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Unwrap sparkling and sweet surprises during 24 Gems of Christmas

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2013) – Making this holiday event sweeter, Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs have partnered for 24 Gems of Christmas.

From Dec. 2 through 24, customers of Norman Love Confections could discover a Mark Loren Designs’ rare and precious gem, or a NLC $25 gift certificate hidden in 15-piece or larger boxes of chocolates. Twenty-four gems and 24 gift certificates will be randomly placed in signature boxes of Norman Love Confections.

Lucky customers or gift recipients have the opportunity to find one of the following gems in an NLC signature box this holiday season:

  • 5.16ct Trillion Citrine
  • 12.19ct Picasso Blue star Sapphire
  • 2.93ct trio of fine Peridot
  • 12.69ct pair of oval Peach Moonstones
  • 5.94ct heart-shaped Blue Topaz
  • 7.13ct rare Rutilated Topaz
  • 1.64ct trio of Imperial Topaz
  • 6.25ct Lemon Quartz Pearshape
  • 6.32ct pair of Oval Citrines
  • 12.06ct Abacaxi-cut Smoky Quartz
  • 5.53ct Champagne Citrine
  • 7.46ct pair of Amethyst ovals
  • 6.95ct trio of Oval Sunstones
  • 9.88ct soft peach Oval Moonstone
  • 12.26ct Catseye Apatite
  • 4.57ct Catseye African Opal
  • gold-plated Magnetite Jade
  • pair Burmese Maw Sit Sit Jade Ovals
  • 5.67ct Fire Agate Cabachon
  • Fossilized Dinosaur Bone Rectangle
  • Fossilized Indonesian Coral Cabachon
  • 2.80ct Fine Green Tourmaline Rectangle
  • Catseye Siberian Jade Cabachon
  • Rubies in Zoisite Cabachon

The NLC 2013 holiday flavors are:

Candy Cane: creamy white chocolate ganache and cool peppermint are swirled together in this beautiful holiday classic.

Christmas Cookie: fresh home-baked almond cookies with white chocolate icing are blended with butter and cream and wrapped in a white chocolate shell.

Feliz Navidad: enticing rich dark chocolate ganache with a touch of Mexican cinnamon and habanero heat will warm you through and through.

Gingerbread: fresh-baked gingerbread cookies are blended into silky milk chocolate ganache and a delicious mix of fresh grated spices.

Mint Patty: a cool mint cream sits atop intense dark chocolate ganache, capturing the wonders of winter with each bite.

S’mores: delicate white chocolate marshmallow ganache, toasted graham cracker and milk chocolate combine for a modern twist on this childhood favorite.

Orange Spice: a purely festive mix of sweet citrus and spice in a Swiss milk chocolate shell.

Java Jingle: enchanting milk chocolate cappuccino ganache dusted with holiday spices and wrapped in dark chocolate puts the holiday jingle in your heart.

Pumpkin Latte: a creamy delicious white chocolate latte ganache with fresh pumpkin and nutmeg inspires holiday cheer.

White Christmas: a traditional blend of crunchy hazelnut praline and creamy cinnamon ganache are layered inside a beautiful milk chocolate shell.

Prices range from $13.25 for a 5-piece box to $95 for a 50-piece box. The 24 Gems of Christmas boxes are available at the Fort Myers and Naples chocolate salons, Artisan Gelato by Norman Love Confections and online at, as well as at Mark Loren Designs showroom at 13351 McGregor Blvd., between College Parkway and Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers.

Mark Loren Designs has offered custom designed jewelry, repairs and recreations of sentimental heirlooms in Southwest Florida for three decades. His efforts have earned high praise by leaders in the jewelry industry and trade publications. Loren was named one of 39 of the world’s top jewelry artists in Gemstones Masters: Major Works by Leading Artists. The artists in this juried collection were selected by jewelry curator, designer and president of the American Jewelry Design Council, Alan Revere.

Other recognitions include the American Gem Trade Association’s International Spectrum Design awards, which are considered the Oscars of the jewelry-design industry; Loren and his design team have won several over the years for outstanding jewelry design incorporated colored gemstones. They have also earned two AGTA Manufacturing Honors, awarded for combining elegant use of natural colored gemstones with techniques that can be used by mainstream manufacturers, as well as two Platinum Honors prizes, and won the International Pearl Design contest.

Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from the Fort Myers corporate headquarters that encompasses both production and retail operations. The Fort Myers and Naples chocolate salons are stylish retail shops with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies.

The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded 12 times by a leading consumer ratings magazine including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates, and most recently as a Best Buy for Special Treats for Valentine’s Day 2013.

The Fort Myers Chocolate Salon, at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Naples Chocolate Salon, which also serves artisan gelato, at 3747 Tamiami Trail North in Parkshore Centre, is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, at 11300 Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 112, off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, east of I-75, is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Sharon Arnold, Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold Marketing and PR, 239-275-5758, cell: 239-281-7624, sharon (at)