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Gem Star Imports offers cutting-edge concepts & loyal service to retailers

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GA jeweler makes ‘Black Panther’ ring for Marvel movies

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“That guy who baby sits jewelry stores”

“That guy who baby sits jewelry stores”

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Floyd & Green Jewelers celebrating 25th anniversary

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Judy Upton awarded 2017 AJA Associate Member of the Year

Judy Upton awarded 2017 AJA Associate Member of the Year

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NRF says Senate passage of tax reform could give shoppers ‘free Christmas’

NRF says Senate passage of tax reform could give shoppers ‘free Christmas’

(WASHINGTON) - The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed Senate passage of landmark tax reform legislation, saying congressional action on the pro-growth plan is helping boost consumer confidence and that savings from reform could be enough to pay...

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Industry Events

GIA reports well attended Jewelry Career Fair and Open House

GIA reports well attended Jewelry Career Fair and Open House

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair and Open House drew nearly 900 gem and jewelry professionals, job seekers and members of the local community to the event’s 26th anniversary on October 13. This annual e...

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American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows to co-locate in Las Vegas

American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows to co-locate in Las Vegas

Partnership will mutually benefit exhibitors and attendees

(NEW YORK) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and U.S. Antique Shows are pleased to announce that their Las Vegas events will be co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, beginnin...

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GN Diamond unveils Diamond Hunt

GN Diamond unveils Diamond Hunt

Free in-store tool designed to help retailers sell more diamonds

Qualifying a customer’s budget is a common hurdle faced by jewelers and their sales associates on a daily basis. GN Diamond listens to the common pain points experienced by jewelers and ...

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Latest News

NRF says Senate passage of tax reform could give shoppers ‘free Christmas’

4 DAYS AGO
NRF says Senate passage of tax reform could give shoppers ‘free Christmas’

(WASHINGTON) - The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed Senate passage of landmark tax reform legislation, saying congressional action on the pro-growth plan is helping boost consumer confidence and that savings from reform could be enough to pay for many families’ holiday shopping.

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Maximize the store experience

4 DAYS AGO

Jewelers Mutual’s 5 tips to go beyond the sale this holiday season

(NEENAH, Wis.) - We’ve all heard the catch phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff”, but in retail nothing could be further from the truth, especially this holiday season. Facing the busiest time of year and increased traffic, it’s easy to...

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GIA reports well attended Jewelry Career Fair and Open House

10 DAYS AGO
GIA reports well attended Jewelry Career Fair and Open House

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair and Open House drew nearly 900 gem and jewelry professionals, job seekers and members of the local community to the event’s 26th anniversary on October 13. This annual event at GIA’s Carlsbad World Headquarters was bust...

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IGI presents at AliExpress event ahead of Major Chinese Ecommerce Day

10 DAYS AGO

(SHANGHAI, China) - The International Gemological Institute’s (IGI) Shanghai team delivered a lecture at the AliExpress “Double Eleven Jewelry Industry Gold Sellers Training Session” in Hangzhou, China. AliExpress is an ecommerce platform owned by Alibaba (currently the world’s largest retailer).

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American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows to co-locate in Las Vegas

4 DAYS AGO
American Gem Trade Association GemFair™ and U.S. Antique Shows to co-locate in Las Vegas

Partnership will mutually benefit exhibitors and attendees

(NEW YORK) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and U.S. Antique Shows are pleased to announce that their Las Vegas events will be co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, beginning in June of 2019. AGTA GemFair™ Las Vegas is a de...

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Rembrandt expanding U.S. operations to support sales growth of traditional charm bracelet business

4 DAYS AGO
Rembrandt expanding U.S. operations to support sales growth of traditional charm bracelet business

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms is expanding its Williamsville, New York operations to include a new state of the art, eco-friendly electroplating facility. Rembrandt Charms was awarded an Empire State Development Grant by New York State for this project. The expansion is an integral part of...

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GN Diamond unveils Diamond Hunt

4 DAYS AGO
GN Diamond unveils Diamond Hunt

Free in-store tool designed to help retailers sell more diamonds

Qualifying a customer’s budget is a common hurdle faced by jewelers and their sales associates on a daily basis. GN Diamond listens to the common pain points experienced by jewelers and has responded by now offering retailers the abilit...

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Brad Huisken introduces retail sales training app

10 DAYS AGO

(DENVER) – As retailers face more pressure from online competition, it’s important for brick-and-mortar stores to make the most of every sales opportunity they have. Brad Huisken’s IAS Training provides sales associates and managers with the tools to build customer relationships and increase sales, a...

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Furry friends on the job: Otto from Kester Jewelry store

4 DAYS AGO
Furry friends on the job: Otto from Kester Jewelry store

Otto the laser welding cat is a 4 year old rescue kitty. The second feline featured in our Furry Friends, Otto is the 4th kitty in 45 years to grace the Kester Jewelry store in Craig, Colorado, where he works side-by-side with owner Richard Tyser. 

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Furry friends on the job: Riley of M Lange Pearl Company

12 DAYS AGO
Furry friends on the job: Riley of M Lange Pearl Company

This is Riley. Riley is an 8 1/2 year-old full-sized male standard poodle. He goes to work daily with pearl dealer Norman Lange at M Lange Pearl Company in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where he serves as the “office manager.” Norman says the suave poodle is especially excited to greet his female customers...

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

1 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

2 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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About Us

About Southern Jewelry News

Established in 1988, Southern Jewelry News is currently in its 28th year of publication, and is the only trade newspaper dedicated to the Southern jewelry industry. Our circulation is nearly 13,000 readers with all our database management done in house. By updating our mailing list monthly, we can guarantee your message will reach your intended audience.

Our unique format and very reasonable
advertising rates set us apart from all other industry publications. Our tabloid size means your ad will be larger and more noticeable, BIGGER IS BETTER!

Take a look at Southern Jewelry News and see why our readers
call us the most readable publication in the industry.

About Mid-America Jewelry News

Mid-America Jewelry News was started in 2002 after repeated requests from our advertisers and readers to bring the regional, down-home news format of Southern Jewelry News to other parts of the country. Now in it's 8th full year of publication, over 8,000 readers look forward to receiving Mid-America Jewelry News every month.


Staff

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 is a member of the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association, several state jewelry associations in the southeast and the 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States in which he has held several officer positions including president.

smiths_smallChris 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 over 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, Several State Jewelers Association. She has served on the vendor advisory committee with the Retail Jewelers Organization. Elesa 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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