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Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

Dorothy Lee Thrift Burke, 90, co-founder of Burkes...

AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

The Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) and Georgia...

Jewelers of America names 2015 GEM Awards winners

Jewelers of America names 2015 GEM Awards winners

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Elisa Ilana’s Lollies Collection has something for everyone

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AISociety AiCertify-2015 debuts with a Global Valuation Standard

The AISociety - Appraisers International Society (AIS) began live and self-study global, online, offerings of AiCertification™2015 at the start of Feb...

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(CINCINNATI) - The Cas-ker Company has released the eighth edition of its Tools and Supplies for Jewelers and Watchmakers. The new edition comes with a...

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Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

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Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

Dorothy Lee Thrift Burke, 90, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, Virginia - a family owned and operated fine jewelry and repair store - died on December 31, 2014.

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AISociety AiCertify-2015 debuts with a Global Valuation Standard

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The AISociety - Appraisers International Society (AIS) began live and self-study global, online, offerings of AiCertification™2015 at the start of February with the live, AiResidence sessions of its 5-course series of Valuation Appraisal courses to AIStandard v4.0 for gems, jewelry, watches and othe...

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AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

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AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

The Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) and Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) wish to invite all retail jewelers and vendors to the 2015 annual co-hosted Convention at Marriott’s Grand National Resort & Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika, Alabama.

The educational program features industry s...

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Take a proactive approach to jewelry retailing

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OJA seminar to offer sales techniques, JA certification opportunity

The Oklahoma Jewelers Association (OJA) invites retail jewelers in Oklahoma and surrounding states to attend a seminar developed to enhance sales techniques targeting today’s multiple generations of jewelry buyers.

Lynn Baldwin and Darc...

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Bulova celebrating 140th anniversary in 2015

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Esteemed watchmaker commemorates 140 years of consistent creativity and innovation

(NEW YORK) - Since 1875, Bulova has been renowned as a force for innovation in timekeeping, known for its dedication to creativity, artistry and craftsmanship. In 2015, to mark 140 years of impressive achievements and a...

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Cas-Ker Company releases 8th edition catalog

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(CINCINNATI) - The Cas-ker Company has released the eighth edition of its Tools and Supplies for Jewelers and Watchmakers. The new edition comes with an expanded collection of equipment from it’s seventh edition release in 2013, and contains new reference material for watchmakers and jewelers to make...

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GIA to issue revised Colored Stone and Pearl Reports

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(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA has announced, effective Feb. 1, they began issuing revised Colored Stone and Pearl Reports and launched Report Check enhancements. The revised reports feature improved gemstone images and language that reflects the most current gemological terminology. Report Check for color...

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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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