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Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs make the holidays sparkle: 12 Gems of Christmas Dec. 2 through 24

Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs have partnered to make the holidays sparkle, shimmer and shine this season during The 12 Gems of Christmas giveaway.

12 Gems of Christmas

From Dec. 2 through 24, gems and gift cards will be randomly hidden in 15-, 25- and 50-piece signature boxes of ultra-premium chocolates at the Fort Myers, Miromar Outlets and Naples chocolate salons and at Mark Loren Designs in Fort Myers. Those purchasing boxes may discover a loose Mark Loren Designs gem, such as a blue topaz, star sapphire, champagne citrine or amethyst. Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs gifts cards, valued from $25 to $100, will be tucked into other boxes.

Mark Loren Designs has offered custom-designed jewelry, repairs and re-creations of sentimental heirlooms in Southwest Florida for more than 25 years. Loren was named one of the world’s 39 top jewelry artists in Gemstones Masters: Major Works by Leading Artists, a juried collection selected by curator, designer and American Jewelry Design Council president, Alan Revere.

Loren and his design team have been recognized repeatedly with American Gem Trade Association’s International Spectrum Design awards, considered the Oscars of the jewelry-design industry. They also have earned two AGTA manufacturing honors, for combining the elegant use of natural-colored gemstones with techniques that can be used by mainstream manufacturers, as well as two Platinum Honors prizes, and top honors in the International Pearl Design contest.

Mark Loren Designs Fort Myers location is 13351 McGregor Blvd, between College Parkway and Cypress Lake Drive. The store is open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Visit for more information.

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, Estero and Naples chocolate salons are stylish retail shops with an intimate ambience where customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies. Both the Estero and Naples salons also sell gelato while a separate gelato store is situated a few doors away from the Fort Myers salon.

The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded 13 times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates.

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. The Estero Chocolate Salon is near the north entrance to Miromar Outlets and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 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.

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