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Cindy Edelstein Passes Away At Age 51

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Cindy Edelstein was a beloved industry figure and a tireless advocate for jewelry design. FAB PHOTO / DAN MERLO

NEW YORK — Cindy Edelstein, entrepreneur, author, editor and long-time consultant to the jewelry industry, died suddenly on Sunday, January 24. She was 51. The cause was heart failure.

Cindy began her career in the jewelry industry as an editor at JCK magazine where she was the fashion editor. This brought her in contact with jewelry designers and their work, and she soon came to realize that working with them would be her life’s work. In 1991, wanting to support the growth of jewelry design, she founded the Jeweler’s Resource Bureau with her husband, Frank Stankus, with the idea of highlighting the designers and their work in multiple ways.

Over the years she worked in many roles to that end, including that of trade show consultant for the JCK show, the Couture show and the AGTA show as well creating her own designer-centric show, globalDESIGN. She also was a prolific writer about jewelry design and her byline could be found in every jewelry trade publication as well as in industry online columns. With her husband, she co-wrote a book titled Brilliance: Masterpieces from the American Jewelry Design Council. It sold out of its first printing.


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Her efforts to help designers of every level of achievement brought her some well-deserved recognition. She was awarded the prestigious Benne Award by the American Jewelry Design Council in 1995, and was the 1996 winner of the Contemporary Design Group’s award as Best Designer Advocate. She was a long-serving member of the board of the Women’s Jewelry Association, an international group to which she devoted many years of volunteer work. In 1990, she received that organization’s Award for Editorial Excellence, and in 2001 she was recognized again by the same group for her Excellence in Marketing.

Cindy Edelstein was born in Brooklyn and attended schools on Staten Island. She attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Hofstra University, from which she graduated with a bachelors degree.

She is survived by her husband Frank, a daughter, Remy Sasha Stankus, a stepson, Byron David Stankus, a brother, Philip Edelstein, as well numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members whom she loved so dearly.

Services are being arranged and will be announced as soon as possible.

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Citizen Commercial Features Iconic ‘I’m Late’ Song From Alice In Wonderland — Watch the Video

It features the famous White Rabbit along with several hidden references to the classic film.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Along with the unveiling of Citizen’s newly branded in-park clocks at Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort as well as its Mickey Mouse timepiece launch, Citizen continues to emphasize time with the song choice for its first-ever commercial.

Paying homage to the Disney classic Alice in Wonderland, the commercial features a reworking of the iconic song “I’m Late” as sung by the White Rabbit.

The global television spot, the first in the brand’s alliance with Disney, features the famous White Rabbit along with several hidden references to the classic film. Brought to life by creative production partner Townhouse, the classic fairytale is reimagined into a modern wonderland with a combination of live action and CGI featuring Alice, the infamous Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and more.



The story opens with playful bunnies rushing a street lined with daisies. One of them is the White Rabbit in a race against time, but in today’s world. In the first scene, he’s late to a meeting with Alice and the Mad Hatter, both of whom are wearing their Citizen timepieces. In the second scenario, the White Rabbit is late to a showing of “Queen of Hearts” at the Kings Theatre. A modern-day Cheshire Cat checks his Citizen timepiece as he enters the theater on time, only to shut the door closed as the White Rabbit runs to enter, but is too late. Throughout the commercial, those around the White Rabbit, like Tweedledee and Tweedledum, are struck by his rushed persona, while the White Rabbit continues on his quest to be on time.

The commercial can be seen globally in two 15-second versions and two 30-second versions starting this fall and will air on select television networks, including ABC and FOX, as well as on Roku and in cinema with Screenvision.

Each year, Citizen will continue to celebrate its alliance with Disney by using an iconic Disney tune for advertising.

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Tiasuwan Receives JNA Lifetime Achievement Award

It’s one of the highest honors in the international jewelry and gemstone industry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Mr. Prida Tiasuwan, Board chairman of Pranda Jewelry Public Company Limited received one of the highest honors in the international jewelry and gemstone industry this year – the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the JNA Awards organized by UBM Asia.

This award is considered the highest honor for individuals who contributed to the advancement of the jewelry industry by promoting the best business practices, leadership excellence and innovation. Mr. Prida is also known for nurturing new generations of artists who are preserving Thailand’s time-honored jewelry-making traditions. The event was held on September 17, 2018 at the Hong Kong Jewelry & Gem Fair.

“I am truly honored and grateful to receive this international accolade from the JNA Awards. This industry has given me so much happiness in my life. I and top leaders around me have trained and developed thousands of people into becoming fine craftsmen, and I am extremely delighted to say that they are proud to create beautiful and exquisite jewelry pieces.  I feel that God has given us the duty to fulfill the needs of those who wish to celebrate meaningful occasions by offering special and unique jewelry to their loved ones. We have accomplished this task – and more – since we ensure that all our products are and will be produced in a socially responsible way,” Mr. Prida shared.

“I’m honored and I’m feeling happy to receive this award. Then I start to reflect after that moment onward and I realized that is this really the most important point?
Our industry has never really been admired properly. We had served the world or at least half of the world to make them happy, to make them feel confident. We use our two hands to cut to beautify the stones that nobody wants into a most beautiful thing and we do it with happiness.

I was very happy because every time when I look at my workers, I look at them like precious things. When I look at their faces, they are so happy to do what they are doing, but they never really been recognized properly. And now I feel that I am the extension of them to get something that they can feel proud of. Thanks JNA for lifting the spirit of the gems and jewelry industry and lifting the spirit of workers who has produced the thing that they love for the people that love beautiful things.” Mr. Prida said while receiving the award.

Mr. Prida known as one of Thailand’s visionary business leaders, is credited for transforming PRANDA Group into one of the world’s top jewelry manufacturers and exporters, and the Southeast Asian country’s flagship jewelry brand. Under Prida’s leadership, PRANDA mastered the mass-production of fine-quality jewellery, a feat which used to be the exclusive domain of highly skilled goldsmiths. This high-profile industry pioneer also champions Thailand-made jewellery globally, encouraging other home-grown manufacturers to explore and capture international markets.

Mr. Prida has devoted himself to the industry for more than four decades. He currently serves as vice president of the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association, director of the Subcommittee on Marketing at The Gem & Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) and director of The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO). He is also a member (5th Class) of The Most Noble Order of The Crown of Thailand for his outstanding service to the Kingdom of Thailand.


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Harry Kotlar Celebrates Grand Boutique Opening at Tiny Jewel Box and 70th Year Anniversary

Both Harry Kotlar and Tiny Jewel Box have decades-long histories.

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WASHINGTON – One of the world’s top jewelry design houses, Harry Kotlar, celebrated its 70th anniversary and the opening of its new boutique at Tiny Jewelry Box in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8. 

“Both Harry Kotlar and Tiny Jewel Box have decades-long histories,” says David Wiener, Harry Kotlar’s president and head designer. “The opening of the Harry Kotlar boutique inside Tiny Jewel Box represents a confluence of those two histories. It’s also a tangible proof of our shared commitment to excellence and luxury.”

The focus of the event was the anniversary collection, which gathered seven key pieces — one for each decade of the brand’s existence. Each piece references popular design hallmarks of the time, but are nonetheless timeless.

Guests of the event, which included Kotlar collectors, jewelry enthusiasts, influencers and editors, witnessed the unveiling of the anniversary collection. Each of the pieces were curated and presented in museum-like vignettes with a unique Museum Audio Guide. Eighteen of Harry Kotlar’s collections were also presented in a museum-like environment. Guests also had an opportunity to create their own Harry Kotlar pieces with a Harry Kotlar Illustrator onsite. 

Viewed as a whole, the collections told the story of Harry Kotlar’s dedication to jewelry-making.

Now, About that Surprise Gold Kotlar Locket…

There was actually an eighth piece in the collection, and it caused quite a stir among attendees.

That piece was a golden locket, made in the image of Harry Kotlar’s personal golden pocket watch. During World War II, Harry used his own watch as an exchange to guarantee safe passage for his family. That sacrifice paved the way for his family’s bright future — and the future of the brand.

The locket was crafted with tthe high craftsmanship given to all pieces in the anniversary collection. At the center of the locket was a opal from Helen Kotlar’s personal collection. The front of the locket is adorned with a special Lily Artisan Pavé, a tribute to Harry’s wife Helen, who adored flowers. Re-envisioning Harry’s pocket watch as a locket allows its bearer to insert their own mementos and photographs, in effect making them become a part of the jewelry design house’s decades-long history.

An Exceptional Book & Film for An Exceptional History

Each of these pieces were featured within the pages of an exclusive coffee table book and fashion film, which was also released at the boutique opening. The book and two-minute film give the audience a first-hand look into the evolution of Harry Kotlar’s design philosophy and dedication to the craft.

Each chapter shows Harry Kotlar’s evolution of design and the inspiration behind each anniversary piece. One of the key fashion inspirations? The little black dress, which has proven to be a common element through all the decades.

“The little black dress, much like our jewelry, has also evolved through the years and remained classic and sophisticated — which is why I decided to dress the model in versions of the dress that epitomizes each decade,” says Czarah Cabrera, brand & creative director for Harry Kotlar. “Combining fine jewelry with fashion was intentional; most contemporary jewelry compositions look cold and impersonal. By adding a fashion element that visually tells a story — specifically, the evolution of the little black dress — we give the photographs and the film a keen sense of humanity while maintaining their timelessness, poetry and iconic status.”

The result is a book and film designed to serve as a tribute to the Harry Kotlar legacy. All the attendees took home one of these remarkable books for them to keep.

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