All posts by Jean

21Feb/15

Jennifer Hubbard

As a grandchild of Nicholas DeCristofaro, Jennifer brings a definite sense of cheer to Carla’s Customer Relations Department. She will brighten your day just as she does to all those around her. It is her spirit and hard work that makes her position in Customer Relations so successful.

21Feb/15

Lori Pezzullo

As a grandchild of Nicholas DeCristofaro, Lori works in Carla’s Credit and Returns Department. Her energy is electric to all around her. She understands the importance of our customers needs. Carla’s lifetime guarantee is often tested and Lori has one simple goal – making you and your customers happy!

21Feb/15

Brian Fleming

Serving as our Vice President and Head of Sales, Brian is the Ambassador of Carla Corporation. In 1988 Brian also joined the family business after graduating Bentley College. Carla would not be where it is today if it did not realize the importance of its customers, which is why Brian would like to meet every single one of them! He instills our company legacy into our story reinforcing our brand to our retailers.

21Feb/15

Ralph Fleming III

Right out of high school in 1988 Ralph III joined the family business learning every aspect of jewelry manufacturing from the ground up. During the 90’s Ralph brought both the electroform and lost wax casting processes into the company. Like his Grandfather, Ralph III has manufacturing in his heart and mind. Currently he serves as the company’s President and COO.

21Feb/15

Ralph Fleming Jr.

Shortly after the company was founded in 1965 Ralph Fleming Jr. joined the company as its New England sales representative. He was responsible for implementing most of the customer friendly polices we still have today, like same day shipping, the ability to purchase half pairs of earrings, and many others. Mr. Fleming retired in the early 2000’s but continues to serves as the company’s Chairman.

21Feb/15

INSPECT

After the manufacturing process, our jewelry has one more phase to go through before being shipped. Inspection is a very important process as each piece we make is thoroughly inspected by hand and signed off by one of our inspectors.

21Feb/15

GLUING

We also glue pearls & various stones using a Two part epoxy. We choose to use epoxy to guarantee your jewelry to last a lifetime.

13Feb/15

STONESETTING

Our master craftsmen meticulously form metal prongs and bezels around precious and Semi-precious stones. Each style is individually hand made and set by our experienced stone setters both here in RI and in CA.

13Feb/15

SOLDER

Our other components are soldered together by hand using high intensity torches.

13Feb/15

WAX

Using a rubber mold & heated wax, we inject the wax into the mold, to create a pattern for our other processes. Each piece is then cleaned by hand to create a high quality model.

13Feb/15

Joey Rodrigues

If you want a laugh just go see Joe. In the Tubbing Dept, Joe gives a friendly welcoming to any of our visitors. With 6-12 Tub processes running at a time, we can see how Joe has to keep up!

23Jan/15

Simao Correia

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SIMAO

 

Simao was drawn to the company “because of the high quality product we produced.” Having been with the company for 28 years, Simao has worked in many positions, but his most recent position is where his heart is. He is a problem solver and likes the idea of having to work with his hands to make something work everyday.

Before Nicholas DeCristofaro Sr. started Carla Corporation, he was a prominent member in silver jewelry manufacturing as a cofounder of Beaucraft. A hard working toolmaker and craftsmen by trade, Nicholas wanted to start a gold jewelry company that offered high quality products with the best service to both large and small retailers. He believed it was important that small businesses were afforded the same quality service and opportunities as large retailers. It is with this belief that Carla Corporation was founded.

In January of 1965 Nicholas established Carla Corporation with his son in law Ralph Fleming joining him shortly after in 1968. The company started buying and selling finished product as well as making its own findings and finished jewelry to distribute to the small independent retail Jewelers. The company grew rapidly and soon became one of the leading earring manufacturing companies in the US. It was quality and service the company was founded on, and that is how we continue today.

So here we are: a small company in a small state with a big passion.

We take pride in everything we do and hope you can see our passion in each of the products we make.

 

23Jan/15

Pamela Woods

Raw Materials
Pamela & Cathy seem to be partners in crime when it comes to humor & sass, but that’s what we love about them. With 37 years of experience with us, Pam consistently works hard at each of her duties. “The quality of jewelry we make & the fact that we stand behind our product is why I am most proud to work at Carla.”

17Jan/15

David Benevides

With Carla for 22 years, David specializes in our Electroform & Plating Processes, two of our largest departments. David’s knowledge is incomparable and he works hard to make our products reach our quality standards. He believes “that if I am making something of value, the quality needs to show it. It has to be made right”

17Jan/15

Cathy Needham

Gold & Silver Purchasing

For 37 years, Cathy has served as the Gold & Silver Purchasing Agent with us at Carla. Her energy & humor always makes for a good day working with her. She is proud that “we make a great product and that we all work very hard to make it. We’ve all worked together for years to produce the best product in the country.”

17Jan/15

Carlos DeResendes

When speaking with Carlos, you can hear his pride and hard work in his voice and see his production in his hands. He is proud of the art of stone setting and makes sure each piece he sets is done to the best quality possible. He “wanted to work with a big line of jewelry and to make sure every customer is satisfied.”

11Jan/15

FINAL INSPECTION

Carlos, our stone setter, hand sets your stone into your jewelry with precision and pride.
Watch this video of stone setting as Carlos places a Amethyst stone into one of our designer
rings. Carlos, our stone setter, hand sets your stone into your jewelry with precision and pride.
Watch this video of stone setting as Carlos places a Amethyst stone into one of our designer

11Jan/15

POLISH

Using a variety of buffs and compounds, our trained polishers polish every piece by hand to create a high quality finish on all of our jewelry.

11Jan/15

PLATE

All of our jewelry is finished off with a rhodium or Hamilton finish to give our consistent Carla / Nancy B Color.

11Jan/15

TUBBING

To show our true shine, all of our products go through a tubbing process, unique to its materials. The tubs contain various abrasives to go from a raw state to a smooth finish, so they are ready to go to polish.