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TJA examines gemstone treatments at Annual Conference

TJA examines gemstone treatments at Annual Conference

The Tennessee Jewelers Association (TJA) hosted it...

Alabama’s Saltwater Seminar announces new venue at Perdido Beach Resort

Alabama’s Saltwater Seminar announces new venue at Perdido Beach Resort

The Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) invites all...

Steve Silver - setting the ‘Gold Standard’ in appraisals

Steve Silver - setting the ‘Gold Standard’ in appraisals

Appraising jewelry – it’s about more than gemology...

Kentucky Jeweler identifies credit card scam

Kentucky Jeweler identifies credit card scam

One occurrence is an anomaly. Two instances of a p...

Retailers “ready to buy” at the Atlanta Jewelry Show

Retailers “ready to buy” at the Atlanta Jewelry Show

The doors of the Atlanta Jewelry Show opened to mo...

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Rio Grande now accepting entries for 2017 Saul Bell Design Award Competition

Rio Grande has issued the call for entries for the 2017 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Now in its 17th year, the international competition encourages designers to push the limits of their skills and imaginations as they create original jewelry a...

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GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair draws 600 to the Javits Center in New York

Jewelry’s largest recruiting event ushers in the next generation of talent

(NEW YORK) - The brightest luminaries in the gem and jewelry industry met with emerging talent during GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair on July 25 in New York. The annual event sponsore...

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Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company named to 2016 Ward’s 50

Honored for sixth consecutive year

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has been named to the 2016 list of Ward’s 50® top performing insurance companies for the sixth consecutive year. The award recognizes outstanding financial results in...

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HOLLIS BAHRINGER expands line of men’s designer jewelry

HOLLIS BAHRINGER expands line of men’s designer jewelry

(NORWALK, Conn.) - HOLLIS BAHRINGER, a leading manufacturer of contemporary metal men’s jewelry is proud to announce the release of six new collections to its assortment. Adding both natural white diamonds and black diamonds, this season’s additions b...

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Retailer Roundtable: What are the biggest challenges facing today’s independent retail jeweler?

Retailer Roundtable: What are the biggest challenges facing today’s independent retail jeweler?

Q: What are the biggest challenges facing today’s independent retail jeweler?

“As an independent retail jeweler we are constantly facing many challenges ranging from competing big box stores, other independent jewelers, a declining consumer interest i...

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Rio Grande now accepting entries for 2017 Saul Bell Design Award Competition

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Rio Grande has issued the call for entries for the 2017 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Now in its 17th year, the international competition encourages designers to push the limits of their skills and imaginations as they create original jewelry art.

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Scuba diving for diamonds

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Scuba diving for diamonds

African diamond safaris bring a whole new meaning to upscale adventure

Wynand Hendrikse is a diamond diver. For 20 years, he’s spent his days sailing off the western coast of South Africa, exploring a private offshore concession an hour south of the Namibia border. His office is on a boat, and his un...

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TJA examines gemstone treatments at Annual Conference

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TJA examines gemstone treatments at Annual Conference

The Tennessee Jewelers Association (TJA) hosted its Annual Conference on June 25 at the New Approach School for Jewelers in Franklin, TN. Understanding that maintaining up-to-date knowledge in the ever-changing gemstone industry can be quite challenging, the TJA brought in gemstone expert Mark Villa...

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Alabama’s Saltwater Seminar announces new venue at Perdido Beach Resort

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Alabama’s Saltwater Seminar announces new venue at Perdido Beach Resort

The Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) invites all retail jewelers and suppliers to the 2016 annual Saltwater Seminar, October 21-23 in Orange Beach, AL. 

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Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company named to 2016 Ward’s 50

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Honored for sixth consecutive year

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has been named to the 2016 list of Ward’s 50® top performing insurance companies for the sixth consecutive year. The award recognizes outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance...

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24 Karat Club SEUS inducts new members

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24 Karat Club SEUS inducts new members

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States (24K Club SEUS) welcomed two new members at their Forty-Second Annual Banquet held at the Atlanta Country Club on August 6. The 24K Club Class of 2016 includes Stark Harbour, owner Southern Jewelry Insurance and Michael Lebowitz, Director of Jewelry White...

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HOLLIS BAHRINGER expands line of men’s designer jewelry

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HOLLIS BAHRINGER expands line of men’s designer jewelry

(NORWALK, Conn.) - HOLLIS BAHRINGER, a leading manufacturer of contemporary metal men’s jewelry is proud to announce the release of six new collections to its assortment. Adding both natural white diamonds and black diamonds, this season’s additions bring an ultra premium selection to the already exc...

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ASHI introduces Lovebright Essentials

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ASHI introduces Lovebright Essentials

Offers big look, great price on diamond basics

Studies have shown that basic styles account for as much as 50% of a jewelry store’s total sales. ​ASHI presents Lovebright Essentials, a new ​POS ​program focused on helping you showcase and sell more ​of these ​basic, fast turning, full margin styles​....

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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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