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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) ann...

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimps...

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Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recognized its top agencies and agents during the annual awards ceremony held at their National Sale...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimpse into how ancient cultures regarded gold.

A new study has shed more light on how the value of gold has endured – and changed – since ancient times.

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

MURFREESBORO, Ark. –  An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972....

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

(HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.) - The jewelry industry has seen changes in the way business is being done since the advent of the Internet, and especially since the economic downturn began in 2007. Ivan Levi’s quest to find answers to questions about these changes led him to discover how one specific, yet easy...

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 3rd Annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, May 28, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV. More than 125 participants assembled at 5:30 a.m. to either walk or run 5K, or bike one of two courses, a leisurely 15K route or a challenging 50K r...

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced that Brad Padgett, an independent jeweler and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the new president of the statewide association. His two-year term of office as the organization’s president began May 16.

Padgett graduated with a B.S.B.A....

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

(HOUSTON, Tex.) - Houston Jewelry and Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon were among the businesses recognized at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence held in May. Both businesses were named Distinction Winners, a designation awarded to businesses that maintain a superior commitment to...

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

Designed by Elaine of Esprit Creations

New to SJTA and the Atlanta Jewelry Show, family business Esprit Creations has been successfully manufacturing and wholesaling fine sterling silver jewelry with genuine gemstones for over 2 decades. Standing apart from the ordinary, their wide selection of exclu...

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelry wholesaler/supplier/designer in the United States since 1976. The company specializes in all natural (type “A”) jadeite jade fine jewelry, designed in-house by their exclusive designer Kristina and MK design team. Mason-Kay Jade is excited to intro...

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SJN columnist scores big at GJA Design Competition

Southern Jewelry News columnist Tammy Williams (I Love my Job) took home four honors from the Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) Design Competition. Williams, owner of JD Jewelers in Suwanee, earned the People’s Choice Award along with a first place finish and two third place finishes in the Competition which was conducted during the GJA Convention in September.

tammy-novWilliams took 1st place in the $3000 and up category with a stunning 4 strand natural corundum bead necklace (approximately 160 carats). All four strands faded from pure white, through pink to intense ruby red. Three of the strands ended with a briolette ruby and the longest strand concluded with a 14 karat white gold diamond pave’ puffed heart. The heart had a hollow center that allowed a single 2.5 carat heart shaped diamond, that had been bezel set and a pearl clasp added to allow it to be suspended from the opening in the hollow heart. The versatility of this piece is exciting and allows the single diamond to be worn as a solitaire or suspended from pearls.

In the $300 - $1000 group Williams took 3rd place with a 14 karat white gold “Circle of Life” pendant that was set with Chatham synthetic alexandrite and a double cut trillion diamond. What made this piece unique, besides the double cut trillion, was that the diamond was bezel set and placed on a rod that acted as an axis, allowing the diamond to spin.

She also placed 3rd in the $1000 – $3000 category with a 14 karat yellow gold custom designed three stone pendant. The three stones were natural fancy diamonds that included not only a canary and chocolate diamond but a GIA certified grey. The three stone pendant was suspended on 4 strands of 3-4mm faceted natural zircon beads. Each strand matched the diamond to which they were strung; with two strands of natural grey zircon strung to the rare grey diamond. This beautiful piece also earned the People’s Choice Award.

On the People’s Choice honor Williams said: “We won People’s Choice, and that thrills me. I take great pride in designing wearable, meaningful, unique and versatile jewelry for the everyday person. Nothing thrills me more than to see a client wearing a piece of jewelry that we designed, that looks like it belongs on the red carpet, yet I know they did not need a movie star’s budget and can still afford to send their children to college.”

Williams would like to send a special thank you to Melbry Collins, a GIA student that is using the laboratory at J D Jewelers to complete her Graduate Gemology training. Collins designed the diamond and zircon necklace and the alexandrite necklace and commissioned the experts at J D Jewelers to build them. J D Jewelers sponsored her entry into the competition.


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