Elementary School student has original design created just in time for Mother’s Day
(TOMS RIVER, N.J.) – Toms River, New Jersey-based Corinne Jewelers has announced the winner of their Junior Jeweler competition.
Carly Stopera, a fourth-grade student at North Dover Elementary, won the competition with her drawing depicting a dolphin leaping through sunlit waters. Carly designed the piece for her mother as a special Mother’s Day gift, and it was transformed into a sterling silver heart pendant by the artisans at Corinne Jewelers. Ryan Blumenthal, owner of Corinne Jewelers and head designer, Allyson Berlen, made the announcement at a school assembly May 4th, where he also awarded a Junior Jeweler certificate to every student who entered the competition
“When I first told the class about the competition, the kids were really excited about it. But when I came back to announce the winner, the level of excitement was off the charts,” Blumenthal said. “And at the store, the level of enthusiasm for the Junior Jeweler competition has been almost as high as it was at the school. For our designers, it was like the thrill they get from creating a great custom piece, times ten! I think they may have been as excited as the kids about the program. We can’t wait to do this again next year.”
Colleen McGrath, principal at North Dover Elementary, echoed Blumenthal’s observations. “Our students worked very hard on this project,” she said. “They were so excited about the competition, it wasn’t like class work for them. They put their hearts and all their artistic efforts into their creations, and I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them.”
Blumenthal said he intends to expand the Junior Jeweler program next year to include other area schools.
Corinne Jewelers, The Diamond Source, has been in business for over 50 years and is recognized locally for its diverse selection of engagement and wedding rings, loose diamonds, modern timepieces, and jewelry from some of today’s most sought after designers, as well as its knowledgeable staff and superior service. For more information about their products or services, please call 732-244-4664 or visit online at corinnejewelers.com.