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Atlanta Jewelry Show celebrates 65th anniversary

(ATLANTA) - For 65 years, the Atlanta Jewelry Show has been the meeting place for the independent jewelry retailer. The February 28 - March 2, 2015 edition at the Cobb Galleria Centre marks this milestone by bringing together even more of the insightful educational programs, networking opportunities, distinctive product resources and renowned Southern hospitality its buyer and member audience has come to expect and enjoy year after year.

Alabama jeweler a finalist in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off

Over the years I’ve seen many jewelers who entertain interesting hobbies on the side. From Mardi Gras float builders to local clothing shelters, our industry consists of some really creative people. Joanne McGhee is no exception. Her passion for jewelry is matched only by her love of baking, and this year she created an original cookie recipe that catapulted her to the finalist round of the 47th Pillsbury Bake-off Contest.

Two heads are better than one


For Lora Wright, owner of Southern Jewelers in Sanford, NC, working with manufacturers and wholesalers to spur business is good business, not just another marketing slogan. She has seen, first hand, the benefits of working with suppliers to think outside the box to market and sell products that fill a niche in her community. Working alongside Rebecca Shemwell, owner of Tracy Pearls, Lora created a unique spin on a classic piece and not only bolstered sales, but helped develop long-term customers with a life-long tie to her store.


Saunders Lux delivers southern warmth and artistic style

Located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, Baton Rouge is home to the second largest oil refinery in the country, as well as sports greats like Shaquille O’Neal, Lolo Jones and Willie Davenport. In 2005, the city’s population temporarily exploded after Hurricane Katrina, accepting as many as 200,000 displaced residents. Sandy Lux, owner of Saunders Lux Jeweler, in Baton Rouge remembers those days well. Not only was he reeling from the aftermath of the hurricane, but he was also in the middle of making one of the biggest career moves of his career - opening his own retail store.

Federated Insurance - tailored to meet specific needs

In many ways, the insurance industry is a mirror image of our diverse and dynamic society. Virtually no aspect of our culture is immune to risk. This is particularly true in our free enterprise system, which is driven in large part by family-owned and operated businesses. More than a century ago, the founders of Federated Insurance sensed the unique contributions family businesses made in America. From this understanding has grown a commitment to serve these companies in a way that extends well beyond merely selling insurance products.

Largest family-owned jewelry store in the south opens in Memphis

Sissy Jones’ start in jewelry retail experienced steady growth in the early days at her Pine Bluff, Arkansas store. That growth has not declined over the last decade, and it’s been difficult to keep up with the Joneses. The family has been quickly reacting to lucrative market opportunities by doubling the space of their first Pine Bluff store in 2005 and opening three stores in five years, with two store openings in Arkansas (2010 and 2012) and a brand-new store that opened last month in Memphis.  

Just Perfect MSP stacks up rave reviews with its online build-your-own-ring program


Have it your way – that’s what Just Perfect MSP is promoting with an online interface program that allows retailers to work with customers at the counter to personalize stackables and other bands. The program, viewable via desktop computers, tablets and smart phones, is effective and ultimately user-friendly, clients say.

Just Perfect, a New York City manufacturer of precision-set jewelry for the past 20 years, has been going direct to the retailer for about 3½ years. “Before, we were contracting to other diamond dealers who would sell to the retailer,” says Eli Borochoff, vice president of marketing and sales. He notes that the company has made a huge commitment in uploading its entire collection to the online interface.