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Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

The potential sale of De Beers's London HQ offers a rare glimpse inside the mining giant, from subterranean vaults to a rooftop helipad.

Number 17 Charterhouse Street, a fortress in the heart of London, has been De Beers’s headquarters since 1979, but...

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MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

The 2017 MJSA Expo may have been cut short by one day, thanks to a looming blizzard, but that didn’t stop the show’s attendees from getting the full “Expo experience.” The industry’s longest-running show dedicated to professional jewelry making and d...

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Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, has grabbed two honors in the 2017 JCK Jeweler’s Choice Awards. Now in its tenth year, the awards are given in multiple categories. Both of Lafonn’s wins are in the “Lab Grown Gemsto...

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ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI is excited to launch the 2017 Lovebright Collection Book for all of their retail partners to share with their customers. ASHI reports the positive feedback they have received from their retailers, and the overwhelming desire to ignite and promot...

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Bill Spencer talks jewelry, family and the secret to a successful 3rd generation family business

Bill Spencer talks jewelry, family and the secret to a successful 3rd generation family business

Seventy three years and three generations is a long time to operate a jewelry store. Especially when, according to a Jewelers Board of Trade statistic, over 1,500 jewelry business owners ceased operating in 2016. Yes, that includes wholesalers, manuf...

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Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

16 HOURS AGO
Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

The potential sale of De Beers's London HQ offers a rare glimpse inside the mining giant, from subterranean vaults to a rooftop helipad.

Number 17 Charterhouse Street, a fortress in the heart of London, has been De Beers’s headquarters since 1979, but the street has been its home since the 1930s. At ...

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An emerald with a history goes to auction

16 HOURS AGO
An emerald with a history goes to auction

In the auction world, there are few things more fascinating than the journey of a gem through the hands of the rich and famous. The Stotesbury Emerald, which will be included in the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on April 25, is one such stone.

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MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

16 HOURS AGO
MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

The 2017 MJSA Expo may have been cut short by one day, thanks to a looming blizzard, but that didn’t stop the show’s attendees from getting the full “Expo experience.” The industry’s longest-running show dedicated to professional jewelry making and design, MJSA Expo had been scheduled to run for thr...

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Stuller hosts mini conference for jewelry group

6 DAYS AGO
Stuller hosts mini conference for jewelry group

Leading Jewelers Guild visits global headquarters

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller recently partnered with the Leading Jewelers Guild (LJG) to host a one-day conference at its global headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana, giving members of the guild an entire day of education and networking.

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Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

17 HOURS AGO
Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, has grabbed two honors in the 2017 JCK Jeweler’s Choice Awards. Now in its tenth year, the awards are given in multiple categories. Both of Lafonn’s wins are in the “Lab Grown Gemstone” category, further anchoring the brand’s positi...

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Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

28 DAYS AGO
Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

(RALEIGH, N.C.) - The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Kirk as Executive Director, effective immediately. The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Kirk will be an excellent steward of NCJA’s goals and an advocate for North Caro...

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ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

14 DAYS AGO
ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI is excited to launch the 2017 Lovebright Collection Book for all of their retail partners to share with their customers. ASHI reports the positive feedback they have received from their retailers, and the overwhelming desire to ignite and promote their store’s diamond sales, has been extremely ...

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ASHI launches the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes

20 DAYS AGO
ASHI launches the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes

Announces winner of #LovebrightValentine Sweepstakes

(NEW YORK) - ASHI is excited to launch the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes, to kickoff the wedding season for its retail partners. Retailers will be able to attract bridal shoppers to their stores, through various social media platforms, and let every bride...

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INSTORE Show to feature “Bench Pressure Challenge”

Following in the footsteps of "American Idol," "Iron Chef" and other reality shows, the "Smart Jewelry Show" is featuring a challenge to rock stars of the jewelry industry. These artisans and designers account for the most innovative creations in the world of ‘sculptured art' worn by select consumers who want truly proprietary products.


 

Taking place at the Chicago Navy Pier, April 19 through 21, The INSTORE Show will set the stage for the best and the brightest bench jewelers in a complex challenge with the winners emerging victorious based upon their ability to meet and exceed the needs of customers.

Four challenges will be held:
The CAD/CAM Challenge
Competitors: Jim Tuttle, Green Lake Jewelry Works and Greg Stopka, Jewelsmiths
The Wax Carving Challenge
Competitors: Mark Grosser, M. Grosser Jewelry Design and David White, Aucoin Hart Jewelers
The Setting Challenge
Competitors: Mark Morrell, Cambridge, MA and Tony Baldwin, A.A. Baldwin Jewelry by Design
The Engraving Challenge
Competitors: Elichai Fowler, Paradise Ring Works and Marc Williams, MarCo Jewelers

Each contestant will be challenged to create an original design by customers, emulating their store experiences right at the Show. Various experts and retailers will be among the judges.

This time-honored craft is still very much alive and well, and though technologies have changed, the true barometer of excellence remains in the talent and eye of the individual bench participant.

The challenge is hosted by Joel McFadden, owner of Joel McFadden Designs, David Geller, Jeweler Profit Inc., and Stuller - who is supplying all of the materials necessary for this event.

Sunday from 1 to 3pm will feature the first challenge, as Tuttle and Stopka respond to a customer's exacting request for a new jewelry design. The jewelers will then begin with the CAD/CAM which will be scrutinized by the panel of judges.

Wax Carving will take place Monday from 10:15am to 12:00pm. Grosser and White will employ their craft as they complete wax carvings. The interactive nature of the challenge will allow attendees to ask questions of the jewelers as they compete.

Monday from 1:15pm to 3:00pm Morrell and Baldwin, master jewelry designers, show their creativity and ability as they complete the same setting project.

Tuesday from 10:15am to 12:00pm will incorporate the last challenge in this competition. Renowned jewelers, Fowler and Williams, will be given the same style ring to embellish with engraving, utilizing their own sense of style and execution.

The Bench Pressure Challenge represents an exciting opportunity for jewelers to see the world of custom creations by the foremost members of this field. The area of custom design is becoming more and more popular as consumers vie for exclusivity in the designs they wear.

For more information visit www.theinstoreshow.com and click on Education & Networking on the left side, then click on Experience Areas - Workshops.

 


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