Kiki Bird Jewelry Part of Official Celebrity Gift Lounge in Honor of The 46th Annual CMA Awards

Kiki Bird Jewelry will be showcased on display at The Artisan Group's exhibit, and will be gifted to the biggest names in Country Music backstage at the CMA Awards. This event will also be attended by over 25 media and press outlets.

Online PR News – 23-October-2012 –Kiki Bird Jewelry (http://www.KikiBirdJewelry.com), in association with The Artisan Group, will participate in the official celebrity gift lounge in honor of The 46th Annual CMA Awards on October 29 – November 1, 2012 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kim Girouard, owner/designer at Kiki Bird Jewelry, is a huge country music fan. When she learned from California-based The Artisan Group, a sponsor at the official celebrity gift lounge for the 46th Annual CMA Awards, that she would have the chance to showcase her handcrafted brass jewelry backstage she put her creative energies into making the dream a reality.

The result was a stunning statement necklace Girouard calls “Bright Lights” for the gift bags, and a display piece composed of two smaller necklace pendants that Girouard has named “Pillars of Strength” and “Bridges. All pieces are handcrafted in Vintaj Natural Brass, which is Girouard's signature metal.

"This is an amazing opportunity and I pushed myself to create designs I felt would be worthy of a superstar," recalled Girouard.

In designing Bright Lights, Girouard thought deeply about the meaning country music holds for her. “What sticks out in my mind is the sense of continuity, connection and community that is clear when you listen to the music, read the history and visit iconic venues like The Grand Ole Opry,” she said. “Bright Lights symbolizes the past, the present and the future of country music. The large brass circles stand for the solid foundation that is country music’s past. The smaller circles signify current, established musicians. The Swarovski Crystals represent the up-and-coming and future stars of country music.”

My Bright Lights necklace symbolizes the past, the present and the future of country music.

Once the CMA Awards Board approved the Bright Lights necklace, Girouard created 85 handcrafted pieces just like it for the gift bags, along with the two display piece pendant necklaces.

It has been a busy few months for the busy Girouard, who as a one woman shop handles all aspects of Kiki Bird Jewelry, from designing and creating her jewelry to shipping and website maintenance. In September, Girouard carefully packaged the pieces and shipped them to The Artisan Group in California, who then delivered them to Nashville in early October.

For the moment, the Rockton, Illinois jewelry designer is breathing easy. “This project was a gigantic effort but well worth it,” commented Girouard. “I’m honored to take part and excited about the exposure for Kiki Bird Jewelry. I can’t wait to see my pieces showcased at The Awards."

Kiki Bird Jewelry has previously gifted her jewelry designs to Jordin Sparks, Mariska Hargitay and Vanessa Lachey. Recently she sent her "Liar, Liar" and "Rustic Moon" mixed metal necklaces to the stylists for the popular television shows Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries and is waiting to find out if they will be worn on upcoming episodes.

To learn more about Kiki Bird Jewelry and its participation in The Artisan Group’s celebrity gifting initiatives, visit http://www.KikiBirdJewelry.com. For press inquiries about The Artisan Group, visit http://www.theartisangroup.org.

ABOUT KIKI BIRD JEWELRY
Kiki Bird Jewelry is handcrafted with love by Kim Girouard. For Kim creating jewelry lets her imagination run free. The process is playful and spontaneous but tempered by an intuitive sense of balance. Even the most asymmetrical designs have an equilibrium that makes them easy to wear. Every whimsical twist of metal, each carefully placed accent, reveals a bit of Kim’s creative journey as she touches saw to metal or hammer to rivet. Kim hopes wearing a piece of Kiki Bird Jewelry will spark the wearer’s own creative spirit.

Every piece of Kiki Bird Jewelry is one-of-a-kind, handcrafted by Kim Girouard of Rockton, Illinois. Kim uses only the highest quality materials, including Vintaj natural brass, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass beads and an array of interesting baubles from around the world.

ABOUT THE CMA AWARDS
The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC Television for the first time—making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The Awards aired on NBC through 1971, on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005, and has aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards through 2021.

Watch The 46th Annual CMA Awards LIVE on November 1 at 8p/7p Central on ABC.

ABOUT THE ARTISAN GROUP
The Artisan Group™ (http://www.theartisangroup.org) is an elite art promotions group representing talented small-business artisans at the best celebrity gift lounges. The organization provides a collective sampling of handcrafted products to celebrities and members of the press at top luxury gift lounges such as those leading up to The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, The MTV Movie Awards and The Primetime Emmys. Membership in The Artisan Group is juried and by invitation-only. The Artisan Group also offers its members guidance in the areas of sales, marketing, social media and public relations.

For press inquiries regarding The Artisan Group, please visit http://www.theartisangroup.org or email press@theartisangroup.org.

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