Thursday, December 3, 2009

Ann Hand in Washington Times Today

Housewives of D.C.

Three of Washington's grandes dames will make a grand appearance together for a new national Web site called, billed as a "groundbreaking web destination that celebrates smart, stylish, accomplished women over 50."

Selected as the representatives from Washington for the site, set to launch with a glitzy kickoff party in New York early next year, are: jeweler Ann Hand, wife of lawyer and former Johnson administration official Lloyd Hand, Ann Dibble Jordan, wife of former President Clinton confidant and golfing buddy Vernon Jordan, and Dianne Kube, a health care exec and campaign surrogate on Sen. John McCain's 2008 bid for the White House.

"I was happy just to be included in the over-50 category," explained Mrs. Hand, who volunteered that she is actually over 70.

The three doyennes, who have been friends for years, gathered for a photo shoot at Mrs. Hand's MacArthur Boulevard jewelry shop, where they posed in red (the official color for Washington power wives) outfits for their spread, which will appear on the site.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Great Write Up from one of our clients :)

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October 14, 2009
When Madeleine Albright Does Your Marketing For You
If you ever get a chance to hear Madeleine Albright speak, take it! I just got to hear her at a recent Commonwealth Institute event in Boston coordinated with the publication of her new book "Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box." Her stories about how her jewelry collection was used to make diplomatic history during her time as Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of State during the Clinton administration are both funny and fascinating.

A few lines from her book tell it best: "Before long, and without intending it, I found that jewelry had become part of my personal diplomatic arsenal. Former president George H. W. Bush had been known for saying "Read my lips." I began urging colleagues and reporters to "Read my pins."

Talking About Your Pins Means Big Business for Ann Hand

I was inspired by my autographed copy of Read My Pins and its more than 200 photographs combined with the wonderful stories about jewelry and it's place amongst global politics. So, when I was in Washington, DC this week, I set out to visit the Ann Hand Jewelry store were several of the pins and diplomatic gifts featured in Albright's book are sold. One pin in particular, the Liberty Eagle, was on my acquisition list.

The first thing I saw upon walking into the Ann Hand salon was a copy of Read My Pins cracked open to page 68 where the pin is magnified on a black velvet background. Featured on the next page is the pin as part of a necklace worn by Madeleine Albright in a photo with President Clinton. When I asked to purchase the pin, I was told that they had sold out right after the book came out and that they were back-ordered. So, I placed an order. Sure enough, while I was looking around the rest of the store, a lady walked in wanting the Liberty Eagle pin because she had just seen Madeleine Albright giving an interview about her pins on TV.

Riding the Wave with Celebrity Endorsements

Unsolicited celebrity endorsements or simple word of mouth endorsements from happy customers are one of the best ways to market your product. You get them by a) having a great product or service, and b) attracting customers to what you're offering. Sometimes you can help get endorsements by promoting photos of celebrities with your product or developing case studies that you publish or generating press featuring your customers and your product. But, when you get someone like Madeleine Albright for customer because she just plain likes your jewelry and wears it proudly, you know that you've done your job well. The sales that roll in from a happy customer endorsement just reinforce that, so enjoy the success.

Personally, I can't wait for my pin to arrive and here I am blogging about the Liberty Eagle and the Ann Hand shopping experience when I didn't even get to wear my purchase home. Even worse, I'm thinking about my next trip back to the store and what I'll buy then!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ann Hand to Close Georgetown Shop

Ann Hand, whose patriotic- and campaign-themed pins have made her the jeweler to official Washington for 20-plus years, is shutting down her Georgetown location.

“We’re losing our lease at the end of the year,” Hand told Yeas & Nays. “I couldn’t face moving over Christmas and New Year’s, so we’re doing it now. We decided to relocate everything back to our flagship store on MacArthur Boulevard in the Palisades. Plus, we have parking here. That was always a problem in Georgetown.”

Hand began making and selling jewelry out of her home in 1988. She opened the Palisades shop in 2001, followed by the Georgetown store in 2005. Hand, the wife of former LBJ aide Lloyd Hand, is the official jeweler to the Miss America Organization, and her flag pins can be seen on the lapel of many a pol.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Washington Times Write-Up

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ford's Theatre Introduces the Ann Hand Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Eagle Pin

Ford’s Theatre Society commissioned Ann Hand to create a limited edition pin to commemorate the Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in 2009.

The pin is inspired by the eagle and motto “One Country – One Destiny,” which was stitched into the overcoat Abraham Lincoln wore for his second Inauguration, and which he was wearing the evening he was assassinated.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this pin benefits the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Campaign for historic Ford’s Theatre.

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial pin is inspired by the design from Lincoln’s coat. A bald eagle clutches a ribbon inscribed with the phrase that Lincoln carried with him as a reminder of his patriotic vision. The original coat is part of the Ford’s Theatre Museum collection. It is available at Ford's Theatre and at

Monday, February 2, 2009

From CBN News - 'Obamanomics' Yields Big Bucks

By Erick Stakelbeck CBN News January 21, 2009

(Click on image to view video) - From breath mints to T-shirts, to coffee and pasta, President Barack Obama's likeness is on everything. But how much is being made in the booming business?

Ann Hand and her staff have been hard at work. In 20 years of designing jewelry through her business, Ann Hand Designs, she's never experienced anything quite like this.

"I don't think there's any comparison. I've never seen anything like it," she said. "So many people wanting just some memento of this historic day."

Since Barack Obama was elected, Hand has been sending her items all over the world.
"It's amazing to me that people in Singapore and Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, have wanted something to commemorate this President. It's wonderful for America," she added.

Profits from Obama-related merchandise are estimated at $300 million and climbing.

"This is my souvenir. My Barack Obama momento," one tourist said. "I'll take it home and they'll be proud of it back home because everyone loves Barack Obama in Australia."

Larry Bird, a curator at the Smithsonian Museum, says this type of political excitement dates back to George Washington. "Historically I think this fits very closely with what we've seen before," he said. Bird, however, added that campaigns profiting from political items is new. In the past candidates gave away hats or buttons in order to advertise. "They don't really believe in these things as effective media any more," he explained. "It's just as likely if you went to Obama headquarters and asked for a button, they'd be happy to sell you one for $1.00. The same thing with a bumper sticker."

The cost doesn't seem to bother the millions of people wanting their own piece of history.

Although Obama's record-breaking campaign has ended, sales at his official Web site are still going strong. Profits will go to the inauguration, which will cost an estimated $150 million.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

If You Were 1 of the 1.8 Million At The Inauguration - Get Your Ann Hand "I Was There" Keepsake

January 20, 2009 marked an historic event in American history that was witnessed by a record crowd estimated to be over 1.8 million people. Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States becoming the first African-American to reach the highest office in the country.

What better way to commemorate this historic day than an Ann Hand "I Was There" dog tag for $45 (pictured here and available in gold and silver tones). It is a keepsake for years to come to let your family and friends know that you were one of the 1.8 million witnesses to history.

You may shop the entire Ann Hand Obama Collection at