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MJSA announces winners of 2015 Vision Awards competition

(ATTLEBORO, Mass.) - MJSA, the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has announced the winners of its 2015 Vision Awards Competition. Created to recognize outstanding achievements in the design, manufacture, and sale of jewelry, this year’s awards go to eight designers in seven categories.

The winners will also be displayed at the 2016 MJSA Expo, which will take place March 13-15 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Atlanta Jewelry Show to cap off year-long 65th anniversary celebration

(ATLANTA) - No other jewelry show makes it so simple to do business and at the Atlanta Jewelry Show fun is added to the mix. Capping off a year-long 65th anniversary celebration, the August 8-10, 2015 edition returns to the Cobb Galleria Center with fresh new finds, educational and networking events, and legendary Southern hospitality that are guaranteed to make the experience of buying and selling efficient and fun for all attendees.

The Anderson Family’s three generations of jewelers

When they told Andy Anderson the air conditioning and refrigeration class he wanted to take was full, he wasn’t sure what to do. He’d just gotten back from Japan fighting in WWII and didn’t have a back-up plan. Then, by sheer accident, he took a professor’s advice and signed up for a watchmaking class instead. In that single moment of redirection in the late 1940s, the lives of three generations of Andersons were impacted for the better, beginning with Andy whose lifelong career in the jewelry industry was as much about the people as the jewelry.

Colored gemstones trends and treatments updates

As jewelry store owners ready themselves for the JCK Las Vegas Show and other buying events to prepare for fourth quarter retail sales, a number of key colored stone trends, treatments and gem lab nomenclature may influence open-to-buy budgets for Christmas 2015, leading with precious color.

Pre-selling Tucson creates increase in custom work

Many jewelry store owners gamble on their Vegas jewelry purchases to be hot sellers at Christmas. For T Lee, owner of T Lee Custom Designer Jewelry, the AGTA Tucson Gem Show is a safer bet. The odds of increasing custom work throughout the year favor the Minneapolis, MN-based jewelry designer/retail store owner when she and her staff contact the store’s top customer lists to pre-sell the annual gem show.

LaBiche Jewelers – A little piece of ‘Orleans in the middle of Meridian

When a group of nuns met with Mr. and Mrs. LaBiche in the early 1940s to tell them their sixth grade son just wasn’t cut out for school, the sweet couple took it in stride and guided their son toward finding a job. The young boy took several jobs before landing his first jewelry repair position at age 16, and the nuns couldn’t have predicted the long-term success the boy with a sixth grade education would experience.

Shefi Diamonds’ 4th generation honors family traditions of honesty, integrity, hard work

When Sanjay Hirawat reflects on the success of his family business, he speaks with great reverence about his father, Dharam Chand Hirawat. It seems everyone knows his dad, who’s widely regarded as knowledgeable, honorable and true to his work, not only to individuals but to the community at large. Customers and vendors alike call him “Mr. Shefi.”