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Alabama jeweler arrested for allegedly pawning customer's jewelry

Alabama jeweler arrested for allegedly pawning customer's jewelry

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Imagine taking your wedding ring to be cleaned only to find out weeks later it had been sold for cash.

For customers of Ray Boone Jewelers, that nightmare is their reality.

Police arrested owner Charles Rodney Wilkerson earlier ...

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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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ASHI Diamonds appoints Ash Shah, CG, as Director of Business Development

ASHI Diamonds appoints Ash Shah, CG, as Director of Business Development

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds is pleased to announce the addition of Ash Shah, CG, as their Director of Business Development. Ash’s appointment is part of ASHI’s marketing and expansion strategy that will enable it to better serve the independent jeweler...

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LovePendants launches innovative approach to customized jewelry

LovePendants launches innovative approach to customized jewelry

New custom cut semi-precious stones provide a canvas for engraving sentiments & more. 

(NEW YORK) - While engraved gold and silver jewelry is as ubiquitous as the companies that sell them, only LovePendants offers fine jewelry set with engraved sem...

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Drive-through jewelry store?

Drive-through jewelry store?

With no serious injuries and a great attitude, owner can laugh

McCarty’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry owner Bob McCarty was at home eating breakfast, looking forward to a routine day at his Evansville, Ind., store in late April when he got a jolting te...

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Alabama jeweler arrested for allegedly pawning customer's jewelry

6 DAYS AGO
Alabama jeweler arrested for allegedly pawning customer's jewelry

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Imagine taking your wedding ring to be cleaned only to find out weeks later it had been sold for cash.

For customers of Ray Boone Jewelers, that nightmare is their reality.

Police arrested owner Charles Rodney Wilkerson earlier this week on charges of first degree theft of prop...

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Texas Gold: first proposal for the state’s own bullion depository unveiled

6 DAYS AGO
Texas Gold: first proposal for the state’s own bullion depository unveiled

Almost a year after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law to “repatriate $1 billion of gold bullion from the Federal Reserve in New York to Texas,” the state’s Republicans got a look at one proposal for what a Texas Bullion Depository could look like.

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Top 5 Reasons to attend JCK Las Vegas

6 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

13 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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ASHI Diamonds appoints Ash Shah, CG, as Director of Business Development

20 DAYS AGO
ASHI Diamonds appoints Ash Shah, CG, as Director of Business Development

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds is pleased to announce the addition of Ash Shah, CG, as their Director of Business Development. Ash’s appointment is part of ASHI’s marketing and expansion strategy that will enable it to better serve the independent jewelers in the United States.

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Cecilia Gardner’s role at JVC to change in 2017

24 DAYS AGO

(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) has announced that Cecilia Gardner, CEO/President and General Counsel, has decided to step down from her role as CEO/President at the beginning of 2017, after the planned celebration of JVC’s 100th year.

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LovePendants launches innovative approach to customized jewelry

6 DAYS AGO
LovePendants launches innovative approach to customized jewelry

New custom cut semi-precious stones provide a canvas for engraving sentiments & more. 

(NEW YORK) - While engraved gold and silver jewelry is as ubiquitous as the companies that sell them, only LovePendants offers fine jewelry set with engraved semi-precious gemstones with evocative sentiments mea...

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Southern Gates® sails into summer with new Harbor Series

6 DAYS AGO
Southern Gates® sails into summer with new Harbor Series

10 new sterling silver styles inspired by coastal living

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) - The Southern Gates® Harbor Series is now available from The Cargo Hold, Inc. This release includes ten new sterling silver styles inspired by timeless nautical elements.

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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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