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From flea markets to estate jewelry market leader

From flea markets to estate jewelry market leader

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Take a proactive approach to jewelry retailing

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Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

Dorothy Lee Thrift Burke, 90, co-founder of Burkes...

AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

The Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) and Georgia...

Jewelers of America names 2015 GEM Awards winners

Jewelers of America names 2015 GEM Awards winners

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national...

Elisa Ilana’s Lollies Collection has something for everyone

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AISociety AiCertify-2015 debuts with a Global Valuation Standard

The AISociety - Appraisers International Society (AIS) began live and self-study global, online, offerings of AiCertification™2015 at the start of Feb...

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Cas-Ker Company releases 8th edition catalog

(CINCINNATI) - The Cas-ker Company has released the eighth edition of its Tools and Supplies for Jewelers and Watchmakers. The new edition comes with a...

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Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

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Dorothy Burke, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, VA dies at 90

Dorothy Lee Thrift Burke, 90, co-founder of Burkes Fine Jewelers in Kilmarnock, Virginia - a family owned and operated fine jewelry and repair store - died on December 31, 2014.

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AISociety AiCertify-2015 debuts with a Global Valuation Standard

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The AISociety - Appraisers International Society (AIS) began live and self-study global, online, offerings of AiCertification™2015 at the start of February with the live, AiResidence sessions of its 5-course series of Valuation Appraisal courses to AIStandard v4.0 for gems, jewelry, watches and othe...

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AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

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AJA, GJA to co-host annual Convention April 10 – 12

The Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) and Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) wish to invite all retail jewelers and vendors to the 2015 annual co-hosted Convention at Marriott’s Grand National Resort & Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika, Alabama.

The educational program features industry s...

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Take a proactive approach to jewelry retailing

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OJA seminar to offer sales techniques, JA certification opportunity

The Oklahoma Jewelers Association (OJA) invites retail jewelers in Oklahoma and surrounding states to attend a seminar developed to enhance sales techniques targeting today’s multiple generations of jewelry buyers.

Lynn Baldwin and Darc...

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Bulova celebrating 140th anniversary in 2015

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Esteemed watchmaker commemorates 140 years of consistent creativity and innovation

(NEW YORK) - Since 1875, Bulova has been renowned as a force for innovation in timekeeping, known for its dedication to creativity, artistry and craftsmanship. In 2015, to mark 140 years of impressive achievements and a...

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Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company earns 28 consecutive A+ Superior Ratings from A.M. Best Company

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(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has earned 28 consecutive A+ Superior financial strength ratings from A.M. Best Company, a highly respected insurance rating and information source. Founded in 1913, Jewelers Mutual is an insurer dedicated solely to serving the jewelry industry in th...

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Cas-Ker Company releases 8th edition catalog

2 DAYS AGO

(CINCINNATI) - The Cas-ker Company has released the eighth edition of its Tools and Supplies for Jewelers and Watchmakers. The new edition comes with an expanded collection of equipment from it’s seventh edition release in 2013, and contains new reference material for watchmakers and jewelers to make...

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GIA to issue revised Colored Stone and Pearl Reports

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(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA has announced, effective Feb. 1, they began issuing revised Colored Stone and Pearl Reports and launched Report Check enhancements. The revised reports feature improved gemstone images and language that reflects the most current gemological terminology. Report Check for color...

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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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