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Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

For the sixth year, Georgia Jewelers Association (...

Retailer Roundtable: What jewelry trends are you seeing leading up to Vegas?

Retailer Roundtable: What jewelry trends are you seeing leading up to Vegas?

Q: What jewelry trends are you seeing leading up to...

Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

They say you can escape your past but not your gen...

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

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

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Diamond Producers Association Announces 2017 Marketing Budget of $57M

Diamond Producers Association Announces 2017 Marketing Budget of $57M

(IDEX Online) – The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) announced at the JCK show in Las Vegas that its 2017 full-year marketing investment of $57 million has been approved by its board of directors. The figure more than quadruples last year's budget...

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ASA to offer Gem Identification, Testing and Insurance Report Writing courses at JTV

ASA to offer Gem Identification, Testing and Insurance Report Writing courses at JTV

(RESTON, Vir.) - The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) has announced the offering of a Gemological Boot Camp July 31 - August 3, 2017 and Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage course August 4-7, 2017 at Jewelry Television in Knoxville,...

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Voyager Brands hires Bill Peak as VP of Sales

Voyager Brands hires Bill Peak as VP of Sales

‘Shining star’ joins young, dynamic jewelry wholesaler

(AUSTIN, Tex.) - Voyager Brands is pleased to announce its hire of Bill Peak as Vice President of Sales.

Peak, who brings decades of experience in the industry, served as National Sales Manager at L...

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Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms Bridal Party Expansion Program creates an omni-channel experience for the bridal shopper, and cultivates new and repeat business for the retail jeweler. The Program is a low-cost investment of $170 and can gene...

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Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight (Part 1)

Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight (Part 1)

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry, Alexandria, LA     

There is rarely a day that goes by when I am not reminded of the famous quote by Milan Kundera, “Business has only two functions - marketing and innovation.” For someone like me, whose life revolves around mar...

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Diamond Producers Association Announces 2017 Marketing Budget of $57M

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Diamond Producers Association Announces 2017 Marketing Budget of $57M

(IDEX Online) – The Diamond Producers Association (DPA) announced at the JCK show in Las Vegas that its 2017 full-year marketing investment of $57 million has been approved by its board of directors. The figure more than quadruples last year's budget.

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Forbes opinion piece suggests ‘Fight For $15’ having negative impact

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Forbes opinion piece suggests ‘Fight For $15’ having negative impact

What a difference a week makes.

Last week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray trumpeted a new report on his city’s minimum wage experiment, from a team of researchers sympathetic to the cause. The Mayor’s request of this report was unusual, given that the city had already funded a separate University of Washing...

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ASA to offer Gem Identification, Testing and Insurance Report Writing courses at JTV

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ASA to offer Gem Identification, Testing and Insurance Report Writing courses at JTV

(RESTON, Vir.) - The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) has announced the offering of a Gemological Boot Camp July 31 - August 3, 2017 and Appraising Gems and Jewelry for Insurance Coverage course August 4-7, 2017 at Jewelry Television in Knoxville, TN.

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Charles Stanley and Yancy Weinrich honored at Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope

8 DAYS AGO
Charles Stanley and Yancy Weinrich honored at Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 19th edition of the Facets of Hope event on June 7, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that $2.2 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the year ahead bringing the cumulative total since 199...

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Voyager Brands hires Bill Peak as VP of Sales

1 DAY AGO
Voyager Brands hires Bill Peak as VP of Sales

‘Shining star’ joins young, dynamic jewelry wholesaler

(AUSTIN, Tex.) - Voyager Brands is pleased to announce its hire of Bill Peak as Vice President of Sales.

Peak, who brings decades of experience in the industry, served as National Sales Manager at Lakewood, N.J.-based Belair Time Corp. for the past...

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JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

15 DAYS AGO
JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

Sally Morrison of Gemfields to receive the prestigious award

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) and the GEM Awards Committee have announced that Sally Morrison, Director of Sales and Marketing, Americas, of Gemfields, will receive the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 16th annual GEM Awards...

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Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

15 DAYS AGO
Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms Bridal Party Expansion Program creates an omni-channel experience for the bridal shopper, and cultivates new and repeat business for the retail jeweler. The Program is a low-cost investment of $170 and can generate over $1,500 in sales from one wedding party. ...

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Jayden Star celebrates 10-year anniversary with new product roll-out

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Jayden Star celebrates 10-year anniversary with new product roll-out

(NEW YORK) - Celebrating with style, Jayden Star marks it’s 10-year anniversary with the biggest new product roll-out in company history during the JCK Las Vegas 2017 show. “With wholesale price points from $3 to $300, it’s hard to go wrong,” says Patrick Retzer, VP of Sales for Jayden Star. “All our...

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Furry Friends: Chase the cavachon

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Furry Friends: Chase the cavachon

Chase the cavachon goes to work every day at MLG Jewelry in Ohio - even when there’s an Ohio State game on TV.

Do you have a furry friend that helps out in your store? Tell us about it and send a picture to  bill@southernjewelrynews.com

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Furry Friends: Buffy the Shitzu

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Furry Friends: Buffy the Shitzu

Buffy the shitzu recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary at Carl’s Fine Jewelry in Covington, LA. She’s quite stylish and the customers just love her.

Do you have a furry friend that helps out in your store? Tell us about it and send a picture to bill@southernjewelrynews.com.

 

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SJO puts new twist on Buying Weekend

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) - The Southeastern Jewelers Organization (SJO) held its annual Buying Weekend January 31st, and this year family and fun were main themes of the event. With the incredible backdrop of the Ballantyne Resort and Spa in Charlotte, NC, this SJO event usually hosts many buying members who are serious about their business and connecting with colleagues. This year was no exception. However, since the event occurred over Super Bowl weekend, the SJO board embraced the opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest American traditions... football.


 

One of the many highlights of the show was the Super Bowl party which brought everyone together to cheer for their team. Guests donned their team attire and enjoyed a little friendly competition as they enjoyed food, festivities and fun. SJO even invited family members, including children, who enjoyed the event as well.

"This was such a great opportunity for everyone to get together and really get to know and enjoy one another," said Chris and Michelle Wright of Diamond Rush Jewelers, Henderson, North Carolina. "The fact that our families were included just added to the overall consensus that this is much more than just a buying group."

SJO is an organization dedicated to providing strong independent retailers with increased profitability and operating efficiency. The group was founded in 1962 to increase the gross margins of jewelers by negotiating great deals from quality vendors. In addition, the group provides centralized billing, account management support and two "top-class" buying shows (January and August) each year. Simple and effective are the best words to describe this group.

 

 

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Southeastern Jewelers Organization president Paul Downey vists the
Interings and Royal Chain booths at their Buying Weekend.

 

"Our members enjoy greater profitability because we have great deals from great companies - simple as that," states Paul Downey, president of the Organization. "Our members are very well established. We use this and our numbers as a group to negotiate aggressive terms, discounts and service levels for our members. Because of the quality and buying power of our members we are very selective in our choice of vendors. We choose vendors who have the capacity and strength to meet the ongoing needs of our members in terms of continuity, pricing, quality, product innovation and service. These are the essential qualities of our members and we expect and get the same from our vendors."

Downey went on to say: "Our show is very well received because it's easy and ‘hassle-free' to get to, the resort offers plenty of opportunities to relax and have some fun and the vendors, deals and people are all top class, focused and energized. What could be simpler and more worthwhile?"

Excellent pricing and terms aren't the only attractive features of the Organization. Advancing the business and industry knowledge of its members is a key component of the SJO mission. According to their website, "We support the working capital needs of our members along with their ongoing educational and networking needs."
The 2009 show offered members several opportunities to fine tune their business skills with seminars on cash management in troubled times and other industry related issues.

SJO membership is by invitation only. According to Downey, several prominent jewelers who qualified for membership and were guests at the show have now joined the group.

If you are interested in joining SJO and would like to discuss membership in confidence please call Paul Downey at 704-535-7709 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


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