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Company Man — May 2007

We’ve had several big initiatives in 2007. One of the most consuming has been developing a website around Helen’s wedding rings. A year ago, May 2006, Helen started designing wedding bands. We had a few, but it took us nearly a year to develop the line and nail down the details so that we could get the extensive variation we are capable of producing on line. Working in gold over silver, we are able to produce a wonderful designer ring in the two hundred to six hundred dollar price range. This is due to be launched in the middle of May on our website, artisan weddingrings.com

Our second big push has been to move more toward green and socially responsible jewelry. We introduced a plan for carbon offset in just last week which we had been developing for many months. This is part of an over all strategy to tied our brand to socially responsible jewelry practices. We were already doing business this way, but we had not letting people know about it.

Up and coming—a total redesign of Celticjewelry.com. We are starting this May and we hope to have a new site up by Sept. 1.

Company Man February — 2007

We have introduced a new line of 18K gold over sterling silver two-tone bridal designs in our 2006-2007 catalogs. Each ring is fabricated from sheet gold and silver that is formed and stamped by one of our five highly skilled jewelers.

The pieces range between $250 and $600, before the cost of additional gemstones. Though the rings are made for anyone who loves the knot work design, we also hope to hit the bridal market. In most cases, the design goes all the way around the ring. Many of the rings can be produced in 18K yellow gold or variations of gold and silver. The designs can be accented by diamonds and colored gems.

Many people are tired of the commercial bands and want a handmade product with great design. While many wedding rings are made, using wax carved by a machine, these pieces are made by hand using techniques indigenous to the American Southwest. These rings are formed, stamped and entirely fabricated by hand from gold and silver.

They stand out in today’s market as completely unique.

######
Company Man — June 2006

This past May, OC Tanner, the world’s leading provider of employee gifts and incentives to businesses world wide, named our company a “Superior Supplier” for the second straight year. Just three companies out of approximately 300 were given this award.

All of us are proud of this achievement. O.C. Tanner is our largest, most important customer. I met with their buyers and management in Salt Lake City this past spring and found out we are the only company they purchases from employing less than twenty people. Last year, our product quality and on time delivery exceeded 99%.

What is exceptional about working with OC, is that they are willing to work on a win/win basis, have high integrity and share many of our core values. One challenge that we and many other manufacturers face is that we have to have a large capacity over the holiday season, yet we must somehow keep everyone busy for the rest of the year.

In this regard, having OC Tanner as a customer helps us tremendously. Their strong orders all year around help even out our production.

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In June, we were one of five companies honored at an award ceremony by the City Counsel and Mayor of Santa Fe. This happened formally at a City Counsel meeting where we were photographed by the press.

What we are most proud about is the criteria for being selected. They included wages and benefits, working conditions, job creation, charitable contributions and diversity in the work place.

It was wonderful to be presented this award by our city. Helen and I have lived here nearly twenty years and we love the city and the large community. Yet Santa Fe is a very expensive place to live. We are proud that, over the years we’ve been in business, five employees have bought their own houses while working for us.

######

In June, we formally committed to Fair Trade practices. Fair Trade practices includes offering living wages and working conditions in their company, and committing to support other companies who share these values, throughout their supply chain. The Fair Trade movement is at its very initial phase in the jewelry industry as a whole. We recognize that it will take some time to source out suppliers that are in alignment with our view point. The steps we have taken include:

  • Implementing a generous, wage and benefit package to our employees.
  • All domestic gold purchased by the company is recycled.
  • Sourcing out some suppliers, including gem dealers, that have a directly positive impact on the communities in the developing world.

I do not want to mislead anyone here. We have thousands of inventory pieces from dozens and dozens of suppliers.” But we are committed to taking baby steps, which can add up.

We will also have to differentiate ourselves from our competition because Fair Trade can cost more. Right now, much of what is taking place in our industry as a whole is unsustainable in the long term and plainly unethical in the short term. A diamond ring that symbolizes love to the wearer cannot mean exploitation and destruction of the environment to those who produced any of its parts.

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Company Man — May 2007

We’ve had several big initiatives in 2007. One of the most consuming has been developing a website around Helen’s wedding rings. A year ago, May 2006, Helen started designing wedding bands. We had a few, but it took us nearly a year to develop the line and nail down the details so that we could get the extensive variation we are capable of producing on line. Working in gold over silver, we are able to produce a wonderful designer ring in the two hundred to six hundred dollar price range. This is due to be launched in the middle of May on our website, artisan weddingrings.com

Our second big push has been to move more toward green and socially responsible jewelry. We introduced a plan for carbon offset in just last week which we had been developing for many months. This is part of an over all strategy to tied our brand to socially responsible jewelry practices. We were already doing business this way, but we had not letting people know about it.

Up and coming—a total redesign of Celticjewelry.com. We are starting this May and we hope to have a new site up by Sept. 1.

Company Man February — 2007

We have introduced a new line of 18K gold over sterling silver two-tone bridal designs in our 2006-2007 catalogs. Each ring is fabricated from sheet gold and silver that is formed and stamped by one of our five highly skilled jewelers.

The pieces range between $250 and $600, before the cost of additional gemstones. Though the rings are made for anyone who loves the knot work design, we also hope to hit the bridal market. In most cases, the design goes all the way around the ring. Many of the rings can be produced in 18K yellow gold or variations of gold and silver. The designs can be accented by diamonds and colored gems.

Many people are tired of the commercial bands and want a handmade product with great design. While many wedding rings are made, using wax carved by a machine, these pieces are made by hand using techniques indigenous to the American Southwest. These rings are formed, stamped and entirely fabricated by hand from gold and silver.

They stand out in today’s market as completely unique.

######
Company Man — June 2006

This past May, OC Tanner, the world’s leading provider of employee gifts and incentives to businesses world wide, named our company a “Superior Supplier” for the second straight year. Just three companies out of approximately 300 were given this award.

All of us are proud of this achievement. O.C. Tanner is our largest, most important customer. I met with their buyers and management in Salt Lake City this past spring and found out we are the only company they purchases from employing less than twenty people. Last year, our product quality and on time delivery exceeded 99%.

What is exceptional about working with OC, is that they are willing to work on a win/win basis, have high integrity and share many of our core values. One challenge that we and many other manufacturers face is that we have to have a large capacity over the holiday season, yet we must somehow keep everyone busy for the rest of the year.

In this regard, having OC Tanner as a customer helps us tremendously. Their strong orders all year around help even out our production.

######

In June, we were one of five companies honored at an award ceremony by the City Counsel and Mayor of Santa Fe. This happened formally at a City Counsel meeting where we were photographed by the press.

What we are most proud about is the criteria for being selected. They included wages and benefits, working conditions, job creation, charitable contributions and diversity in the work place.

It was wonderful to be presented this award by our city. Helen and I have lived here nearly twenty years and we love the city and the large community. Yet Santa Fe is a very expensive place to live. We are proud that, over the years we’ve been in business, five employees have bought their own houses while working for us.

######

In June, we formally committed to Fair Trade practices. Fair Trade practices includes offering living wages and working conditions in their company, and committing to support other companies who share these values, throughout their supply chain. The Fair Trade movement is at its very initial phase in the jewelry industry as a whole. We recognize that it will take some time to source out suppliers that are in alignment with our view point. The steps we have taken include:

I do not want to mislead anyone here. We have thousands of inventory pieces from dozens and dozens of suppliers.” But we are committed to taking baby steps, which can add up.

We will also have to differentiate ourselves from our competition because Fair Trade can cost more. Right now, much of what is taking place in our industry as a whole is unsustainable in the long term and plainly unethical in the short term. A diamond ring that symbolizes love to the wearer cannot mean exploitation and destruction of the environment to those who produced any of its parts.

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Company Man — May 2007

We’ve had several big initiatives in 2007. One of the most consuming has been developing a website around Helen’s wedding rings. A year ago, May 2006, Helen started designing wedding bands. We had a few, but it took us nearly a year to develop the line and nail down the details so that we could get the extensive variation we are capable of producing on line. Working in gold over silver, we are able to produce a wonderful designer ring in the two hundred to six hundred dollar price range. This is due to be launched in the middle of May on our website, artisan weddingrings.com

Our second big push has been to move more toward green and socially responsible jewelry. We introduced a plan for carbon offset in just last week which we had been developing for many months. This is part of an over all strategy to tied our brand to socially responsible jewelry practices. We were already doing business this way, but we had not letting people know about it.

Up and coming—a total redesign of Celticjewelry.com. We are starting this May and we hope to have a new site up by Sept. 1.

Company Man February — 2007

We have introduced a new line of 18K gold over sterling silver two-tone bridal designs in our 2006-2007 catalogs. Each ring is fabricated from sheet gold and silver that is formed and stamped by one of our five highly skilled jewelers.

The pieces range between $250 and $600, before the cost of additional gemstones. Though the rings are made for anyone who loves the knot work design, we also hope to hit the bridal market. In most cases, the design goes all the way around the ring. Many of the rings can be produced in 18K yellow gold or variations of gold and silver. The designs can be accented by diamonds and colored gems.

Many people are tired of the commercial bands and want a handmade product with great design. While many wedding rings are made, using wax carved by a machine, these pieces are made by hand using techniques indigenous to the American Southwest. These rings are formed, stamped and entirely fabricated by hand from gold and silver.

They stand out in today’s market as completely unique.

######
Company Man — June 2006

This past May, OC Tanner, the world’s leading provider of employee gifts and incentives to businesses world wide, named our company a “Superior Supplier” for the second straight year. Just three companies out of approximately 300 were given this award.

All of us are proud of this achievement. O.C. Tanner is our largest, most important customer. I met with their buyers and management in Salt Lake City this past spring and found out we are the only company they purchases from employing less than twenty people. Last year, our product quality and on time delivery exceeded 99%.

What is exceptional about working with OC, is that they are willing to work on a win/win basis, have high integrity and share many of our core values. One challenge that we and many other manufacturers face is that we have to have a large capacity over the holiday season, yet we must somehow keep everyone busy for the rest of the year.

In this regard, having OC Tanner as a customer helps us tremendously. Their strong orders all year around help even out our production.

######

In June, we were one of five companies honored at an award ceremony by the City Counsel and Mayor of Santa Fe. This happened formally at a City Counsel meeting where we were photographed by the press.

What we are most proud about is the criteria for being selected. They included wages and benefits, working conditions, job creation, charitable contributions and diversity in the work place.

It was wonderful to be presented this award by our city. Helen and I have lived here nearly twenty years and we love the city and the large community. Yet Santa Fe is a very expensive place to live. We are proud that, over the years we’ve been in business, five employees have bought their own houses while working for us.

######

In June, we formally committed to Fair Trade practices. Fair Trade practices includes offering living wages and working conditions in their company, and committing to support other companies who share these values, throughout their supply chain. The Fair Trade movement is at its very initial phase in the jewelry industry as a whole. We recognize that it will take some time to source out suppliers that are in alignment with our view point. The steps we have taken include:

I do not want to mislead anyone here. We have thousands of inventory pieces from dozens and dozens of suppliers.” But we are committed to taking baby steps, which can add up.

We will also have to differentiate ourselves from our competition because Fair Trade can cost more. Right now, much of what is taking place in our industry as a whole is unsustainable in the long term and plainly unethical in the short term. A diamond ring that symbolizes love to the wearer cannot mean exploitation and destruction of the environment to those who produced any of its parts.

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