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NRF/IBM study sheds light on what Gen Z shoppers really want

NRF/IBM study sheds light on what Gen Z shoppers really want

“What do Gen Z shoppers really want,” the third and final installment of a global study co-sponsored by the IBM Institute of Business Value and the National Retail Federation, examines what this youngest generation considers to be “retail essentials”...

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Innovative Musical Leadership Program to open GIA Symposium

Innovative Musical Leadership Program to open GIA Symposium

The Music Paradigm’s world-renowned music and learning program imparts leadership lessons of the symphony maestro

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Finalists and judges announced for 2018 Saul Bell Design Award

Finalists and judges announced for 2018 Saul Bell Design Award

Rio Grande, the organizer of the Saul Bell Design Award ( www.saulbellaward.com ), is pleased to announce the 45 finalists of the 2018 Saul Bell Design Award competition, as well as the two panels of experts tasked with judging the finalists’ work.

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GIA provides Melee Analysis Service

GIA provides Melee Analysis Service

Independently operated inside Stuller’s global headquarters

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller, Inc. is pleased to announce a new strategic service arrangement with GIA (Gemological Institute of America) by offering GIA’S Melee Analysis Service inside its glob...

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Medford Chason’s treasures

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As the saying goes, “one man gathers what another man spills.” In his early teens, enterprising young Medford Chason and his boyhood buddy excavated a garbage dump near his family’s tobacco farm in Southwest, GA that was closed in the early 1900s. Ov...

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NRF/IBM study sheds light on what Gen Z shoppers really want

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NRF/IBM study sheds light on what Gen Z shoppers really want

“What do Gen Z shoppers really want,” the third and final installment of a global study co-sponsored by the IBM Institute of Business Value and the National Retail Federation, examines what this youngest generation considers to be “retail essentials” as well as what delights and engages them. The st...

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WJA announces free first-year memberships for students

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WJA announces free first-year memberships for students

A Gemological Science International (GSI) sponsorship is underwriting the project

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) announced that it’s offering the first year of student membership free to students during 2018, thanks to a new sponsorship from Gemological Science Internatio...

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Innovative Musical Leadership Program to open GIA Symposium

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Innovative Musical Leadership Program to open GIA Symposium

The Music Paradigm’s world-renowned music and learning program imparts leadership lessons of the symphony maestro

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) International Gemological Symposium, Oct. 7-9 in Carlsbad, CA, will include the debut - for the gem and jewelry industry - o...

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Jewelers Vigilance Committee announces 2018 webinar series

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Jewelers Vigilance Committee announces 2018 webinar series

(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) will commence an important live webinar series beginning in May of 2018. This series is designed to help members of our industry avoid legal risks and implement legally compliant business practices. Mark your calendars now so you can catch each of t...

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Finalists and judges announced for 2018 Saul Bell Design Award

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Rio Grande, the organizer of the Saul Bell Design Award ( www.saulbellaward.com ), is pleased to announce the 45 finalists of the 2018 Saul Bell Design Award competition, as well as the two panels of experts tasked with judging the finalists’ work.

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Joel McFadden Appointed Director of MJSA Council of Custom Jewelers

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GIA provides Melee Analysis Service

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Independently operated inside Stuller’s global headquarters

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AGS Laboratories now offers independent diamond cutter services

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

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Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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The Marketing Minute: Pricing Strategy

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Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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Solidscape brings CAM to the little guy

Craving out a niche in one's local community can mean consistent, loyal customers and customization is one way to do that. Twenty years ago that meant wax carving which was cumbersome and time consuming. Today, technology has caught up with customer demand. Solidscape, Inc. produces two desktop machines designed to help jewelers create highly precise wax masters perfect for casting. For the local jeweler it is custom efficiency at its best; for Solidscape, Inc., it is a specialty.

Solid-tree-AprilSolidscape, Inc., designs, develops, manufactures and sells modelmaking hardware and software. Headquartered out of Merrimack, New Hampshire the privately-held company was founded by the same man who helped develop radar tracking technology. Today they market to a myriad of different industries including: medical/dental, aerospace, automotive, sporting goods and jewelry. With more than 2500 systems installed in over 20 countries, they continue to discover new uses for their products every day.

Bruce Lustig, product marketing manager, has been with the company for 10 years and has watched customer demand for more intricate, complicated jewelry pieces grow. "I've watched technology advance over the years. From hand carvings to computer-guided mills; each served a purpose in their own time. But today, customers want intricate micro-pave's or hollowed out shanks and undercuts which make it hard for mills to keep up."

Are you a cutter or a grower?
Today's Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) model technology comes in one of two forms: subtractive or additive. Subtractive technology cuts away material to create a mold by drilling out each and every detail, hence the name Cutter or Mill. Additive technology creates 3-D images by printing ultra-small layers of wax-like build material on top of one another until the model is finished, substantiating its nickname Grower. The result is a very accurately detailed piece ready for casting.

Solidscape's T76 and R66 systems combine a proprietary thermoplastic ink jetting technology and a high-precision cutter with ModelWorks graphical front-end software. The results are prototype models with an achievable accuracy of 0.001 in. per inch. These machines can build in slices or layers as small as 0.5 thousandths of an inch. (image above: Solidscape's T76 and R66 systems create prototype models with an achievable accuracy of 0.001 in. per inch. These machines can build in slices or layers as small as 0.5 thousandths of an inch.)

"Solidscape entered the jewelry industry by marketing to manufacturers. Today we still service that market but, over the last few years, we've noticed a marked increase in the number of retailers acquiring the tools necessary to design their own pieces," states Bruce. "Our machines are small and easy to use which makes them the perfect choice for a retailer. Not to mention their great return on investment."

Solid-AprilThe T76, which retails for $45,650, will pay for itself in 21 months if the user produces 30 models per month. R66 users recoup their investment in just 15 months when averaging 30 models per month and paying $35,650.

 

"We've revamped our customer service to cover more retailer-centric issues," states Bruce. "We always provided a high quality product but, now we have the tools and support in place to really help our customers whether they are manufacturers or retailers."

For those in the industry that consider CAM pieces less desirable than hand carved pieces Bruce has this to say: "The machine is a tool. Your mind is the real designer. Wax carvings are simply a physical expression. True jewelry design lives only in the mind. Our machines help designers express their talents."

Go to the Solidscape website, www.solid-scape.com, for a list of resellers around the U.S. or around the world or call them directly at 603-429-9700.

 


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