organizers of globalDESIGN
Cindy Edelstein and Frank Stankus, creators of globalDESIGN, are also authors of a new book about jewelry, Brilliance!, Masterpieces from the American Jewelry Design Council.
Cindy Edelstein, the founder and president of the Jeweler's Resource Bureau, is an award-winning writer and entrepreneur whose byline can be seen in many trade and consumer magazines and newspapers, among them Lustre, Jewellery International, Italia Orafa, New York Magazine, Aspen Magazine and New Jersey Goodlife. She has served as a judge in design competitions and lectured in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.
In 1995 she was awarded the prestigious Benne Award by the American Jewelry Design Council. The Benne is bestowed to an individual in the jewelry industry who has made a lasting contribution to the development of American design. In many respects it is equivalent to a lifetime achievement award presented by the most important designer organization.
She was the 1990 winner of the Women's Jewelry Association's Award for Editorial Excellence and the 1996 winner of the Contemporary Design Group's High Achievement award as Best Designer Advocate. In 2001, she received the Women's Jewelry Association's Award for Excellence in Marketing.
Before starting the Jeweler's Resource Bureau she was for several years the Fashion Editor for JCK magazine. After leaving the magazine and creating the JRB (as it is commonly called) Cindy took on JCK as a client. Her job was to create and coordinate the Design Center at JCK's trade shows. Her efforts brought about the only juried, free-standing, jewelry trade show designer pavilion in the industry, complete with a buyers' lounge, cappuccino bar and background music provided by a harpist. As part of her work with the JCK shows, she also created the industry's first live charity auction of designer-made jewelry and objets d'art. In just a few short years, the auction raised more than $100,000 for designer-oriented educational charities.
Cindy has also established a not-for-profit foundation to administer a scholarship competition and fund targeted educational projects for the jewelry design community. The foundation is called the Future of Design Jewelry EducationFund.
In 1996 Cindy and her company launched the first designer jewelry pavilion in the American Gem Trade Association's Tucson GemFair. The pavilion, called byDESIGN, features a number of colored gemstone jewelry designers.
In 2001, she and her staff launched globalDESIGN, the first show wholly-owned by the Jeweler's Resource Bureau. Unlike most other trade fairs in the United States, globalDESIGN exhibits only a small number (30) of very select designers in a relaxed, informal setting. Originally timed to coincide with the American Craft Council (ACC) show in Baltimore, globalDESIGN was also held in Baltimore, and was later moved to Philadelphia to coincide with the Buyer's Market of American Craft (BMAC) show in Philadelphia. In 2014, the show moved back to Baltimore under the auspices of the ACC. globalDESIGN caters to the same gallery-oriented market that attendshigh-end craft shows but features mostly non-American jewelers -- and only the best at that.
Cindy serves on the executive board of the National Women's Jewelry Association and the executive committee of the Society of Jewelry Historians. She has served as the 1994 Promotion Director of the annual Gold & Silver Show at the American Craft Museum in New York City. She is a member of the Contemporary Design Group, the Society of North American Goldsmiths, American Craft Council, Manufacturing Jewelers & Silversmiths of America, Jewelry Information Center, the National Association of Women Business Owners and Women Inc.
Frank Stankus, vice president, joined the company in 1996 after many years at The New York Times. In his career there he served on the Foreign News Desk, in the Technology Office, as the company's ergonomics specialist (for which he won an award from the newspaper's publisher) and as the editor of Times Talk, the newspaper's in-house magazine.
He brings to the company a keen design sense, sharp editorial skills and a unique expertise in computer and internet technology. Frank was instrumental in bringing the JRB into the digital era, with the creation and maintenance of the JRB internet website -- www.jewelersresource.com -- and the building of websites for such other industry entities as Revere Academy in San Francisco, the Contemporary Design Group (a national organization, and the internationally-oriented Women's Jewelry Association.
He has been a regular contributor to several of the industry's trade publications, including Lustre, AJM magazine, the newsletter of the Women's Jewelry Association.,and for JCK magazine for which he wrote many of the magazine's special sections.