Jones jewelry career comes full circle

Sandy Jones jewelry career comes full circle

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Forbes reports trillions of dollars of gold contained in earth’s oceans

Forbes reports trillions of dollars of gold contained in earth’s oceans

Good luck getting it

In search of gold? Looking for the next gold rush? The oceans are a good place to look, however, it's not as easy as panning for gold.

Ocean waters around the world contain about 20 million tons of gold in them. When I say "in" tha...

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JIS RELOCATES 2017 OCTOBER SHOW TO FT. LAUDERDALE

JIS RELOCATES 2017 OCTOBER SHOW TO FT. LAUDERDALE

ANNOUNCE S $250,000 INVESTMENT TOWARDS CUSTOMER SUCCESS

Norwalk, CT (September 22, 2017) – Set to open in just over two weeks the JIS October 2017 Show will relocate to Ft. Lauderdale after receiving news from the Miami Beach Convention Center that it w...

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Tom Cook Jeweler celebrates 125-year milestone

Tom Cook Jeweler celebrates 125-year milestone

Florida retailer announces 125 Days of Celebration

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) – There are not many businesses in Daytona Beach, FL over 100 years old, let alone 125, but that’s what Tom Cook Jeweler is celebrating this year. The jewelry retailer has announc...

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ASHI introduces responsive version of I DO Collection micro-website

ASHI introduces responsive version of I DO Collection micro-website

Free micro-website designed to help you maximize bridal sales

(NEW YORK) - ASHI is delighted to announce the latest release of the responsive version of the I DO Collection Bridal Store micro-website. If you have an existing I DO Collection micro-websi...

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Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight - Part 3

Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight - Part 3

Part III - Richter & Phillips, Cincinnati, OH

As W.C. Fields once famously said, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”

Since its settlement in 1788, the city of Cincinnati has been called many things; “Queen City of the West,” the...

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Forbes reports trillions of dollars of gold contained in earth’s oceans

3 DAYS AGO
Forbes reports trillions of dollars of gold contained in earth’s oceans

Good luck getting it

In search of gold? Looking for the next gold rush? The oceans are a good place to look, however, it's not as easy as panning for gold.

Ocean waters around the world contain about 20 million tons of gold in them. When I say "in" that is meant literally, there is gold in ocean water...

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Jewelers for Children announces 2017 Hope for the Holidays Program

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Jewelers for Children announces 2017 Hope for the Holidays Program

Hallmark produces cards designed by Make-A-Wish® children  

Jewelers for Children (JFC), the industry’s charity, has unveiled their 2017 Hope for the Holidays program. The program includes holiday greeting cards produced by Hallmark from the designs of children representing Make-A-Wish® America. The p...

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JIS RELOCATES 2017 OCTOBER SHOW TO FT. LAUDERDALE

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JIS RELOCATES 2017 OCTOBER SHOW TO FT. LAUDERDALE

ANNOUNCE S $250,000 INVESTMENT TOWARDS CUSTOMER SUCCESS

Norwalk, CT (September 22, 2017) – Set to open in just over two weeks the JIS October 2017 Show will relocate to Ft. Lauderdale after receiving news from the Miami Beach Convention Center that it would be unavailable to host the event due to statu...

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WJA Jewelry Night Out 2017 to host events in 25 cities on Sept. 14

18 DAYS AGO
WJA Jewelry Night Out 2017 to host events in 25 cities on Sept. 14

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) will host its fifth annual WJA Jewelry Night Out on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. The festivities will kick off in the early evening in 25 cities throughout the United States: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Birmingham, AL; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Da...

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Tom Cook Jeweler celebrates 125-year milestone

3 DAYS AGO
Tom Cook Jeweler celebrates 125-year milestone

Florida retailer announces 125 Days of Celebration

(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) – There are not many businesses in Daytona Beach, FL over 100 years old, let alone 125, but that’s what Tom Cook Jeweler is celebrating this year. The jewelry retailer has announced plans to recognize its milestone with 125 Days ...

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24 Karat Club SEUS announces new officers, board of directors

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24 Karat Club SEUS announces new officers, board of directors

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States introduced their new officers and board of directors at their forty-third annual Banquet in August at the Atlanta Country Club. Leading the organization for the next two years are:

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ASHI introduces responsive version of I DO Collection micro-website

3 DAYS AGO
ASHI introduces responsive version of I DO Collection micro-website

Free micro-website designed to help you maximize bridal sales

(NEW YORK) - ASHI is delighted to announce the latest release of the responsive version of the I DO Collection Bridal Store micro-website. If you have an existing I DO Collection micro-website then the responsive update with new theme and o...

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Authentic Gem Imports new website offers instant prices, details, over 10,000 product pictures

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Authentic Gem Imports new website offers instant prices, details, over 10,000 product pictures

With a new powerhouse website ( www.shopagi.com ) that offers a comprehensive search database of over 6,000 certified loose diamonds, calibrated melee, ear-studs, tennis bracelets, gemstones, pearls, semi-mounts and finished jewelry, Authentic Gem Imports (AGI) is ready to take the custom jewelry busi...

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Furry friends on the job: Waylon - Michael’s Jewelry in Fremont, Nebraska

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Furry friends on the job: Waylon - Michael’s Jewelry in Fremont, Nebraska

This is Waylon the golden retriever. Every day Waylon gets to go to work at Michael’s Jewelry in Fremont, Nebraska.  He is less than a year old, and currently serving as an intern in the customer service department. Let’s all wish Waylon a long and fruitful career in the jewelry industry!

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Furry friends on the job: Aggie - Gerberman Jewelers, El Campo, Texas

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Furry friends on the job: Aggie - Gerberman Jewelers, El Campo, Texas

Meet Aggie the cocker spaniel. Aggie serves as the guard dog at Gerberman Jewelers in El Campo, Texas. She joins Ben Gerberman every day at Gerbermans where she also loves to greet all the customers and usually gets a belly rub from them! Both of Ben’s sons went to Texas A&M University - that ma...

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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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