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Local Artist Spotlight

3/14/2018 11:43 AM

Support Local Artists

The rapidly changing landscape of the jewelry industry has given way to a new era of jewelry designers, many of whom started as creatives in other fields. At Unclaimed Diamonds, as it has been for many years, our goal is to reach our customers not only in store but in our community. For more than a decade, we have had the honor of saying we are one of the very few jewelry store in the city, let alone the country, that employees African American jewelers who are hands on in designing our extensive collection of exclusive engagement rings.

We have recently begun to explore the newly expanding grassroots jewelry movement and we have created an initiative to highlight local designers and showcase their creations in our showroom and through our social media. It is our goal to bring new and exciting designs, perspectives, and styles otherwise hidden from the public eye to the forefront and provide new opportunities for local artists. We invite all to see, share, and shop with your fellow Philadelphians!

Our first local artist spotlight is Tiki of Zen Collections. Tiki is a Philadelphia native and a local business owner in Philadelphia. One saturday afternoon a gentleman came into Unclaimed Diamonds around Valentine’s Day wearing an extremely distinguished piece of jewelry, a beaded bracelet with vibrantly colored beads. When asked where he got the bracelet he quickly connected us with Tiki. We were able to sit down and share ideas and goals that we both wanted to meet. While typically a made to order product she and her partner who just so happens to be he adorable daughter designed and created a line exclusively for Unclaimed Diamonds.

Tiki’s story on how the Zen Collection got started and what it means to her “Zen collections started as an artistic outlet for my daughter and I to express our creative sides. We began making ourselves matching bracelets. People would stop me while we were out and ask ‘Where did you purchase your bracelets from?’, and I would reply. ‘We made them!’ That’s how Zen collections was created! As a mother, I want my daughter to see how important it is to be creative, be you, be different, do something you love, and work hard!”

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Unclaimed Diamonds is proud to announce the winner of the 2016 Unclaimed Diamonds Scholarship, Anastasiya Chapko!

Anastasiya is a Centerville High School student from Dayton, Ohio who submitted an essay on how small businesses have been impacted by e-commerce and online shopping. Ms. Chapko's essay was entertaining and instructive, with an interesting perspective on the global marketplace and how the internet has become an important tool for business owners across the globe. Read the rest of Anastasiya's essay here.

The $1,000 scholarship will help Anastasiya as she studies computer engineering at the University of Cincinnati. This is the first year the Unclaimed Diamonds Scholarship, which was an idea developed by SEOM Interactive, but have always given to students seeking to further their education. For the last ten years, we have partnered with the United Negro College Fund to award a student in need with the Youth Empowerment Scholarship. In addition to these efforts, we also support the Urban Leagues Community Scholarship. We look forward to continuing to help college students like Anastasiya in the future.

We wish you the best of luck, Anastasiya!

For more information about the scholarship program, please contact Danielle at the PR firm of record.

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SAMS Community

6/2/2016 3:11 PM

Unclaimed Diamonds is proud to support the Sports and Mentoring Student Community. Sams Community is an exciting after-school program that offers tutoring, life skills workshops, health and fitness clinics, community service projects, and relationship building through mentoring. 

Letter from Samuel F. Grannum, Director - Sports and Mentoring Student Community.


Dear Mr. Sulby:

I just wanted to follow up with you to reiterate my thanks for your thoughtful donation to the Sports and Mentoring Student Community.

I’ve attached a few photos of our year. Additionally, I attached a letter from the two young men your donation directly sponsored this year. I wanted to wait to send you this letter because I wanted the students to share with you their feelings about their participation in the program so far this year. I wanted you to hear an authentic and personal account of their experience as opposed to simply receiving a letter of appreciation,

Personally, I was very encouraged to hear the words of their mother, Aja Sterling, as she also shared a few words for us both.

I am extremely thankful for your spirit in your donation. Your Facebook followers alone have helped us tremendously in raising awareness about our program. I did want to mention that we did not schedule a career day this season; My goal is to kick off the 2016-2017 season with a career day so that we can work on developing potential partnerships that could lead to apprenticeships, internships and career goals. I say all of this because I would like to have Corey Sullivan come and share his story with our students at that time.

May God continue to bless you for your kindness, Know that your gift will have a meaningful impact, not only on the lives of the students you directly sponsor, but the lives of all members of SAMS.

Thank you.

Sincerely,


Samuel F. Grannum, Director— Sports and Mentoring Student Community
An outreach program of the New Covenant Church of Philadelphia

 

Read the full letter here and view letters from children participating in the programTo get involved in this wonderful program, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/samscommunity2015/ or website

 

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