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Libby Brown, the perfect fit to lead the Atlanta Jewelry Show

Libby Brown, the perfect fit to lead the Atlanta Jewelry Show

My mom always said, “Raise a child in the way he s...

Southern Gates® Jewelry launches exclusive collection with Biltmore®

Southern Gates® Jewelry launches exclusive collection with Biltmore®

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) - Jewelry design and wholesale f...

Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

Retailer Roundtable: What is your business outlook for 2018?

“Based on our December 2017 sales, which were up 2...

Travis Piper, the $1 Million Man

Travis Piper, the $1 Million Man

In 1997, Travis Piper went off to college with an ...

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January retail sales remain strong after holidays

January retail sales remain strong after holidays

Up 5.4 percent over last year

(WASHINGTON) - An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing - dropping only 0.26 percent seasonally adjusted from December - and fueled a healthy 5.4 percent increas...

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Industry Events

Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

The annual Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Thursday, May 31, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red ...

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Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

The Plumb Club is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: Wilkerson and CH Hakimi.  These two companies will complement the Association’s nearly 50 members, representing over 100 brands and will join the other important and leading compa...

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Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

Jewelry and watch plans generate additional revenue for retail jewelers

(NEENAH, Wis.) - In its latest move to support the prosperity of the jewelry industry, Jewelers Mutual Group introduces JM Care Plan™ to retail jewelers throughout the United State...

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Retailer Roundtable: With repairs, what’s your response when asked about switching a diamond?

Retailer Roundtable: With repairs, what’s your response when asked about switching a diamond?

Q: With repairs, what’s your response when asked about switching a diamond?  

“I think the industry is still feeling the effects of that high profile [NBC] Dateline story from 2005 when a New York-based jeweler was caught and arrested for doing just th...

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January retail sales remain strong after holidays

1 DAY AGO
January retail sales remain strong after holidays

Up 5.4 percent over last year

(WASHINGTON) - An improving economy kept January retail sales nearly as good as the holiday season’s strong showing - dropping only 0.26 percent seasonally adjusted from December - and fueled a healthy 5.4 percent increase year-over year, the National Retail Federation (...

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Unique Settings offering completely free Custom CAD Designs in March

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Unique Settings offering completely free Custom CAD Designs in March

(NEW YORK) - Unique Settings of New York, a premier bridal and fine jewelry manufacturer is proud to announce that all their Custom CAD Designs will be completely free throughout the month of March – “no gimmicks, no catches.” During March, all Custom CAD Designs are free including but not limited to, ...

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Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

8 DAYS AGO
Jewelers for Children announces annual Rings of Strength

The annual Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Thursday, May 31, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red Rock Valley, or a less strenuous, street level bik...

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American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ Tucson 2018 increases buyer company attendance by 10%

14 DAYS AGO
American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ Tucson 2018 increases buyer company attendance by 10%

(TUCSON, Ariz.) - The 36th edition of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) GemFair™ Tucson 2018, held annually at the Tucson Convention Center, came to a close on Sunday, February 4. AGTA reported an increase in buyer company attendance by 10%, representing over 90 countries, who flocked to expl...

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Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

15 DAYS AGO
Wilkerson and CH Hakimi join the Plumb Club

The Plumb Club is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: Wilkerson and CH Hakimi.  These two companies will complement the Association’s nearly 50 members, representing over 100 brands and will join the other important and leading companies that exhibit in the Plumb Club Pavilion at th...

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ASHI announces winner for latest Lovebright Sweepstakes

22 DAYS AGO
ASHI announces winner for latest Lovebright Sweepstakes

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds has announced the winner of their Lovebright Sweepstakes. Among all the retailers that participated in the Sweepstakes, Bohland Jewelers from Ashland, Ohio had the highest number of participant entries and the winner was randomly selected from their customer participation l...

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Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

1 DAY AGO
Jewelers Mutual unveils nationwide JM Care Plan™ program

Jewelry and watch plans generate additional revenue for retail jewelers

(NEENAH, Wis.) - In its latest move to support the prosperity of the jewelry industry, Jewelers Mutual Group introduces JM Care Plan™ to retail jewelers throughout the United States. JM Care Plan is a program designed to increase ...

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Hoover & Strong, Polygon announce launch of online diamond auction service to Polygon Members

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Hoover & Strong, Polygon announce launch of online diamond auction service to Polygon Members

Hoover & Strong announced February 14 a new partnership with Polygon to offer their Harmony Diamond Auctions to Polygon members directly through the Polygon platform. The auctions are ideal for retail jewelry and pawn brokers to sell secondary market/over the counter goods, or for any seller to ...

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Furry friends on the job: Jordyn of First Class Diamonds & Jewelry

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Furry friends on the job: Jordyn of First Class Diamonds & Jewelry

This is Jordyn, the “furry daughter” of Joanne and Jim McGhee, owners of First Class Diamonds & Jewelry in Dothan, Alabama. The precious Maltese works as the store greeter. An avid fan of Alabama football, Jordyn loves to wear the team colors to work. She works every day except Football Saturdays wh...

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Furry friends on the job: Ned from Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News

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Furry friends on the job: Ned from Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News

Say hello to Ned. He is the 3-year-old Australian Shepherd of Chris Smith, publisher of Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News . While Ned drops in at the office from time to time, he generally works from home. We’d love to have Ned come in every day, but we’ve already got a full time office dog here (Ho...

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

4 MONTHS AGO

Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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The Marketing Minute: Pricing Strategy

4 MONTHS AGO

Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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Jewelers for Children pledges $3,070,000 to charity partners

Jewelers for Children has announced that $3,070,000 has been committed to the organization’s charity partners in the year ahead. The announcement came at the organization’s 10th annual Facets of Hope celebration held on June 1, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV. The organization recognized Allen Brill, president and CEO of Rolex Watch USA, Inc. and Peter Engel, president and CEO of Fred Meyer Jewelers as honorees for the year.

The distributions will include one million dollars to the National CASA Association to continue funding the Champions for Abused Children program. JFC began a partnership with National CASA in 2002 and since that time has donated more than $5,300,000. That support has helped to provide a CASA volunteer for 3,667 children in the foster care system in 336 communities across the country. JFC support has also been used to develop public service announcements for CASA that have resulted in more than 15,000 new volunteers being recruited.

The National CASA Association, together with its state and local members, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.

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Wish child Vava Cole and her father Marty in Paris fulfilling her wish.

One million dollars has been pledged to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital towards a five million dollar, multi-year commitment to fund research into the immune system. During treatment for cancer, many children have compromised immune systems that can lead to further complications. The focus of this research is to find ways that a child’s immune system can be maintained during treatment to help in their fight against the deadly disease.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is dedicated to finding cures and saving children. The commitment of the Jewelers for Children to St. Jude has helped the hospital continue its effort to provide state-of-the-art treatments for children with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses and to research life-saving breakthroughs that are freely shared with the medical community worldwide. Thus, one child saved at St. Jude means many more saved worldwide. JFC helps ensure this crucial research will continue and that no child will ever be turned away from St. Jude because of a family’s inability to pay. JFC endowed the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic at St. Jude in 1999, and since then almost 900 children have received bone marrow transplants. Additionally, JFC has funded the Stem Cell Transplantation Laboratory and a chair in the Genetics and Gene Therapy departments. JFC is currently working to fulfill a $5 million pledge to fund immune system research.

Since 1999, JFC has provided $6,500,000 in support to St. Jude.

Additionally, $500,000 is being pledged to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 41 minutes and has granted more than 153,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception. Since 1999, JFC and the jewelry industry have impacted the lives of over 1,000 children and their families in the United States by funding wishes through the Wish A State program. JFC’s support to the Foundation now totals $6,500,000.

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation will receive $335,000 to fund an International Leadership Award on the continent of Africa. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. The Foundation is the worldwide leader in the fight against pediatric AIDS. Its innovative research programs, advocacy efforts, and rapidly expanding international prevention and treatment programs are bringing dramatic changes to the lives of children worldwide.

JFC’s support of the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award and the International Leadership Award program has allowed leaders in the field of pediatric HIV/AIDS research to bring hope to children and families worldwide. Since 1999, JFC has provided more than $6,700,000 to the Foundation. In addition to the Scientist and International Leadership Awards, JFC has funded prevention of mother-to-child transmission programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, where combined, more than 200,000 HIV positive women have received pre-natal counseling and treatment to allow them to give birth to HIV negative babies. JFC also funded 23 Elizabeth Glaser Research Fellowships for deserving clinicians and scientists.

Autism Speaks, the largest autism related non-profit health care agency in the U.S. for research, awareness, advocacy and family services will receive $100,000. JFC began supporting Autism Speaks in 2006 and this year’s contribution will bring total support to $150,000.

The Santa-America Fund will receive $35,000 for the second year in a row. Santa-America, founded in 2003, brings the highest quality Santas together across America to focus on their special mission: an unhurried visit by a loving, committed, trained, back-grounded Santa to families facing physical and emotional crisis.

JFC also announced that $50,000 will be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a new charity partner. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International is the world’s largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

The total committed for 2008 is $3,070,000 which brings the total donated by JFC on behalf of the industry to $30,535,000 since 1999.


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