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Russell Mefford - Jeweler by day, Southern Rocker by night

Russell Mefford - Jeweler by day, Southern Rocker by night

If you’re a Southern rock fan you know the differe...

TW Steel’s new Maverick Collection adds attitude to the sport heritage world

TW Steel’s new Maverick Collection adds attitude to the sport heritage world

TW Steel is shaking up Father Time in 2016, launch...

JA New York Spring Show reports increased attendance

JA New York Spring Show reports increased attendance

Co-Location with MJSA and Lueur, new dates contrib...

Retailer Roundtable: What was your best store promotion?

Retailer Roundtable: What was your best store promotion?

Q: What was your best store promotion?

“For a numbe...

ELLE Time & Jewelry to exhibit in prestigious Plumb Club at JCK

ELLE Time & Jewelry to exhibit in prestigious Plumb Club at JCK

(DALLAS) - PAJ (Prime Art & Jewel), who holds t...

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Morganite: The modern face of jewelry

Morganite: The modern face of jewelry

Trends come and go as quickly as the seasons. Much like American culture, tastes in music, fashion and color are constantly evolving. And when they evolve, it pays to be on the current trend.

In the case of the jewelry industry, we are right in the mi...

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Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

Displayed with R. Harder Gallery Collection from Jewelers Mutual

(NEENAH, Wisc.) - The Smart Jewelry Show, April 17-19 in Chicago, will be hosting the historic Esperanza Diamond. The one-of-a-kind diamond will be on display with other pieces which are ...

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Cecilia Gardner’s role at JVC to change in 2017

(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 y...

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JVC releases “Getting It Right JVC’s Guide to Quality Programs for Jewelers”

(NEW YORK) - JVC has announced the publication of its latest guide - “Getting It Right – JVC’s Guide to Quality Programs for Jewelers” - published with a generous grant from International Gemological Institute (IGI).

The latest publication from the JVC...

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Industry writer goes from writing retail to working it

Industry writer goes from writing retail to working it

Paul Holewa, a freelance writer for Southern and Mid-America Jewelry News , has worked as a trade journalist since 1995. For most of that time, he has learned about best retailer practices by networking with and interviewing top jewelry store owners and...

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Morganite: The modern face of jewelry

19 HOURS AGO
Morganite: The modern face of jewelry

Trends come and go as quickly as the seasons. Much like American culture, tastes in music, fashion and color are constantly evolving. And when they evolve, it pays to be on the current trend.

In the case of the jewelry industry, we are right in the middle of a morganite sensation. A stone mostly disr...

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One fifth of the world's gold is buried in London - and here's where it's hidden

3 DAYS AGO
One fifth of the world's gold is buried in London - and here's where it's hidden

SECRET vaults in London house one fifth of all the gold on the planet, with a staggering £172 billion worth of bullion tucked away under the capital’s streets.

Vaults under the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street are said to hold 5,134 tonnes of gold, making up the majority of the 6,256 tonne tota...

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JA New York Spring Show reports increased attendance

19 HOURS AGO
JA New York Spring Show reports increased attendance

Co-Location with MJSA and Lueur, new dates contributing factors to success

(NEW YORK) - After an “extremely strong” opening day on Sunday, the JA New York Spring show proudly reported high-attendance momentum throughout the three day show. The co-location with MJSA and Lueur, a successful hosted buyer...

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Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

18 DAYS AGO
Historic 8.52-carat “Esperanza Diamond” featured at The Smart Jewelry Show

Displayed with R. Harder Gallery Collection from Jewelers Mutual

(NEENAH, Wisc.) - The Smart Jewelry Show, April 17-19 in Chicago, will be hosting the historic Esperanza Diamond. The one-of-a-kind diamond will be on display with other pieces which are part of R. Harder Gallery of Gems and Minerals fro...

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Cecilia Gardner’s role at JVC to change in 2017

18 HOURS 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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ELLE Time & Jewelry to exhibit in prestigious Plumb Club at JCK

18 HOURS AGO
ELLE Time & Jewelry to exhibit in prestigious Plumb Club at JCK

(DALLAS) - PAJ (Prime Art & Jewel), who holds the exclusive license for ELLE Time & Jewelry in agreement with ELLE Magazine , is pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting in the Plumb Club at JCK Las Vegas in June, 2016.

ELLE is a powerhouse brand most noted for its personal beauty mark, ...

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JVC releases “Getting It Right JVC’s Guide to Quality Programs for Jewelers”

18 HOURS AGO

(NEW YORK) - JVC has announced the publication of its latest guide - “Getting It Right – JVC’s Guide to Quality Programs for Jewelers” - published with a generous grant from International Gemological Institute (IGI).

The latest publication from the JVC provides simple and useable tools for all jeweler...

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TW Steel’s new Maverick Collection adds attitude to the sport heritage world

18 HOURS AGO
TW Steel’s new Maverick Collection adds attitude to the sport heritage world

TW Steel is shaking up Father Time in 2016, launching the adventurous Maverick Collection. Inspired by the ground-breaking Son of Time masterpiece, the Maverick Collection takes TW Steel’s bold attitude, blends in cool vintage styling and twists it all together to deliver a totally fresh take on tim...

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WJA’S 25th Gala honored industry leaders, it’s founders and raised scholarships for next generation

The Women’s Jewelry Association’s (WJA) 25th annual Awards for Excellence, held on July 27 at Chelsea Piers in New York City, was a festive toast to the women who founded and nurtured the organization as well as to two exceptional industry leaders. Sybil Yurman, president and CMO of David Yurman, and Steven Kaiser, president and CEO of Kaiser Time, received WJA’s highest honors.

On accepting her Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. Yurman said, “It’s not often that you get to do what you love and get to do it with someone you love.” She also acknowledged Carolyn Kelly, former jewelry buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue, and now co-owner of Old World Chain, for “helping in the early years.” She spoke about the sense of “family” in the industry and acknowledged “all the people who have taught us so much.”

Mr. Kaiser, who received the Ben Kaiser Award, was introduced by retailers John Green and Lee Berg. He said his father, after whom the award was named, was ahead of his time for promoting women in the industry. He thanked his mother, Eta, wife, Vivian, and daughter, Emily, and acknowledged his female team, who were in attendance.

WJA’s president Yancy Weinrich, Industry VP, JCK Events, recognized the association’s three “Pillar of Distinction” sponsors: Platinum Guild International, Jewelers Mutual Insurance, and David Yurman. She also introduced a special 25th anniversary video that had been produced by Filmworks, Inc. and overseen by Anniversary Co-chairs Linda Goldstein, a WJA founder and former president, and Billie Sutter, a former national board member. With interviews from many of the influential women responsible for the creation and growth of the organization, it highlighted key initiatives, such as WJA’s Student Scholarships, DIVA Awards, Awards for Excellence and the Women in the Know conferences.

In celebration of WJA’s 25th year, Ms. Weinrich announced that $25,000 will be distributed this year in Student Scholarships, one of the first programs of the national organization when it was established in 1983. WJA’s annual Scholarship Fund is supported by its Silent Auction, held during the Awards for Excellence gala, and donations from companies and individuals. Overseeing the 2008 Silent Auction was Nessi Erkmenoglu of Harper’s Bazaar.

Monies raised from a drawing for a special Hearts On Fire “Dream” diamond will also be donated to the WJA Scholarship Fund, according to Dinner Chair Lisa Cochin of Diamond Promotion Service.

WJA has had nine presidents, all of whom were celebrated at the event: Gerry Gewirtz, Linda Goldstein, Tina Segal, Helene Fortunoff, Rachel Rosin, Phyllis Bergman, Anna Martin, Ann Arnold, and Ms. Weinrich. Each will receive a special WJA President’s Pin designed by Judith Ripka.

In addition, the dinner recognized the past Hall of Fame and Ben Kaiser Award winners, including: Babette Goodman Cohen and Jane Goodman Baum, Phyllis Bergman, Nancy Brewer, Terry Burman, Bill Boyajian, Ralph Destino, Helene Fortunoff, Mary Forte, June Herman, Laurie Hudson, Juell Kadet, Ben Kaiser, Kathryn Kimmel, Peggy Kirby, Anna Martin, Eunice Robinson Miles, Sallie Morton, Joan Parker, Beryl Raff, Harriet Schreiner, and Hedda Schupak.

 

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WJA celebrates its presidents at 25th Anniversary gala: (from left): Ann Arnold, first president Gerry Gewirtz, Linda Goldstein, Tina Segal, Phyllis Bergman, Rachel Rosin, Helene Fortunoff, current president Yancy Weinrich, and Anna Martin.

 

Other highlights of the evening included Broadway musical selections from Broadway Pops International. To top off the dinner, guests enjoyed a delectable dessert buffet and danced to hip music by DJ Aaron James, sponsored by Harper’s Bazaar. The party continued long into the night!

WJA, founded in 1983, is the preeminent association of professional women in the jewelry, watch and related industries. Through the national organization, headquartered in Chicago Ridge, IL, and a network of 12 regional chapters, members benefit from educational and networking opportunities, scholarships, design competitions, annual women’s business conferences, and recognition programs, such as its annual Awards for Excellence gala. For more information about WJA, call 708-361-6266 or visit www.womensjewelry.org.


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