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IDEX reports De Beers Output Jumps 36% in Q2, Up 21% in H1

IDEX reports De Beers Output Jumps 36% in Q2, Up 21% in H1

(IDEX Online) – Anglo American plc, which owns 85 percent of De Beers, reported a 36 percent jump in production in the second quarter from a year before to 8.7 million carats from 6.4 million carats.

In the first half of 2017, De Beers produced 16.1 m...

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JA to host several events at JA New York Show

JA to host several events at JA New York Show

Designer Preview & Member Meetup, Education Program, Idea Exchange and certification exams

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) is hosting its Designer Preview & Member Meetup on Sunday, July 23 at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine. JA Retail Me...

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Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

A perfect match of creative and business smarts to continue MY STORY growth

(NEW YORK) - Mitchell Feuer of Pe-Jay Creations and  Jackie Cohen from Timeless Fine Jewelry have partnered to create a new company, MY STORY FINE JEWELRY, to breakout the hear...

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Women’s Jewelry Association launches WJAtv

Women’s Jewelry Association launches WJAtv

Video channel will feature events, industry leaders, designers, members and more

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has debuted a new online video channel, WJAtv, to celebrate the networking, education, and leadership developm...

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Retailer Roundtable:  What are your biggest hiring challenges?

Retailer Roundtable: What are your biggest hiring challenges?

Q:    What are your biggest hiring challenges?

“I’ve been in business for 30 years and hiring challenges have remained pretty consistent throughout that time - finding a sales associate that has an understanding and love of jewelry. One of the most comm...

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IDEX reports De Beers Output Jumps 36% in Q2, Up 21% in H1

6 HOURS AGO
IDEX reports De Beers Output Jumps 36% in Q2, Up 21% in H1

(IDEX Online) – Anglo American plc, which owns 85 percent of De Beers, reported a 36 percent jump in production in the second quarter from a year before to 8.7 million carats from 6.4 million carats.

In the first half of 2017, De Beers produced 16.1 million carats – a 21 percent increase on the 2016 ...

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Rarest Rainbow introduces Natural Color Diamond Training Program for retail partners

7 HOURS AGO
Rarest Rainbow introduces Natural Color Diamond Training Program for retail partners

To educate retailers on how to sell natural color diamonds

(MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.) - Pancis Gems Inc., a purveyor of fine natural color diamonds for over 40 years, is proud to introduce a new and unique training program to help educate retail partners on natural color diamonds and their signature Rarest...

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JA to host several events at JA New York Show

7 DAYS AGO
JA to host several events at JA New York Show

Designer Preview & Member Meetup, Education Program, Idea Exchange and certification exams

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) is hosting its Designer Preview & Member Meetup on Sunday, July 23 at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine. JA Retail Members will have the opportunity to mingle with fel...

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Atlanta Jewelry Show’s “The Loupe” buying group program to celebrate 2nd anniversary at August show

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Atlanta Jewelry Show’s “The Loupe” buying group program to celebrate 2nd anniversary at August show

(ATLANTA) - The August, 2017 Atlanta Jewelry Show (AJS) will be celebrating a special anniversary when the show floor opens up for business on August 12th.  The AJS Buyer Group program, “The Loupe” is turning 2 years old, and continues to expand with new partners, programs and service offerings.

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Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

7 DAYS AGO
Pe-Jay Creations partners with heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

A perfect match of creative and business smarts to continue MY STORY growth

(NEW YORK) - Mitchell Feuer of Pe-Jay Creations and  Jackie Cohen from Timeless Fine Jewelry have partnered to create a new company, MY STORY FINE JEWELRY, to breakout the heartfelt birthstone line, “MY STORY”

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International Gemological Institute (IGI) - India achieves RJC Certification

13 DAYS AGO
International Gemological Institute (IGI) - India achieves RJC Certification

(MUMBAI) - IGI India has announced it has achieved certification against the Responsible Jewellery Council’s (RJC) 2013 Code of Practices (COP), which signifies the Institute has met the ethical, social and environmental standards as established by the Council.

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Women’s Jewelry Association launches WJAtv

6 HOURS AGO
Women’s Jewelry Association launches WJAtv

Video channel will feature events, industry leaders, designers, members and more

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) has debuted a new online video channel, WJAtv, to celebrate the networking, education, and leadership development at the heart of WJA’s mission. Featuring exclu...

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Rembrandt Charms introduces the Bridal Party Program

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Rembrandt Charms introduces the Bridal Party Program

(WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.) - Rembrandt Charms Bridal Party Expansion Program is designed to create an omni-channel experience for the bridal shopper, and cultivate 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 we...

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Furry friends on the job: Pete the corgi

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Furry friends on the job: Pete the corgi

Pete the corgi is the greeter at Treasure Isle Jewelers in Cary, NC. When he gets the rare day off Pete enjoys cruising the waters of Wrightsville Beach, NC.

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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Furry friends on the job: Bernadette

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Furry friends on the job: Bernadette

Meet Bernadette, the first feline sent in for our Furry Friends feature. Bernadette is the Queen of the castle at Creative Jewelers in Florence, AL. “She was without a home, so gladly we shared ours,” says Brandi Hammock. “She now rules here at CJ’s and we and our customers love it!

See all of our Fu...

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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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