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Not a girl’s only best friend

Not a girl’s only best friend

One of my favorite shows on TV is ESPN’s series 30 for 30. They are mini documentaries about important historical moments in sports, with the tagline “What if I told you…” The directors proceed to present a story the audience believes they know, only...

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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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AGS names Scott Berg new President, appoints Board of Directors

AGS names Scott Berg new President, appoints Board of Directors

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS) elected Scott Berg, Certified Gemologist (CG) of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry in Baton Rouge, LA, as President of the Society’s Board of Directors, assuming the role from outgoing president, Louis Smith, CG, o...

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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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Retailer Roundtable: What was your best store promotion?

Retailer Roundtable: What was your best store promotion?

Q: What was your best store promotion?

“For a number of years we’ve held a VIP event and an 11-Hour Sale usually scheduled after Thanksgiving Day and before early December. The VIP event is like a customer appreciation event in that we cater to our to...

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Not a girl’s only best friend

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Not a girl’s only best friend

One of my favorite shows on TV is ESPN’s series 30 for 30. They are mini documentaries about important historical moments in sports, with the tagline “What if I told you…” The directors proceed to present a story the audience believes they know, only to reveal there is more than meets the eye. I’ve ...

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The SJG Smart Business Report

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There are certain times of the year when topics for our SJG Smart Business Report just scream, “write about me!” and this month is one of those. There are actually several...

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

12 DAYS AGO
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

19 DAYS AGO
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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AGS names Scott Berg new President, appoints Board of Directors

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AGS names Scott Berg new President, appoints Board of Directors

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS) elected Scott Berg, Certified Gemologist (CG) of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry in Baton Rouge, LA, as President of the Society’s Board of Directors, assuming the role from outgoing president, Louis Smith, CG, of Smithworks Fine Jewelry. The appointment was mad...

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Hoover & Strong’s Taylor earns Bronze A´ Design Award for “Mystic Falls”

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Hoover & Strong’s Taylor earns Bronze A´ Design Award for “Mystic Falls”

Hoover & Strong is pleased to announce that their product development manager, Jerry E Taylor has been granted the prestigious Bronze A´ Design Award in the Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Competition Category for his “Mystic Falls” ring design. Taylor’s design was chosen out of thousands of s...

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Michou Jewelry announces marriage of two popular collections

5 DAYS AGO
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

5 DAYS AGO
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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newnams_smallBill Newnam is the co-owner and editor-in-chief of Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of North Carolina - Greensboro.

Bill began working in the jewelry industry in 1987 for a manufacturer of colored stone and diamond jewelry and engravable giftware. In 1992 he was promoted to national sales manager of that organization.

In February 2000 Bill and his partner, Chris Smith, purchased Southern Jewelry News from Elizabeth Curtis. In October 2001 the pair started Mid-America Jewelry News to make their style of down-home jewelry news available to jewelers in America's Heartland.

Bill and his wife, Tina, married in 1993. They have one son, Paul, and a retired racing greyhound named Vegas Alley. In his spare time Bill enjoys spending time with his family, reading and sports, particularly golf.

Bill is a member of the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association and the 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States where he serves on the Board of Directors.


 

 

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Chris Smith is the President and publisher of Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News. He graduated from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science.

Chris' background in the industry includes employment as purchasing manager for a jewelry and giftware manufacturing firm. In February 2000 Chris and his partner, Bill Newnam, purchased Southern Jewelry News from Elizabeth Curtis. In October 2001 the pair started Mid-America Jewelry News to make their style of down-home jewelry news available to jewelers in America's Heartland. Chris is a member of the North Carolina and Georgia Jewelers Association.

Chris and his wife, Carol, have been married since 1994. They have two children, Nate and Katie, and an Australian Shepard named Copper. Chris spends his spare time with his family traveling, exercising, and getting outdoors.

 

 


elesa2Elesa Dillon is the Vice President of Sales for Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News. She joined the company in January 2002.

Elesa has been in the jewelry industry for 25 years and her experience includes working in retail, and with a manufacturer/wholesaler, where she was involved in virtually every aspect of the business. She received a Lifetime Achievement award in 2010 from The Mid-America Jewelry Association.

She is a member of the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association, North Carolina Jewelers Association, Women's Jewelers Association, and she serves on the vendor advisory council with the Retail Jewelers Organization. Elea also serves on the Board of The Atlanta Jewelry Show.

Elesa is a second-generation jewelry professional, and owes her passion for the industry to her mentor; her late father Paul Brandenburg.

Elesa's personal time revolves around her husband and two boys. Elesa enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and volunteering.


martha_smallMartha Osswald Martha Osswald is the office manager and heads up the classified sales department for Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News. She is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2005.

Martha's personal time involves spending time with her family, and friends. She joined in the company in December of 2009.


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