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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at JCK with a Gold MacBook Giveaway to one luck retailer and an Anniversary Collection.

To enter to win, retailers must complete an entry form (whil...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not...

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PhotoScribe jewelry inscription service now operating exclusively from IGI

(NEW YORK) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI) – creators of diamond laser inscription, Laserscribe - has announced that jewelry inscription service, PhotoScribe, will operate solely from the Institute’s New York laboratory.

PhotoScribe las...

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

When Michou Jewelry founder Michele Sonner thinks back, the seeds of a relationship began over a decade ago, when Michou unveiled the first pieces in its One-of-a-Kind collection.

Michou Jewelry has always been a gem-focused line, thanks to Sonner’s e...

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Simply Diamonds collaborates with Disney to offer sparkling Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry line

Simply Diamonds collaborates with Disney to offer sparkling Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry line

Simply Diamonds finds itself enchanted indeed to be working with Disney to create a stunning and extensive line of fine diamond jewelry. The New York-based company will make fashion, gemstone and bridal jewelry inspired by the iconic Disney Princess ...

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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

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Lafonn celebrates 5 Years at JCK with Anniversary Collection & Gold MacBook giveaway

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, will celebrate its 5th Anniversary at JCK with a Gold MacBook Giveaway to one luck retailer and an Anniversary Collection.

To enter to win, retailers must complete an entry form (while supplies last) at Lafonn’s JCK booth #B19179 bet...

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JA offering Certification exams at JCK Las Vegas

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(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is offering its renowned Sales and Management Professional Certification exams at the JCK Show. In 2015, the number of jewelry professionals who completed JA Professional Certifi...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The countdown to Las Vegas Jewelry Week has begun. With 2 weeks left until show time, JCK Las Vegas has announced some attributes, features, and amenities that indicate both their readiness and allure. Here are the Top 5 Reasons not to miss JCK Las Vegas 2016 (Friday, June 3 - Mond...

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GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

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GIA announces dates for New York Jewelry Career Fair

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair will return to New York City on Monday, July 25, 2016. Dozens of gem and jewelry companies will be looking to hire skilled and motivated professionals at every career stage. The free event is expected to draw crowds similar to last year’s event in New York, which attracted ...

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PhotoScribe jewelry inscription service now operating exclusively from IGI

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(NEW YORK) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI) – creators of diamond laser inscription, Laserscribe - has announced that jewelry inscription service, PhotoScribe, will operate solely from the Institute’s New York laboratory.

PhotoScribe laser inscription service specializes in laser engrav...

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Rio Grande announces winners of 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award

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Rio Grande announces winners of 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award

At a celebration dinner held May 15 during the Santa Fe Symposium® in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande announced the winners of the 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. Through rigorous judging, a panel of judges chose first- and second-place winners in each of six competitive categories, as w...

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

When Michou Jewelry founder Michele Sonner thinks back, the seeds of a relationship began over a decade ago, when Michou unveiled the first pieces in its One-of-a-Kind collection.

Michou Jewelry has always been a gem-focused line, thanks to Sonner’s early training as a gemologist, which instilled a d...

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry debuts new Spring Collection

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry debuts new Spring Collection

(PLOVER, Wis.) - Dazzling Paws Jewelry has announced a large expansion of their original dog themed sterling silver jewelry collection. The new product line debuts a grand assortment of styles ready for spring.

Myra Westphal, company President, created these pieces with the sunny seasons in mind. “Our...

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Self purchasing woman would buy more color

AGTA/JCOC study finds key industry barriers remain in place

(PASO ROBLES, Calif.) - The self-purchasing woman has become a powerful consumer force in the marketplace. However a recent market research study conducted by the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council® (JCOC) on behalf of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) found that as a jewelry consumer this demographic is largely under exploited and ignored by the broad spectrum of the industry.

The JCOC study was conducted between September 18 and September 24, 2009 and was completed by 1,346 women.

“This study clearly identifies the need for stores to carry more selection of jewelry containing colored gemstones and cultured pearls and further defines the benefit of increased staff training. This study shows us that women shop to accessorize specific fashion outfits and need more selection and guidance from the store staff, ” says Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO.

“There are many opportunities for our industry to increase sales with this growth demographic,” adds Mr. Hucker.

The JCOC study reports a significant majority of female self purchasers will purchase new shoes for themselves between 2-5 times (65%) in a typical year with an additional 12% saying they will purchase new shoes more than 5 times in a year.

The respondents say they will purchase a new dress or clothing outfit for themselves 2-5 times per year (45%) and 29% say more than 5 times per year. Yet, when asked how many times they would purchase jewelry containing colored gemstones or cultured pearls for themselves in a typical year the largest numbers are 1 time (23%), Not sure (19%) and None (23%).

“Clearly an opportunity exists for the jewelry industry to market to these self purchasing women particularly in light of the fact that the majority of those shopping for jewelry containing colored gemstones or cultured pearls may be shopping to accessorize a specific fashion outfit,” said Marty Hurwitz, CEO of MVI Marketing Ltd, the parent company of the JCOC.

Additional key findings from this research were:

35% of respondents still purchase jewelry containing colored gemstones or cultured pearls at local independent jewelry retailers, however 57% only sometimes find enough selection and choices and 61% only sometimes find prices within their budget

The 3 most important value drivers in importance to these consumers in terms of shopping for this product are:

  1. Knowing that the gemstone or pearls in the jewelry are real versus synthetic
  2. Having confidence in the person selling me the colored gemstone or pearl jewelry
  3. Being able to easily return or exchange a style of colored gemstone or pearl jewelry

The complete report of findings is available for free at www.mvimarketing.com and www.agta.org.

For more information, please contact AGTA at 800-972-1162 or MVI Marketing Ltd. at 805-239-2994 x101 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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