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Talon International and KC Wearable Technologies Srl Partner to Launch New Fashion Innovations

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -- Talon International Inc. and KC Wearable Technologies Srl. in Italy have formed a strategic partnership to supply Talon's customers, the world's largest fashion brands, with the KC's wearable technology innovations. With a strong vision for the future, the cooperation will facilitate the sales and distribution of existing KC innovations, as well as the creation of exciting future joint developments to make new functionalities in clothing and accessories possible.

Sales and Distribution of Existing KC Innovations:

Given Talon's reputation for continuously revolutionizing their product offerings, as well as transforming the fashion industry, they always seek opportunities to serve their customers better. The cooperation with KC Wearable Technologies provides Talon with the ability to sell and distribute creative and unique solutions. Developments like heating systems for clothing and accessories, cooling systems for fashion and activewear, and wireless charging pockets for smartphones, will provide Talon customers with industry leading technology, to stay at the forefront of their competitors. With patented technologies, which are often designed to be removable for washing and cleaning purposes, Talon foresees their widespread use in the future.

"We've already had significant interest from our existing customer base, which has us very excited for the future of our industry," says Larry Dyne, CEO at Talon International Inc. "Thanks to our partnership with KC Wearable Technologies, these technologies can be applied to garments and accessories, to create superior products with short development to market times."

Joint Development of Further Innovations:

By combining the abilities of KC with those of Talon, both companies will begin the process of jointly exploring further game changing initiatives. For example, KC has integrated NFC tags into buttons and silicone patches, to allow consumers to create convenient shortcuts on their smartphones. In future, Talon will now also roll out this concept on many of its existing product lines, including trims, Velcro patches, fasteners, and zippers.

Dominik Kufner, Managing Partner at KC, points out another example of where the combined abilities of KC and Talon will lead to new initiatives: "In the near future, we plan to jointly create new safety vests, with a wide range of revolutionary new safety functions. With integrated new communication tools, sensor technologies and alarm systems, workers can be safer than ever before."

Sofia Cinel, Managing Partner of KC points out another invention which will change the future of the fashion industry: "KC's development of flexible lithium batteries, for applications in clothing and accessories, opens infinite new possibilities. With Talon's vast network, the use of this innovation can now be rolled out in the entire industry in countless new applications."

In future it will be normal that jackets, handbags, or wallets will re-charge cell phones. We will be used to caps or beanies functioning as earphones, and that outerwear will electrically heat or cool consumers. Silver textiles will decontaminate objects in pockets and protect credit cards, while activated carbon components will absorb odor molecules. People will have loudspeakers in the thumb of their gloves, to answer phone calls without taking them off, and they will open their handbags with biometric fingerprint locks.

The research and development teams of both Talon and KC are thrilled about the next stage in their growth and excited to help change the future.

Talon International:

Their 128-year history provides Talon with unmatched knowledge of the products and innovations required to turn their client's visions into reality. Working with prestigious brands including Guess, Urban Outfitters, Polo Ralph Lauren, Macy's, Superdry, Reebok, Spanx, Van Heusen, and so many more, Talon is well respected as a heritage brand that assists their clients in standing out from their competitors with customized solutions.

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Danielle Alura Crowned Miss Global USA 2023

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Last weekend, Danielle Alura of Miami was crowned Miss Global USA 2023 in Orlando, Florida. She will go on to compete on the world stage representing the USA for the chance to win the title of Miss Global 2023. She had interviewed for Miss Florida Global USA this year and earned the state title before competing in the 2023 Miss Global USA pageant. She also won the highest point awards in talent, swim and gown competitions at the national pageant.

Danielle Alura is a major philanthropist, model, actress and singer. Her charity of choice is Family Promise of which she has helped rehouse more than 350 families since volunteering and raising funds for the charity at 14 years old.

Throughout pageant week, there were also several runway shows with designers from all over the country. Each designer showcased their creations casting models from the contestant line up and the stand out models were booked for campaigns and runway shows through the coming year. The Miss Global USA pageant prides themself with creating many opportunities beyond pageantry for those that participate.

Here is the complete runner up list of the Miss Global USA 2023 pageant:

* 1st runner-up: Raquel Basco (California)

* 2nd runner-up Kianna Harris (New Jersey)

* 3rd runner-up: Ashley Fano (Central Florida)

* 4th runner-up: Erika Ann (North Carolina)

What's next for Danielle Alura is the world stage; the Miss Global 2023 Pageant is set to take place next year with a location to be determined. The three-pillar mantra of the Miss Global Organization is: "Empowering women, Embracing Cultures and Embodying the beauty within."

The deserving winner of the world title reigns for one year and graces the cover of Harper's Bazaar Magazine amongst many other life changing opportunities.

Contact Suzi Hozefeld, Miss Global USA pageants, Email: MissGlobalUSApageants@gmail.com for more information on competing at the state level for the chance to win the national title.

The Miss Florida Global USA state pageant will be held in Orlando on Nov. 18-20, 2022 and registration is still open for any ladies not married, may have children and are between the ages of 18-35 years!

Learn more about Danielle Alura at: https://www.daniellealura.com/

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Talon International, Inc. Introduces its New High Quality Fashion Bonding Division

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -- Talon International, Inc. continues its legacy and history as lead innovators, introducing its newest division, "Bonding." With technology suitable for various categories within the apparel industry as well as many other applications: such as outdoor products, automotive and countless other applications. This new product line continues to be aligned with the company's ethos of leading the charge and shifting apparel and other industries towards sustainability, innovation, quality, and premium performance.

Bonding Solution:

Talon International has an existing portfolio of revolutionary products including zippers, trim, stretch technologies, packaging, anti-counterfeit solutions, sustainability and now its latest bonding solutions. With performance, quality and functionality being a core value for their offerings, Talon identified a gap in the market for high-quality adhesive films and high levels of technical support in the field.

Following detailed industry research, speaking with both existing and new clients, product development and testing processes, we are proud to unveil solutions that deliver comfort and performance, and water resistance and seamless applications. The product line features "Flex-It" films, Adhesive films, Overlay films, and Seam Sealing Tapes each with their own unique technologies and functionality.

"Design is in the details; we are dedicated to constant iteration and innovation to provide our existing and prospective clients with products that move the needle in the quality of finished products to create excellent customer experiences," says Larry Dyne, Chief Executive Office at Talon International Inc.

Designed specifically for comfort and performance, the Flex-It films range features a spandex film secured between two adhesive layers for superior elasticity, strength, and durability. Ideal for lingerie and undergarments, active and athleisure, as well as outerwear, there are multiple variations to choose from.

With the move towards the importance of design aesthetics as well as functionality the seamless Adhesive film range was introduced to maintain premium softness, flexibility, and support while providing high-performance throughout the life of the garment.

"With the ability to bond fabrics, waterproofing, creating breathable barriers, and spider web adhesives, the line is perfect for sportswear, athleisure, shapewear, and undergarments," says Abhijeet Majumdar, Director of Bonding at Talon International Inc.

When it comes to innovating apparel for workwear, skiing, hiking, and outerwear, as well as tents, backpacks, and luggage, water resistant Seam Sealing Tape films are one of their latest innovations. With options for 2-layer tapes, 3-layer tapes, colored tapes, and printed tapes, the high-quality adhesive films increase the water-resistant properties, and therefore durability, of seams.

Lastly, to fill a void found within these various applications and use cases Overlay film provides garments with safety, security, and durability against shrinking and stretching over time. With a wide range of colors and options available, the film can be applied to many material variants including zippers, bag flaps, elastic bands, woven and knitted garments for compression and waterproofing.

About Talon International:

Our 128-year history provides Talon with unmatched knowledge of the products and innovations required to turn their client's visions into reality. Working with prestigious brands including Guess, Urban Outfitters, Polo Ralph Lauren, Superdry, Reebok, Spanx, Van Heusen, and so many more, Talon is well respected as a heritage brand that assists their clients in standing out from their competitors with customized solutions.

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Ida Gasparova is a Living Inspiration for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Rising Fashion Icons

MILAN, Italy -- Renowned European entrepreneur, model, and fashion icon, Ida Gasparova has proudly announced the launch of her new Capsule Collection under her fashion brand Incantevole Milano. In 2021, Ida ventured into entrepreneurship with her fashion line Incantevelo Milano, which is designed exclusively for young and fearless women. Prior to the launch of her fashion line in 2021, she had a very successful career as a model with extensive travel, and over the years, she has also turned into an animal rights activist and a globe trotter.

"The only thought in my mind while creating this fashion line was that women deserve to feel feminine and sensual while remaining classic," said Ida Gasparova, while talking about her fashion line Incantevelo Milano. "Incantevole is a timeless ode to Italian craft for the modern woman, and it offers minimal, yet distinctive luxury pieces that can be integrated effortlessly into any modern woman's wardrobe."

According to Ida, her brand is much more than just creating high-quality products as she wants to create a lifestyle brand that defines modern luxury.

Being an avid traveler, Ida Gasparova believes that travel is something greater than a journey of self-discovery. She believes that travel shapes the traveler's perceptions and helps them realize their true goals in life she has experienced this throughout her adventures. Being a successful European model, she used to travel almost six months of the year. Hailing from a small town in Slovakia, Ida is a living inspiration for many aspiring stars because she left home with only a small suitcase, but her dreams were always big.

Learn more: https://www.incantevolemilano.com/

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Always Xpect Greatness LLC™ Spreads Inspiration While Giving Back with Their Products

NEPTUNE, N.J. -- Always Xpect Greatness LLC™ is an Apparel, Accessory, eBooks and Credit Repair business, which is Co-Founded by four lifelong friends: (CEO) Shawn Robert Johnson, (CFO) Jesse Jenkins Jr, (Co-VP) Timothy Gandy and (VP) Kevin Richards.

Their company represents inspiration and positivity for all walks of life that everyone can relate to. It's a top priority for them to consistently pour positive and inspirational energy into all people globally through every product and service they offer.

CEO Shawn Robert Johnson says, "Our vision is to have all of our products and services in every household globally to unfailingly spread inspiration and positivity by living up to our mission statement of 'Always Adding Value To Life' at all times. One of the amazing things about us is that at the end of every month we will donate a percentage of our sales to a different charity in our efforts to give back, which is essential for us to do at all times.

"As a new company we know we must earn the trust of our consumers with our products and services. We know with our hard work, determination, and consistency, we will achieve that trust and sustain it with longevity in every industry we're currently in and the future business ventures we plan to enter as we grow.

"Our Apparel and Accessory products are designed by (Co-Vice President) Timothy Gandy. Whether you're working out or wearing our Apparel as daily fashion, we want to put you into that inspirational mindset, in an overall positive manner. You're getting amazing quality at affordable prices.

"Our eBooks contains original inspirational, educational and heartwarming content that represents our brand. Myself and (Vice President) Kevin Richards are the authors of these eBooks which will have you completely enthralled and our prices are cost friendly starting at $3.50 for over 98% of our eBooks.

"Our Credit Repair Service is run by (CFO) Jesse Jenkins Jr, and we will help you build your credit history and score at a low cost per month compared to other Credit Repair agencies. We know that over 100 million Americans have bad credit and when it comes to credit, it's your financial identity and reputation that can either help or hinder you from obtaining essential financial needs such as credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, car loans, and more. We will help you obtain that favorable financial identity and reputation because we want to put people in better positions in life.

"This is just the beginning with what we're doing. So spread the word and Always Xpect Greatness with us as we're Always adding value to life."

Website: https://alwaysxpect.com/

Follow us: @AlwaysXpectGreatnessLLC (Instagram & Facebook), @Always_Xpect (Twitter)

(CEO) Shawn Robert Johnson @shawjohn1222 (Instagram)

(CFO) Jesse Jenkins Jr @Hoodyseason (Instagram)

(VP) Kevin Richards @Shaba_Shalom 613 (Instagram)

(Co-VP) Timothy Gandy @Drama_1800 (Instagram)

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Completing the Circuit: From Autumn to Winter – partnership season has brought overflowing blessings for the holidays

FLINT, Mich. -- Jonathan McKay better known by his social audience as RoarJMcKay, founder of Keeping Tabs Media, dedicates this winter's accomplishments to his grandmother through COVID-19 recovery and daughter Kali McKay as she celebrates her first birthday. Being a strong influence throughout childhood his grandmother instilled strong beliefs in literacy, mathematics, and fashion. As a highly skilled seamstress in Flint, Michigan Lucille McKay showed Jonathan his first sewing machines, patterns, and concepts.

Thanksgiving Project with RPSA x McDonald's

On Nov. 23, 2021, the local campaign began with a volunteer service project assisting McKay's childhood elementary school, Flint Michigan's Richfield Public School Academy, partnered with Richfield Rd. McDonald's in a Thanksgiving Giveaway drive-by program.

Flint has Michigan's highest poverty rate, with its East Side population having a 50% poverty rate, 39% higher than the national average. So McKay teamed up with local community members to unload multiple semi-trucks of food and drink for the school district's families and neighboring areas servicing well over 100 homes in hours.

Style Cruz Cover

Jonathan collaborated in early October with Fir3fly Photography, featured in Moevir Magazine, First Magazine, Edith Magazine, and many more.

This marked the launch of the RoarJMcKay influencer clothing line. The start-up birthed a multi-page placement in MÉNCRUZE Magazine, based in Los Angeles, CA.

MÉNCRUZE Magazine, owned by STYLÉCRUZE Magazine, is the top-ranking Google Search Result for USA Fashion Magazine's keywords, with pieces from exclusive brands including a Giorgio Armani Button-Up (Milan, Italy), Daniel D'Artiste Transitions World Denim (Los Angeles, CA, USA), and GLD Shop Intl. Jewelry. The magazine featured McKay in their Halloween Edition with a self-selected styled wardrobe.

At the Bandy Dental state-of-the-art offices in Holly, MI, McKay opens up about the feelings of being back in the Flint-Metro Area, saying, "Grateful doesn't even describe it, and blessed couldn't even be the half. I want all the kids over on the East Side of Flint to know that anything is possible, and you can manifest your energy to achieve anything you believe!"

STIIIZY Cooperation

Keeping Tabs and RoarJMcKay began an Influencer Marketing partnership with STIIIZY Los Angeles following his October appearance at a VIP exclusive event in Detroit, MI, on Sept. 30. Hosted at the Detroit Bleu Club, Detroit native Tee Grizzly made a headlining performance.

Since being diagnosed with cancer after the historic Flint Water Crisis in 2014, McKay has been prescribed cannabis from medical providers at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Additionally, McKay utilized his media platforms to promote STIIIZYs newest release, the White Raspberry OG Pod, released Dec. 3, offered in half and full gram cartridges. As a result, McKay has been presented with a 3-month extension on the arrangement, succeeding the initial 1-month deal.

RoarJMcKay views this as a blessed opportunity to make sure close friend, Brandon Scales' legacy lives on through multimedia expression. Vogue Magazine published Scales as a model in 2020. Friends and family often referred to Scales as "Steezy," making the brand phonetics very personal for McKay

Fein Lives Matter

RoarJMcKay began a promotional campaign highlighting the Fein Lives Matter project by Flint artist Rio Da Yung OG. Since being sentenced to five years in prison, the Fien Lives Matter mixtape was Rio's first release on Dec. 9, 2021.

McKay began sporting the Fien Lives Matter clothing line, displaying the Black FLM hoodie and the Free Rio Varsity Jacket to events, on social media, and in the community of Flint.

The Free The Ghetto Campaign aims to highlight those making a positive difference in the community.

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SoundStripe

Jack Mudd has reached out to RoarJMcKay for a paid promotion campaign for Soundstripe Inc.

Mudd is currently the drummer for the Teen Choice Award-winning band, Emblem3 and has previously opened for major country artists like Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, and Dierks Bentley, along with a world trending performance on the Today Show.

Soundstripe is a subscription-based royalty-free music library for video creators. If you publish videos online, you need a license to protect you from copyright strikes, takedowns, or worse. Traditionally, obtaining this type of license, known as a sync license, can be complex and expensive. Instead, Soundstripe offers access to thousands of label-quality songs for just $12.50/mth.

Every time you download music from Soundstripe, you get a license that legally protects your work forever - even if you cancel. There are no complicated contracts, no limitations on where you're allowed to publish, straightforward licenses, and excellent music.

Signal Boost

McKay concluded his Winter 2021 campaigns by partnering with Luma Pictures of Los Angeles, CA, and Flint's Shop Floor Theater Company. On December 9, Flint's Capitol Theatre housed the Signal Boost competition and concert in downtown Flint. The competition for emerging artists focused on expressing their vision of a better future through music and poetry.

McKay played a critical role in connecting the event with local businesses to spread awareness of the opportunity in Flint's East Side. During this campaign, McKay directly partnered with community favorites such as but not limited to The Kearsley Corner, Vehicle City Social, and Luigi's Pizzeria.

Signal Boost's panel of judges were Tia Scott, Managing Editor for Flintside; Helluva, a Detroit-based producer; Kiaira May, Interim Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority; and Charles Winfrey, District 2 Genesee County commissioner. They all provided advice to the young performers.

Mama Sol and Tha N.U.T.S, Jon Connor, and Charity - music industry pioneers and Michigan natives - provided exceptional performances that riled the audience.

With awards totaling over $5,000 to the five finalists, Signal Boost announced at the competition it would equally match the donations to the five non-profit organizations that each finalist represented.

Upcoming

Keeping Tabs picks up steam going into Spring 2022, being offered the opportunity to participate in the InfluenceMe TV Qualification Competition. The contest will raise awareness and funds for the JED Foundation.

Six episodes of the TV series will be filmed showcasing 20 influencers competing to create the best content through their story-telling and creativity on their social platforms.

The final episode will be filmed in a beautiful destination in Europe and the winner will claim their winning title along with a cash prize of $100,000.

The Sound Gallery will be offering a platform for RoarJMcKay at The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film and Music Festival (Mar. 17-20).

Artist's interviews and biography placements will be posted on Hip Hop Since 1987, This is 50, and A Day in LA following the event.

McKay will be pushing the narrative of the Autoworld Brand to new markets. Autoworld Brand can be accessed via their Shop Autoworld website.

Flint Side Newspaper will also be releasing an article from a interview held by Xzavier V. Simon this month.

FOR BOOKINGS AND DETAILS

Beginning Spring 2022, McKay will be accepting bookings and brand partnerships.

Contact by phone:

(810) 874-3756

Email: KTWJM@gmail.com

For brand partnerships and all inquiries involving influencer marketing, entertainment, or collaborations with other artists: ROARJMCKAY@gmail.com

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The American Gem Society Celebrates Women’s History Month Through Women Designers

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The American Gem Society (AGS), a nonprofit association dedicated to consumer protection, is proud to celebrate and recognize its women designers, as well as women leaders in the jewelry industry during Women's History Month.

Throughout the month of March, AGS will feature the beautiful jewelry created by women within the association's community of members. AGS is also featuring the jewelry of these women on their "Trending Now" web page.

"The American Gem Society is what it is today in large part because of the leadership and creativity of the women in management and in our community," said Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. "We value and are inspired by the guidance and vision of the women on our board and on our team, the retail store leaders who are the backbone of the American Gem Society, and the creative visionaries designing jewelry. We are excited to share these designs with our audience, and hope they feel as inspired as we do by the artistry and beauty of what these women have created."

"Seeing wonderful, strong, and talented women leading the AGS made an early impression on me as I grew and learned in this industry," said Lisa Bridge, President-Elect of the American Gem Society's International Board of Directors. "We are lucky at AGS to have a community that supports and champions one another to make us and the industry better. I am thankful for their example and the path they have created for all of us to thrive."

To see the jewelry from the American Gem Society's participating women designers, visit https://www.americangemsociety.org/trending-now or follow the American Gem Society on Instagram.

To find an American Gem Society jeweler in your area, visit https://www.americangemsociety.org/find-a-jeweler/jeweler/search/.

About American Gem Society

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society awards credentials for its members, who are held to the industry's highest standards and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Members of the AGS membership are passionate about jewelry and dedicated to creating a positive buying experience for their customers. To find an AGS jeweler near you, visit ags.org/findajeweler.

Website: https://www.americangemsociety.org/

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Share the Excitement of Fashion Week with ‘Meet a Scientologist: George Kalajian’

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- February 11-16 is Fashion Week when the world's top designers present their new collections in New York. The Scientology Network takes viewers behind the scenes of New York's frenetic fashion industry as a master craftsman helps designers solve last-minute dilemmas.

"The last two weeks before fashion week are completely insane," says George Kalajian, the industry's go-to expert for pleating. "We love creative designers - designers who like to push the envelope. But they are always designing in the 11th hour."

Kalajian literally wrote the book on pleating - an art that dates to the Egyptian pharaohs and is used today by some of the world's hottest fashion designers. His roots in the garment industry go back generations, but Kalajian once turned his back on the family business.

His episode of Meet a Scientologist is the story of his turnaround - how Scientology helped him repair a strained relationship with his father and ignite his passion and purpose.

In the process, the quality of his work elevated him into the upper echelons of the fashion industry, with his creations showcased on runways, in film - even in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Meet a Scientologist is an in-depth look into the lives of individual Scientologists from the frontiers of art, business, science, sports, entertainment and more. It is one of eight original series airing on the Scientology Network.

Since launching with a special episode featuring Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, the Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages. Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed on Scientology.tv, on mobile apps, and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

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Want a Sparkling Valentine’s Day? Follow These Six Jewelry Buying Tips

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Whether you are staying at home this Valentine's Day, or plan to have a romantic evening out, the American Gem Society (AGS), a nonprofit association dedicated to consumer protection, has some advice to ensure the jewelry you buy adds extra sparkle to you and your loved one's celebration.

1. Have a general idea of the kind of jewelry you want to buy? If it's a gift, what does the recipient like? Consider the type and color of metal, the gemstone, setting, as well as the type of piece. Would this person want a watch, bracelet, necklace, or ring?

2. Shop with a credentialed, professional jeweler who is a member of an organization with a strict code of business ethics, such as AGS. An ethical and knowledgeable jeweler will share facts about the gemstone in your jewelry, like whether it is enhanced or treated, natural, or a laboratory-created gemstone.

3. Do your research online but visit the store so you can see the piece in person. You might love the way something looks on the screen, but when you see it up close, you may feel differently. Maybe it's the color or sheen of the metal or how the setting looks. Get an up-close look before making a significant purchase.

4. Ask about the return policy. If the gift misses the mark, you'll want to return it!

5. If a discount seems too good to be true, it might be. You've heard of the practice where a retailer inflates a price by a certain percent, then advertises it at a slightly lesser percent? AGS members must adhere to standards of business conduct that strictly prohibit this practice.

6. Buying diamonds? Ask for a diamond grading report from an independent laboratory. A thorough grading report covers all 4Cs-cut, color, clarity, and carat-so that the jewelry buyers know and understand the quality of what they are purchasing. AGS founded AGS Laboratories as a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory that shares its mission of consumer protection. This mission ensures jewelry buyers will receive an unbiased opinion on the quality of their diamonds.

-- Well-cut diamonds sparkle in candlelight or low light. Set the mood with the right lighting and watch the diamond sparkle on your loved one.

Want to learn more tips? Visit http://www.americangemsociety.org/gems-and-jewelry/.

To find a credentialed AGS jeweler, visit https://www.americangemsociety.org/find-a-jeweler/jeweler/search/.

About American Gem Society

The American Gem Society, founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to proven ethics, knowledge, and consumer protection within the jewelry industry. The American Gem Society is a professional organization awarding credentials for its members, who are held to the industry's highest ethical and professional standards and must pass annual recertification examinations to maintain their titles. Less than one in twenty jewelers in the country have met the exacting requirements necessary for membership.

Website: http://www.americangemsociety.org/

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This Startup Wants to Get People Talking Again!

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A new Arizona company, JabberYak, is on a mission to engage people with common interests using their ice breakers products, including customized T-Shirts, event badges, name tags, and office name plates designed to ignite meaningful, face-to-face communication without relying on personal devices.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting more than 40 million adults*. During the pandemic, about four in ten adults in the U.S. reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder. As things start to open post-pandemic, many people are experiencing even more anxiety when thinking about getting back into a social routine after isolating for so long. (*Citation: see link below.)

One area that is most concerning to people is the socialization that comes with returning to the office or events. Many professionals haven't seen their coworkers in over a year and those that are new to the company will be meeting their peers in person for the first time. When you are in the office, you're expected to connect with new people, and it can be difficult to navigate the flow of conversation.

JabberYak is founded by two Scottsdale-based women. Gail Levinthal is a former event planner who immigrated from South Africa in the 1990s, and Shideh Doerr is an entrepreneur and first generation Persian American. The two women developed JabberYak after seeing how difficult it was for those around them to connect with others, especially in large group settings such as corporate and singles events, holiday parties and even family reunions. While on a cruise with her family, Levinthal noticed how many people stopped to talk to her son because of the college shirt he was wearing. She saw that people were more willing to connect if they had a common interest.

The duo connected with serial entrepreneur and investor, Mack Baniameri and launched the JabberYak products in June 2021.

"The pandemic disrupted our lives in such a way that going back to a pre-covid routine can be intimidating," said Gail Levinthal, co-founder and CEO of JabberYak. "It's natural to feel anxious about the world opening up again, but with the right tools in place, the transition can be smooth and seamless. Knowing the interests of the people around you before the first word is even spoken can ease social anxiety and lead to more quality, meaningful conversations."

JabberYak's platform enables individuals to select their top seven personal interests that give insight into who they are. The selected interests then get printed on customized items that can be worn to work, meetings, events and displayed in the office. JabberYak products ultimately create a fun atmosphere, eases social interaction, build relationships, and improve the level of engagement with conference attendees, co-workers or customers.

JabberYak also offers an analytics dashboard to organizers prior to an event, providing valuable insight into who will be attending.

Learn more at: https://www.jabberyak.com/

For more information, contact shideh@jabberyak.com

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NAMI: https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Anxiety-Disorders

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