Mandeville Jewelers

Anne Dale has been known for her jewelry creations, especially benefiting local charities and most recently for the discovery of Louisiana’s gemstone, LaPearlite®.

This Mandeville Jewelers latest venture, however, have made her creations more affordable and have captured the dichotomy of the south Louisiana culture, where one goes to a crawfish boil in the afternoon and a formal Mardi Gras ball in the evening. It’s called Second Line jewelry.

Made of 316L stainless steel, the highest grade of stainless steel available and used in the medical profession, the new creations fill a void the Mandeville jewelers business for a lesser-priced line.

The Second Line collection features four collections: I Love New Orleans, Who Dat, Saints (which is licensed by the NFL) and A Way-of-Life. The fleur de lis collection is included in the I love New Orleans category and jewelry showcasing the seafood industry, such as the shrimp boot jewelry and oysters, are in the way of life category. The new line offers many opportunities, including traveling to seafood festivals and shows. The use of the new metal also has several advantages, including the fact that they are hypoallergenic, being of the same type of metal used for pins and implants in the medical profession. The highly polished items are indicative of silver, but without the price tag. It’s also harder and less likely to bend.

Men’s gifts includes money clips, cuff links and key chains while women can revel in necklaces, earrings, anklets and bracelets.

Sunday, December 2, 2012 By Debbie Glover St. Tammany News

Classy oyster shells may be bumping the agate as the state’s official gemstone. But all would not be lost for agate found in Louisiana gravel, a legislative committee decided Wednesday. It would be the state’s newly designated official mineral.

The House Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 246 by Rep. Scott Simon, R-Abita Springs, sending it forward for more debate.

The agate would be replaced as the official gemstone by the cabochon-cut gemstone, which Simon said is derived from the shell of a species of oyster found off the Louisiana coast.

Simon’s bill originally sought to designate LaPearlite as the state gemstone, but he said that is a trademarked name and cannot be used. He amended the bill to designate the specific mollusk shell — from the species of Crassostrea virginica — for the honor.

Screenshot (66)

Anne Dale, a gemologist who lives in the Mandeville portion of Simon’s district, said that she was impressed by the beauty of the oyster shell as a material to make jewelry.

“This could be a big positive for our seafood industry” at a time when the industry is still hurting nationally, Simon said. He pointed out that during the past decade, “the seafood industry has suffered from the perfect storm,” including several hurricanes, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and river water being diverted from the Bonnet Carre and Morganza spillways to relieve Mississippi River flooding.

 Designation of an official gemstone and mineral allows state officials to use them on official state documents.
Source: NOLA.com

New Orleans Jewelry Goes GoldNew Orleans Anne Dale’s Katrina Relief Badge goes gold

A Katrina relief badge will shortly become widely available, as jeweler Anne Dale has agreed to put a her New Orleans Jewelry creation into large-scale production.

Jeweller Anne Dale created the badge in response to the devastation she witnessed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and has already sold them on a small-scale.

Now she will be manufacturing the badges in silver and both white and yellow gold from early October, reports JCK magazine.

Ms Dale lives in Mandeville, close to New Orleans, and wanted to design something to support New Orleans and the victims of the hurricane.

Her badge is designed for use as a lapel pin and can also be worn on a chain. It incorporates a crest that represents the Mississippi River and is engraved with “I know what it means” and sports a heart to symbolise love, under which New Orleans is written. Within the heart is a fleur-de-Lis recalling Louisiana’s French heritage.

The Katrina relief badges have already proved popular, with actor Dan Aykroyd placing an order for 500 and Ms Dale has even sent one to President Bush.

Proceeds form the sale of the badges will be channelled into the Anne Dale’s Relief Fund and relief projects in Ms Dale’s community.

Source – World Gold Council


New Orleans Jewelry styles fly off store shelves

New Orleans Jewelry Designer(New Orleans, Louisiana) Ten days after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast, Anne Dale and her family sat in her Covington home with no power, no running water and a battery-operated TV, rigged with a coat hanger as an antenna.

For the first time since the storm hit, Dale saw what the rest of the world had been seeing for 10 days.

“When I saw those images come on TV, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said Dale, who owns Anne-Dale Jeweller in Mandeville. “When I saw the police officers speaking, the idea came to me to give recognition to first responders.”

She created a Hurricane Katrina “badge,” a sterling-silver pendant with the slogan, “I know what it means to love New Orleans.”

“Everyone has a Katrina hero,” Dale said. “No matter what walk of life you’re from — rich or poor. A badge represents something about a person, their courage, nobility, honor.”

Dale already has sold 3,000 badges to people in Louisiana and as far away as Australia, Finland and California with proceeds benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Dale even tapped into the celebrity market.

“Dan Akroyd bought 500 to give to the New York City police and firefighters who came down to help,” said Dale. “He happened to be in town and the Harahan police chief called me and said, ‘If I give Dan Akroyd my badge, will you give me another one?’ I said yes, of course. And then Dan Akroyd called back and said he wanted to order 500 of them. So I met him in front of a bowling alley in Harahan. He came incognito but he was very nice, serious and businesslike but nice.”

Akroyd took the badges to New York where he gave them to New York police officers and other first responders who helped New Orleans after Katrina.

Dale is far from the only retailer taking advantage of Louisiana pride.

Earthsavers in Mandeville is selling “Save NOLA” T-shirts complete with a fleur de lis symbol.

The Mignon Faget jewelry store is selling sterling silver and 14-karat gold fleur de lis pendants, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, brooches and rings.

On the South Shore, retailers are selling T-shirts, jewelry and other clothing.

Metro Three, a Magazine Street store specializing in men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, is selling T-shirts with the logos “Make levees not war,” “New Orleans: Still proud to call it home,” “New Orleans is for lovin’ ” and “Go with the contraflow.”

T-shirts and sweatshirts with the “Defend New Orleans” logo also are selling at Turncoats Clothing Exchange on Magazine Street in New Orleans, and Vicki Adjmi, owner of Jean Therapy, is selling “Save NOLA” T-shirts at her Lakeside Shopping Center location.

Source – CityBusiness