For more than three decades, Roman, Inc., has been a recognized leader in inspirational gifts and collectibles. Centering its focus on this market made Roman a company ahead of its time. Founder and CEO Ron Jedlinski made his company renowned for its range of angels-the most angels this side of Heaven. So then the national trend moved to renew the focus of art, literature and entertainment on angels in a wide scope of roles and interpretations, Roman was already positioned as the industry source for the most majestic of winged heralds.
It was in the early 1990's that Jedlinski moved to form Seraphim Studios, a creative umbrella of world-famous artists and sculptors. Their singular assignment was to research and develop a collection of beautiful angels that would be modern interpretations of the world's most beautiful angels. Seraphim Studios took advantage of more than 2,000 years of writings and works of art to achieve their objective. The result was introduced to the world in 1994: The Seraphim Classics® Collection.
Based on the greatest artistic achievements of the Renaissance Masters, the Collection immediately won the enthusiastic acceptance of both retailers and consumers. Within a single year, it was apparent that the Collection was destined to be a collectible. Awards followed, specifically:
Audra - Embraced by Lovee
Hope - Light in the Distance
Vanessa - Heavenly Maiden
Ariel - Heaven's Shining Star
Harmony - Love's Guardian
Emily - Heaven's Treasure
Chloe - Nature's Gift
Alyssa - Nature's Angel
Flora - Flower of Heaven
Francesca - Loving Guardian
Helena - Heaven's Herald
Seraphina - Heaven's Helper
Rosalyn - Rarest of Heaven
Recognition from the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers
(NALED) and Collector Editions Awards of Excellence confirmed collector enthusiasm.
Each Seraphim Classics® angel is majestically sculpted by one the world's greatest artisans. This Master Sculptor has the gift of instilling a sense of motion into every angel, from the rich folds of flowing fabric to the intricate detail of each feather in the sheltering wings. Cast in resin fortified with both porcelain and marble, each figurine is meticulously hand-painted using a special pastel palette, then given a final finish that creates the translucence of every Seraphim Classics® angel.
Although the Collection is relatively small, due to the limited offering, it is well established within the collectibles industry. In 1996, the first figures were retired; in 1997 three more attained this status. Annual limited edition and special editions are offered, already gaining in value on the Secondary Market as they are withdrawn from production.
The Collection is supported by an extensive special event program,
launched in 1996. Philanthropic programs have also been undertaken, including those
benefiting the Sunshine Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of critically
and terminally ill children and their families.