Loren and Love Team Up to Offer Exclusive Box of Chocolates Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

Award-winning jeweler’s Firelight™ diamond available in boxes with chocolates inspired by exclusive gem cut.

Fort Myers, FL, February 08, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Southwest Florida’s favorite pair of artisans of luxury goods are teaming up again to offer a sweet gift idea for that special someone, this time inspired by Mark Loren Designs’ exclusive new Firelight diamond.

Award-winning Chocolatier Norman Love created a new Firelight chocolate inspired by the diamond design, and will sell it exclusively to customers purchasing a Firelight diamond starting Feb. 8. Each box will contain 14 of Love’s Firelight chocolates and a ring bearing a 1-carat Firelight-cut diamond. Boxes will retail for $10,000 apiece and be sold only in Loren’s design studio at 13351 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers, or Norman Love Confections' Chocolate Salon at 11380 Lindbergh Boulevard, off Daniels Parkway, in Fort Myers - making them them the world's most exclusive boxes of chocolate.

“Norman and I have fun working together to create something special for our customers,” Loren says. The duo also partnered on 2009’s “12 Gems of Christmas” promotion during which 12 lucky customers were surprised to find Loren gems in boxes of Love’s signature chocolate. “For this special promotion, I was really impressed with how Norman translated the warmth and sparkle of the Firelight diamond into his craft,” Loren continues. “Wait until you taste it!”

The Firelight diamond cut features 81 facets, or sides, instead of the 57 facets on an ordinary round cut. Reminiscent of a vintage European cut, the additional facets provide more surfaces for light to reflect off of, creating a more brilliant sparkle and shine.

Love’s Firelight chocolate is a dark chocolate piece boasting a hot-flavored ganache center that features habanero pepper and an underlying profile of Saigon cinnamon. Tasters will realize a very slight sensation of a popping in the mouth as they savor this fiery chocolate embellished with the Firelight diamond design.

“Capturing the essence of the diamond in chocolate was a good creative challenge,” Love says. “After tasting it, I think people will agree that its heat and spark remind them of cozying up by a fire.” Love’s custom creation is the world’s most exclusive chocolate, because it will only be sold with a Firelight™ diamond.

About Mark Loren Designs
Mark Loren Designs is a jeweler and has been offering custom designed jewelry, repairs and recreations of sentimental heirlooms for 25 years in Southwest Florida. His efforts have earned high praise by leaders in the jewelry industry. Loren was named one of 39 of the world’s top jewelry artists in the recently published book, 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.

His other recognitions include the International Spectrum Design awards, bestowed by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), are considered the “Oscars” of the jewelry-design industry—and Loren and his design team have won several over the years for “outstanding jewelry design incorporated colored gemstones.” They’ve earned two AGTA Manufacturing Honors, awarded for combining elegant use of natural colored gemstones with techniques that can be used by mainstream manufacturers. They’ve also taken home two Platinum Honors prizes and won the International Pearl Design contest. Examples of his work can be found online at www.marklorendesigns.com.

About Norman Love Confections
Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes ultra-premium, handcrafted artisanal chocolates. Based in Fort Myers, Fla., the corporate headquarters encompasses both the production and retail operations. The Chocolate Salon is a stylish retail shop with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies. For more information about the Gourmet Chocolate Company, Norman Love Confections, visit the Chocolate Salon located at 11380 Lindbergh Boulevard, off Daniels Parkway, in Fort Myers, call toll free 866-515-2121 or visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

Mark Loren Designs
Erika Houser