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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

After four battles between jewelry-design masters,...

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Luxury or Lie? How to Identify Genuine Watches

Luxury or Lie? How to Identify Genuine Watches

(COLUMBIA, Pa.) - The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) has initiated a new educational course “Luxury or Lie? How To Identify...

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GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair returns to New York

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair returns to New York

Connecting talent with opportunity, July 27

GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair, the gem and jewelry industry’s largest recrui...

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Introducing the new GemOro Testerossa™

Introducing the new GemOro Testerossa™

Tests diamond, moissanite & white sapphire simultaneously

(DALLAS) - GemOro Superior Instruments division of Sy Kessler Sales, Inc. successfully int...

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Luxury or Lie? How to Identify Genuine Watches

5 DAYS AGO
Luxury or Lie? How to Identify Genuine Watches

(COLUMBIA, Pa.) - The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) has initiated a new educational course “Luxury or Lie? How To Identify Genuine From Fake Watches,” designed and developed by the National Watch and Clock Museum guest wristwatch curator and instructor Adam Harris, as a g...

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Dazzling Paws Jewelry introduces Cat Jewelry with purr-sonality

5 DAYS AGO
Dazzling Paws Jewelry introduces Cat Jewelry with purr-sonality

(PLOVER, Wis.) - Dazzling Paws Jewelry announces the newest addition to their distinctive sterling silver jewelry collection; authentic cat lover jewelry. The new Cat Design Line debuts in July during Super Zoo and will include: “Cat Head”, “Cat with Mice”, and “Cat with Bird” in pendant and earrings...

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GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair returns to New York

26 DAYS AGO
GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair returns to New York

Connecting talent with opportunity, July 27

GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair, the gem and jewelry industry’s largest recruiting event, will return to New York’s Javits Center on Monday, July 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives from gem and jewelry companies - ranging ...

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

29 DAYS AGO
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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Stuller names new vice president of sales

5 DAYS AGO
Stuller names new vice president of sales

Former VP, Robert Cox retires

(LAFAYETTE, La.) – Sales and business development executive, Gary Davis has joined Stuller as the new vice president of sales.

A Georgia native, Gary brings 20+ years of experience in leadership and problem solving in marketing, business development, sales management, and ...

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ASHI Diamonds appoints Ron Delger to represent Pacific Northwest region

28 DAYS AGO

(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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Introducing the new GemOro Testerossa™

5 DAYS AGO
Introducing the new GemOro Testerossa™

Tests diamond, moissanite & white sapphire simultaneously

(DALLAS) - GemOro Superior Instruments division of Sy Kessler Sales, Inc. successfully introduced their latest diamond, moissanite and white sapphire tester called the GemOro Testerossa at the 2015 JCK show.

The state-of-the-art, ergonomical...

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Obaku Watches for Life program supports underprivileged, environmental awareness

12 DAYS AGO
Obaku Watches for Life program supports underprivileged, environmental awareness

A beautiful watch can help tell the story of who you are, make you feel special when received as a gift and complement the outfit of the day; but, investing in an Obaku watch can also mean investing in Life. Every year Obaku donates to various charities, most often where you see a very direct effect...

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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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