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Schmutzerland Releases Limited Edition Artists Series. Unique, Affordable, Collectable Art Jewelry To Be Shown At The New York International Gift Fair, In the New York’s Newest Section Booth #5005, January 26th – 29th

Limited edition art jewelry featuring “Sunflowers” from Dion Hitchings and “Faces of Japan” by Melissa Rubin on display at the NYIGF.

"Satisfy Your Inner Tchotche"

Nutley, NJ, January 15, 2013 – A new limited edition Artist Series is being introduced by Schmutzerland at the New York International Gift Fair at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York on January 26th – 29th at booth #5005. Featuring “Sunflowers” by Dion Hitchings and “Faces of Japan” by Melissa Rubin, these unique and colorful pendant necklaces will come specially boxed, with a signed and numbered artists bio card. Each piece will be in Schmutzerland’s  “Simple Silver” setting, which is a silver oxidized process that gives each piece a classic look. Available with a 16” or 24” chain and mounted on a distinctive card, which enhances the value and collectability of the jewelry, this collection offers new and exciting possibilities for the Schmutzerland line.

Melissa Rubin, who is an artist from Rockaway, NY remarked, "I am thrilled to be joining Schmutzerland as they launch their new 'Artist Series'. Seeing my images, from my ‘Faces of Japan' series, in their signature cabochon setting, brings out the energy, colors and spirit of the original pieces." Melissa was awarded a Japan Fulbright Art Teacher Grant, to tour Japan. While there, her experience served as the inspiration for her “Faces of Japan” series.

Dion Hitchings, an artist and owner of the Outsider Art Gallery in Frenchtown, NJ, is a visionary, who draws inspiration from everyday happenings to the Jerry Springer Show. His vivid renderings of Sunflowers are as thought provoking as they are striking to look at. Bonnie Berish, partner and art director of Schmutzerland said, “The first time I met Dion, I knew he was a special person with special artistic abilities. I was immediately intrigued by his drawing style and knew his work would be a perfect fit for a Schmutzerland jewelry line.”

Along with their extensive line of images that feature everything from famous personalities, botanicals, nostalgia, curios, insects, vintage engravings, feathers and vintage maps, Schmutzerland works closely with retailers and other organizations to create lines that are exclusive to them. Schmutzerland has created exclusive lines for Temple University, Pennsylvania Ballet, The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Modcloth, Blake & Co, in Orleans, MA. and Kanibal Home in Jersey City, NJ just to name a few.

The whimsical nature of Schmutzerland’s designs promotes its appeal to a broad spectrum of   clientele, who find they are great pieces to wear, whether they are dressing up or dressing down. Available in necklaces, earrings, rings, brooches, hairpins and cufflinks.

           Tchotch•ke: noun informal 1. A small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; a trinket 2. A pretty girl (American Oxford Dictionary)

 About Schmutzerland
A truly inspiring story of innovation and reinvention, Schmutzerland is a family owned business started in 2008. Beginning as a web based company, the business now has retailers from Brooklyn to Barcelona, selling imaginative image based jewelry. Drawing on a background from a successful career as a graphic designer, Bonnie Berish, principal designer and art director, along with her daughter Lauren, have taken the best of the image collection that she has assembled over the years and created a line of image based fashion jewelry. Schmutzerland has been worn by Tracey Ullman in her hit SHOWTIME series “State of the Union,” written about in major fashion and lifestyle publications and blogs, along with a healthy viral buzz created by satisfied customers blogging, posting on Facebook and Tweeting.

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Press Contact:
Dave Rubin


Dave Rubin
7 Cathedral Ave.
Nutley, NJ 07110


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