Braille Monitor                                             August/September 2015

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Special Commemorative Jewelry and More

by Jeannie Massay

From the Editor: Jeannie Massay is the newly elected treasurer of the National Federation of the Blind, the president of the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma, and the membership chairman for the organization. All of these jobs testify to the enthusiasm she brings to the work, and when she was assigned the task of coming up with commemorative items for our seventy-fifth anniversary, she approached Sorella Jewelry, and this collaborative effort has resulted in some fantastic items. Here is what she says:

Our seventy-fifth anniversary convention was a huge success, not only due to those in attendance, but to the entire Federation family. The time flew by so quickly! If you are like me, you made it home without having experienced or had the opportunity to purchase some of the unique commemorative items which mark this milestone event for the National Federation of the Blind. I would like to introduce you to a few of the items that you can order online or by phone.

The first group of items comes from Sorella Jewelry located in Michigan. Here is their story:

“Sorella Jewelry Studio is a company founded by two sisters, Beth and Lynn Stefani, with a true appreciation of design and a passion for quality. We took our name from the Italian word for “sister,” reflecting both our Tuscan heritage and our love of family. Sorella devotes itself exclusively to personalized jewelry that is artfully made by a small team of skilled craftsmen. We are fine jewelers creating fine jewelry. Each Sorella ring, pendant, charm, bracelet, and set of cuff links is custom-made in America at our Michigan studio to your exact order specifications.”

Not only do the Stefani sisters make beautiful jewelry, but they are pledging a percentage of sales of the items below to the National Federation of the Blind. President Riccobono was sporting the cuff links at the seventy-fifth anniversary convention. Federation First Lady Melissa Riccobono was wearing one of the pendants. What a great way to commemorate such a historic moment in time for our family!

The items are listed below, each followed by the link that you can use to order the item online. You may also order by phone at the following toll-free number: (800) 692-1950, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

NFB 75th Anniversary Logo Charm

The charm is 16 mm (just over 2/3 inch) and features the single NFB icon on the front and “NFB 75” in tactile Braille on the back. The highly polished raised icon, the rim, and the Braille dots contrast beautifully with the matte finish background.

The charm is cast in the solid precious metal of your choice. Choose from Sterling Silver, 10K, 14K or 18K Rose, White, Yellow gold, or Palladium. Pricing begins at $90.00.

To order the charm online go to this link: <http://www.sorellajewelry.com/product-p/nfb-charm.htm>

NFB 75th Anniversary Double-Sided Community Logo Pendant

The 20 mm (just over 3/4 inch) round pendant features the six icon NFB symbol on the front and “NFB 75” in tactile Braille on the back. The highly polished raised symbol, the rim, and the Braille dots contrast beautifully with the matte finish background.

The charm is cast in the solid precious metal of your choice. Choose from Sterling Silver, 10K, 14K or 18K Rose, White, Yellow gold, or Palladium. Pricing begins at $160.00.

To order the pendant online go to the following link: <http://www.sorellajewelry.com/product-p/nfb-pendant.htm>

NFB 75th Anniversary Commemorative Cuff Links

The round cuff links are 20 mm (just over 3/4 inch) in diameter. One cuff link features the single NFB icon, while the other cuff link shows “NFB 75” in tactile Braille. The highly polished raised icon, the rims, and the Braille dots contrast beautifully with the matte finish background.

The cuff links can be cast in the solid precious metal of your choice. Choose from Sterling Silver, 10K, 14K or 18K Rose, White, Yellow gold, or Palladium. Pricing begins at $295.00.

To order the cuff links go to this link: <http://www.sorellajewelry.com/product-p/nfb-cufflinks.htm>

NFB 75th Anniversary Commemorative Ring

The 8 mm wide band is available in sizes from four to eighteen in whole and half sizes (quarter sizes available upon request). The single NFB icon and “NFB 75” in tactile Braille repeat around the band. The number of repeats is determined by the ring size. The highly polished raised edges, icons, and the Braille dots contrast beautifully with the matte finish background.

The ring is cast in the solid precious metal of your choice. Choose from Sterling Silver, 10K, 14K or 18K Rose, White, Yellow gold, or Palladium. Pricing begins at $340.00.

The second offering comes from 3DPhotoWorks. They produced the tactile and audio timeline of the Federation that you may have seen at convention. 3DPhotoWorks has developed a mixed media art piece, which has 3D photos of Dr. tenBroek, Dr. Jernigan, Dr. Maurer, and President Riccobono. The photos are arranged in the four corners starting top left with Dr. tenBroek and ending with President Riccobono in the lower right corner. A full color seventy-fifth anniversary logo is located in the middle with “Live the life you want” in Braille. Each piece is customized with the member’s name and “Member since” the year you joined the Federation in Braille. Cost for this really cool piece of art is $49.99, plus $20 for shipping.

Please email John at 3DPhotoWorks with your contact information and “NFB plaque” in the subject line. He will get in touch with you and make the payment arrangements. His email is <john@3dphotoworks.com>.

I hope that you find these offerings as interesting as I do. They are beautiful and are fantastic keepsakes commemorating our seventy-fifth anniversary.

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