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Colored gemstones trends and treatments updates

Colored gemstones trends and treatments updates

As jewelry store owners ready themselves for the J...

24K Rose Co. introduces new gift for Dads, Grads & Golfers

24K Rose Co. introduces new gift for Dads, Grads & Golfers

(MINNEAPOLIS ) - 24 Karat Rose & Loyalty Co. is...

Atlanta Jewelry Show to offer GIA® Diamond Grading Lab at August Show

Atlanta Jewelry Show to offer GIA® Diamond Grading Lab at August Show

(ATLANTA) - As part of an ongoing effort to expand ...

Pre-selling Tucson creates increase in custom work

Pre-selling Tucson creates increase in custom work

Many jewelry store owners gamble on their Vegas je...

3 pros take top honors in Bench Pressure Challenge

3 pros take top honors in Bench Pressure Challenge

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Lafonn announces launch of new website

Lafonn announces launch of new website

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the jewelry brand known for offering luxurious designs at a price within reach, announces the launch of their new website. ...

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Guarantee an entry into the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Jewelers for Children

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Guarantee an entry into the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Jewelers for Children

Jewelers for Children (JFC) has guaranteed entries for the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon to be held on October 11. This means that runners participating in the Chicago Marathon can not only run in one of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, but they can raise funds for JFC at the same time.

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Reporting cash transactions; file electronically for security and speed

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By Suzan Flamm, Senior Counsel Jewelers Vigilance Committee

(NEW YORK) - Our industry has long been familiar with the obligation to report to the U.S. Treasury Department when sellers receive over $10,000 in cash. Some companies submit many 8300 Forms every year documenting these transactions, and oth...

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Jewelry shines at the Jewelers of America Fashion Show at AGS Conclave

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Jewelry shines at the Jewelers of America Fashion Show at AGS Conclave

Showcased fine jewelry from 27 jewelry designers

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, produced the Jewelers of America Fashion Show at American Gem Society (AGS) Conclave in front of a standing room only crowd of AGS...

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Select By Centurion coming to Dallas Ritz Carlton, August 30-31

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(DALLAS) - The Select By Centurion Show returns for its sixth consecutive year to the beautiful Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dallas for its annual show. Timed to coincide with the final holiday buying needs of mainstream better fine jewelry stores, this invitation only show will take place Sunday and Monday...

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ASHI Diamonds appoints Ron Delger to represent Pacific Northwest region

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(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds, a premier diamond jewelry manufacturer servicing over 1,000 fine independent retail jewelers in North America for over 30 years, is pleased to announce the addition of Ron Delger as their sales representative and marketing consultant for the Pacific Northwest Region of Was...

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Hoover & Strong announces new hires

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Hoover & Strong, a manufacturer and refiner precious metals since 1912, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new National Sales Representative and a new Diamond Manager.

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Lafonn announces launch of new website

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Lafonn announces launch of new website

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the jewelry brand known for offering luxurious designs at a price within reach, announces the launch of their new website. The user-friendly desktop and mobile site contain beautiful imagery, responsive design, and engaging content.

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Diamond Banc offers 360 degrees of liquidity services for the retail jeweler

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Diamond Banc offers 360 degrees of liquidity services for the retail jeweler

Diamond Banc is offering what they describe as “an industry changing menu of financial services” to the retail jeweler. They are eager to partner with select retailers who want to quickly transform their revenue stream by assisting their clients not only when they wish to buy jewelry, but also when ...

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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 and his wife, Tina, married in 1993. They have one son, Paul, and a retired racing greyhound named Vegas Alley. In his spare time Bill enjoys spending time with his family, reading and sports, particularly golf.

Bill is a member of the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association and the 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States where he serves on the Board of Directors.


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Chris 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 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, North Carolina Jewelers Association, Women's Jewelers Association, and she serves on the vendor advisory council with the Retail Jewelers Organization. Elea 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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