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Retailer Roundtable:  At mid-year, how has 2016 been so far and what’s ahead?

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Evans Jewelers creates a local “Destination” hot spot

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AGTA announces project to combat rise of silicosis

(DALLAS) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that the Association has initiated a project to combat the rise of silicosis that has led to significant suffering within the colored gemstone industry. President Jeffrey Bilgore appointed...

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JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

(NORWALK, Conn.) - Going out with the heat, JCK Las Vegas concluded its 26th edition on Monday, June 6. The show welcomed the best of the best in the jewelry industry with over 2,400 exhibiting brands and manufacturers, as well as an abundant lineup o...

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Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Southern/Mid-America Jewelry News columnist earns national acclaim – again

(NEW YORK) - Popular gem industry writer/author Diana Jarrett accepted an award from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies for their Editors, Writers, Poets & I...

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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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Not all was lost in the fire

Not all was lost in the fire

Namano salvages jewelry (and memories) scorched in house fire

There are over three hundred house fires each month in the state of Georgia alone. That’s a pretty mind-boggling number; multiply it nationally and the results are staggering: thousands and...

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AGTA announces project to combat rise of silicosis

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(DALLAS) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that the Association has initiated a project to combat the rise of silicosis that has led to significant suffering within the colored gemstone industry. President Jeffrey Bilgore appointed an ad hoc committee, headed by AGTA Vice Presiden...

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The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

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The SJG Smart Business Report: Ideas to increase sales in slow summer months

Sponsored content from the Southern Jewelers Guild

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” ~ Mary Ellen Chase

People in the industry who know me know that I am a huge proponent of in-store events. Keeping your marketing calendar fresh and full are among the first recommendations I...

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4th annual Rings of Strength Tour: Walking, running, biking and yoga to support Jewelers for Children

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4th annual Rings of Strength Tour: Walking, running, biking and yoga to support Jewelers for Children

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children held the 4th annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, June 2, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. More than 160 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 route. ...

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JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

9 DAYS AGO
JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY and JIS Exchange glistened during a sweltering week in the desert

(NORWALK, Conn.) - Going out with the heat, JCK Las Vegas concluded its 26th edition on Monday, June 6. The show welcomed the best of the best in the jewelry industry with over 2,400 exhibiting brands and manufacturers, as well as an abundant lineup of industry networking opportunities and informativ...

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Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

1 DAY AGO
Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett is Best-of-the-Best in Writers Competition

Southern/Mid-America Jewelry News columnist earns national acclaim – again

(NEW YORK) - Popular gem industry writer/author Diana Jarrett accepted an award from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies for their Editors, Writers, Poets & Illustrators competition, reports the New York Mine...

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Holojem wins first prize at JCK Think Tank

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Holojem wins first prize at JCK Think Tank

Jewelers Mutual, Excelion Partners team up for 3D projection aimed at creating customized jewelry store experiences

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Holojem™, a Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company partnership with Excelion Partners, won first prize at JCK Las Vegas’ Think Tank on Sunday, June 5.

Think Tank, an event hel...

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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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Lafonn introduces new Lassaire® In Motion collection

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Lafonn introduces new Lassaire® In Motion collection

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, is pleased to introduce its new Lassaire® In Motion collection.

The new collection, which made its debut at the JCK Las Vegas Show, features Lafonn’s exclusive simulated diamond, Lassaire®, in frameless designs. Lassaire® In Motion i...

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Top independent jewelers, world renowned vendors “Rock On” at RJO Fall Buying Show

Top independent jewelers and distinguished vendors from around the nation attended the exclusive Fall 2008 Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) Buying Show in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late July.

The RJO Buying Show, held semi-annually, offered seminars and continuing education opportunities on several topics including best business practices, customized marketing, effective jewelry display and personal motivation. The show also provided independent jewelers the opportunity to talk to industry leaders, view the latest trends and purchase jewelry at pre-negotiated prices from some of the most recognized vendors in the industry.

This year’s show was themed “Rock On,” playing off Minneapolis’ inspiration to music greats. RJO brought a whole new meaning to “Rock On,” as this year’s show provided an atmosphere and avenue for jewelers and vendors alike to get motivated and rejuvenate their passion for the industry.

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RJO members take a breather at the RJO Lounge located on the center of the show room floor.

“We bring together the best vendors and jewelers in the industry at each RJO show, allowing them to network and discuss trends and best business practices,” said Mary Peterson, CEO of RJO. “We provide a forum that isn’t just about jewelry - we want all of our members to have the tools to be good business people in each of their communities.”

Peterson continued: “2008 has been filled with a variety of interesting and somewhat challenging ‘opportunities.’ All of these situations provide the opportunity for us to make a very important decision... keep a positive attitude or don’t. Our members have responded and Minneapolis proved to be a positive springboard heading in to the 2008 holiday season.”

“Attending the RJO buying show gives us the ability to stay connected with the latest in the jewelry industry,” said Terry Dickens, co-owner of Herteen & Stocker Jewelers, Iowa City, IA and President of the RJO Board of Directors. “But, more importantly, we attend to take advantage of the competitive pricing associated with being a member of RJO, as well as the opportunity it provides to gather new ideas and promotions to take back and implement in my own store.”

The retail members of the group are not the only attendees to find success in attending one of the most “family-feeling” events in the industry. Exhibitors exuded similar sentiments. Greg Winokur, Regional Sales Manager for RJO vendor, Simon Golub & Sons, Inc. said, “The RJO show has a nice sense of community. The leadership of RJO does a nice job of making both the exhibitors and the members feel connected as a team.”

Prashant Mehta, Vice-President of DiaCentre, Inc. states, “The quality of buyers at the RJO shows has improved. The members attending these shows are serious about business and are there to transact business in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.”

Lastly, members of new RJO vendor, Shah Diamonds, Inc., Parag Shah (partner), Jemini Joshi (COO) and Michael Haider (Vice-President of Sales), continued, “RJO does a great job in introducing and promoting new vendors to the retail membership. No other industry event we have been to has taken the time or gone through the trouble to make their vendors feel so welcome.”

In 1966, RJO was founded by a small group of independent jewelers who joined together to command better vendor prices by buying collectively. Since that time, RJO has added hundreds of members, essential support programs and marketing services while remaining owned by its jeweler members. For more information, visit www.rjomembers.com.


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