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Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

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Illinois jeweler has just changed his 60,000th watch battery!

Illinois jeweler has just changed his 60,000th watch battery!

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Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight - Part 2

Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight - Part 2

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W magazine reviews the most outrageous jewelry from Paris Couture Week

W magazine reviews the most outrageous jewelry from Paris Couture Week

Paris Haute Couture is a special time of year where the top fashion houses put their best pieces forward twice a year with beautiful, handcrafted designs. In July, it seems as though the jewelry houses also get in on the fun, showing their own best o...

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Industry Events

JA to host several events at JA New York Show

JA to host several events at JA New York Show

Designer Preview & Member Meetup, Education Program, Idea Exchange and certification exams

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) is hosting its Designer Preview & Member Meetup on Sunday, July 23 at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine. JA Retail Me...

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Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

A perfect match of creative and business smarts to continue MY STORY growth

(NEW YORK) - Mitchell Feuer of Pe-Jay Creations and  Jackie Cohen from Timeless Fine Jewelry have partnered to create a new company, MY STORY FINE JEWELRY, to breakout the hear...

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Rio Grande and B9Creations partner to bring 3D Printing to jewelers

Rio Grande and B9Creations partner to bring 3D Printing to jewelers

Rio Grande is pleased to announce a partnership with B9Creations that brings the “best in 3D printing” to professional jewelers. The new B9 Core Series 3D printer, sold by Rio Grande, marries “plug and grow” ease with some of the fastest printing spe...

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Retailer Roundtable:  What are your biggest hiring challenges?

Retailer Roundtable: What are your biggest hiring challenges?

Q:    What are your biggest hiring challenges?

“I’ve been in business for 30 years and hiring challenges have remained pretty consistent throughout that time - finding a sales associate that has an understanding and love of jewelry. One of the most comm...

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W magazine reviews the most outrageous jewelry from Paris Couture Week

6 DAYS AGO
W magazine reviews the most outrageous jewelry from Paris Couture Week

Paris Haute Couture is a special time of year where the top fashion houses put their best pieces forward twice a year with beautiful, handcrafted designs. In July, it seems as though the jewelry houses also get in on the fun, showing their own best offerings to both editors and the customers who may...

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Tennis ball-sized 'diamond in the rough' too big to sell

6 DAYS AGO
Tennis ball-sized 'diamond in the rough' too big to sell

TORONTO (Reuters) - In the mysterious world of diamond mining, it turns out that some stones are too big to sell.

Canada's Lucara Diamond Corp will have to cut its tennis ball-sized rough diamond to find a buyer, industry insiders say, following Sotheby's failed auction for the world's largest uncut ...

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JA to host several events at JA New York Show

6 DAYS AGO
JA to host several events at JA New York Show

Designer Preview & Member Meetup, Education Program, Idea Exchange and certification exams

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) is hosting its Designer Preview & Member Meetup on Sunday, July 23 at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine. JA Retail Members will have the opportunity to mingle with fel...

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Atlanta Jewelry Show’s “The Loupe” buying group program to celebrate 2nd anniversary at August show

12 DAYS AGO
Atlanta Jewelry Show’s “The Loupe” buying group program to celebrate 2nd anniversary at August show

(ATLANTA) - The August, 2017 Atlanta Jewelry Show (AJS) will be celebrating a special anniversary when the show floor opens up for business on August 12th.  The AJS Buyer Group program, “The Loupe” is turning 2 years old, and continues to expand with new partners, programs and service offerings.

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Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

6 DAYS AGO
Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

A perfect match of creative and business smarts to continue MY STORY growth

(NEW YORK) - Mitchell Feuer of Pe-Jay Creations and  Jackie Cohen from Timeless Fine Jewelry have partnered to create a new company, MY STORY FINE JEWELRY, to breakout the heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

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International Gemological Institute (IGI) - India achieves RJC Certification

12 DAYS AGO
International Gemological Institute (IGI) - India achieves RJC Certification

(MUMBAI) - IGI India has announced it has achieved certification against the Responsible Jewellery Council’s (RJC) 2013 Code of Practices (COP), which signifies the Institute has met the ethical, social and environmental standards as established by the Council.

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Rio Grande and B9Creations partner to bring 3D Printing to jewelers

6 DAYS AGO
Rio Grande and B9Creations partner to bring 3D Printing to jewelers

Rio Grande is pleased to announce a partnership with B9Creations that brings the “best in 3D printing” to professional jewelers. The new B9 Core Series 3D printer, sold by Rio Grande, marries “plug and grow” ease with some of the fastest printing speeds and smoothest surface resolution of any 3D pri...

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New collections spur Alamea Hawaii to successful JCK Las Vegas Show

6 DAYS AGO
New collections spur Alamea Hawaii to successful JCK Las Vegas Show

Hawaii-based Alamea, makers of sealife, tropical and nature jewelry as well as hand crafted wood rings, reported a very successful 2017 JCK Las Vegas Show. Owner Jay Wu attributed this success to their launch of new collections of 14kt larimar, two-tone 14kt and sterling with diamonds and abalone, a...

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Furry friends on the job: Bernadette

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Furry friends on the job: Bernadette

Meet Bernadette, the first feline sent in for our Furry Friends feature. Bernadette is the Queen of the castle at Creative Jewelers in Florence, AL. “She was without a home, so gladly we shared ours,” says Brandi Hammock. “She now rules here at CJ’s and we and our customers love it!

See all of our Fu...

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Furry friends on the job: Callie, the boxer, and Jewels, the poodle

12 DAYS AGO
Furry friends on the job: Callie, the boxer, and Jewels, the poodle

Callie, the boxer, and Jewels, the poodle, “work” at Scott and Sons Fine Jewelry on Amelia Island in FL. Jewels (gotta love the name and the pink toenails) has been going to the store since she was just a pup and is a greeter extraordinaire. Callie is more bashful, which is hard to believe after see...

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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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