Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Thinking Pink Can Save Lives

It's one of the oldest known forms of cancer and the second most common form of cancer in the world (more than 10% of all cases). It ranks fifth amongst all cancers in deaths. While it is 100 times less prevalent in men, it knows no gender. Breast Cancer is a devastating illness that takes lives and destroys spirits.

It doesn't have to be this way. Time, money and effort can go a long way in making strides against diseases like Breast Cancer. The fight against breast cancer is a cause that has struck Bill and Carolyn as being an important piece of activism for Relios. So Carolyn and Bill are making a statement about our commitment to doing good in the world.
For the fourth consecutive year, Carolyn is participating in the Breast Cancer 3-Day(Philadelphia -- October 17-19, 2008). This 60-mile walk through the City of Brotherly Love, is a march of hope and determination aimed at raising funds for the National Philanthropic Trust and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Donations and the teams entry fees all go to the benefit of these two crucial organizations. Carolyn and her friends have come together to form Elise's Army, a team named in honor of their late friend who survived breast cancer at an early age and participated in the walk the last three years. To raise money, Elise's Army, will be selling a natural pink rhodonite and sterling silver necklace made and donated by Relios Jewelry. Every cent of the purchase goes towards the eradication of breast cancer.

Along with the rhodonite necklace, Relios Jewelry will also be donating 10% of our sales of pink jewelry during the Month of October to Elise's Army. If that isn't awesome enough, Relios is donating $25,000 worth of jewelry to QVC UK for their Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show.

Be on the lookout for Carolyn's recap of the walk and the travails of living in a pink tent city for two nights! Meanwhile, head over to the Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness special section of the Relios Jewelry website and make a difference for women (and men!) the world over.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Good for your Corazon, Great for your Wallet

You always feel good when you catch a great deal. You brag to your friends about how you found this skirt, those shoes, this blouse all at a crazy good price. Face the facts, when you find high quality fashion at a great price, you come out both looking great and looking like a genius!

People are shopping for bargains more than ever now. Gas prices are high, the stock market is rough, and this is pushing the price of your favorite products through the roof. You need some respite from all the craziness. What better way than to stock your wardrobe with great looking jewelry priced to be light on the pocketbook?

That's the spirit of the Corazon Collection by Relios Jewelry. We're striving to put you back in the driver's seat, by offering you our top-quality, designer jewelry at clearance prices. We've taken discontinued collection jewelry and reduced the price to help you regain control of your jewelry collection. Our goal has always been the same: make people shine with our jewelry, and we feel that by giving you an opportunity to capture some great looks for a fraction of what you would have paid anywhere else is a great way to do that.

But this also means that these great pieces of jewelry are limited in their supply! So, if you want that unique look, you need to act fast!

You'll find turquoise, lapis, sterling silver... You'll find earrings, bracelets, and necklaces... You'll find fun and fanciful jewelry for a small, small, small price! So run over to the outlet jewelry section of the Relios homepage today and grab your bit of budget flash and flair today.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Purple Is Where The Party Is

As the cold weather moves in, the leaves turn signaling the coming of the autumn season. It's time for hot cider, warm fires and holiday parties. It's also time for the new Fall fashion season to kick into gear! This year the stars of the color palette are deep blues and purples.

from Lucky Magazine, Sep. 2008, pg 128

According the Pantone Fall 2008 Color Trends Report, designers are emphasizing blues, greens and purples, with warm reds, orange and yellows this year. Along with the color palette, there are hints that the fashion style echoes Art Deco styling. In their Fall Fashion issue,Vogue magazine is advocating "statement necklaces," big bold necklaces that really give you a sense of flair.

from Lucky Magazine, Sep. 2008, pg 122
from Relios Jewelry, Passionate Purple 3 Strand Necklace

Purple is believed to be favorite color of the Pharaoh Cleopatra, an icon of powerful women in history and royalty. Find the pharaoh in you by joining in on the fall craze for purple and dark blues.

Start your fall jewelry now with the Passionate Purples and the Fabulous Fuchsias Collections by Carolyn Pollack at Relios Jewelry.

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Sun Sets on the Santa Fe Indian Market

We're sad to see it go, but we know that if the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market didn't come to an end, we'd have nothing to get excited about next year -- and we get pretty hyped up about it!

But while we've still got Indian Market 2008 on the noggin, we wanted to share some of what Bill, Carolyn and Susan found!

Award winners

As in years past, Bill and Carolyn Pollack, our company President/Founder and Vice President/Lead Designer respectively, sponsored an award at this year's Indian Market. It's part of a philosophy about dedicating Relios to giving back to those we benefit from. We use recycled silver to take care of the environment, and by sponsoring an award at the Indian Market we honor the people immersed in the southwestern culture that inspires our jewelry.

This year, Bill and Carolyn sponsored the Best of Jewelry Classification award. The winner was Rebecca Begay for her seed pot, a fresh and fun piece of silver decorated with a light-hearted floral design. Along with her husband, Darryl, Rebecca creates her floral design castings using tufa stone.
Rebecca Begay with Carolyn and Bill Pollack

Other award winners include Sheldon Harvey, who picked up two awards, and Fritz Casuse, who won a first place award for his flat spider ring set. Andrew Rodriguez also went home with two awards!

New Friends in the Relios Family

Just as we did with Roderick Tenorio some time ago, we made some new friends at Indian Market this year. We're going to be working with three new native designers we met at the Indian Market and we think you're going love their designs.

First is Cody Sanderson. Cody caught some looks with his naja pendant and a venus flytrap inspired sculpture (a collaboration with Pat Pruitt). His embossed graphics style really turned some heads.
Cody Sanderson

Next we've partnered with Fritz Casuse. Fritz's jewelry pieces display an air of dimensionality that really bring something new to the table. We really liked his "tube" drop earrings and the bracelet with dangling amber stones.
Fritz Casuse

Rounding out the trio of great designers we've partnered is Veronica Benally. Bill and Carolyn spent some time with Veronica talking about her daughters, Hope and Venus and their budding talents. Both of her daughters are planning pieces for a show in May. Good luck, Hope and Venus!
Veronica Benally with Carolyn Pollack

Reaction to the Indian Market

It seems that this year's style in jewelry has moved away from traditional Native American/southwestern design. Bill, Carolyn and Susan came across a varying gradient of styles, but it seems that the move towards more contemporary design has found a home with the designers at the Indian Market this year. When you look at the scuplture by Cody Sanderson and Pat Pruitt, the teardrop cluster piece by Colin Coonsis, Sheldon Harvey's painting, and Rebecca Begay's seed pod, you can see that contemporary design is taking root in Native American art.

It will be fascinating to see which direction the art and jewelry at the Santa Fe Indian Market will take in 2009. We can't wait!

In the meantime, be sure to visit the Relios homepage often as we roll out new jewelry collections and introduce our new design partners in the coming weeks! And don't forget our ever growing outlet section where you'll find real deals on genuine, natural gemstone jewelry and discount sterling silver jewelry.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Photos of the Santa Fe Indian Market

If you had the opportunity to make it out to this year's Santa Fe Indian Market, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we do! Here's a small slide show of Carolyn Pollack, our lead designer, Bill Pollack, Relios' founder and president, and Susan Chiasson, Director of New Product Development at the Indian Market.