Hot colors for 2009

There are always a flurry of discussion at the beginning of the years about the new hot colors will be for 2009. Pantone http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/pantone.aspx?pg=20634&ca=10 has selected the color Mimosa, a warm, engaging yellow.

Color of 2009

Color of 2009

Jewelry trend watcher, Cynthia A. Sliwa, states the limitations of this color for many people based on their general skin tone. http://www.jckonline.com/blog/750000275/post/1200037920.html?nid=3684

I will be watching the streets of Cincinnati for the arrival of this color!

Mimosa in fashion

Mimosa in fashion

De Vroomen

De Vroomen Enameled Pin

De Vroomen Enameled Pin

The following article is copied from the De Vroomen Web site.

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Leo de Vroomen is recognized today as one of the world’s most prestigious designers of bespoke jewelry. Born in Holland during the Second World War, Leo was the youngest of eight siblings and the family tulip growing business was long since spoken for.

From an early age he dreamed of a more artistic life, a world away from farming. Following his apprenticeship in The Hague and qualifying as a Master Goldsmith in Switzerland he came to London in 1965.

Whilst lecturing in jewelry design at the Central School of Art and Design (now Central St. Martins) he met Ginnie, his future wife, design partner and muse. This successful relationship resulted in the formation of De Vroomen Design.
Interest from top retailers in the UK and the US ensued. The company expanded rapidly and the distinctive De Vroomen style gained an international reputation. It received many accolades including twice the coveted De Beers Diamonds International Award. De Vroomen also holds the 2001 Award for Best in Design, Haute Couture, the “Oscar” of the jewelry industry, presented in Phoenix Arizona.

In 1991, in recognition of De Vroomen’s uncompromising pursuit of the highest standards in craftsmanship and design the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths presented an exhibition of jewelry by De Vroomen in London’s prestigious Goldsmith’s Hall, the ultimate accolade.
In June 2002 Leo de Vroomen decided to focus on his own retail outlet and opened an elegant boutique in Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street, London SW1.

The shop provides a showcase for the collection as well as offering a bespoke design service for customers seeking jewelry that is personal and exclusive. Many will make an appointment with Leo to discuss the item they might like to buy from the collection or to explore the possibilities of having something designed especially for them. Either option is a most enjoyable process and will very likely take place whilst enjoying a glass or two of bubbly.

De Vroomen’s strong sculptural forms make a clear individual statement, encapsulating elegance and sophistication.

Each De Vroomen piece is a work of art made by the finest craftsmen with exquisite attention to detail.

I am deeply passionate about my jewelry. To create something innovative, dynamic and beautiful without compromise is always exciting. But the real pleasure comes from seeing it worn by the right woman with confidence and pleasure”.

If you want to learn more about this artist, go to his website: http://www.devroomen.co.uk/Home.aspx

We need others opinions and help!

This is a great perspective on why we need other peoples help, published in “InStore Magazine, November 2008”

Reading the future

Reading the future

The Losing Hand of Playing Solitaire

I USED TO PLAY a lot of solitaire. Over time, I learned I was playing a game designed to make me lose. There was no way to tell from the hand whether the next cards would fall properly. There was only luck, and the game was designed to keep me playing, and keep me losing.

Now I’m in another game, this one called retail. And I have a real tool that is almost never used by retailers, a tool I should use more often. You see, in solitaire, you play alone. In business, you have a tool that helps you predict what will be hot, prevent losses, figure out what displays are working, even judge which media to use. That tool is other people.

You haven’t noticed them yet? They are on your staff and reading all the magazines you don’t have time to read. They are cutting your hair and would love to talk about their jewelry. They are your best customers, brought together for lunch and a discussion.

Still want to play solitaire? Trust me, you’ll lose.
Jeff McCandless has been in retail management for 30 years and is now general manager for J.E. Caldwell’s Center Valley, PA, store. E-mail him at mcjeff@aol.com.

Marriage Proposal Ideas

Marriage proposal ideas: #1 Do it outside…the proposal that is.. pack a 5 star, upscale picnic with champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and other such gourmet luxuaries. If you have one, go to one of your favorite natural spots for the picnic. Present her with a list of 100: unique things that you have done together, inside jokes, favorite moments, etc. After she has eaten the delicious meal and read the list, she will be like putty in your hand….. Pull out the ring and ask her if she will be yours forevor

– Marriage proposal ideas: #2 Do something special to a momento that you have from one of your dates. i.e. Frame a movie ticket stub from the first movie you went to together. Go back to the place where you had your first date. Reminisce about all the good times you’ve had together since you’ve started dating. Present her with the momento and talk about how you’ve had so many adventures together and how you never want that to end. After she’s squealed over the momento and how thoughtful you are, pull out the ring and pop the question. This will be a night that she will remember forever and you will look like one, romantic stud.

– Marriage proposal ideas: #3 Have a t-shirt printed up that says “The next Mrs. _______ (insert your last name).” Cook a romantic dinner at home for her. When the timing is right after dinner, tell her you bought something for her. Present the t-shirt (which should be elegantly wrapped up in a gift-box). As her eyes are bulging over as she reads the tshirt, pull out the ring and ask away.

– Marriage proposal ideas: #4 Take her to your childhood neighborhood. Show her some of the special spots that you loved growing up. At the last spot, get down on one knee and propose. Have a fabulous evening planned following the proposal

"Current" antique style engagement ring

"Current" antique style engagement ring

Wittlesbach Diamond

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London–A 35.56-carat blue diamond broke through the financial gloom on Wednesday, setting a new world record price for a diamond sold at auction.

The deep grayish-blue gem, known as the Wittelsbach Diamond, sold for $24.3 million at Christie’s “Jewels: The London Sale,” topping the previous record of $16.5 million set by the sale of a 100-carat diamond in Geneva in 1995.

International jeweler Laurence Graff, of Graff Diamonds, snapped up the gem, outbidding Aleks Paul of Essex Global Trading, a professional of Russian origin based in New York.

The sale also sets a new world record price for any jewel sold at auction.

Francois Curiel, chairman of Christie’s Europe and auctioneer for the sale, said, “In the midst of these challenging times, we were thrilled to achieve a historic price for a historic diamond.”

Officially known as “Der Blaue Wittelsbacher,” the roots of this stone can be traced back to the 17th century.

In 1664, King Philip IV of Spain (1605-1665) included the diamond as part of the dowry of his daughter, Infanta Margarita Teresa (1651-1673), when she became engaged to Leopold I of Austria (1640-1705), a man who later became the Holy Roman Emperor.

The diamond subsequently became part of the Austrian and then the Bavarian crown jewels.

It has been part of a private collection since 1964; Wednesday marked its first offering to the international market in nearly 80 years.

Overall, “Jewels: The London Sale,” realized $27.2 million–including the $24 million Wittelsbach sale–and sold 55 percent by lot and 89 percent by value.

Other notable sales included a Belle Epoque diamond necklace/tiara dating back to 1900, purchased by the U.K. trade for $339,978, and a Cartier Art Deco diamond bracelet dating to 1930, also purchased by the U.K. trade, for $81,936.

A guide to a “green wedding”

I found this article and thought it was a good source of information for couples interested in planning an environmentally “sensitive” wedding.

http://tailoredweddingdresses.wordpress.com/2008/12/05/committing-to-love-and-the-earth-a-guide-to-green-weddings/

Krombholz Jewelers is creating a new line of jewelry with ecology in mind, Renewed Jewel. These jewels are created using a majority of recycled elements without effecting the quality that Krombholz is known for.

Man tries to pay bill with spider drawing

Man tries to pay bill with spider drawing

Friday, November 14, 2008
19 days 8 hours 23 minutes ago
By ninemsn staff

Below is the complete email conversation that Adelaide man David Thorne claims he had with a utility company chasing payment of an overdue bill.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.19pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Overdue account

Dear David,
Our records indicate that your account is overdue by the amount of $233.95. If you have already made this payment please contact us within the next 7 days to confirm payment has been applied to your account and is no longer outstanding.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles
From: David Thorne
Date: Wednesday 8 Oct 2008 12.37pm
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,
I do not have any money so am sending you this drawing I did of a spider instead. I value the drawing at $233.95 so trust that this settles the matter.

Regards, David.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 10.07am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Overdue account

Dear David,
Thankyou for contacting us. Unfortunately we are unable to accept drawings as payment and your account remains in arrears of $233.95. Please contact us within the next 7 days to confirm payment has been applied to your account and is no longer outstanding.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles
From: David Thorne
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 10.32am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,
Can I have my drawing of a spider back then please.

Regards, David.
From: Jane Gilles
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 11.42am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Overdue account

Dear David,
You emailed the drawing to me. Do you want me to email it back to you?

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles
From: David Thorne
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 11.56am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Overdue account

Dear Jane,

Yes please.

Regards, David.
From: Jane Gilles
Date: Thursday 9 Oct 2008 12.14pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Overdue account

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From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 09.22am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Whose spider is that?

Dear Jane, Are you sure this drawing of a spider is the one I sent you? This spider only has seven legs and I do not feel I would have made such an elementary mistake when I drew it.

Regards, David.
From: Jane Gilles
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 11.03am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Whose spider is that?

Dear David, Yes it is the same drawing. I copied and pasted it from the email you sent me on the 8th. David your account is still overdue by the amount of $233.95. Please make this payment as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles
From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 11.05am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Automated Out of Office Response

Thankyou for contacting me. I am currently away on leave, traveling through time and will be returning last week.

Regards, David.
From: David Thorne
Date: Friday 10 Oct 2008 11.08am
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?

Hello, I am back and have read through your emails and accept that despite missing a leg, that drawing of a spider may indeed be the one I sent you. I realise with hindsight that it is possible you rejected the drawing of a spider due to this obvious limb ommission but did not point it out in an effort to avoid hurting my feelings. As such, I am sending you a revised drawing with the correct number of legs as full payment for any amount outstanding. I trust this will bring the matter to a conclusion.

Regards, David.

From: Jane Gilles
Date: Monday 13 Oct 2008 2.51pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?

Dear David, As I have stated, we do not accept drawings in lei of money for accounts outstanding. We accept cheque, bank cheque, money order or cash. Please make a payment this week to avoid incurring any additional fees.

Yours sincerely, Jane Gilles
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 13 Oct 2008 3.17pm
To: Jane Gilles
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?

I understand and will definately make a payment this week if I remember. As you have not accepted my second drawing as payment, please return the drawing to me as soon as possible. It was silly of me to assume I could provide you with something of completely no value whatsoever, waste your time and then attach such a large amount to it.

Regards, David.
From: Jane Gilles
Date: Tuesday 14 Oct 2008 11.18am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Whose spider is that?

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Wobbly market drives record Q3 gold demand

Just Like You Design Cobblestone bands

Just Like You Design Cobblestone bands

Reprinted from article published in National Jeweler November 24th, 2008

London-As Lehman Brothers collapsed and bank fears grew in recent months, investors worldwide seeking safe havens turned to gold, with dollar demand for the metal reaching all-time records in the third quarter of 2008, according to a new report from the World Gold Council (WGC).

“Gold Demand Trends,” released last week by the WGC, said dollar demand for gold hit $32 billion in the third quarter, up 45 percent from the second quarter ,as  investors and jewelry buyers around the globe flocked to plunk down their money on the metal.

WGC CEO James Burton said gold enjoyed both a surge in investment and an increase in consumer demand in the third quarter, a trend he sees continuing amid the ongoing worldwide economic turmoil.

“Looking forward, giving the uncertainty that surrounds the global economy, gold’s safe haven appeal should continue, but so too will the possibility of heightened levels of activity in the speculative side of the gold market,” he said. “Therefore it is too soon to call an end to market volatility.”

Identifiable investment demand, which includes demand for gold through exchange traded funds (ETFs), bars and coins, was the No. 1 reason for the increase in demand, which rose to $10.7 billion, double what it was at the same time last year.

Gold ETFs experienced a record quarterly inflow of 150 tonnes, with peak inflows occurring in late September, triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers and general fear of bank failures.

In addition, the figures, compiled independently by GFMS Limited for the WGC, showed retail investment demand rose 121 percent in the third quarter, with strong bar and coin buying in the Swiss, German and U.S. markets.

Europe reached a record-demand level of 51 tonnes of bar and coin buying and France became a net investor in gold for the first time since the 1980s.
On the consumer side, demand reached a record $18 billion, with buyers returning to the market with per-ounce prices hovering at or below $800.

India lead the pack with a 65 percent rise in consumer demand in value terms for gold compared to the previous year, and a 31 percent increase in tonnage.
Demand in China rose 40 percent in value and 18 percent in tonnage and in the Middle East, consumer demand rose 47 percent in value and 15 in tonnage.
Despite lower prices, Western retail markets remain soft, with demand in the United States falling 9 percent in value terms and 29 percent in tonnes, and the United Kingdom down 5 percent in value and 26 percent in tonnes.

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior

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A book review of “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior”  By Dan Millman

Every day I wake up with the potential to achieve outstanding accomplishment and then I open my eyes and the day hits. Dan Millman’s fictional story, based on his spiritual journey during his college years, brings an understanding to the self created “road blocks” that stops all of us from doing what we have the potential to do.

Peaceful Warrior was recommended to me by a friend of my daughter, whom I had given one of my favorite books, Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.” The Peaceful Warrior tells the story of a college athlete who was very successful, but had a feeling something was wrong or missing. As I read the book, something in this story began to resonate with me.

Based on “the law of surrender”, I came to realize how much stress I was creating by resisting my Cincinnati jewelry store’s natural ups and downs. A peaceful warrior is a person who is ready for action, but exists in a centered physical posture. Not pushing forward or leaning backward. Not living in the past or in the future, but in the moment. A current example of this for retail jewelers is learning to thrive in a less than booming economy. A peaceful warrior doesn’t spend time complaining about a current downturn, but takes that same energy and directs it toward business opportunities. He relates the understanding that “stress happens when the mind resists what is.” “Proper posture is a way of bending with gravity, Dan. Proper attitude is a way of bending with life.”

I found the story telling style of Dan Millman very entertaining as well as meaningful. At one point, the main character, Dan, has a near fatal motorcycle accident. His doctors declare his athletic career over. His mentor, Socrates, relates a story.

“An old man and his son worked a small farm, with only one horse to pull the plow. One day, the horse ran away. ‘How terrible,’ sympathized the neighbors. ‘What bad luck.’ ‘Who knows whether it is bad luck or good luck,’ the farmer replied. A week later, the horse returned from the mountains, leading five wild horses into the barn. ‘What wonderful luck!’ said the neighbors. ‘Good luck? Bad Luck? Who knows?’ answered the old man. The next day, the son, trying to tame one of the horses, fell and broke his leg. ‘How terrible. What bad luck!’ ‘Bad luck? Good luck?’ The army came to all of the farms to take the young men for war, but the farmer’s son was of no use to them, so he was spared. ‘Good? Bad?’

Writer and inventor, Isaac Bashevis Singer, wrote “Life is gods novel, let him write it”. I try to remember that every morning when I look into the mirror and begin to plan my day. In this changing business environment, I believe all jewelers could benefit by being peaceful warriors and operating their businesses with a renewed since of inner power and confidence.

About the reviewer:

Lee Krombholz is a third generation owner and president of Krombholz Jewelers in Cincinnati, Ohio. His advertising agency gave him the title “visionary” which is appropriate because he lives in a world of anticipating the future of business and style.

Lee is also self proclaimed “geek” enjoying all to do with computers. He is an award winning CAD jewelry designer and produces his own line of jewelry under the brand name of Just Like You Designs.

Lee is currently the President of the Ohio Jewelers Association.

Saving the Earth One Jewel at a Time

Renewed Jewel commission

Renewed Jewel commission


Local Jeweler Among First in Nation to Combine

Jewelry Design and Recycling

“Going green” is a phrase most businesses are using today, and typically refers to recycling paper, cardboard or other materials and conservation of energy.  Krombholz Jewelers of Montgomery has taken the “green” movement to a new level and is one of the first jewelers in the nation to place a significant emphasis on earth-friendly practices in the design of jewelry.

For 68 years, Krombholz has specialized in the design and creation of fine jewelry as well as the redesign and remanufacturing of customers’ family heirlooms. They are one of a few area jewelers who actually create custom jewelry in house from start to finish.  Recently, Lee Krombholz, owner and lead designer, has seen an increase in customer requests for earth-friendly jewelry practices, including the re-use of existing gemstones and metals.  “We realized that this is an important form of recycling, with zero ecological impact since no new mining is required,” Krombholz notes.

There are two main ways that new jewelry can be created using ‘recycled’ materials. If a client has an existing piece of jewelry (perhaps one that is in need of repair, no longer fits, or is an outdated style) it can be disassembled so that the components can be fashioned into something new. Another way of jewelry recycling involves Krombholz securing previously-owned gemstones and metals from wholesalers or estates and using those to create the new piece.  When using existing jewelry and materials and updating them to create a new piece, “we renew the life span of these often beautiful pieces so that another generation can enjoy them,” according to Krombholz.

The concept of recycling jewelry is being further developed through a new Krombholz brand, Renewed Jewel. This brand takes parts of antique and estate jewelry and recreates them using Krombholz’s nationally famous, award-winning design skills.  As a further incentive for clients, Krombholz offers a recycling credit in the form of a gift certificate for future purchases. To be eligible, a client purchase or redesign project must be at least 50% recycled or include previously-owned gemstones and metals.

While Krombholz Jewelers has been working to minimize its carbon footprint through recycling and other more traditional methods for years, this innovative new initiative is attracting attention in the jewelry community and beyond.  “While one jewelry store’s ecological practices might not change the world, we are looking seriously at ways to do what we can to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Krombholz.  For more information about Renewed Jewel, contact Lee Krombholz at 513.891.1930 or visit www.krombholzjewelers.com.

For more information about this release, contact

Betsy Zelek – betsy zelek marketing services – 513.702.2732 – bzms@zoomtown.com