(Fort Myers, Fla. – November 24, 2009) – Opening up a box from master chocolatier Norman Love Confections is a thrill in itself, but this holiday season, it’s about to get even sweeter. That’s because Love is teaming up with renowned jeweler Mark Loren to plant sweet surprises in some boxes of his signature chocolates during the duo’s “12 Gems of Christmas” promotion.
The idea is a spinoff of Loren’s “Finders Keepers” promotion, during which he and his staff at Mark Loren Designs are placing pieces of his unique jewelry around Lee County for residents and visitors to find and keep in celebration of the business’ 25th anniversary. Love, who was recently named one of North America’s top 10 Chocolatiers by Dessert Professional Magazine, also has something to celebrate this holiday season.
“Celebrating milestones like our business’ anniversary or Norman’s honor are so much more fun and meaningful when you can share them with the customers and businesses that helped get us where we are today,” Loren says.
Love agrees, adding, “Teaming up with Mark was natural for me. We’re both very involved in the community and giving back. We’re also both committed to the art of our respective crafts – whether it’s chocolate or jewelry, we aim to give our customers something unique, creative and artistic.” In fact, many customers liken Love’s chocolate boxes to fine jewelry boxes.
Customers purchasing or receiving boxes of Love’s signature chocolates may find one of these Loren-licious pieces beginning December 1:
- 18k White Gold Ring with .31cts Diamonds & Orange Mother of Pearl
- 14k Yellow Gold Pearl Cross Pendant
- 18k Yellow Gold & Sterling Silver Bangle Bracelet with 3.50ctwt Rose Cut Diamonds
- 14k Yellow Gold Ring with .25ctwt Diamonds & Round Lannyte
- Platinum Ring set with .50ctwt Channel Set Diamonds
- Multi-Color Freshwater Pearl Bracelet
- 14k Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl Diamond Cuff Links
- 10.78ct sculpted Bolivian Ametrine Gemstone
- 9.83ct Bi-color Topaz gemstone
- Broadflash Australian opal doublet gemstone
- 13.93ct Catseye Sillimanite gemstone
- Sterling ring channel-set with 1.09ct oval cut purple sapphire
The jewels will range in value from $300 to $3,000. Signature chocolate boxes, which range in price from $13 for 5 pieces to $95 for 50 pieces, purchased in Norman Love Confections Chocolate Salon or ordered by corporate customers are included in the promotion. The “12 Gems of Christmas” promotion runs December 1 – 24.
About Norman Love Confections
Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes ultra-premium, handcrafted artisanal chocolates. Based in Fort Myers, Fla., the corporate headquarters encompasses both the production and retail operations. The Chocolate Salon is a stylish retail shop with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies. For more information about the Gourmet Chocolate Company, Norman Love Confections, visit the Chocolate Salon located at 11380 Lindbergh Boulevard, off Daniels Parkway, in Fort Myers, call toll free 866-515-2121 or visit www.normanloveconfections.com.
About Mark Loren Designs
Mark Loren is a jeweler and has been offering custom designed jewelry, repairs and recreations of sentimental heirlooms for 25 years in Southwest Florida at his namesake shop, Mark Loren Designs. His efforts have earned high praise by leaders in the jewelry industry. Loren was named one of 39 of the world’s top jewelry artists in the recently published book, Gemstones Masters: Major Works by Leading Artists. The artists in this juried collection were selected by jewelry curator, designer and president of the American Jewelry Design Council, Alan Revere. His other honors include the five International Spectrum Design awards, bestowed by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), two AGTA Manufacturing Honors, three AGTA Platinum Honors prizes and an the International Pearl Design contest win. For more information, visit www.marklorendesigns.com.