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Saturday, December 29, 2012

2nd Annual "Future of Design" Business Incubator Contest for Jewelry Designers

ANNOUNCING: The Second Annual
Future of Design Business Incubator Contest for Jewelry Designers
Produced by
Jeweler’s Resource Bureau & StrategyWerx
Are you the worlds next sensation? A talented jewelry design'preneur
that is going to take our industry by storm?

This is the only competition evaluating both
your designs and business plan
 and offers you the opportunity to win a HUGE industry-wide prize package 


Described as a game changer, the Future of Design Business competition seeks to discover, promote and catapult the next great jewelry designer into the market.
Applications begin NOW and the winner will be selected during a “Shark Tank”-like live presentation at MJSA Expo New York in NYC on March 12, 2013. 

Submissions include our business plan-like application, marketing materials and visuals of your jewelry line. The application includes an in-depth questionnaire that teaches you about strategy and marketing planning along the way -- and gives you plenty of time to compose your answers.
The deadline is January 21st -- and you will need several days to complete your application, say last year's finalists.
Applicants will be judged on their business concept, market feasibility, saleability and aesthetic impact. The winner will be the "total package" destined for greatness.

This is an unprecedented competition with a vast level of industry participation, unique judging process and a dream prize package.

Do you have what it takes?
Read more and learn about the application process

Every entrant gets feedback and advice from the judges

     Six semi-finalists win:
  • a mentoring date (by phone if in-person isn't possible) with one of our Dream Team designers
  • a feature on

     Three finalists also win:
  • trip to NYC to participate in the finale

The winner also receives:
  •  sales training, consulting on strategy, financials and technology by StrategyWerx
  •  a booth in globalDESIGN showcase for execptional jewelers in Feb. in Philly
  •  a suite of marketing products from Jeweler's Resource and free membership to JRB's Inner Circle
  •  a booth in the Designer Showcase at the JA NY Show in July
  •  an ad campaign in INDESIGN magazine
  •  photography and ad campaign creation by RSP Media
  • Inclusion in a Jewelry Information Center media tour
  • JVC's Patriot Act Compliance Kit and legal compliance coaching
  •  mentorship by all the judges
  •  promotion and publicity throughout the process
  •  more prizes to be added as new sponsors are secured!
  • Application process opens NOW
  • Application deadline is midnight PST January 21st
  • You can work on your online application in a stop-and-start fashion till Dec. 1
  • Winner selected March 12, 2013
    • It's a business contest, not just a design contest
    • The application process walks you through critical business strategies
    • Every applicant gets a professional critique of/advice on his/her business plans
    • Winner gets hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods and services
    • Six semi-finalists get prizes and mentoring with a Dream Team member
    • Three finalists are flown to New York for final judging
    • Live finale, “Shark Tank”-style, at MJSA Expo New York in NYC on March 12, 2013
    • All are welcome to attend by registering for an MJSA EXPO show badge
    • Unique judging process:
    • Business plan submitted as well as designs 
    • In-depth business questionnaire akin to a marketing plan 
    • Judges interview six semi-finalists live via conference video 
    • Three finalists make live pitch in front of judges & audience in NYC 
    • Vast level of industry participation, probably unprecedented
    Many of these 2012 Mentoring Dream Team members will reprise their roll: 
    •  Gurhan
    •  Erica Courtney
    •  Todd Reed
    •  Lisa Jenks
    •  Robert Lee Morris
    •  Penny Preville

    •    Jeweler's Resource Bureau
    •    StrategyWerx
    •    Fusion Jewelry
    •    MJSA
    •    JA NY Show
    •    National Jeweler
    •    INDESIGN magazine
    •    RSP Media 
    •    Jewelry Information Center
    •   Jeweler's Vigilance Committee
                                         ...... and more coming!

    See website for eligibility and to sign-up for future information from
    The Future of Design

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Diamond Encrusted "Pen of the Year"

    The manufacturer of a stylus called "Pen of the Year" has received the diamond mounting treatment, Diamond News reports. The Graf von Faber-Castell plunger-type fountain pen has been encrusted with polished diamonds, but only ten units will receive this treatment, the firm said. The exclusive pens will sell for $92,473.

    Detailed description of these masterpieces at:

    Monday, December 24, 2012

    Pretty Sparklers in Emerald - Pantone's Pick for 2013

    "Lively. Radiant. Lush…A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."

    'Emeralds for Elephants' 2011 was created to raise awareness and critical funds for the conservation of the Asian Elephant.

    Sunday, December 23, 2012



    Editor's Note:  DEF recently announced that Noella Coursaris Musunka, international model and founder of the Georges Malaika Foundation would also be among the honorees at the "Good Awards" - info here.

    Global luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. and Leo Schachter Diamonds will be honored for global leadership in helping empower people in Africa, at the second annual GOOD Awards on January 10, 2013.

    The GOOD Awards, established by the Diamond Empowerment Fund in 2012, are the highest awards to recognize individuals and corporations in the diamond and jewelry industry for outstanding leadership in the areas of good corporate citizenship, sustainability, and promoting opportunity in Africa.

    Tiffany & Co., a pillar of the diamond industry, has been in the forefront of promoting business practices and programs that benefit communities in which diamonds are sourced. Tiffany’s work in Botswana and other diamond producing countries highlights one of the many ways the company demonstrates accountability through best business practices resulting in employment, infrastructure improvements, and ultimately the empowerment of people in that region.

    Leo Schachter Diamonds was one of the first diamond companies to establish a cutting factory in Botswana, employing hundreds of local Batswana. Additionally, Elliot Tannenbaum, principal of Leo Schachter Diamonds, in partnership with the government of Botswana, helped to establish the Botswana Top Achievers Program, a DEF beneficiary, that funds top students from the nation to study at the university of their choice worldwide.

    Additional honorees will be announced soon. For more information on tickets, journal ads and sponsorship packages please visit

     About the Diamond Empowerment Fund
    The Diamond Empowerment Fund is a New York based non-profit organization (EIN# 20-5967103) that raises money to fund education initiatives in African diamond-producing nations. Its beneficiaries include: CIDA City Campus, South Africa’s first non-profit university to offer a four-year business degree, the African Leadership Academy, a university preparatory school in Johannesburg, South Africa, founded on the belief that ethical leadership is the key to sustainable development on the continent and drawing students from all 54 countries in Africa, and the Botswana Top Achievers program that provides the top high school students countrywide the opportunity to study at a university of their choice worldwide. Graduates then return to Botswana to contribute to its economic, social and political development.


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