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PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

Royalty and Hollywood celebrities are known for gifting their betrothed with the most opulent and exquisite platinum engagement rings. From Queen Elizabeth’s solitaire diamond to Elizabeth Taylor’s 29.4-carat diamond, these baubles were all set in pl...

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Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

The fifth edition of the popular Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Sunday, June 4, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a 50K challenging bike ride in the...

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Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

Kim International Manufacturing, L.P. is pleased to announce that Bill Reilly has been appointed as their new Upper-Midwest Region Sales Manager. He will be covering the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Bill brings 30 plu...

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Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

The PUK4c precision welder is a compact and versatile TIG impulse welder. Fine and minute welds are carried out under a 10x welding microscope (SM03 Microscope). Very close to laser welding, the PUK4c allows the exact positioning of small, stable spo...

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Stuller, Inc. wraps up annual Bench Jeweler Workshop

Stuller, Inc. wraps up annual Bench Jeweler Workshop

Jyothi Forman walks away with overall win

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller hosted their annual Bench Jeweler Workshop this past weekend welcoming more than 200 jewelers from across the country to its global headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

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PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

Royalty and Hollywood celebrities are known for gifting their betrothed with the most opulent and exquisite platinum engagement rings. From Queen Elizabeth’s solitaire diamond to Elizabeth Taylor’s 29.4-carat diamond, these baubles were all set in platinum, a highly secure setting for their valuable...

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Origin of gold stash found in piano remains a mystery

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Origin of gold stash found in piano remains a mystery

LONDON (AP) —  British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money.

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Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

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Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

The fifth edition of the popular Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Sunday, June 4, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a 50K challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red Rock Valley, or a street ...

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New jewelry show planned for Midwest

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New jewelry show planned for Midwest

New Horizons Jewelry Show to be held August 19-21

Jewelry manufacturers, retailers and other industry professionals will come together for the launch of a new event this August in Columbus, Ohio. “The New Horizons Jewelry Show is the only show serving the Midwest and will feature more than 250 booths...

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Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

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Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

Kim International Manufacturing, L.P. is pleased to announce that Bill Reilly has been appointed as their new Upper-Midwest Region Sales Manager. He will be covering the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Bill brings 30 plus years of experience calling on the independent j...

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Jewelers of America expands IDEX partnership

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Jewelers of America expands IDEX partnership

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has expanded its partnership with IDEX, the International Diamond Exchange.

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Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

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Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

The PUK4c precision welder is a compact and versatile TIG impulse welder. Fine and minute welds are carried out under a 10x welding microscope (SM03 Microscope). Very close to laser welding, the PUK4c allows the exact positioning of small, stable spot-welds or welds in hard-to-get-to or deep lying p...

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Ed Levin Jewelry introduces Summer Dance Collection

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Ed Levin Jewelry introduces Summer Dance Collection

(CAMBRIDGE, N.Y.) - Ed Levin Jewelry, shaping American design since 1950®, invites you to get in a summer mood with Summer Dance, Ed Levin Jewelry’s latest collection of new designs.

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The Spring ‘09 Atlanta Jewelry Snow: Who could imagine...

Spring snowfall takes Show's "Everything You Imagine" theme to whole new level

(ATLANTA) - While a surprise spring snowfall and a challenging economic climate did impact attendance at the February 28 - March 2, 2009 edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show at the Cobb Galleria Center, it did little to dampen the spirits of exhibitors and attendees. Reports of quality buyers and unexpected sales from exhibitors, coupled with positive feedback on product selection, educational programming and Show events from retailers, created a relaxed, optimistic atmosphere on the show floor.

Adding to the positive atmosphere, the spring Show also welcomed a number of first-time exhibitors. To help them get acquainted with the Show and its buyers, a special New Exhibitor Meet & Greet was held Sunday morning as part of the complimentary buyer breakfast program.

"Who could have imagined snow in Atlanta... in March," laughs Carol Young, executive director of the Atlanta Jewelry Show producers, Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA). "We entered into this show with cautious optimism based on our pre-registration numbers. While our attendance was down somewhat, the people who came were doing serious business. And, we focused our efforts on developing educational sessions, networking events and other programs designed to help retailers get through these challenging times and to be even stronger when the economy rebounds."

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(l-r) Libby Brown, SJTA assistant executive director and Carol Young,
SJTA executive director, didn't let a surprise spring snowfall dampen their spirits.

Many exhibitors were pleasantly surprised with the business they wrote during the three day event.

"Traffic is down, but I've placed quite a few orders with existing and new customers," said Liz Hyde-Donahue, Starhaven By Liz Donahue. "Customers love this show - it's convenient, cost-effective and fun. In today's climate, we're finding that people are increasingly looking for sterling silver and we have an economical, designer line that is filling that void."

"Surprisingly, this was one of the best Atlanta Jewelry Shows we've had in over 5 years," adds Don LeStage, LeStage Manufacturing Company. "We opened a number of new accounts and had strong re-orders from existing customers. We saw buyers from as far away as Illinois and as close as Georgia and the Carolinas who came to see our new Cape Cod Jewelry Collection, and Convertible Clasp designs."

"In spite of the slow economy, we've written business and gotten some great leads from this show," added Jane Wullbrandt, Jane Wullbrandt Fine Jewelry Designs. "I've been doing the Atlanta Jewelry Show for 5 years now and SJTA makes it an easy and pleasant experience through their customer service and creative marketing programs."

In terms of marketing and promotions, SJTA complemented the show's product selection with popular features like it's "Tanks on Us" program that rewards retailers who pre-register and attend with a gas card. The SJTA Rewards program also continues to attract new participants who enjoy earning reward points for every dollar they spend on orders at the show that can be redeemed for rewards ranging from electronics and travel packages to housewares and music.

The show also ramped up the hospitality at the High Flying Buyers Club with early access for members. On Saturday morning before the show opened, SJTA President Steve Binder helped direct the Club's members - retailers who have earned 15,000 SJTA reward points or more at any of the past 3 shows - to the High Flying Buyers Skylounge to enjoy a complimentary breakfast. These members also had access to the lounge throughout the Show where they could enjoy lunch, snacks and free Internet access.

A full-scale educational program also drew retailers looking for tips and strategies to help them stay strong in today's economic climate. Among the highlights was the roundtable discussion, SJTA's Independence Town Hall Meeting: The State of the Independent Jeweler. Moderated by SJTA Board Member, Jeff Unger, Alisa Unger Designs, program panelists included Matt Stuller, Stuller, Inc; Doug Kerns, Gemvision; Linus Drogs, AU Enterprises/Palladium Alliance International; David Peters, Southeastern Chapters Jewelers of America; and Terry Chandler, Diamond Council of America.

This panel of experts, representing all disciplines of the jewelry industry, participated in an interactive session addressing adaptations required by today's independent retailer to ensure their businesses' success in the new economy.

"We always take advantage of the great educational offerings at this show," says Johnny Johnson, Edward Johns Jewelers, Marietta, GA. "This is a great place to see old friends, new products and get new ideas for these challenging times."

"We've been coming to this show for 9 years," adds Tony Cruz, JWR Jewelers, Athens, GA. "The products and services are wonderful. It's a great opportunity for us to see the vendors we don't always see in the store."
To help retailers and exhibitors get the year off to a sweet start, the candy-themed "How Sweet It Is" Atlanta Jewelry Show Buyer Gala was a true crowd pleaser. Attendees enjoyed all sorts of treats and pleasing libations as they danced the night away surrounded by décor that was truly sweet! The evening also marked the retirement of long-time SJTA office coordinator Alan Colussy who has served the show and the association members for more than 30 years.

The next Atlanta Jewelry Show will be held August 8-10, 2009. The Southern Jewelry Travelers Association is the nation's oldest association for independent jewelry representatives and the official sponsor and producer of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. For more information please call 800-241-0399 or 404-634-3434, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.atlantajewelryshow.com.

 


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