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Authentic Gem Imports offers streamlined search online for rubies, emeralds, sapphires & precious gems

Authentic Gem Imports offers streamlined search online for rubies, emeralds, sapphires & precious gems

Owner Pete Vaidya and his wife Renu offer expert evaluation and consultation on loose precious gemstones. Their inventory, consisting of thousands of stones, is searchable on shopagi.com.

A business that has thrived in color gemstones for over 40 year...

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ACE© It Conferences by NAJA

ACE© It Conferences by NAJA

Appraisers Continuing Education  

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) has announced its 45th Annual Winter ACE© It Education Conference to be held in Tucson, AZ on January 28 - 29, 2018. 

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Women’s Jewelry Association launches Advocacy Task Force

Women’s Jewelry Association launches Advocacy Task Force

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) on November 2 launched its first ever “advocacy task force” to explore and ultimately create actionable tools, training, education, workplace coaching, and mentorship that can be utilized by...

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ASHI introduces redesigned B2B website

ASHI introduces redesigned B2B website

(NEW YORK) - ASHI is delighted to announce the release of its newly redesigned ASHI B2B website - Ver 2.0. This new responsive website offers improved interface, easier navigation and enhanced product search and filter options. The website is designed...

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Featured Articles

Reason to Hope: Jewelry industry steps up to help natural disaster victims

Reason to Hope: Jewelry industry steps up to help natural disaster victims

It’s so easy to get sucked into choosing a side. Trump or Hillary? Democrat or Republican? Sit or stand? The public intensity over everything from politics to sports can be emotionally bruising and intellectually battering. So many times I’ve wondere...

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Authentic Gem Imports offers streamlined search online for rubies, emeralds, sapphires & precious gems

1 HOUR AGO
Authentic Gem Imports offers streamlined search online for rubies, emeralds, sapphires & precious gems

Owner Pete Vaidya and his wife Renu offer expert evaluation and consultation on loose precious gemstones. Their inventory, consisting of thousands of stones, is searchable on shopagi.com.

A business that has thrived in color gemstones for over 40 years, Authentic Gem Imports (AGI) has optimized their...

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Wave of smash and grab robberies hits Midwest

2 HOURS AGO
Wave of smash and grab robberies hits Midwest

Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) has released a new Crime Alert warning of a new wave of smash and grab robberies targeting jewelers in the Midwestern United States. Below find a listing of several recent incidents and prevention recommendations from JSA.

Novi, MI – November 13, 2017

At 7:30 p.m. thr...

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ACE© It Conferences by NAJA

1 HOUR AGO
ACE© It Conferences by NAJA

Appraisers Continuing Education 

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) has announced its 45th Annual Winter ACE© It Education Conference to be held in Tucson, AZ on January 28 - 29, 2018. 

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Gem and jewelry leaders gather for GIA’s Global Leadership Program at Harvard Business School

20 DAYS AGO

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Executives from across the global gem and jewelry industry recently convened in Cambridge, Mass., for the fourth annual GIA Global Leadership Program offered by the Harvard Business School (HBS). The 50 industry leaders - all CEOs or senior executives - examined the theme “Transf...

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Women’s Jewelry Association launches Advocacy Task Force

14 DAYS AGO
Women’s Jewelry Association launches Advocacy Task Force

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) on November 2 launched its first ever “advocacy task force” to explore and ultimately create actionable tools, training, education, workplace coaching, and mentorship that can be utilized by WJA members to advance women’s roles in the jewel...

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Dona Dirlam retires as Director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center

20 DAYS AGO
Dona Dirlam retires as Director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center

Robert Weldon named library director

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Dona Dirlam, director of GIA’s library and information center, has retired after 38 years of service to GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) mission of ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry. She was largely responsible for establish...

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ASHI introduces redesigned B2B website

1 HOUR AGO
ASHI introduces redesigned B2B website

(NEW YORK) - ASHI is delighted to announce the release of its newly redesigned ASHI B2B website - Ver 2.0. This new responsive website offers improved interface, easier navigation and enhanced product search and filter options. The website is designed to allow retailers to leverage the potential of A...

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Stuller introduces GemCam™

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Stuller introduces GemCam™

(LAFAYETTE, La.) -Stuller understands that sometimes selling loose diamonds and gemstones can be challenging for jewelers when the customer is not able to see what the jeweler sees with the aid of a loupe. Therefore Stuller is excited to introduce new technology that will help – the GemCam™ Imaging S...

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Furry friends on the job: Josh - McRae’s Fine Jewelry, Denton, Texas

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Furry friends on the job: Josh -  McRae’s Fine Jewelry, Denton, Texas

Thanksgiving greetings from Josh the black lab. Josh is the official meeter and greeter at McRae’s Fine Jewelry in Denton, Texas. Owner Chris McRae says Josh entertains all McRae’s customers, young and old. He’s especially fond of the local FedEx deliveryman, perhaps because he brings Josh treats wh...

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Furry friends on the job: Charley - Jewelers unBLOCKed™

7 DAYS AGO
Furry friends on the job: Charley - Jewelers unBLOCKed™

Meet Charley. She is a 3 year old, English Crème Golden Retriever and loves to visit Jewelers unBLOCKed™ HQ in New Jersey. Charley normally works in the California office but visited this summer to meet the East Coast team. She is a certified service dog, a rescue herself and loves anything sparkly ...

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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

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.

 

Click here  to see more of George Prout’s The Marketing Minute

 

 

 

 

 

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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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