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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at JCK with a Gold MacBook Giveaway to one luck retailer and an Anniversary Collection.

To enter to win, retailers must complete an entry form (whil...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not...

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PhotoScribe jewelry inscription service now operating exclusively from IGI

(NEW YORK) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI) – creators of diamond laser inscription, Laserscribe - has announced that jewelry inscription service, PhotoScribe, will operate solely from the Institute’s New York laboratory.

PhotoScribe las...

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

When Michou Jewelry founder Michele Sonner thinks back, the seeds of a relationship began over a decade ago, when Michou unveiled the first pieces in its One-of-a-Kind collection.

Michou Jewelry has always been a gem-focused line, thanks to Sonner’s e...

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Retailer Roundtable: What was your best store promotion?

Retailer Roundtable: What was your best store promotion?

Q: What was your best store promotion?

“For a number of years we’ve held a VIP event and an 11-Hour Sale usually scheduled after Thanksgiving Day and before early December. The VIP event is like a customer appreciation event in that we cater to our to...

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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at JCK with a Gold MacBook Giveaway to one luck retailer and an Anniversary Collection.

To enter to win, retailers must complete an entry form (while supplies last) at Lafonn’s JCK booth #B19179 bet...

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JA offering Certification exams at JCK Las Vegas

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(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is offering its renowned Sales and Management Professional Certification exams at the JCK Show. In 2015, the number of jewelry professionals who completed JA Professional Certifi...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not to miss JCK Las Vegas 2016 (Friday, June 3 - Mond...

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GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

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GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair will return to New York City on Monday, July 25, 2016. Dozens of gem and jewelry companies will be looking to hire skilled and motivated professionals at every career stage. The free event is expected to draw crowds similar to last year’s event in New York, which attracted ...

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PhotoScribe jewelry inscription service now operating exclusively from IGI

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(NEW YORK) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI) – creators of diamond laser inscription, Laserscribe - has announced that jewelry inscription service, PhotoScribe, will operate solely from the Institute’s New York laboratory.

PhotoScribe laser inscription service specializes in laser engrav...

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Rio Grande announces winners of 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award

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Rio Grande announces winners of 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award

At a celebration dinner held May 15 during the Santa Fe Symposium® in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande announced the winners of the 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. Through rigorous judging, a panel of judges chose first- and second-place winners in each of six competitive categories, as w...

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

When Michou Jewelry founder Michele Sonner thinks back, the seeds of a relationship began over a decade ago, when Michou unveiled the first pieces in its One-of-a-Kind collection.

Michou Jewelry has always been a gem-focused line, thanks to Sonner’s early training as a gemologist, which instilled a d...

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry debuts new Spring Collection

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry debuts new Spring Collection

(PLOVER, Wis.) - Dazzling Paws Jewelry has announced a large expansion of their original dog themed sterling silver jewelry collection. The new product line debuts a grand assortment of styles ready for spring.

Myra Westphal, company President, created these pieces with the sunny seasons in mind. “Our...

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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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