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24 Karat Club SEUS adds 4 new members

24 Karat Club SEUS adds 4 new members

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States annou...

Jewelry Pie reacts to increased demand for high-end product

Jewelry Pie reacts to increased demand for high-end product

“In the last year Jewelry Pie has seen a large inc...

Goldstein introduces new diamond & ruby ring

Goldstein introduces new diamond & ruby ring

Goldstein Diamonds, an industry leader in GIA cert...

Endless enters 21st market in 20 months, securing New Zealand retail partners

Endless enters 21st market in 20 months, securing New Zealand retail partners

Endless Jewelry has announced they  have secured m...

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Rembrandt Charms® welcomes spring with new charm styles

Rembrandt Charms® welcomes spring with new charm styles

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - This spring, Rembrandt Charms added several fresh new charm styles to their collection, including a Hamsa and Lotus Flower.

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Southeastern Findings/Namano, Jewelers Mutual and JFC team up at Atlanta Jewelry Show to help grant wish

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Southeastern Findings/Namano, Jewelers Mutual and JFC team up at Atlanta Jewelry Show to help grant wish

During the recent Atlanta Jewelry Show, Jewelers for Children (JFC) helped make the wish of 20 year-old Andrew come true, with the help of Gene Callaway and Southeastern Findings/Namano. Andrew’s wish is for a wedding and he and his fiancé Savannah visited the show and picked out wedding rings donat...

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Preferred Jewelers International adds GemShield Jewelry Insurance for Preferred Retailers

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Preferred Jewelers International adds GemShield Jewelry Insurance for Preferred Retailers

Preferred Jewelers International has reached an agreement to offer consumer jewelry insurance through GemShield Insurance Company.

Joe Murphy, Chief Operating Officer of Preferred Jewelers International stated: “The GemShield program is a natural addition for the Preferred Jewelers program. We are ex...

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Texas Jewelers Association announces 2015 Convention dates, plans for JCK Vegas Meet & Greet

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San Antonio will again be the host location for the 2015 Texas Jewelers Association (TJA) Convention.  The event will take place from October 10 - 12 at the El Tropicano Hotel, located directly on the Riverwalk.

The Convention will kick off Saturday evening with a President’s Party, hosted by TJA Pre...

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Amipi to conduct No Bull Buying Camp & Consult Lab at JCK Las Vegas

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Amipi to conduct No Bull Buying Camp & Consult Lab at JCK Las Vegas

Amipi, Inc. is stepping up their “No Bull” philosophy with the introduction of No Bull Buying Camp at the JCK Las Vegas Show at booth #B5378. For the duration of the show, Amipi shall accept GIA certified diamonds for purchase at “around 90% of their selling price of a comparable diamond in stock.”

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24 Karat Club SEUS adds 4 new members

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24 Karat Club SEUS adds 4 new members

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States announced the addition of four new members at their recent membership meeting in Atlanta.

Joining the prestigious organization in 2015 are: Joe Carullo, vice president of marketing and sales for KC Designs; Shelly Schulz, marketing lead - luxury industry, ...

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JBT holds annual elections

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(WARWICK, R.I.) - The Jewelers Board of Trade® is pleased to announce the election of the following Officers and Directors to its Board at the Company’s Annual Meeting and Board Meeting, both held earlier this year.

The Board elected the following Officers and Directors to serve a one-year term as fol...

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Rembrandt Charms® welcomes spring with new charm styles

3 DAYS AGO
Rembrandt Charms® welcomes spring with new charm styles

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - This spring, Rembrandt Charms added several fresh new charm styles to their collection, including a Hamsa and Lotus Flower.

The hamsa is said to bring good luck to its wearer while warding off the evil eye. The lotus flower is traditionally thought of as a symbol for beauty, pu...

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Lafonn introduces 100-facet engagement rings “100 Facets. 100 Dollars. 1 Promise.”

3 DAYS AGO

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, manufacturers of expertly crafted designs in platinum-bonded sterling silver handset with top quality simulated diamonds, is proud to debut its newest collection, CENTO by Lafonn™. Budget-savvy couples can look no further than the Lafonn showcase when shopping for a sparkl...

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The Affair of the Necklace - Romance. Scandal. Intrigue.

There’s something magical about a necklace. Thirteen women in Ventura, CA recently embarked on an adventure that transformed their lives when they collectively purchased a $37,000 diamond necklace. Appearing on “Good Morning America,” they promoted their book “The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives.” Talks for a movie are in the works.

When the perfect strand of diamonds caught Jonell McLain’s eye at the window of Van Gundy’s Jewelers, a spark was ignited. Not one that would normally invest that amount on a luxury impulse buy, Jonell nevertheless couldn’t get the necklace out of her mind. She started thinking creatively. What if some friends were interested in sharing it? A plot was hatched. Thirteen women would share the necklace, each having it for one month - a time-share for jewelry - including Priscilla Van Gundy, the store owner’s wife.

“Jewelia,” the newly-named necklace, would be used for fundraising efforts to support charities. The thirteen women, ages 50-62, discovered a newfound fellowship that deeply touched and transformed each of their lives.

Jewelia re-ignited routine marriages. “It made me feel sexy again.” The necklace was worn for special occasions - “it made me feel like a movie star” - as well as boogie-boarding in Hawaii. It gave a sense of hope, of second chances, of a new life, of rebirth. “I felt alive.” It bonded the women together in unexpected ways. “What had been a symbol of exclusivity became a symbol of inclusivity.”

The story touches a nerve. It taps into the current trends of women buying their own jewelry, of jewelry being used to promote charities and of innovative techniques for people to own a piece of something spectacular - renting designer dresses, handbags and jewelry.

This is not the first story of the transformative value of a special necklace. De Maupassant’s classic “The Necklace” tells the story of a wife of modest means who, craving something more, borrows her neighbor’s diamond necklace for a special party. In a Cinderella moment, she metamorphoses into the belle of the ball. Every eye is upon her.

As she returns home, she is mortified to discover she has lost the necklace! Biting the bullet, she and her husband take out a massive loan, replace the necklace (they are too ashamed to reveal they have lost it), and spend the next decade of their lives working to repay the loan, sinking into a life of drudgery and near poverty. A chance meeting when the loan is finally repaid uncovers an ironic twist. The neighbor reveals the necklace was paste. The couple’s lives had been determined by the unnecessary repayment of a debt which was not due.

A necklace can not only transform the life of an individual or a group, it can even transform a society. “The Affair of the Necklace,” the 2001 movie starring Hilary Swank, reveals the real-life scandal involving Marie Antoinette that helped precipitate the French Revolution. It’s a colorful tale involving romance, scandal and intrigue that could hardly be imagined if it weren’t true!

In 1772 Louis XV commissions a spectacular necklace for his mistress, Mme. du Barry. The Crown Jewelers Broehmer and Bassenge take several years to assemble a world-class collection of large diamonds and fashion them into a magnificent elaborate design. Unfortunately, Louis XV’s untimely death almost bankrupts the jewelers who have not yet been paid for the piece.

Enter Jeanne de La Motte-Valois, an orphan who, fighting to restore her name and place in society, hatches a plot to sell the necklace to Marie Antoinette. Jeanne collaborates with Cardinal Prince Rohan, an out-of-favor courtier. The fascinating plot involves a famous mystic, Count Cagliostro, romantic intrigues - including Jeanne’s affair with the Cardinal - and secret meetings with mistaken identities.

Although Marie Antoinette ultimately refuses the necklace (perhaps she did not want a piece designed for another woman, and a mistress at that!), she becomes embroiled in the widely publicized trial which further tarnishes her reputation, already weakened by gossip and scandal. The resulting strain on the monarchy hastens its collapse... the French Revolution.

So the next time you put that special necklace in your display case, think for a moment. How will this transform someone’s life? The truth may be magic.

Mia Katrin is an award-winning, internationally celebrated couture jewelry designer, specializing in one-of-a-kind and limited edition high-end necklaces with precious gems in 18-24 karat gold and platinum. Her Collections, which have been worn by A-List Hollywood celebrities, are featured in many top galleries and stores throughout the country, where she regularly hosts Trunk Shows. Contact Mia via her website, http://jeweljewel.com, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (877) JEWEL-MY.


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