Thursday, July 27, 2006

Exclusive: Burton shares vision for Zale

By Susan Thea Posnock

JULY 27, 2006 - Irving, Texas -- New Zale Corp. president and CEO Betsy Burton has hit the ground running in terms of turning around the company.

As acting CEO since February, she says the board of directors gave her the power to make changes immediately, versus placing the company in a holding pattern until a replacement for former CEO Mary Forte—who left the company at the end of January—had been found.

That appears to have been a good strategy, given the challenges faced by the retailer, which has lost market share to rival Sterling Jewelers, and was left reeling after a disappointing holiday season in 2005.
Burton tells NATIONAL JEWELER, in an exclusive interview, that gaining that market position back is the main objective for the company.

"Over the past few years Zale has been losing market share," she says. "I think the critical focus is to get the Zales brand on track."

In terms of a time frame, Burton estimates it will take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to really put her plan in place and reap the benefits. She's confident that things are already moving in the right direction.

"I think there will clearly be tangible evidence of progress for this holiday," she says. Burton has charged John Zimmermann, who was named president of Zale North America earlier this year, with the task of getting the Zale brand back on track.

Among the key aspects of achieving this is what she calls a return to the store's roots.

"Last holiday we had de-emphasized diamond fashion and solitaires and had emphasized gold and silver. We are returning back to our diamond store heritage," she says.

That also means returning to the core Zale customer, she adds.

"It's simply going back to our roots. Recognizing our customer is really Middle America. Recognizing that our customer looks at Zale as 'The Diamond Store,'" Burton says.

However, that shift back isn't just a matter of scrapping the ill-fated strategy of trying to move upscale, but taking what worked in the past and building on that.

"It's really going back to our roots but improving upon that. Not just going back to what we were," she says.

Breakfast at Tiffany's dress to be sold

LONDON - The dress that transformed actress Audrey Hepburn into one of cinema's most cherished characters is up for sale, London auction house Christie's said Wednesday.

The iconic black gown Hepburn wore for her role as Holly Golightly in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" will go under the hammer Dec. 5, the auction house said.

The Hubert de Givenchy-designed dress is expected to fetch 70,000 pounds (US$130,000, €102,500).

Hepburn's Golightly is an eccentric New York socialite with a penchant for cigarettes and extravagant baubles.

Opening scenes of the movie — adapted from Truman Capote's novel of the same name — show Golightly in the dress, emerging from a taxi on 5th Avenue with her brown-bag breakfast to ogle diamonds and luxury goods in the storefront windows of Tiffany & Co.

Images of the Oscar-winning actress dressed as Golightly — sporting gloves, an elaborate pearl choker and a trademark cigarette holder — endure more than 40 years after the film's release.

Hepburn, born in Brussels, Belgium, won an Academy Award in 1953 for her performance in "Roman Holiday," in which she starred with Gregory Peck.

She went on to star in more than 20 films before becoming a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. She died in 1993.

Her movies remain popular favorites, and the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" dress itself continues to inspire. Givenchy head designer Riccardo Tisci recreated the famous gown's silhouette for the label's 2006 autumn/winter line — including its cut-out crescent-shaped back.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit City of Joy Aid, a charity that provides relief to impoverished children in India. The gown's current owners — the founders of City of Joy Aid — received it as a gift from de Givenchy.

The Parisian couturier was famous for dressing the most glamorous women of the 1950s and 1960s, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Grace of Monaco.

Givenchy designed Hepburn's wardrobe for many of her films, including "Sabrina" and "Funny Face," a film about the French fashion world. He thought of Hepburn as his muse, and her willowy frame, long neck and intelligent face became hallmarks of 1960s beauty.

Jeweler Steals from the Rich

Jack Hasson, a jeweler from posh Palm Beach, Florida, was found guilty on six counts of fraud. On February 25, 2000, a jury decreed that this society jeweler, with clients as well known as Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, is responsible for cheating wealthy clients of $80 million. Hasson is now facing a prison term of up to 65 years and fines of $162 million.

Hasson is charged with selling fake, flawed, filled, irradiated and even painted stones which he passed off as "the real thing." Not only did he claim these stones to be of high quality, he even attached stories of fame and celebrity to many pieces. For instance, in one case Hasson told a customer he was buying Loni Anderson’s engagement ring as well as other jewels from collection of Dior and Carol Lombard. Of course, the stories, along with the stones, were false. A special ruse of Hasson’s was to sell cubic zironiums and claim they were diamonds. In one case, he sold a piece worth $141 for $1.5 million.

Besides selling fake stones, he is also charged with replacing stones on pieces he was asked to repair. (This is every one’s nightmare when leaving expensive pieces for repair). Jack Nicklaus charged that not only did this jeweler replace a $35,000 diamond and ruby ring with fake stones, but that he did it again in the same ring when he complained.

Though many of us make our own jewelry, when it comes to find jewelry, such as diamonds, we often feel more comfortable dealing with a "professional." However, when you read horror stories like this, it makes one stop and think twice.

To find out how to find a jewelry you can trust, take a look at my article "How-to Pick a Jeweler." Also, you’ll find a helpful article from the Jewelers of America Association "What You Should Know about Choosing a Professional Jeweler."

AGS names Liddicoat journalism award winners

The American Gem Society has announced the winners for the 2006 AGS Richard T. Liddicoat Journalism Awards. The RTL awards were developed in memory of Richard T. Liddicoat to honor journalists who have made exceptional contributions to the understanding of gemology, as well as to the AGS ideals of ethics, education, and consumer protection.

The award recipients are as follows: Consumer National Reporting — “Green Dreams” written by Cynthia Zarin of The New Yorker; Consumer Regional Reporting — “Essential Elements” written by Carole Schrock of The Star Newspapers; and Industry/Trade Reporting — “A Review of the Political & Economic Forces Shaping Today’s Diamond Industry” written by Russell Shor of Gems & Gemology.

Abazias Launches Beta Version of Enhanced Website

New Features And Functions Offer A New Face For This Leading Online Diamond Supplier.

GAINESVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 27, 2006--Abazias Diamonds (OTCBB:ABZS - News) is proud to announce the launch of the beta version of their new website. This initial version of the new site features a more refined style and enhanced functionality. "The redesign of has been strategically crafted to not only be more user-friendly, but to also offer an extremely professional presentation," states Oscar Rodriguez, CEO of Abazias. "As our company has grown, our profits have increased. With that influx of capital, we have carefully reinvested into the operational side of our company, enhancing the infrastructure and ultimately boosting our credibility, visibility and sales."

The new site offers a variety of new features, designed with customers in mind. The launch of the beta site introduces a personal shopper function, the first in the industry; a comprehensive and easy-to-use 3-D ring builder, another first, and an elaborate enhanced diamond education section. has created a strong customer following based on customer service and site innovations that let shoppers create their own jewelry. In addition to delivering quality diamonds at wholesale prices, is also a full-service jeweler offering a large selection of settings for stones purchased. showcases over 80,000 diamonds, valued at over $350 million on its site at Most of's diamonds are GIA, AGS or EGL certified. offers the "Couples Diamond®" which is required to meet even higher standards for cut, clarity and dimensions. is also a full-service jeweler offering a large selection of settings for stones purchased. For more information about, visit the Company's website at

This press release may contain statements (such as projections regarding future performance) that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Jeweled Elegance

The approach for jewelry design that Heather Pierce takes comes straight from history. At her website, Jeweled Elegance, you will encounter unique handcrafted jewelry infused with the essence of the elegant, bejeweled, romantic times of the past. Think of things you might find in a museum; period portraits and gorgeous costumes with women wearing fabulous ornate jewelry. Heather takes this inspiration and creates romance with a modern wearable sensibility. All orders over $100 receive a FREE pair of our new Kyoto Seasons Washi Paper Earrings. Valid through AUG. 31.

Summer Sparklers

The Letter from One Women.
Dear Friend,
Summer is my favorite season! I just love the warm weather, trips to the beach and afternoons by the pool. Do you have any recommendations for jewelry with a summer style?
Felicia in Chicago.

Summer can be a glorious time of year. The bright sunshine really does the trick for picking up your spirits. Just remember the sunscreen though! To add a little bit of that summer warmth to any time of the year, jewelry with a summer theme will do just the trick.

These wonderful multi-color mother of pearl sterling silver earrings feature a beautiful sun. Priced at just $95, these earrings have a Southwestern feel with the mosaic of small mother of pearl tiles. They’ll be a great look with jeans and are a perfect accessory for everyday wear.

This 14K two tone gold sun pendant is a great way to bring a little bit of summer sun to even the cloudiest of days. The brilliant beads really sparkle and shine. This pendant is on sale now for just $101.25.

The hot August sun finds its equal in this citrine and peridot sterling silver pendant. Peridot is the birthstone for August and adds its dramatic green color to this necklace. This spectacular pendant can be yours for just $50 making it the deal of the summer!

Navajo Nation fires 15 after Head Start background checks

Arizona / West
Navajo Nation fires 15 after Head Start background checks.

WINDOW ROCK — The Navajo Nation has fired 15 employees from its troubled Head Start program after doing background checks.

Federal funding for the tribe's Head Start program was suspended May 2 by the Administration for Children and Families, which said the tribe failed to perform background checks and that an investigation turned up dozens of employees with criminal records.

Darren Tungovia, human resources manager for the Navajo Head Start Program, said 594 employees have been cleared through background checks and 104 still need the checks.
Twenty-four workers have resigned and 19 are on 90-day probation, Tungovia said in a news release.

The figures come as Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. met with Head Start officials, including Director Channell Wilkins, who traveled from Washington, D.C., to the reservation.

Shirley said the Navajo Nation presented its corrective-action plan to the federal officials.

"We're all on the same side, trying to do right by the children, the parents," Shirley said. "We've been working very hard under stressful conditions."

Under the plan to correct the deficiencies in the program, the Navajo Nation has directed the program's human resources manager to ensure that fingerprinting and background checks are done in a timely manner.

The Navajo Justice Department has provided five training sessions to staff members on how to perform the background checks.

The Navajo Nation said it has been difficult to correct the problems when no Head Start employees have been paid due to the federal suspension of funds. Volunteers have filled the gap, the news release said.

The federal government partially lifted the funding suspension in mid-May, clearing the way for the program to begin its summer session.

Shirley has created a task force to ensure the nation is in compliance with the federal regulations.

The program serves more than 4,000 children.

Gemstone Engagement Rings. Choose Your Style.

Engagement rings are dazzling. Though with so many engagement rings to choose from and all that engagement ring terminology it can be hard to know where to start when choosing the perfect engagement ring.

Gemstone engagement rings add a radiant dash of color and allow more individual expression then ever before. Whether you like typical, graceful, bold, fashionable, ageless or simple styles, you can find many pieces that will suit your taste. When selecting colored gemstone jewelry, the color is generally what will attract you initially, but it's good to consider the styling of the piece as well.

Beautiful engagement rings set with precious gemstones have served as symbols of love, trust and commitment since the middle ages. But, just because engagement rings have been around for thousands of years does not mean they all have to look the same.

As a wonderful alternative to traditional diamond engagement ring, gemstone engagement rings are unique and ensure to enlist compliments from admiring eyes. Now, in place of diamonds, you can choose popular alternatives such as sapphires, emeralds, and rubies, which can be set with diamonds or without, according to personal preference.

Choose Your Style

Showcasing the purest form of every possible color, gemstones come in a wide range of breathtaking hues. With the variety of gemstones ranging from red sparkling rubies to blue sapphires, green emeralds, and more, there truly is something for everyone. If you are considering buying a gemstone engagement ring decide about its color first. Do not afraid to ask questions about your kind of ring. That way, you can know what you want; any good jeweler can turn your dream ring into a reality.

As special as any diamond engagement ring, gemstone engagement rings look radiant and dazzling. Any reputable jeweler who has experience designing unique wedding rings should be able to help you bring your idea to fruition.

You can base your choice on personal color preference, or let the romantic in you choose according to the traditional significance of each gemstone. Blue often symbolizes peace and tranquility, for example, while red is the universal color of passion and symbolizes beauty and love. Green reflects the vital energy of life, awakening us to growth, nature and the possibilities of a vibrant existence.

Determined by its beauty, rarity and durability, gemstone engagement rings are adorable and beautiful.

Engagement Watches: Unique or Common?

June is considered as a perfect month to get married. When you say engagement, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind to give out your love one? Is it a ring, a necklace, bracelet, or an anklet? Have you thought of giving out a watch as your engagement gift? Does it sound weird?

This would probably be the most uncommon engagement gift in the whole world. People don’t give out a watch when they propose to their girlfriends or boyfriends. They give out the common jewelries. But what I encourage you to do is give something that will symbolize your love for each other and at the same time will be helpful for the both of you. Watches are really useful because it keeps you track of the time. But it can also be a symbol of your love. Don’t limit a watch as a necessity or jewelry. It can be both at the same time.

Engagement watches: is it considered unique? For a start, I haven’t encountered someone who gave a watch to his girlfriend as an engagement gift. But being unique is not bad! Sometimes, you will realize that being totally different from others is cool. Soon enough you realize that everyone imitates you.

You are different because you don’t think the same with other people with regards of giving out a watch as an engagement present. A watch is not an uncommon possession, and watches are very useful.

Some people might think that as long as they’re giving out a jewelry as an engagement gift, then that’s fine. But for some women, the type of jewelry you’ll give them still matters. Giving them out an engagement watch will not only be special but also useful. They will be wearing it for all times and they will be proud of it because you’re the one who gave that to her, not just a gift, but as an engagement gift. Isn’t that priceless?

If you’re worried about the cost of the watch, then let me tell you that watches are cheaper than the engagement rings you’re giving. You can also engrave your names on it or buy a custom made.

They say that June is the perfect time to get married. You get to have beautiful weather, nice places, and astonishing views. If you really want everything to be memorable, then start off with your engagement. Make it special and everything will be meaningful.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Tanzanite Bracelets

Bracelets are the most sophisticated pieces of jewelry that says your style and personality. For a distinctive look, what could be more eye-catching than a circle of gorgeous purple gemstones glittering around your slender wrist? The selection of a tanzanite bracelet will definitely be a mark of your brilliant and fashionable spirit.

The Remarkable Feel of a Tanzanite Bracelet

A Bracelet is a true sense of great style and fashion. With tanzanite, the glow of bracelet gleaming violet-blue tanzanite is a statement of beauty enhanced by the use of brain. The significance of jewelry lies in its stimulating impact on one's personality. The bangles and bracelets highlight the roundness of the hands, thus adding more to the feminine flavor.

Home invasion robber seeks leniency

BRIDGETON -- A Superior Court judge on Friday refused to rule on a motion requesting a 5- to 10-year prison sentence for a Vineland man charged in a brutal 2003 home invasion robbery of an elderly couple.

John Palmer had pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery, which is punishable by 10 to 20 years behind bars.

Defense attorney Michael Silvanio requested a reduction to a second-degree crime, punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.

Cumberland County Assistant Prosecutor Tina Kell joined Silvanio in calling for the shorter sentence, but Judge Timothy Farrell said more information was needed to prove the lighter sentence would be "in the interest of justice."

Palmer, who has no previous criminal record, testified against the other two men charged in the Sept. 8, 2003, robbery on Almond Road in Vineland.

"He admitted his role in the crime and has shown remorse since the very beginning," Kell said. "And he provided information and testimony that was absolutely necessary to get the convictions."

Juries convicted Wayne Parker, 36, of Vineland, and Keith Kenion, 29, of North Carolina. Farrell sentenced Parker to 75 years in prison and Kenion to 63 years.

The two victims, both in their 80s, were bound, beaten and robbed of an estimated $100,000 in rare coins, jewelry and antiques. Kell described the crime as one of the more heinous crimes she had tried in her 16 years as a prosecutor.

During Friday's hearing, Kell said Palmer didn't enter the house, didn't assault either victim and was largely unaware of what Parker and Kenion were up to when he dropped them off at the house late that night.

The investigation into the crime revealed Palmer was told that Parker was picking up belongings from a former residence, and Palmer didn't learn there was a crime in progress until he returned to pick up Parker and Kenion after the assaults on the couple had occurred.

Palmer cooperated to the point where he and his family, who sat quietly in the courtroom gallery during Friday's hearing, now face retaliation from Parker's friends, Kell said. One credible attempt at retribution already has been recorded, Kell said.

Farrell remained unmoved.

"It's not that I'm unsympathetic," Farrell said, noting he presided over the trials where Palmer's testimony was crucial to the two convictions. "But I'm not sure you've satisfied the two-prong test that proves that it is in the interest of justice."

Farrell gave Kell and Silvanio until Aug. 4 to complete their arguments for the shorter sentence, explaining the legal matter required proof that the motion had to be consistent with state statutes.

Palmer, who was dressed in a suit and surrounded by family members as he left the courtroom, was released on bail shortly after he began cooperating with prosecutors.

Open House Tours Go Upscale

Jul. 1--With the real estate market cooling and a $1.7 million Hayden Lake home to sell, Realtor Julie Anderson knew she needed a novel approach to getting people through the front door.

Taking a page from the Street of Dreams, Anderson worked with other real estate agents to stage the "Hayden Lake Loop" tour.

Thirteen homes for sale were gussied up for public viewing. Guests took shuttle vans from house to house, dining on gourmet hors d'oeuvres at each stop. People who visited all 13 residences were eligible for drawings that included a roundtrip ticket from Southwest Airlines, jewelry, and a free stay at an Oregon Coast condo.

Anderson's event, held in late April, attracted 120 people, resulting in a flurry of spin-off events.

Coffee and cookies, standard freebies at open houses, have been replaced by quiche, key lime pie and drawings for gift certificates. Many of the events focus on getting other brokers and real estate agents to preview the property, with the goal of getting them to show the house to their clients.

Though Anderson didn't get an offer from the Hayden Lake tour, she considers the event a success. "It was great exposure," she said.

The elaborate open houses reflect a vastly changed real estate market. Last summer, "For Sale" signs were often the only marketing needed in North Idaho. Homes were snapped up within days of being listed, and sellers had the luxury of choosing from multiple offers.

This year, more homes are competing for a smaller pool of buyers.

Since May 2005, active residential listings in Kootenai County have increased by 120 percent. The number of sales, though strong by historic standards, has dropped by 20 percent.

Higher-end homes, in particular, are taking longer to sell, Anderson said. Windermere Realty, the franchise she works for, recently released a study comparing the number of homes for sale in Kootenai County by price bracket to projected demand.

For properties of $400,000 or more, it's a clearly buyer's market, Anderson said. The study estimated that the county has a 20- to 25-month inventory of homes priced from $400,000 to $1 million-plus.

Though the market is less saturated for lower-priced homes, agents are looking for ways to increase their properties' exposure, said Carolyn Joslin, another Realtor.

In May, Joslin was part of an open house tour in downtown Coeur d'Alene. As an incentive to drop by the three houses she was listing, Joslin offered drawings for dinner at an Italian restaurant. She ended up selling a $285,000 house as a result of the tour.

A June open house tour of nine Hauser Lake properties featured key lime pie, baked by a sous chef.

Open houses have always been part of Realtors' marketing strategy, said Gary Schneidmiller, owner/broker of Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty. This year, however, his firm is holding more of them, due to the slower market.

A grouped tour of 15 homes, held last month, was considered so successful that Schneidmiller's marketing department is considering putting on one per month. He didn't know if any homes sold as a result of the tour. People who attended were eligible for a drawing with the prize being a gift certificate to the Davenport Hotel.

Open houses are mostly about buzz, Schneidmiller said -- getting people acquainted with the property and talking about it.

Anderson may plan another event in the next few months. Meanwhile, she's still looking for a buyer for the Hayden Lake property.

Her client has dropped the price to $1.35 million. It's a three-story house on the water, with a boat dock in a private cove.

"We're just looking for the right person," she said.

Sparkling Conversation Is The Talk Of L.A's Envy Expo

The world's most beautiful cell phones are set to out sparkle Hollywood's celebrity glitterati at the hottest luxury lifestyle show of the year.

London (PRWEB) July 1, 2006 -- The world’s most beautiful cell phones are set to out sparkle Hollywood’s celebrity glitterati at the hottest luxury lifestyle show of the year.

Krystali of London. Designers and creators of lavish Swarovski crystal and gemstone encrusted cell phones are exhibiting at the inaugural Envy Expo on July 8th at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A showcase of the hottest products that bring the consumer face to face with the most enviable objects and people in the world.

“We are showing a selection of crystal encrusted cell phones including a stunning Aurora Borealis Nokia 6111,” said Philip Parrott of Krystali. “This is the first time we have exhibited in public.”

Krystali have come over from Europe where their creations can be found in the exclusive high end boutiques of such fashion capitals as Milan, Monte Carlo and Nice. Krystali’s unique cell phones are recognised around the world due to the distinctive designs that have included Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and President George W Bush. They are considered to produce ‘the most beautiful cell phones in the world.’

Krystali joins many other exclusive designers and brands to create a multimillion dollar extravaganza of the best luxury items the world has to offer.

The Envy Expo is billed as ‘The biggest show to hit L.A.’ A ‘one of a kind’ lifestyle showcase.

Celebrities from the worlds of film, TV, music and sport will be in attendance with ‘meet and greet’ autograph sessions, allowing the public to see their favourite stars amongst the spectacular multimillion dollar showcase areas of pimped out rides, jewelry, electronics, fashion, Playboy models and live music performances including the first live performance in Los Angeles this year by legendary rapper ‘The Game.’

Airing on MTV and ABC, the Envy Expo is being hosted by DJ Skee of L.A’s Hype Radio and includes live broadcasts from the show.

“Its gonna be crazy” said DJ Skee “Just stay tuned and rock with me. Its about to get real major”


• Multimillion dollar Jewelry Expo presented by Ballin’ magazine.
• Mister Cartoon will be there along with his personal collection of lowriders and luxury cars.
• DJ Ben Baller and the Air Macks Crew will shut down the event with a shoe collection beyond compare.
• Live celebrity appearances throughout the day.
• $160,000 Scarface Sand Rail
• Over $3 million dollars worth of vehicles including Phantoms, Bentleys, Lamborghini’s and more!
• Women’s Expo: See the latest in high-priced fashion and accessories.
• Much, much more…..

Tickets are available online for $20.00 and will also be available at the door for $30.00 the day of the show. The Envy Expo has been put together by Next Level Media – the innovators and originators of the world’s most intense productions.


Philip Parrott

Mike McClain
Alex Flores
Next Level Media

Native American Indian Jewelry

Native American Indian Jewelry: Turquoise Jewelry, Turquoise Rings, Squash Blossoms and more...

Native American Indian jewelry from the tribes of the southwest is as varied as the tribes themselves. However, the Native American jewelry which most people envision tends to be similar to the Navajo jewelry, Hopi jewelry and Zuni jewelry. The term Native American custom jewelry is sometimes used. Most Native American Indian jewelry is custom in that it is handmade and, due to various methods and tools, tends to reflect the interpretation of a particular artist. The constant wear on some of the tools as well as the process dictates that virtually no two pieces are identical.

Some of the most popular Native American Jewelry is turquoise jewelry such as turquoise necklaces, turquoise bracelets, turquoise pendants and turquoise rings. The most recognizable Native American jewelry is probably the Navajo silver jewelry. The squash blossoms are popular as are the Navajo turquoise jewelry, all of which is still similar to the jewelry traded at the old west trading posts during the early turn of the century. The Navajo are the largest American Indian tribe in the southwest and have created extremely popular silver and turquoise jewelry since the late 1800s. Much of the Navajo silver jewelry tends to have a bold, and in many cases, worn look.

Some of the more recognizable styles of Native American jewelry other than the Navajo jewelry are the Hopi jewelry as well as the Native American inlay jewelry which is often associated with the Zuni jewelry makers.

Some popular styles of jewelry are:

  • Sandcast – A Navajo casting system that consists of a somewhat primitive rough casting which is then filed and sanded. If the item is a bracelet it is then bent over a form which is usually steel, to obtain the shape.

  • Platero – This particular style consists of many separate pieces which are soldered together. In many instances the piece is set with numerous stones. One of the most common examples of this style without the stones are the squash blossom necklaces. This type of jewelry is somewhat difficult to create properly and for this reason, is highly sought after.

  • Stamped (Punched) – This jewelry is stamped on one side causing the other side to be raised. Most of the artists who do this use their own specific stamp, thereby causing the work of each artist to be unique. This technique is used by Navajo jewelry makers, Hopi jewelry makers and Zuni jewelry makers alike.

  • Inlaid – This style consists of numerous stones normally inlaid in a particular pattern or design. These stones may also be lined up or in a “box like” design commonly known as “channel inlay". Although used by Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo artists, the inlaid style tends to be associated most often with the Zuni Indians.

  • Overlay – A term used by many people to describe the process used by the Hopi jewelry makers in much of their jewelry. This process consists of two or three separate sheets of silver soldered together and finished to create what is normally a very apparent black inset image into a polished silver surrounding. The images are normally of clan symbols represented by various animals, kachinas, or other symbols important to the traditions of the Hopi Indians. Like the stamped jewelry, the Hopi jewelry makers use their own specific tools which give each jeweler’s pieces a unique look.

  • Fetish Necklaces – Authentic Zuni Fetish Necklaces are very intricate and are comprised of numerous hand carved fetishes of various animals. These necklaces vary substantially in number of fetishes and size of the particular piece. There are some fetish bracelets, although not as numerous as the fetish necklaces. For a more detailed explanation of Zuni Fetishes as well as the traits represented by various animals, see our Fetish page.

  • Heishe - A type of jewelry which is unique to the Santo Domingo Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. The jewelry which consists primarily of necklaces and earrings, is comprised primarily of stone and/or shell, bound by a type of sinew, and using very little silver. This jewelry is reminiscent of the jewelry made by the Anasazi.

Please see our “Indian Symbols” page which describes some of the more popular of the numerous symbols used by the Native American jewelry artists.

Whenever possible, your Native American silver jewelry should be stored in an air tight bag in such a manner that it is not rubbing against other items. Cleaning of the silver jewelry should be done with a 100% cotton cloth or a cloth designed specifically for cleaning silver jewelry. You may use a silver cleaner spray, foam or paste, however the paste is not recommended for silver jewelry which also contains stones. If you are using a spray for Native American silver jewelry which may have porous gemstones, make sure that the spray is meant to be used on “porous” stones. Do not use a circular type of motion while cleaning as it may cause scratches. If you find it necessary to use a brush, use a jewelry brush.

As with all Native American Indian art, which particular Native American Indian jewelry a person wishes to purchase should be driven by their particular interest in the jewelry itself, the symbols of interest, the style and overall appearance. In many cases, whether the jewelry was done by a Navajo jeweler, a Hopi jeweler, a Zuni jeweler, a Santo Domingo jeweler or one of the other Native American Indian jewelers of other tribes, will be of particular importance. The important part is that the buyer enjoy the piece they have purchased.

Futures for Children American Indian Store attempts to purchase only authentic Native American Indian made merchandise including authentic Native American Indian jewelry whether they are from Navajo jewelry makers, Zuni jewelry makers, Hopi jewelry makers, Santo Domingo jewelry makers or any of the other American Indian tribes. It is our desire to promote not only the education of American Indian Children, but to promote the economy and well being of the American Indian communities of which the Native American Indian artists are a primary contributor.

The Midlife Mentor: Advice for the 40- to 50-Something Woman

Dear Midlife Mentor,

I just celebrated my 42nd birthday, and it seems strange to me even writing this: I remember 24 distinctly. In fact, each year until my late-30s felt distinct, but since leaving the workforce to raise children the last (almost) decade feels like a blur. Now, all my memories are of my late-30s and early 40s, or the ages of my kids at the time. Help, is this normal?

— Life in a Blur, Berkeley

Dear Life in a Blur,

A belated happy birthday to you! As for living life in a blur, you are not alone. For those who’ve left the workforce to raise children, yours is not an uncommon experience. Your life moves at a different pace, with a different focus, which for many stay-at-home parents feels like a blur. Also, historically speaking, parenting young children at midlife is a relatively new phenomenon. For you and your cohorts, there’s the added dimension of moving into the next chapter of life, while still fully engaged in activities of the previous chapter. This is not to say that rearing young children can’t be done at midlife, but it poses new challenges and opportunities.

Many of the developmental tasks of midlife involve psychological deepening; we are called to take a fresh look at what has meaning for us, now, at this stage of life. Prior roles, although still meaningful, may not be fully satisfying. It might be time to ponder other avenues, possibilities; creative projects that might be calling for your attention. This (soul) journey is different from the first half; questions are the starting point.

I’d like to suggest that you check out either of these wonderful books: Listening to Midlife, by Mark Gerzon, or Awakening at Midlife, by Kathleen A. Brehony. I think you’ll find them helpful in sorting out what your next step will be. I wish you well.

The Midlife Mentor

Dear Midlife Midwife,

I’ve worked as a professional for the past 25 years, and I have enjoyed my work [and] am very good at what I do. Over the last few years I’ve noticed that my superiors are getting younger; I am 51, my superior is 35.It’s difficult being told what to do by someone so much younger, with less experience. How can I cope and keep my self-esteem intact?

— A Seasoned Professional, Pinole

Dear Seasoned Professional,

Do not let the younger supervisor shake your confidence. Just because she is your supervisor, doesn’t mean that she is fully confident about supervising a seasoned professional. In fact, that younger supervisor may feel she has to measure up to you. Think about it. How would you feel knowing you are less experienced than someone you’re supposed to supervise? A bit intimidated maybe, or somewhat insecure, perhaps harboring a little doubt about measuring up? Really, it’s probably not as easy as she’d like you to believe. You’ve been around the block, and you know that success is not a destination; it’s a path. This gem of understanding is worth its weight in gold! How will you cope? Oh, I’ll bet your self-esteem comes through it all just fine. I wish you well.

The Midlife Midwife

Dear Midlife Mentor,

I’m 47 years old with an IUD in place, and I am infertile. I already have a 21-year-old son; however, in the last month or so, I have started experiencing symptoms of pregnancy. I know I’m not pregnant; however, these symptoms don’t seem to be disappearing. I’ve seen my gynecologist and my shrink; both are completely baffled as I’ve had everything medically possible ruled out! I’ve had quite a few people suggest that it could be something called “phantom pregnancy.” I’ve heard of this, but I’m not very knowledgeable on the subject. Is it possible I’m suffering from this?

— A Phantom Pregnancy, El Cerrito

Dear Phantom Pregnancy,

If all the other, more practical possibilities have been ruled out, I’d like to suggest something to you. Your pregnancy is real,’s not about having a baby! Could these “phantom symptoms” be a wake-up call signaling that it’s time to “birth” some new side of your self? Perhaps it’s time to consider doing that something you’ve had on the back burner of your life for a while.

We often resist change because it requires work and emotional commitment, so when we’re not moving in the direction we need to be, our soul sends us a signal...phantom symptoms! What in your life needs your attention or focus right now? Are there issues needing to be addressed that you’ve been avoiding? What goal or commitments have you yet to make whose time has come?

Ponder the possibilities, and you just might find that something other than a baby is waiting to be carried to full-term! I wish you well.

The Midlife Mentor

Toni Tarango received her master’s degree from the Graduate School for Holistic Studies at JFK University. She has worked in the human service arena since 1977 and created The Midlife Women’s Circle in 2005. Send your column questions to: Midlifepassage[at]

Albright on war, nukes ... jewelry

Madeleine Albright said she had a duty to write her book. The tome, "The Mighty and the Almighty," combines Albright's insights and experience as former U.S. secretary of state with her observations of both U.S. history and current policies dealing with Iraq, Iran and North Korea. "People that have had high-level government jobs have an obligation to write about what they did," Albright said.

40th Annual Jewelry, Gem, Fossil and Mineral Show

VENUE: Verizon Center of Progress Building

ORGANIZATION: Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse, Inc.

TIMES: Sat, July 8 10AM

COST: $6 donation at the door, children under 12 free

Event web site:

DESCRIPTION: Nearly 100 exhibitors, wholesale and retail dealers and vendors from all over the United States will be on hand to showcase the multi-faceted world of gem and rock collecting, beading, fossil collecting, jewelry making and repair. A host of inter-active educational displays, demonstrations, materials, tools and resources will also be available. A special appearance by Radio Disney on Sunday. And, the highly popular water sluice for children will be featured both days.


Verizon Center of Progress Building
NYS Fairgrounds
Syracuse, NY 13209


Gem and Mineral Society of Syracuse, Inc.
PO Box 801
Syracuse, NY 13201