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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 - 75 Asian cult00e, finearts reflected in Pearls & Gems products By Amy Reardon Frense used her fine arts degree Joan Warnell Frense has lived in from the PrattlLnstitute O f Art and Europe and Asia, but n0w. is sign and her maser of business letting heris grow  in Mil,  adriiiiiisttation in nternational ford. 0 years ago, She moved bttsiness de in her fLrst career. to Delaware with her children; 9- i As:abuyer for Spiegel, she lived year-old twins Julia and Justin, and began Pearls & Gems Inc., where she designs and creates pearl jewelry. "I believe women can have three careers: what they start out as, motherhood, and whatever comes next." the rife of an ex-patriot in Ger- many and China for 10 years. When she lived in China, the abundance of freshwater pearls interested her. She took classes in beading and pearl quality, and with her functional Cantonese, she negotiated wholesale prices Long & Foster launches toy drive for Toys for Tots Long & Foster is proud to an- nounce the launch of its 13th an- nual toy drive throughout its five- state Mid-Atlantic region. Be- tween Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, each of the company's 187 sales offices will collect toys for distribution to financially and/or physically dis- advantaged children within the lo- cal community. People are encouraged to drop as many new unwrapped toys as they can at neighborhood Long & Foster Office to help bring joy to needy children. Once the toys are collected and presented to area Mariries, they are distributed to local churches, social welfare agencies and to the needy children throughout the region. The Toys for Tots program, which was begun by the Marines in 1947, is an annual toy collect- ing drive, spearheaded by the Marines in 388 communities cov- eting all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa. Last year's National Toys For Tots campaign was the second most successful in its 10-year his- tory, with the distribution of 13.2 for the highest quality pearls. What began as a hobby that pro- duced Christmas presents for friends anff family bloomed into a successful business in Delaware. Museums hire Frense to make historical reproductions of jewel- ry to complement their exhibits. Some of Frense's creations are available in local jewelry shows during summer month, but she sells most of her designs to muse- um gift shops, including The Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Amy Rear(Ion photo Joan Frense displays her jewelry in her Milford workshop. Center for Contemporary Art and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Frense and her assistant Ana Jo- tar will spend up to eight hours on one necklace if the design is com- plicated. Each knot and pearl must line up perfectly. Some jewelers do not put knots between small pearls, but Jotar and Frense do. "Necklaces lay better when they are knotted," said Frense. "If they aren't, the pearls rub against each other and wear away." Frense makes custom designs for customers that visit her ware- house showroom in Milford and also hosts wine-and-pearl parties for groups and organizations. Call 422-4008 for an appoint- ment to see her designs or set up a wine-and-pearl party. INJURED ? We will provide you with professional and experienced legal representation. I THOMAS J. STUMPF, esq. BRIAN F. DOLAS, esq. (The practice of these lawyers is primarily limited to personal injury claims, litigation and resolution.) Stumpf, Vickers & Sandy, P.A. 8 West Market Street, Georgetown, DE 19947 (302) 856-3561 million toys to 6.0 million needy children. Long & Foster collected more than 30,000 new toys throughout its Mid-Atlantic re- gion last year. Long & Foster Real Estate is the largest independent real estate broker in the Mid-Atlantic regi0 For more information:i:gn thi: year's Toys For Tots Campaign, call or stop by the Rlloboth Beach Long & Foster office or call 227-2541. ;iii!ii!ii!iii!iii=i!i!i!!!iiiiiiiii:ii!iiiil ANOTHER EXPERIENCED LOAN CONSULTANT  :., Follow the leader in local news: 1[ f Subscribe, to the Cape Gazette i Call Kandy at 645-7700 j HAS JUST JOINED OUR TEAM. Ba00rbara Brittingham Call me today about the Option Arm Stuart Rate 2.45%" Choose monthly from 4 different payment options. *30 year APR 4.768% 302-645-5226 Office or 800-643-9268 Toll Free Washington Mutual HOM E LOANS Programs subject to change. Certain restrictions apply. We have loan offices and accept applica- ) tions in: Washington Mutual Bank-ID, OR, UT, WA; and Washington Mutual Bank fsb-ID, MT, UT.