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Own a Mini-Jewelry Business

5 Jun

Own a Mini-Jewelry Business

If you've always thought it might be interesting to have your own jewelry business, then companies like Lia Sophia might be an option to consider for you. Sort of set up along the same lines as other multi-level marketing companies like Tupperware and Mary Kay, they offer a way for jewelry lovers to sell jewelry through their company.

From the Lia Sophia web site: lia sophia is a fashion jewelry company committed to our mission to connect women to their dreams. We do this by offering our Advisors, Hostesses and Customers an extensive line of high quality products, an unparalleled opportunity to own their own business and an incredible Lifetime Replacement Guarantee. With this philosophy, lia sophia continues to show its commitment to creating relationships for life.

Today the business operates with the same energy, excitement and enthusiasm as when it was founded more than 30 years ago. With a mission still rooted in family, lia sophia is run by the second generation of the legendary Kiam Family of Remington Razor fame.

They seem to have a pretty wide assortment of jewelry styles, from beaded to metal. Though I couldn't find any specifics about what exactly each piece is made of, still, some good eye candy.

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Jewelry School Scholarship

20 May

Jewelry School Scholarship

Jewelry students looking to get a little more cash for tuition may be interested in this scholarship offered by the MJSA Education Foundation. The deadline is approaching fast though:

The MJSA Education Foundation Jewelry Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from students enrolled in tool making, design, metals fabrication, or other jewelry related courses of study at accredited colleges, universities, or nonprofit technical schools in the United States.

Criteria for the awards, which range from $500 to $2,000, include course of study, career objectives, samples of work where appropriate, financial need, jewelry industry experience, academic achievement, and recommendations.

For detailed information and an application, visit the scholarships section of the Rhode Island Foundation Web site at www.rifoundation.org or send self-addressed envelope to: Libby Monahan, The Rhode Island Foundation, One Union Station, Providence, RI 02903, indicating the name of the scholarship. The application deadline is June 1.

Atlanta Jewelry Show Success

5 Mar

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Here is some good news to report about the Atlanta Jewelry show. Looks like it was a success. This is good to hear because I know many shop owners travel a good distance to shows like this to stock up on jewelry merchandise and related gift items. If shop owners are happy, that means good news for the entire jewelry industry.

Here are a few details from National Jeweler:

While show organizer the Southeastern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) doesn't release actual attendance figures, executive director Carol Young said show attendance through Sunday was up 8 percent over last year, and she expected it to be up by 9 percent overall. There were about 30 more vendors this year than last, with the show growing from 500 to 600 exhibitor booths, in what Young called the largest spring show ever held."

Some of the jewelry items that shop owners were restocking included wedding and engagement rings; watches; charm bracelets; white and yellow gold chains; and diamond pendants and solitaires.

GIA Hosts Jewelry Career Fair

2 Feb

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I've posted a number of times about the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Looks like they are trying to boost their class rosters:

From Diamonds.net: "Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will host the gem and jewelry industry's recruiting events in two venues this year, the GIA said in a press release on January 28. The first Jewelry Career Fair will take place in New York City on July 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second recruitment event will take place two months later on September 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at GIA headquarters in Carlsbad, California.

Job seekers at GIA's Jewelry Career Fair will acquire contacts, career development information, industry knowledge, career Coaching sessions, workshops, and résumé reviews.

The 2006 fair marks the GIA's 16th year of hosting the recruiting event which is specifically tailored to the gem and jewelry industry. In 2005, over 2,000 job seekers attended the fair and nearly 100 companies participated. Representatives from Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, Fortunoff Fine Jewelers, Zale Corp., and Christies have all participated in previous career fairs."

Find out more: "GIA To Hold Jewelry Career Fairs, Launches Online Demo"

Beader Finds Niche at Home

18 Jan

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Another SAHM finds her niche with beads. Seems like there are a lot of stories like this these days, but this one is a little different. Instead of concentrating on just selling her finished beaded jewelry, Molly Neumeyer has turned her hobby into a " job" where she teachers others to make jewelry:

From " Beading is her other baby:" Now the 31-year-old Neumeyer, of Loveland, is the owner of Blue Tulip Beads and is sharing her skill at creating the jewelry, made with sterling silver and glass beads, with others through adult community education classes at area high schools and the University of Cincinnati's Communiversity.

"I really enjoy teaching the classes the most," Neumeyer says. "People are genuinely excited to learn, and it's fun to get them started and see them enjoying it. It's rewarding to give women a fun hobby."

For her, it's the perfect balance between being a mom for 2-year-old Jack and running a business."

Jewelry Design School & Competition

13 Jan

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I often receive emails from people who'd like to design jewelry some day, on a large scale. If you are interested in seriously studying jewelry design, then I suggest looking around at some serious design schools. For example, there's the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). They offer a number of degree programs, including one in Metals and Jewelry. Per the school's website:

" The undergraduate program promotes a thorough understanding of the fields of metalwork and jewelry while allowing students to explore avenues of specialty through electives. Students build a vocabulary of design and technical competencies while learning to manipulate a wide range of tools and materials. The curriculum provides a foundation of traditional jewelry and silversmithing techniques in combination with new technologies, concept development, electronic design and rendering, as well as production methods. Students prepare a portfolio of work, a résumé and other promotional materials for presentation to potential employers, galleries or graduate schools."

SCAD is also in the jewelry news right now because they are cosponsoring a design competition with The Southern Jewelry Travelers Association. Find out more about it at " Third annual design competition to be held at Atlanta Jewelry Show."

Jewelry Industry Resource

8 Jan

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A " BIG" thank you to andrea from Guyot Brothers for sending me a copy of Women's Wear Daily, along with a sampling of some fun jewelry charms. I got onto the WWD web site and discovered a wonderful jewelry resource: a freebie invitation to Jewelry W.

Unfortunately, it looks like I won't get my first issue of this quarterly publication until March, but okay, I can wait….or at least, I'll have to! Bummer….

They also had some freebie web newsletters available on the WWD site, and you can register for free for access to classifieds, executive moves, event calendar listings, and the educational directory. Otherwise, you need to be a subscriber for most of the other information on the site. An on-line subscription goes for $99.

Jump on the Jewelry-Web Bandwagon

30 Dec

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The time may be right to open up your own jewelry web store. According to a press release from comScore.com, luxury goods, including jewelry, were way up this past year:

" Retail Jewelry and Luxury Goods sites grew faster than any Internet category in November 2005, according to the latest monthly analysis from comScore Media Metrix. While many retail subcategories saw significant growth thanks to the start of the holiday shopping season, Jewelry and Luxury Goods led the list of top gaining categories with 39-percent growth over October 2005, yielding 16.4 million visitors in November."

Read more:
Jewelry, Luxury Goods Turn to Gold for Online Retailers This Holiday Season

Vegas Jewelry Shows Expand

29 Dec

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Las Vegas is known for its night life and the motto " whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." But, for jewelry lovers and those in the jewelry business, there's a lot more glitter in Vegas than casino streets signs and show-girls' costumes. Vegas is home to Las Vegas market week, when jewelry vendors flock to the city to buy, buy, and well, buy more jewelry. There are shows all over town, and recently, a new show has been added to the list:

" The Las Vegas International Jewelry Show, slated for June 2-5 at Mandalay Bay's convention center, expects to draw 300 to 500 vendors. The show plans to offer a service called "Speed Shopping," allowing buyers to work with a concierge to go directly to the vendors that carry goods they might be interested in.

The show will also host a celebrity jewelry contest, inviting attendees to match up baubles by jewelry houses like Tiffany, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels with celebrities who have worn the pieces. Retailers who correctly make a match will win the privilege of borrowing a celebrity jewelry collection for an in-store promotion."

For more information, contact Arnold Duke at (301) 212-9220 or visit: www.lvijs.comRead more: New jewelry show added to mix in Vegas

Jewelry Bridges the Generation Gap

10 Dec

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As some one who makes jewelry and has taught (jewelry-making and English), this kind of story from Penn State Live warms my heart:

" Penn State art and art education students recently shared their skills and gained valuable teaching experience when they taught a jewelry-making class to residents of The Village at Penn State.

The Penn State students guided a class of 15-20 Village residents in making pendants and necklaces using wire-wrapping techniques. Lauren Stetz, a senior art education major and president of the Penn State student chapter of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA), initiated the volunteer opportunity so students could apply their artistic and pedagogical skills while working with the elderly."

If you've thought of a career in the jewelry industry but sales don't interest you, then maybe a career as a jewelry art teacher might be more to your liking. Check Google and other search engines for institutions that offer programs in art education.

Read more: " Students teach jewelry-making to Village at Penn State residents"