Passionate Heart-Jewelry Designer Strives to Make the World a Better Place, One Relationship at a Time

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Passionate about honoring those who make the world a better place, Loving Heart, LLC sentimental heart jewelry designer, Jean Schnaak, donates unique Loving Heart Pocket Hearts to finalists in JIC's Gems Among Us Contest.

Sentimental gifts of heart jewelry to be awarded the finalists of the Gems Among Us contest Thanksgiving Day.

Top Ten Finalists in Gems Among Us Contest to be awarded a Loving Heart Pocket Heart

"Love comforts, motivates and allows us to endure many challenges that would otherwise tear us apart," Jean Schnaak shares. "To me, this lifetime is all about relationships."

This Thanksgiving, the finalists of the Jewelry Information Center's (JIC) nationwide Gems Among Us Contest, will be awarded a Loving Heart Pocket Heart™ from The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak®.

The finalists have been selected from a group of nearly 700 essays entered from all over the country through the JIC website. The contest winners consist of family members, friends, teachers, and neighbors – people who have battled illness, inspired those around them through their selfless actions, and/or have given of themselves fully without restraint.

"It is an honor to be asked to share my Loving Heart Pocket Heart™ with people who have given so much of themselves to help others," exudes Jean Schnaak, designer of a collection of fine heart jewelry bearing her name. When I was approached by Amanda Gizzi, spokesperson for the Jewelry Information Center, to consider donating prizes for the Top 10 finalists in the Gems Among Us contest, it seemed like a perfect fit!

The Gems Among Us Contest is about people giving thanks and recognition to outstanding individuals with loving hearts, nominees whose actions have made the world a better place. Similarly, sentimental gifts of fine jewelry from The Loving Heart Collection™ have been created to act as powerful messages of love, caring and encouragement when shared between sweethearts, friends and family members. The collection distinquishes itself with the custom verse card that accompanies each jewelry item and the ever popular sentimental gifts for men, the Loving Heart™ Pin and Pocket Heart™. Whether in the form of a necklace, cuff links, earrings, pin or pocket heart, each Loving Heart™ is intended to represent the essence of treasured relationships - the power of love.

"Love comforts, motivates and allows us to endure many challenges that would otherwise tear us apart," Jean Schnaak shares. "To me, this lifetime is all about relationships. I'm so glad that my collection of sentimental jewelry came to mind as the Jewelry Information Center sought meaningful prizes to award these outstanding individuals. It is my hope that as each recipient carries the Loving Heart Pocket Heart™ in their purse or pant pocket it will serve as a reminder of how much they are loved and how generous they have been to those around them."

The Top 10 finalists are: Concepcion Aguirre, nominated by Jack Elum; Tamara Bussman, nominated by Ryan Bussman; Carolyn Cole, nominated by Taylor Cole; Patti Grant, nominated by Jennifer Gervens; Heather M. Lee, nominated by Jonathon Lee; Tiffany Martin, nominated by Natalie Reid; Lonnie Wallace Moore, nominated by Elishia Hesterberg; Carolyn Sue Norman, nominated by Jen McCarthy; Barbara Pembroke, nominated by Amanda Pembroke; and Carlene M. Sperry, nominated by Mitch Sperry.

The grand-prize winners – the essay entrant and their nominated "Gem" – will win great prizes. The grand-prize essay's nominee – the "Gem Among Us" – will win a trip for two to the Aventura Spa Palace Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, courtesy of Cosmopolitan magazine. The grand-prize essay entrant will win a $5,000 jewelry shopping spree at a Gems Among Us Participating Retailer of their choice. JIC is asking the public to vote at http://www.JIC.org/gemcontest for their favorite essay to determine the grand-prize winners through November 22 at 12 p.m. EST. The Jewelry Information Center (JIC), is the consumer education arm of Jewelers of America , the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace.

"My belief is that in this busy world we need to take the time to express our love to the people closest to us. Words of love need to be spoken. Sentimental gifts from The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak® are designed to help people express their love to others during the good times as well as the challenging times of their lives. My hope is that by telling the special people in our lives how much they mean to us, that our world will be a better place." says Jean Cotten Schnaak

About Loving Heart, LLC
Loving Heart LLC was founded in 1995 by Jean Schnaak. The company's mission is to make the world a better place, one relationship at a time. The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak® is a designer line of fine heart jewelry accompanied by a verse card intended to help people express their love to others. The Loving Heart Collection by Jean Schnaak® is available exclusively from the designer's e-boutique: http://www.LovingHeartCollection.com Loving Hearts fill a unique niche -- they help customers express with hearts and verses what they feel in their hearts -- "I love you" -- in a simple, sentimental way.

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