JIC to Launch ‘Gems Among Us’ Essay Contest

Jewelry Information Center is launching a nationwide essay contest to
recognize the individuals who make our world a better place.

The contest will launch on September 13, 2010, at www.JIC.org, and will offer a variety of prizes
for consumers, retailers and sales associates.

The contest will run from September 13 through November 22, 2010.   On November 1, 2010, 10 essays
will be selected as finalists. From November 1-22, the public will be able to
vote for their favorite essay to determine the grand-prize winner.

The top 10 essay entrants will receive gemstone jewelry by Parlé; their
Gems Among Us nominees will receive
jewelry courtesy of Stuller Inc., and a Pocket Heart by The Loving Heart
Collection by Jean Schnaak.  The grand-prize
essay entrant will win a $5,000 shopping spree at a Participating Retailer
courtesy of GE Money. The grand-prize essay’s nominee will win a trip for two to
Aventura Spa Palace Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, courtesy of Cosmopolitan magazine. The retail store
that refers the winning essay will also receive a grand prize that includes a trip
for two to Las Vegas during the 2011 jewelry trade shows, courtesy of GE Money.
JIC will also award weekly prizes to the top referring sales associates, as
part of the sales associate incentive program.