Thursday, January 6, 2011

CJCI Convention Hotel Now Taking Reservations

CJCI Convention Hotel Now Taking Reservations

Good news! We have commenced our 2011 CJCI convention planning and the Radisson Airport Hotel is now accepting reservations for the first Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l convention to be held Oct. 21-23, 2011 in Providence, R.I.!
We’re also pleased to announce that our negotiated room rates are lower than in 2009! Rate for a deluxe double room is $119 per night; an executive suite with one king bed is $139 per night (plus applicable taxes). To reserve your room, call the hotel directly at (401) 739-3000 and mention Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l to receive our special rate.
To view the hotel, please click here: The Radisson Hotel Providence Airport 
Spacious Executive Suites Available
About The Hotel* 
Situated in a prime location adjacent to T.F. Green International Airport and minutes from downtown, our Radisson Providence hotel provides access to the area's top attractions, business parks, I-95, Johnson & Wales University and Brown University. Here, we provide valuable amenities such as a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service and in-room dining, 111 guest rooms and suites, a Fitness Center, Business Center and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access. For days and nights of entertainment, our Warwick, Rhode Island hotel's guests enjoy easy access to Providence Art Museum, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Rhode Island beaches, the Newport mansions, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Block Island. *  Information taken directly from site.  
Around Providence
  • Providence Visitor Information Center 401-751-1177, 800-233-1636
  • Providence Jewelry Museum  By appointment only.
  • Wolf E Myrow's   Located at 46 Aleppo Street, Providence, RI 02909
    Phone: (401) 331-2921  Fax: (401) 331-2172.  This is a must see for anyone coming to the convention.  The warehouse is huge.  Plan on spending several hours here and wear warm and comfortable clothes.
Look for more information on how to pay your registration fee for the convention in the coming months, but don’t wait to reserve your room if you’re planning on attending. If you've ever attended a jewelry convention at this hotel, you'll know we're not exaggerating when we say space is limited!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Highlights From CJCI's July Newletter

Ways to Participate As a Member of Costume Jewelry Collectors International.

CJCI Social Forum – Your Information & Comments are Needed!
Our jewelry friends participating in the CJCI Social Forum have posted numerous questions, topics, and news items and they’d love to have your feedback on them:
  • DeLuxe Jewelry – Has anyone heard of it? (Forum)
  • Adele Simpson Jewelry– Any other collectors out there? (Forum)
  • Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection – Is the exhibit worth seeing? (Blog)
  • James Hobe Necklace – More information on a recent forum discussion (Blog)
  • Looking for Jewelry with a Story to Tell – Do you have a piece Linda Lombardo can write about in CJCI Magazine? (Notes)
Log in to share your expertise and opinions with our CJCI friends today! If you’re not signed on yet and need a new invitation to access the site, email and she’ll take care of you.

Post a CJCI Banner or Button on Your Site – and Win!


Remember the television ad touting “an educated consumer is our best customer?” It’s cliché now for sure, but after all these years the statement is still so true when it comes to consumers recognizing craftsmanship and style.

So how can you help your customers and friends get the education they need to be better jewelry consumers? Introduce them to CJCI Magazine! To help you, we’ve recently posted a banner page with a number of options and easy-to-copy code to add to your site:

When you post one of our banners or buttons on your site, email a link to the page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free business card ad (a $45 value) in CJCI Magazine. The deadline to enter is July 25, so get those banners up soon!

Visit Advertisers Supporting the Efforts of CJCI Magazine
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What a great response we’ve had to the summer issue of CJCI Magazine! Did you notice we added four more pages to the issue you just received and featured four advertisers? Those advertisers made the magazine expansion possible so we could bring you more of the jewelry photos and features you’re telling us you love to see.

Please take a moment to thank these advertisers for their support of CJCI by visiting their businesses:

Antique Textiles Vintage Fashion Show and Sale in Sturbridge, Mass. (begins July 12)  – Linda Zukas – 207/363-1320

Bangle Caddies and Vintage Costume

Pretty Snazzy – Vintage Costume Jewelry and Rhinestones

Rhinestone Castle – Vintage Jewelry and fashion from the 1920s to the 1980s

CJCI Magazine ad deadline for the fall issue is July 31. Email Jay at or visit the CJCI website for more information on advertising options starting at just $25-45 for classified and business card ads.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l Kicks Off 2010 Accepting Charter Memberships

Pamela Wiggins
Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l
Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l Kicks Off 2010 Accepting Charter Memberships
Round Rock, Texas/Benicia, Calif.  –  Jan. 4, 2010 – Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l (CJCI) recently announced the organization of a new club to further the study of vintage costume jewelry and promote the camaraderie shared by collectors of both contemporary and vintage jewelry. CJCI welcomed its first members into the organization in early January to kick off 2010.
The need for this organization arose when Lucille Tempesta, founder of Vintage Fashion and Costume Jewelry Newsletter and Club (VFCJ), announced her retirement in late 2009. VFCJ served jewelry collectors for more than 20 years, holding its first national convention in 1993 and it’s last in 2009.
"VFCJ brought together a vast network of jewelry collectors and hobbyists over the years," said Melinda Lewis, CJCI co-founder. "We want to continue the tradition of a print-based publication focusing on jewelry collecting and the bi-annual convention we’ve all come to know and love. Pamela Wiggins and I looked at our respective talents and decided we could do that and much more."
In addition to publishing a full-color quarterly magazine-style newsletter and planning a convention for jewelry collectors in 2011, CJCI has created its own online social network where members can gather to share information on costume jewelry and discuss their collections.
“We look forward to continue serving our jewelry collecting friends through this new member-based organization, but intend to take it much further than ever before," Pam Wiggins, the other co-founder added. "We recognize the appreciation for jewelry design, history, and adornment is far-reaching, and we want our online component to connect jewelry lovers across the globe.”
Lewis, a long-time jewelry collector, historian, and stylist ( , is currently completing a book on Napier jewelry. Her dedication to educating collectors about vintage jewelry makes her uniquely qualified to serve as co-editor of CJCI’s new publication.

Wiggins, the expert guide to antiques for (, will lend her expertise as an author, editor and jewelry enthusiast to CJCI’s publication. Her experience leading local clubs for vintage costume jewelry collectors, which includes planning numerous successful conventions, will also benefit CJCI’s membership.
Both Lewis and Wiggins are ardent users and proponents of social media, including Facebook, Twitter and more specialized groups catering to costume jewelry collectors. This experience will assist them in fostering an online community and communicating with members in a timely manner.
“We foresee this as a way to share news with our members and ask for input on projects that will make our print-based publication stellar,” said Lewis. "The ways our members can assist one another, however, are endless . When you bring kindred spirits together in community, friendships blossom and help one another during the ups and downs of life. It goes far beyond what you might expect from a jewelry community. We know CJCI has this potential, and it’s an exciting place to be right now.”
CJCI yearly memberships are available at several different levels ranging from $25 to $35. Memberships for $30 and $35 include a listing in the club’s member directory. Visit for more information.
Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l is a member-based organization dedicated to furthering the study of vintage costume jewelry and supporting the global costume jewelry collecting community.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Costume Jewelry Collectors Int'l