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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) ann...

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Not many jewelry retailers can say their store ope...

From Vicenza with Love: At Oro International, Italian family values shine

From Vicenza with Love: At Oro International, Italian family values shine

Fifty years ago, Qurino Ruzza, with 20 years as a ...

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelr...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimps...

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Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recognized its top agencies and agents during the annual awards ceremony held at their National Sale...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimpse into how ancient cultures regarded gold.

A new study has shed more light on how the value of gold has endured – and changed – since ancient times.

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

MURFREESBORO, Ark. –  An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972....

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

(HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.) - The jewelry industry has seen changes in the way business is being done since the advent of the Internet, and especially since the economic downturn began in 2007. Ivan Levi’s quest to find answers to questions about these changes led him to discover how one specific, yet easy...

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 3rd Annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, May 28, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV. More than 125 participants assembled at 5:30 a.m. to either walk or run 5K, or bike one of two courses, a leisurely 15K route or a challenging 50K r...

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced that Brad Padgett, an independent jeweler and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the new president of the statewide association. His two-year term of office as the organization’s president began May 16.

Padgett graduated with a B.S.B.A....

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

(HOUSTON, Tex.) - Houston Jewelry and Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon were among the businesses recognized at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence held in May. Both businesses were named Distinction Winners, a designation awarded to businesses that maintain a superior commitment to...

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

Designed by Elaine of Esprit Creations

New to SJTA and the Atlanta Jewelry Show, family business Esprit Creations has been successfully manufacturing and wholesaling fine sterling silver jewelry with genuine gemstones for over 2 decades. Standing apart from the ordinary, their wide selection of exclu...

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelry wholesaler/supplier/designer in the United States since 1976. The company specializes in all natural (type “A”) jadeite jade fine jewelry, designed in-house by their exclusive designer Kristina and MK design team. Mason-Kay Jade is excited to intro...

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JCK Las Vegas moving to Mandalay Bay in 2011

Change opens door to retailer-focused reinvention of North America's leading jewelry event

(NORWALK, Conn.) - JCK Las Vegas is moving to Mandalay Bay in 2011 as part of an over arching reinvention that is being enthusiastically endorsed by the major players in the jewelry industry who have agreed to lead the parade up Vegas' storied strip.

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers Association (HKJMA), LUXURY, Plumb Club, Prestige Promenade, Swiss Watch and Vicenza Oro Italian Pavilion were among the very first to sign up for 2011 and support the move. Many other industry leading companies have also endorsed the move and will lead this exciting change.

"This has been a pure example of customer-focused decision making," said Dave Bonaparte, Group Vice President for JCK Events. "We will deliver dynamic change to meet the needs of our customers and create fresh new value without sacrificing any fundamental element that has made JCK Las Vegas so special for 18 years."

Before JCK Events made the final decision, Bonaparte said, extensive research was conducted with customers. Individual companies were consulted as well as larger groups. More than 80 of the largest exhibiting companies and organizations, representing more than 500 domestic and key international customers, visited Mandalay Bay in July and were asked to voice their opinion.

"More than 90 percent expressed support for the move," Bonaparte said. "After that, it was a matter of determining if we could meet retailer needs with the right date pattern. The existing date pattern is the one that works best for our customers, and Mandalay Bay was able to accommodate our timing. We have thoroughly enjoyed our tenure at the Sands Convention Center. Indeed, our company will continue to hold three major events at the Sands in 2011 and beyond. But for JCK's customers, this was the right decision at the right time."

Mandalay Bay offers a state-of-the-art convention facility - one of the most modern in Las Vegas - which greatly improves the overall exhibiting environment and offers a simpler, easier move in/move out process. Mandalay Bay's property is diverse, yet intimate. There is a range of hotel properties offering a variety of price points - from the renowned luxury of the Four Seasons Hotel, to the all-suites design of THEhotel and the newly renovated luxury of Mandalay Bay itself. There are also more moderately-priced hotel options next door to Mandalay Bay, linked by tram and an enclosed walkway. The boutique feel of the Mandalay Bay campus, which includes 22 restaurants, bars and clubs, will make casual networking easier and enhance after-hours business. All of these considerations are important to JCK customers, according to research conducted immediately following the 2009 event.

In 2010, JCK Las Vegas will begin its reinvention as a retailer-focused event, explained Bonaparte.

"We will continue to seek ways to reduce cost, organize the floor plan better for ease of navigation and efficient buying. And we will continue to invest in more programming and education and opportunities for networking and socializing - all important to the retail customers, based on our research. These enhancements will continue to position JCK as the number one event for the North American jewelry marketplace, in 2010 and into the future."

"When exhibitors and customers are relaxed and happy, it's easier to build relationships and write business," said Charlie Rosario, Senior Vice President, Lazare Kaplan International, Inc.

"The Mandalay Bay experience represents such an intimate environment in which to conduct business. This can only result in a win-win proposition for all of us."

"I was blown away by the service we received at Mandalay Bay," said Doug McDowell, Memoire. "Everything was first-class and no small detail overlooked... All of this adds up to my support for JCK 2011 at Mandalay Bay."

"The move to Mandalay Bay will offer an enhanced business environment, one that meets the individual needs of each retailer buyer," according to Simon Ghanimian, Simon G. Jewelry, Inc. "From the luxurious facility to the diversity of the hotels and restaurants, this move represents a great opportunity for the future of JCK and I'm happy to be a part of it."

For more information about the "Mandalay Bay Experience" in 2011, visit: www.jck2011.com.


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