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NAJA offering a unique scholarship opportunity for gemology students

NAJA offering a unique scholarship opportunity for gemology students

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NA...

GRS Tools develops innovative ring holding fixture

GRS Tools develops innovative ring holding fixture

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Preferred Jewelers International Network hosts Jewelry Spa Weekend

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Woman receives mystery Rolex in the mail

Woman receives mystery Rolex in the mail

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — It came out of the blue, a Bay Area woman gets a Rolex watch in the mail.

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Join ISG on a diamond mining field trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park

Join ISG on a diamond mining field trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park

The International School of Gemology (ISG) has announced a field trip to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. This is a great opportunity to visit a real diamond mine and share knowledge and fun with ISG Global Network members...

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Jeff Sadowsky named President of Global Fine Jewels

Jeff Sadowsky named President of Global Fine Jewels

Global Fine Jewels (GFJ), a division of world dia­mond trade leader Jay Gems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Sadowsky as its new President. Sadowsky, a 48-year veteran of the jewelry industry, previously worked as Director of Acquisit...

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Montesino International Cyber Show to showcase new products

Montesino International reports the last decade has been full of successful, interesting and challenging business as well as the fact that customer spending habits have changed dramatically over the period of 2008 to the present. “As a whole…the indu...

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Retailer Roundtable: What do you expect to be your holiday hot sellers?

Retailer Roundtable: What do you expect to be your holiday hot sellers?

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NAJA offering a unique scholarship opportunity for gemology students

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NAJA offering a unique scholarship opportunity for gemology students

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce that it will award an ACE© It Appraisal Conference Scholarship to a deserving gemology student. NAJA invites GIA, FGA, FGAA, FGG, FCGmA, RGA students to apply for this scholarship for the 447th Annual ACE© It Winter Educati...

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Woman receives mystery Rolex in the mail

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Woman receives mystery Rolex in the mail

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — It came out of the blue, a Bay Area woman gets a Rolex watch in the mail.

The woman, Marie, thought it was strange that she had a package waiting for her at the post office. She said it was from an unknown sender. Then she opened it up and things got stranger.

Inside, a Rolex ...

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Preferred Jewelers International Network hosts Jewelry Spa Weekend

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Preferred Jewelers International Network hosts Jewelry Spa Weekend

Preferred Jewelers International, the prestigious network of retail jewelers that offer a Lifetime, Nationwide Warranty program and “Experiences that last a Lifetime™” celebrated the successful promotion of Jewelry Spa Weekend throughout its organization in September.

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Join ISG on a diamond mining field trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park

15 DAYS AGO
Join ISG on a diamond mining field trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park

The International School of Gemology (ISG) has announced a field trip to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. This is a great opportunity to visit a real diamond mine and share knowledge and fun with ISG Global Network members, and those thinking about joining.

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Jeff Sadowsky named President of Global Fine Jewels

9 DAYS AGO
Jeff Sadowsky named President of Global Fine Jewels

Global Fine Jewels (GFJ), a division of world dia­mond trade leader Jay Gems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Sadowsky as its new President. Sadowsky, a 48-year veteran of the jewelry industry, previously worked as Director of Acquisitions at GBC, Inc., and most recently as Vice Presi...

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Quality Gold acquires North American Jewelers, Inc.

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(FAIRFIELD, Ohio) - Quality Gold has purchased North American Jewelers, Inc. (NAJ) the Chicago based supplier known for bridal and special occasion diamond jewelry. Along with NAJ, Quality Gold now owns Steckbeck Jewelry PVT LTD (STJPL), its wholly owned subsidiary and manufacturing facility opened i...

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Montesino International Cyber Show to showcase new products

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Montesino International reports the last decade has been full of successful, interesting and challenging business as well as the fact that customer spending habits have changed dramatically over the period of 2008 to the present. “As a whole…the industry has experienced some of the same issues we ha...

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GRS Tools develops innovative ring holding fixture

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GRS Tools develops innovative ring holding fixture

(EMPORIA, Kan.) - GRS Tools is pleased to announce the release of the Alexandre Sidorov Ring Fixture. Sidorov is a world-renowned diamond setter. This luxury set is produced using his exact design specifications and GRS quality manufacturing.

The Alexandre Sidorov Ring Fixture is the result of decades...

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Arkansas Jewelers Association celebrates 69th anniversary at annual Convention

The Arkansas Jewelers Association met on August 15th, 2008, celebrating its 69th anniversary. The 2008 Convention was considered by attendees to be one of the most successful conventions of the organization’s long history.

Speakers for the event included Sue Fritz, Jewelers Mutual, who provided one of the most informative seminars, according to the attendees. “Sue’s presentation was very informative. She kept the audience involved during her presentation. If I had been able to hear only this one seminar, I would have profited from my attendance,” stated one attendee.

 

Donna Beaton of GIA provided two seminars of importance to the industry. Donna is the manager of Colored Stone Service at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), New York, where she oversees the examination of client stones. She also interfaces with the Research Department of GIA to investigate new treatments and new gemstones, and works to develop techniques to facilitate the examination of colored stones. Ms. Beaton spoke on, Beryllium Lattice-Diffusion Treatment of Corundum and Irradiation Gemstones: The Case of Blue Topaz.

Jay Lell, Jewelers of America, enthusiastically instructed the members on how to “Build Customer Loyalty – A Critical Component of Your Continued Success;” and Al Gilbertson, of the Gemological Institute of America, led a session entitled “Diamond Cut Grading and A Little Bit of History”; Geoff Annis, with Sissy’s Log Cabin in Pine Bluff, AR, presented a session titled. “Hands-on High Definition Molding.” All members agreed through their evaluation forms that this year’s convention was outstanding, with each speaker having his or her own area of expertise.

Following the Convention Seminar the attendees began their evening with the American Gem Society sponsored champagne reception for Loyd Stanley, owner of Loyd Stanley Jewelers and Gemologists, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

T. C. Carter, Past President of the Arkansas Jewelers Association and owner of Carter’s Jewel Chest, presented Loyd Stanley with the Arkansas Jewelers Lifetime Achievement Award. This presentation was both humorous and serious, as it related to the accomplishments of Mr. Stanley.

T.C. pointed out a photograph appearing a few years ago with Loyd Stanley, Sissy Jones and himself walking with tiaras on their heads, then asked the audience to please turn the Loyd Stanley award booklet over and see the same three individuals. Loyd was first presented with a tiara from T.C. and accepted with fun humor. Later during the presentation T.C. presented Loyd the Lifetime Achievement Award Plaque for his dedication to the Arkansas Jewelers and to jewelers everywhere. Letters from Governor Beebe and Matt Runci, Jewelers of America were also presented to Mr. Stanley.

T. C. Carter and Janisue Rigel (AJP E.D.) presented the awards for Annual Traveler of the Year and the Retailer of the Year. Caught totally off guard, Kelly Newton from Newton’s Jewelers was voted the Retail Jeweler of The Year – Mr. Newton has assisted the association for years from the sidelines and never wanted to be recognized for his efforts and donations to The Arkansas Jewelers Association. As the LCD projector displayed photographs from 2000 to the present, Sheri Ihde from Jewelers Mutual was announced as Traveler of the Year in Arkansas. After T.C. twice announced her name Sheri realized she was the recipient. Sheri is the first woman to receive this award. She stays in contact with all state organizations for Jewelers Mutual and assists the independent jeweler continually.

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Kelly Newton, Newton’s Jewelry, was named the 2008 Retailer of the Year by the Arkansas Jewelers Association.


aja_t.o.y._novSheri Idhe (center) of Jewelers Mutual was named the Arkansas Jewelers Association Traveler of the Year for 2008.


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The Arkansas Jewelers Association 2008 Convention Choice award went to David Holloway, Swift’s Jewelry, Fayetteville, for this pendant.

Richard Lang, President of Arkansas Jewelers Association began the presentation of the C.A.R.A.T. awards. Richard explained the Convention Choice winner was almost a tie with one vote being the deciding vote.

  • C.A.R.A.T. Award, Category 1 Winner - David Holloway, Swift’s Jewelry, Fayetteville, AR
  • C.A.R.A.T. Award, Category 2 Winner – David Holloway, Swift’s Jewelry, Fayetteville, AR
  • C.A.R.A.T. Award, Category 3 Winner – Faye Rodgers, Faye’s Diamond Mine, Clinton, AR
  • Convention Choice Winner – David Holloway, Swift’s Jewelry, Fayetteville, AR

 

The winner of the 2008 Arkansas Craftsmanship Award was Nelson Gotay, Gotay’s Gallery, Jonesboro, AR. This award is awarded by votes from each of the C.A.R.A.T. designers. Peers and designers decide this valued award. The Arkansas Craftsmanship Award is the only award that is only in Arkansas – providing each of the designers a chance to decide the winner.

All members, their staff and travelers were invited to a hospitality room Friday & Saturday evenings to enjoy positive networking and Texas Hold’em, along with other games.

“Sponsorship provided by Jewelers Mutual Insurance and Jewelers of America, along with Platinum Travelers are specifically thanked for making the 2008 AJA Convention affordable, while providing the finest of educational opportunities,” stated Janisue Rigel, Executive Director.

 

 


 

 


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