Gretchen Hind Designs Part of Official Celebrity Gift Lounge in Honor of The 46th Annual CMA Awards

Gretchen Hind Designs will be gifted backstage at The 46th Annual CMA Awards taking place October 29 – November 1, 2012 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.

Online PR News – 23-October-2012 – Chicago, Illinois – Gretchen Hind Designs ( target="_blank" class="highlight_link">, 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. The company, which is owned by Chicago area jewelry designer Gretchen Hind, will have its Treble Clef and Gemstone necklace gifted to members of the press and media.

Members of the press stopping by The Artisan Group exhibit backstage at the Awards will receive an exclusive Press Bag that contains Hind’s Treble Clef necklace in one of three versions: gunmetal with lapis, hematite and labradorite gemstones; silver with fancy jasper and agate gemstones or gold with carnelian and goldstone gemstones. All necklaces have as their centerpiece a hand-forged and hammered metal hoop and hand-forged treble clef symbol. “This design pays homage to music in general, with a bit of country flair,” remarked Hind.

Hind is more than excited to have her company represented at The CMA Awards. Music has always been an important part of her life, as evidenced by 12 years of classical piano lessons, a stint in the high school band and participation in Choir. Hind enjoys a diverse array of music, from British and classic rock to 80s pop and alternative. Being from a small South Dakota town, she has always had a soft spot for country music as well. Artists like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Denver and Bonnie Raitt are a few of the performers dear to her heart.

“This gifting opportunity, in partnership with the Artisan Group, has been very exciting,” said Hind. “I’ve recently gotten a number of country artist and singer/songwriters following me on Twitter and the overall buzz of the event is super high-energy. Most of all, the fact that our products will be backstage is really, unbelievably cool.”

Hind, who works and lives in the Chicago area, creates meticulously handcrafted jewelry using metalworking, wire-wrapping and other techniques. Much of Hind's jewelry is one-of-a-kind or custom. She also enjoys creating pieces to enhance a stone or stones provided by the customer.

Hind has been the subject of recent stories at, and, as well as in The Chicago Examiner and The Power Player Lifestyle Magazine.

Her jewelry designs are a popular choice for celebrity gifting. Hind has participated in GBK's Luxury Gift Lounges for the 2012 Primetime Emmys and the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. She has created jewelry designs for Hilary Duff, Cari Cucksey, Rachael Ray, Tyra Banks, Paula Abdul and Alison Sweeney. Hind recently submitted a pair of hand-forged, multi-metal earrings in gunmetal, copper and niobium with Czech glass briolettes and carnelian to the stylist for the popular television show Pretty Little Liars and is waiting to hear whether they will be worn on an upcoming episode.

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Jewelry designer Gretchen Hind is the owner of Chicago-based Gretchen Hind Designs. Hind, a native of South Dakota, launched the company in 2009 and specializes in creating affordable, handcrafted signature designs with a vintage modern vibe. Gretchen Hind Designs jewelry is available at select Chicago-area boutiques, and online at target="_blank" class="highlight_link">>.

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.

The Artisan Group™ ( target="_blank" class="highlight_link"> 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.

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