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PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

Royalty and Hollywood celebrities are known for gifting their betrothed with the most opulent and exquisite platinum engagement rings. From Queen Elizabeth’s solitaire diamond to Elizabeth Taylor’s 29.4-carat diamond, these baubles were all set in pl...

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Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

The fifth edition of the popular Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Sunday, June 4, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a 50K challenging bike ride in the...

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Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

Kim International Manufacturing, L.P. is pleased to announce that Bill Reilly has been appointed as their new Upper-Midwest Region Sales Manager. He will be covering the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Bill brings 30 plu...

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Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

The PUK4c precision welder is a compact and versatile TIG impulse welder. Fine and minute welds are carried out under a 10x welding microscope (SM03 Microscope). Very close to laser welding, the PUK4c allows the exact positioning of small, stable spo...

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Stuller, Inc. wraps up annual Bench Jeweler Workshop

Stuller, Inc. wraps up annual Bench Jeweler Workshop

Jyothi Forman walks away with overall win

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller hosted their annual Bench Jeweler Workshop this past weekend welcoming more than 200 jewelers from across the country to its global headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

2 DAYS AGO
PGI takes a look at breathtaking and iconic platinum engagement rings

Royalty and Hollywood celebrities are known for gifting their betrothed with the most opulent and exquisite platinum engagement rings. From Queen Elizabeth’s solitaire diamond to Elizabeth Taylor’s 29.4-carat diamond, these baubles were all set in platinum, a highly secure setting for their valuable...

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Origin of gold stash found in piano remains a mystery

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Origin of gold stash found in piano remains a mystery

LONDON (AP) —  British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money.

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Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

2 DAYS AGO
Jewelers for Children to celebrate 5th annual Rings of Strength

The fifth edition of the popular Jewelers for Children Rings of Strength will be held on Sunday, June 4, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The very popular event includes options for a 5K walk or run, a 50K challenging bike ride in the scenic foothills of Red Rock Valley, or a street ...

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New jewelry show planned for Midwest

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New jewelry show planned for Midwest

New Horizons Jewelry Show to be held August 19-21

Jewelry manufacturers, retailers and other industry professionals will come together for the launch of a new event this August in Columbus, Ohio. “The New Horizons Jewelry Show is the only show serving the Midwest and will feature more than 250 booths...

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Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

2 DAYS AGO
Kim International appoints new Sales Manager for Midwest region

Kim International Manufacturing, L.P. is pleased to announce that Bill Reilly has been appointed as their new Upper-Midwest Region Sales Manager. He will be covering the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. Bill brings 30 plus years of experience calling on the independent j...

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Jewelers of America expands IDEX partnership

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Jewelers of America expands IDEX partnership

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has expanded its partnership with IDEX, the International Diamond Exchange.

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Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

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Gesswein introduces the PUK4c welder with SM03 Scope

The PUK4c precision welder is a compact and versatile TIG impulse welder. Fine and minute welds are carried out under a 10x welding microscope (SM03 Microscope). Very close to laser welding, the PUK4c allows the exact positioning of small, stable spot-welds or welds in hard-to-get-to or deep lying p...

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Ed Levin Jewelry introduces Summer Dance Collection

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Ed Levin Jewelry introduces Summer Dance Collection

(CAMBRIDGE, N.Y.) - Ed Levin Jewelry, shaping American design since 1950®, invites you to get in a summer mood with Summer Dance, Ed Levin Jewelry’s latest collection of new designs.

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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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