My Visit to Japan

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Last Summer, Bill and I took an unexpected visit Japan. We were called to travel there on business, and fortunately made personal time to explore this amazing country. We were so inspired by the proud, kind, respectful people; the natural beauty of the gardens and mountains, and the spiritual history honored by the temples and shrines.

 

 

This life-changing visit inspired my Japan Collection, which includes elements of the Japanese gardens, bamboo, cherry blossoms, the majestic crane, the prayer knot and the ginkgo leaf. 

I hope this collection brings calm , inspiration, beauty and joy to your wardrobe this season.

Love, Carolyn

 

 

 

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Discover the Amalfi Coast

Bill and I had the ultimate gift of being hosted by our dear friends along the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Mario is native to the area and he and his wife Branka were so passionate about the places they would introduce us to. We spent time exploring Ischia, Capri, Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, each with its unique charm and beauty. Needless to say, we were inspired by the places we visited, but also by the delightful people we are blessed to call our dear friends. Upon our return home, Bill and I immediately collaborated with our design team on these inspired collections, celebrating this amazing part of our world. We hope they take you away!

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The Positano collection celebrates architectural treasures through inspired sterling bezels and prongs that embrace cushion cut gemstones of golden mother of pearl, blue lace agate, orange carnelian, variscite and salmon coral. Recapturing the picturesque memories  of Positano.

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CAPRI

The Capri collection features clusters of faceted citrine in sterling branches and leaves from the lemon tree.

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RAVELLO

The Ravello collection captures the colors and intricate details of the ceramics of Ravello in romantic silver work and vibrant turquoise and citrine. 

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Women of the World, Thank You

We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate International Women’s Day today! We have a lot of “girl power” here at Carolyn Pollack Jewelry headquarters with incredible women on our team from all over the globe. In celebration, we asked them to pick out the Carolyn Pollack Jewelry they love the most, and we’ve put it all into a flash sale as a way of sharing this day with all of you!
The history of International Women’s Day is very interesting, and we encourage you to look up how this important day of recognition came about. A lot has changed since “National Women’s Day” was first celebrated in 1909, but one thing remains the same: Women deserve to be celebrated, not just on this day but every day, for their strength, resilience, and the innumerable contributions they have given the world on every level and from every corner of the world.
We invite you to meet a few of our strong, incredible women from around the world.
Pictured below, from left to right are:
Ungelbah, Navajo Nation, USA; Lily, Vietnam; Zisumy, Mexico; Louisa, New Mexico, USA;  Sophia, Ecuador; Lisa, New Mexico, USA; Carolyn, proudly representing her Swedish-Irish heritage; Glenda, Mexico; and Karen, United Kingdom.
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We thank all the women on our team for the imagination, creativity, and hard work they bring to the table every day. We also say thank you to all of the women and the girls across the world, may you be celebrated, cherished and empowered!

 

 

 

Shop now so you can savor Thanksgiving weekend…

I LOVE Thanksgiving. It has always been my favorite holiday. As a child, I looked forward to gathering with all my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents at my Aunt Jenny’s and Uncle Wayne’s home. We went around the table, each sharing what we were most thankful for. Most often, it included family, one another. After a big meal, we would go outside for a highly competitive game of football, come inside for warmth and desert, and more competition around a board game or charades. Driving the two hours home from Jenny’s, what I looked forward to most were the Christmas street lights of St Peter, Minnesota, the official sign that Christmas was near.

The long Thanksgiving weekend has always been full of family activities: sledding, skating, more board games, and more eating, yes, even as an adult. I have to admit, I have never been a big Black Friday mall shopper, even though I hail from the land of 10,000 lakes and the Mall of America. Bill and I have wonderful memories travelling to Minnesota or Buffalo, New York with our kids to spend time with our families. It never involved hitting the stores. It was ALL about family.

I know, today Black Friday shopping doesn’t necessarily mean physically abandoning the family before the last of the Thanksgiving dishes are placed into the dishwasher. But it does temp us to retreat to our devices rather than snuggling around the TV for the umpteenth viewing of Miracle on 34th Street.

So, I convinced my team at Carolyn Pollack Jewelry to try something different this year. We are having our Site Wide Sale THIS weekend!  Get a jump on our biggest Sitewide Sale of the year NOW, so that you can enjoy the true pleasure of the Thanksgiving holiday; giving thanks, enjoying your loved ones and those yummy leftovers around a fire while watching football and your favorite classic holiday movies.

Now is the time to shop the entire site, because EVERYTHING, including our beautiful Joyland Gifts and Clearance. You’re going to need some time for this, but don’t wait too long, the sale ends Monday!

I am so thankful for you, my friends. Have a yummy, safe, relaxing and joyful Thanksgiving!

Carolyn

We Support Catherine Tantillo

Many individuals spend countless hours supporting causes close to them. We’d like to introduce ones uch person in hope that you’ll join us in solidarity to continue fighting breast cancer.

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In 2000 Catherine Tantillo was driving to work, she heard something about the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on the radio. Thinking it would be a great thing to do; she arrived at work and registered for the walk. The following year she started her own fund raiser to support the annual New York Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and has never looked back. To date Catherine has raised over $300k!

For the 5th year, Carolyn Pollack Jewelry is honored to donate a collection to support Catherine Tantillo’s annual fund raiser in New York. The details of the event can be found at this link: https://give.bcrf.org/katie2018

I Love the Idea of a Trunk Show!

Carolyn Pollack Jewelry is “In the Spotlight” on QVC.com beginning September 8th!

I love the idea of a Trunk Show. Growing up in a small community that centered around our local department store, I always looked forward to these special events, which became somewhat of a frenzy. I come from a “Minnesota Nice” community that is also fiercely competitive. So, we lined up early and peacefully for a special event like a Trunk Show. What made a Trunk Show so special then is probably even more special in this era of unlimited shopping choices on the internet.  Although I’m not physically wheeling my trunk full of limited edition goodies onto the department store escalator, I am definitely offering the special opportunity to be one of the few to pick up some very limited treasures.

When I was invited to participate in QVC’s Designer Jewelry Trunk Show, I was thrilled! First, it gave me permission to spend time in my favorite design room full of beads I have been collecting in my travels over the years. Those of you who know me know that I love colorful fashion. So when I approach a special project like this, I start with fashion color palettes I am passionate about. In this case, I chose three. The first is Romantic. It features shades of green, purple, garnet and mauve. The second is Dramatic and Edgy, which includes inky blues, silver, gray, black and pops of red. The third is Neutral, which combines natural earth tones, moonstone and cool blues.

 

I am also excited about bringing one of my favorite collections back, as well as two new charm bracelet combinations. And speaking of limited editions, how about a few new Sleeping Beauty turquoise items?

I must admit, I got a little nostalgic preparing for my Trunk Show, and pulled out my mini trunks, mannequin and clothing rack. I’m ready to open the “doors” and let the treasure hunt begin!

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I hope you enjoy the event, I look forward to hearing about your “finds”!  I’ll be giving you some sneak peeks live on QVC2 September 11th at 9pm ET, and September 12th at noon and 8pm ET.

I look forward to spending time together!

Love,

Carolyn

 

Dress for Success!

What an amazing visit I had with the Dress for Success Dallas Affiliates.  If you’re not familiar with this nonprofit organization, Dress for Success provides professional attire for low-income women, to help support their job-search and interview process. But be warned, they are “so much more than simply a new outfit.”  

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Deb from our Gaylord Texan Gallery and Dr. Freeman from Dress for Success

 

Upon entering their Dallas office, their Mission Statement was apparent; “Empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”  With the vision of “A world where all women are financially independent, treated with dignity and respect and are directly impacting their lives and those of their families.” Collaborating with 160 Dress for Success affiliates and operating in 30 countries, they serve more than one million women globally.

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DFS Dallas Career Center

 

Women are referred to the organization though various outlets; homeless shelters, domestic abuse shelters, job training programs and word of mouth.  Yes, when you walk in the offices you see business attire clothing, accessories from shoes to purses and even undergarments, but to get to that point, you’re given the tools to get you to that first interview.  Resume building, mock interview training, cover letter instruction and so much more.

The outfit and accessory rooms at DFS Dallas

 

When the client interviews and gets that job, they are encouraged to return to Dress for Success for additional outfits and accessories to ease into the workforce.  To further ensure that each woman is moving towards meaningful and sustainable careers, there are additional programs and meeting to help retain their jobs and developing their professional skills. With monthly Professional Woman’s Groups, women lock arms with other women and support and encourage each other.

As Dr. Lauren Freeman, Chairman of the Board, Dress for Success Dallas, so clearly states, “Real Women are vulnerable, Real Women are transparent, Real Women use their strengths to Empower others!”  And, as a eight year employee of Relios and Carolyn Pollack Sterling Jewelry, I’ve never been so proud to be involved in partnering with this amazing organization.  My hope is that these two day of sharing profits in each sale will not only impact the life of a woman in need, but also stir something inside of you. Celebrate being a woman!

Discover the Amalfi Coast

Bill and I had the ultimate gift of being hosted by our dear friends along the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Mario is native to the area and he and his wife Branka were so passionate about the places they would introduce us to. We spent time exploring Ischia, Capri, Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, each with its unique charm and beauty. Needless to say, we were inspired by the places we visited, but also by the delightful people we are blessed to call our dear friends.  Upon our return home, Bill and I immediately collaborated with our design team on these inspired collections, celebrating this amazing part of our world. We hope they take you away!

Please join me on this “jewelry journey” on QVC!

June 13th at 2:00am ET on QVC

June 14th at 2:00pm ET on QVC

June 14th at 10:00pm ET on QVC2

June 15th at 4:00pm ET on QVC

June 16th at 9:00am ET on QVC2

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I was blown away by the amazing cliffside gardens along the Amalfi Coast. The colors and scents of the flowers on an intimate patio inviting us to look beyond to the breathtaking view of the endless sea and sky. I had never seen anything quite like this. It is no surprise that this magical, natural beauty inspires the passion and romance so prominent in Italian fabrics and fashion.

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Natural Beauty adorns you with the beauty and romance of the garden. The natural, easy elegance of the Amalfi Coast.


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A sense of calm embraced us when Positano first came into view, our boat approaching the sun washed Moorish style architecture that climbs the steep cliffs overlooking the sea. As we climbed the narrow streets and stairways I kept wondering how this was all constructed, tucked neatly yet naturally together to create this amazing city. I was entranced by each structure’s unique color and shape, as well as its balcony, archways and awnings.

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The Positano collection celebrates these architectural treasures through inspired sterling bezels and prongs that embrace cushion cut gemstones of golden mother of pearl, blue lace agate, orange carnelian, variscite and salmon coral. Recapturing the picturesque memories  of Positano.

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CAPRI

The hills of the island of Capri are alive with the vibrant color of lemon trees. The lemon’s refreshing taste, scent and color are are an integral element in coastal Italian culture, lifestyle and fashion. We literally dined under a sky of lemons one gorgeous evening on the island of Capri.

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The Capri collection features clusters of faceted citrine in sterling branches and leaves from the lemon tree.

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RAVELLO

This lush cliffside village is beloved for the breathtaking views from its many gardens. It is also here  where some of the most iconic and collected Italian ceramics are still crafted and shipped around the world. If only I had more time to shop! These intricate patterns  inspire not only colorful home décor, but also motifs in clothing and accessories.

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The Ravello collection captures the colors and intricate details of the ceramics of Ravello in romantic silver work and vibrant turquoise and citrine.      

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

In my life, I have been fortunate to be faced with both obstacles and opportunities that have guided my journey in unexpected ways. As one of four children raised by a single mom, it was a fortunate necessity that I get creative and resourceful if I wanted new clothing, my first snow skis, or a new bike. My mom and I designed my clothing, she bringing them to life late at night at the sewing machine.

Thanks to my mom’s faith, talent, and positive spirit, my family was always cared for, despite our financial struggle. Our birthday parties were always special. There was no “Party City” nor websites from which to order cake molds, decorations, games or party favors. My mom made every occasion special through her love, enthusiasm and creativity.

I am grateful for the love and commitment my mom exuded during those difficult years. I remember vividly the look on my mom’s face when she got off the phone that night in 1979. One of her high school friends remembered my mom’s dream of owning a bridal shop someday, which would allow her to create magical moments and memories for countless others, as she did for us. This friend was ready to try something new in her life, and she and my mom soon opened shop in a charming historic house. While my mom was passionate about the business, her friend decided it wasn’t for her, and they parted
ways. It was a sad situation that I shared with Dixie, my boss at our local department store, Brett’s. As luck would have it, the company was ready to lease its bridal department rather than continuing to run it themselves. Dixie wondered if my mom would like to lease it. That phone call to my mom would be one of the happiest of my life. What started out in a back corner of the dress department, my mom would grow to be one of the largest bridal shops in Minnesota. And yes, that still meant spending late nights at the sewing machine making sure every wedding was perfect!

My mom and I love reminiscing about those days, and always burst out in laughter when we look at the pretty crazy dresses she had me model for the bridal edition of our local newspaper (circa 1984)!

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Happy Mother’s Day!
Love,
Carolyn

Recycling in Always in Style: Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! We draw so much inspiration from the varied landscapes in the U.S., and have such a love for this land a a whole, that this day always holds a special place in our hearts. We have a large variety of natural resources in America that I feel a partial responsibility to protect. Whether it be our waters or our forests, we want to make sure that our children and grandchildren have the chance to play among these natural wonders, just as you and I did growing up.

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 In New Mexico, where Bill and I live, we have some of the best wind, geothermal and solar resources in the U.S. That’s a bit of a no-brainer for anyone that has ever visited or lived here. At this moment the sun is pouring onto my house and I hear leaves and wind chimes making some beautiful music outside. It’s exciting to live in an area where these renewable resources are not being taken for granted. Last year the New Energy Economy issued a report with a possible pathway to 100 percent renewable electricity sectors for New Mexico by 2035.

 The large Native American population in New Mexico that we get to live and work amongst also keeps us mindful of the beautiful Indigenous belief that it is our job to protect the environment for the next seven generations. These are all just a few of the reasons that Carolyn Pollack Jewelry prides itself on using 100% reclaimed silver in all of our jewelry. We recognize that metal mining is one of the most environmentally destructive types of mining out there, as well as very dangerous and low paying to the miners involved. So, we opt to cast our jewelry with recycled and refined precious metals, which still have the same high quality as newly mined metals due to the high-tech way they are reclaimed.

 The use of recycled precious metals is an important part of Carolyn Pollack Jewelry’s commitment to the earth and to the creation of ethical luxury. So as you deck out in your favorite CP pieces today, you can do so knowing you’ve chosen to decrease environmental destruction, and that is a fashion that will never go out of style!