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gift_cardIf you’re already in the market for custom jewelry, like monogram rings, pendants or bracelets, why not save $25 instantly?

John Christian Jewelers is offering a $25 Gift Card when you join the John Christian Club. No purchase is necessary, if you just want to join the club and hold on to the Gift Card for later, and your information will not be shared with anyone.

Click here, join today and start shopping!

brassemheadshotJan Brassem–founder of Eclipse Global Consulting LLC, a firm that assists jewelry retailers’ expansion into foreign markets–wrote a nice article on Platanium®, the metal allow developed by and available exclusively from John Christian and Carved Creations.

Mr. Brassem praises the innovative allow, claiming that it “could, to some degree, take the place of foreign gold and/or silver.” He also praises the initiative: “I hope other firms take a chance and launch innovative jewelry products too.”

For the full article from 10X, click here.

For a list of John Christian’s Platanium® products, click here.

For many people who own (or manage) companies, this is a difficult time. If you’re not laying off employees, you’re having to convince them that their jobs are secure. As sales come and go–like during October’s pitiful retail showing–business owners have their own serious concerns about how long and deep this economic crisis will last.

So, it can be tough right now to remove the blinders and take a look around the office. Are employees happy? Are they motivated? Do they feel appreciated? Your business may be struggling to hold on to good people during these tough times, and you don’t want to give your top performers any reason to jump ship. Especially not now.

Two major things any company should do are:

1. Recognize employee successes

2. Give regular awards

Everyone loves a bonus here and there, but there’s nothing like having a nice plaque or trophy to hang in your office to show clients and other employees that you are indeed recognized by your company for your achievements.

John Christian offers several options for companies to offer branded, keepsake gifts, all of them crafted and engraved in beautiful crystal. Here are a few:

Personalized Engraved Crystal Box

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An ideal gift way to reward top performers, these crystal boxes are perfect for keeping jewelry, special coins, or just about anything. Light is brilliantly reflected through beautiful crystal.

Personalized Engraved Crystal Bowl

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Another amazing design, deep and clear, that would look perfect on an office desk or bookshelf.

Personalized Engraved Crystal Decanter

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This might not be the best employee recognition award–unless you’re a liquor distributor or single malt scotch distillery–but it’s an excellent birthday present for the CEO of a company.

And John Christian couldn’t make the process easier. Simply email an image of your logo to their Design Team, and they will create an artful rendering, which will be sent to you for approval prior to production.

personalizedringOuch. Yesterday, the Associated Press ran a story that was not a surprise to those of us in the jewelry business: Sales are down, and the holiday season is not looking so shiny.

According to the article, demand for rings, pendants and bracelets has declined due to high food and energy costs. Also interesting is the fact that everyone is cutting back, even wealthy customers, which is creating real chaos in the economy.

Standard & Poor’s Marie Driscoll said, “People that shop luxury, who demand a certain brand, they just don’t trade down… They simply do without until they feel comfortable to purchase again. Women who wear Prada and Chanel shoes — I don’t see them trading down to Cole Haan, even though it’s a great brand.”

I disagree. In my experience, big-ticket purchasers always always love a little bargain. Take your typical David Yurman customer. Is she going to wear that $1,350 Garnet & Ruby Square Ring to the grocery store? Probably not. But I guarantee that if she walks into a store and finds some $20 knockoffs, she’ll buy 10 in every color and wear them all the time.

Which brings me to Carved Creations. Simple, elegant, stylish, these are the kinds of rings that really make a statement without being too loud or blaring or garish. Each of Carved Creation’s Roman Numeral rings, Mother’s Rings, bold pendants and the rest deliver personalized jewelry at its finest–but at about a third of the cost.

Time will tell just how far jewlery sales will drop. The shopping period that kicks off after Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and then we’ll see where the chips fall.

barkerIf you can trace your lineage back to Scotland, France, England or most any European country, you might have a family crest. This is not to say that you can use this crest in any official capacity–only the monarch-approved Knight, Count or Duke (or what have you) retains the actual ownership of the crest. These are the people who descend directly from the original families.

But, it’s still worth the research. I have a friend in England who researched his crest and found that he did indeed have direct lineage of the Knighthood associated with it. Keep in mind, he had to spend years researching and petitioning the Queen (and then thousands of pounds buying the license), but he eventually got the rights and now plasters the emblem on his Bentley.

To be precise, the crest is actually the very top part of the official family Coat of Arms. It sits on top of a helmet, which in turn sits on top of a shield. Here is more info from Wikipedia, and this site tells you what each of the components means.

So, how do you go about finding your family crest? If you’re just looking for information, you can consult any number of online family-crest finders. Or, you can let the John Christian Company do the work.

When you order one of their family crest products (including cuff links, family crest rings and pendants) their researchers and jewelers do the research based on your name and country of origin, present you with a drawing for approval, and engrave your family crest in 14k gold, 18k gold, white gold or platinum. And this is what it looks like:

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Finances are going to be tight this holiday season, so you probably don’t want to spend a lot of money on gifts that won’t be appreciated a few months (weeks, hours) after you give them. Food is always a thoughtful present, but how about something that lasts a lifetime?

John Christian Jewelry’s Monogram Collection is a great place to start. Offering a selection of monogram rings in 14K Gold, 18K Gold, Two-Tone Gold, Silver and Platinum,  they make a thoughtful gift for just about any adult age group. You can find ladies monogram rings, monogram pendants, and of course monogram cuff links.  See the images below for examples of John Christian’s dedication to personalized craftsmanship:

You can tell a lot about someone by the jewelry they wear, and I’m not talking about the amount of money they spend. Wedding rings and promise rings send a message about romantic commitments, cross pendants and Star of David necklaces let people know about religious beliefs, roman numeral rings commemorate special dates and wedding anniversaries (and help you remember them, too!), and family crest rings celebrate family history.

For a mother (or father, for that matter) there should be a way to wear something that reminds you and everyone around you about the greatest joy of your life: your children. It’s more memorable and durable than a pair of photos in your wallet, and it makes for an instant family heirloom for generations to treasure.

As part of its new Website launch, John Christian has a special page dedicate to its mothers’ rings, necklaces and bracelets. John Christian’s Continuous Life series offers personalized products with your children’s names and birthstones in beautiful, handcrafted settings.

Check out the site here, and mouse over the images for crystal-clear magnification.

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