Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l (CJCI) is a global network dedicated to the study, enjoyment and promotion of collectible costume jewelry. We bring people together through yearly conventions held around the United States, social networking, and sharing jewelry information and resources through our website.
HOW DID CJCI COME ABOUT?
Melinda Lewis and Pamela Wiggins became friends many years ago after first meeting at a convention for costume jewelry collectors. Their mutual collecting interests continued to bring them together over the years as they kept in touch between the bi-annual conventions that had been great a source of information and enjoyment for them.
When they learned that the organization sponsoring those conventions would cease to exist at the end of 2009, Melinda approached Pamela about starting a new group for jewelry collectors and expanding the scope to include an online community. Melinda and Pamela pooled their talents, went to work immediately with the help of their significant others, and founded Costume Jewelry Collectors Int’l to continue the camaraderie they had long valued as collectors. Today they serve literally thousands of jewelry collectors worldwide through CJCI’s yearly events and online resources.
HOW CAN YOU JOIN CJCI?
There is currently no formal membership fee required to participate in CJCI’s yearly conventions, the Facebook Group maintained by CJCI for social networking, or to access the resources on this website. Simply register to attend one of our events or join our CJCI Facebook Group to become a part of the CJCI community.
HOW CAN YOU ASSIST CJCI?
CJCI appreciates all those who donate to our General Fund to help us offset our operating expenses. Additionally, our Education Fund accepts donations used to generate content and maintain this site so we can share resources with our community free of charge.
We also welcome story ideas and writing projects submitted by our community. If you have a jewelry-related topic you are passionate about and would like to be interviewed or share your writing with the CJCI community, please let us know.
IS IT OK TO SHARE CJCI WITH OTHERS?
Absolutely! You can encourage your jewelry collecting friends and customers to join CJCI’s Facebook Group for social networking by providing the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CostumeJewelry/
We also have a Printable Flyer available for you to share information about CJCI at shows, in brick and mortar antique shops, or to enclose in packages mailed to costume jewelry customers. Click here to download our printable flyer to share with your customers and friends.
Web Banners are also available to proudly display on personal websites in support of CJCI. To select the appropriate banner for your site, click here.
Note: The CJCI banner connotes a dedication to the study of costume jewelry and ethical representation of vintage and collectible costume jewelry when selling. Displaying a CJCI banner is a privilege, and may be revoked at any time without notice upon the discretion of CJCI’s founders.
NEED ASSISTANCE WITH SOMETHING ELSE?
For convention-related questions or other questions not answered on our FAQ page or the NING Help page (linked above), write to:
members @ costumejewelrycollectors.com
Pamela Wiggins – pam @ costumejewelrycollectors.com
Melinda Lewis – melinda @ costumejewelrycollectors.com
P.O. Box 446
Benicia, CA 94510