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Retailer Roundtable: What jewelry trends are you seeing leading up to Vegas?

Retailer Roundtable: What jewelry trends are you seeing leading up to Vegas?

Q: What jewelry trends are you seeing leading up to...

GIA’s M2M app helps retailers tell a diamond’s story

GIA’s M2M app helps retailers tell a diamond’s story

As the creator of the 4Cs, GIA (Gemological Instit...

Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight (Part 1)

Masters of Marketing - A century of sparkling insight (Part 1)

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry, Alexandria, LA     

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Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

Ellis Jewelers Tim Hiatt credits retail success to his genes

They say you can escape your past but not your gen...

Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

For the sixth year, Georgia Jewelers Association (...

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De Beers sends mining ship to explore Namibian coast

De Beers sends mining ship to explore Namibian coast

The $157 million vessel can accommodate a crew of 80 and has a helicopter deck suitable for Sikorsky S61s.

De Beers, the world's No.1 diamond miner by value, unveiled last Thursday the world's largest diamond exploration vessel, which will search for ...

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Industry Events

Charles Stanley and Yancy Weinrich honored at Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope

Charles Stanley and Yancy Weinrich honored at Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 19th edition of the Facets of Hope event on June 7, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that $2.2 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the ...

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JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

Sally Morrison of Gemfields to receive the prestigious award

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) and the GEM Awards Committee have announced that Sally Morrison, Director of Sales and Marketing, Americas, of Gemfields, will receive the GEM Award for ...

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Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms Bridal Party Expansion Program creates an omni-channel experience for the bridal shopper, and cultivates new and repeat business for the retail jeweler. The Program is a low-cost investment of $170 and can gene...

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With more growth in the works, LaserStar celebrates 60 years of an evolving, dynamic business

With more growth in the works, LaserStar celebrates 60 years of an evolving, dynamic business

LaserStar Technologies is celebrating 60 years in business the perfect way: The leading manufacturer of jewelry laser systems is doubling the size of its facility in Orlando, FL, putting its Southern operations on par with its flagship facility in Pr...

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De Beers sends mining ship to explore Namibian coast

4 DAYS AGO
De Beers sends mining ship to explore Namibian coast

The $157 million vessel can accommodate a crew of 80 and has a helicopter deck suitable for Sikorsky S61s.

De Beers, the world's No.1 diamond miner by value, unveiled last Thursday the world's largest diamond exploration vessel, which will search for the coveted stones on the seabed off the coast of ...

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Are American malls dead?

4 DAYS AGO
Are American malls dead?

With All the Bankruptcies and Closings, How Will the Mall Survive?

My first retail job in 1983 was at a RadioShack store in a small Indiana town. We had no POS system or any other technology to help us outside of the calculator we used to add up the numbers on the invoices. Our best-selling item was ...

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Charles Stanley and Yancy Weinrich honored at Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope

4 DAYS AGO
Charles Stanley and Yancy Weinrich honored at Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 19th edition of the Facets of Hope event on June 7, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that $2.2 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the year ahead bringing the cumulative total since 199...

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Registration open for GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair

4 DAYS AGO
Registration open for GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair

Industry’s largest recruiting event returns to the Javits Center July 24

(NEW YORK) - Recruiters and aspiring job seekers can now register online for GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair to be held in New York on Monday, July 24. The leading gem and jewelry industry recruiting event will feature one-on-one caree...

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JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

11 DAYS AGO
JA announces 2018 GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement recipient

Sally Morrison of Gemfields to receive the prestigious award

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) and the GEM Awards Committee have announced that Sally Morrison, Director of Sales and Marketing, Americas, of Gemfields, will receive the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 16th annual GEM Awards...

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Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

26 DAYS AGO
Georgia Jewelers Association announces scholarship winners

For the sixth year, Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) has awarded scholarships to member stores and their employees. Scholarship chair, Jan Fergerson of Ford, Gittings and Kane in Rome, Georgia, announced the winners at the annual GJA Convention held at the Marriott Grand National Resort in Opelika...

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Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

11 DAYS AGO
Rembrandt Charms introduces Bridal Party Program

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms Bridal Party Expansion Program creates an omni-channel experience for the bridal shopper, and cultivates new and repeat business for the retail jeweler. The Program is a low-cost investment of $170 and can generate over $1,500 in sales from one wedding party. ...

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Jayden Star celebrates 10-year anniversary with new product roll-out

25 DAYS AGO
Jayden Star celebrates 10-year anniversary with new product roll-out

(NEW YORK) - Celebrating with style, Jayden Star marks it’s 10-year anniversary with the biggest new product roll-out in company history during the JCK Las Vegas 2017 show. “With wholesale price points from $3 to $300, it’s hard to go wrong,” says Patrick Retzer, VP of Sales for Jayden Star. “All our...

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Furry Friends: Buffy the Shitzu

4 DAYS AGO
Furry Friends: Buffy the Shitzu

Buffy the shitzu recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary at Carl’s Fine Jewelry in Covington, LA. She’s quite stylish and the customers just love her.

Do you have a furry friend that helps out in your store? Tell us about it and send a picture to bill@southernjewelrynews.com.

 

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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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