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SJTA launches The Torch Awards - National Design Competition for Independent Jewelers

Call for entries from all State Jewelers Associations; Winner to be selected, announced at March 2011 Atlanta Jewelry Show

(ATLANTA) - To provide a forum that showcases and recognizes the design talents of bench jewelers/designers across the country, the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) has launched a new annual design competition.  Titled The Torch Awards,  the new competition invites all state jewelers associations to submit winners of their own individual 2010 design contests to compete nationally during the March 5-7, 2011 Atlanta Jewelry Show where attending buyers will vote to determine the winners.

Stuller’s new division signals contemporary metals are hanging tough

Recognizing contemporary metals are more than a trend in the industry, Stuller Inc. is rolling out a new division offering a complete line of tungsten, titanium, ceramic and stainless steel jewelry products.

“Two to three years ago, there was a major shift that started in wedding bands, primarily with tungsten,” says Harold Dupuy, Stuller’s chief merchandising officer. “The younger males particularly were really going after some of what the industry calls ‘alternative metals.’ We refuse to call it alternative, because we believe it’s not a trend; it’s here to stay.

RDI builds business on credibility, honesty and trust

Many people want to know how RDI Diamonds has experienced double-digit growth for the past 18 years. The only way to know is to understand how they operate, and to know their story.  It all started with an 18 year old with no jewelry experience, thrust into selling gold.  Gold his father was selling “on the side” prior to his untimely death from cancer.

Ford, Gittings and Kane Jewelers helps grant teens wish

For most of their 52 years in business, the people at Ford, Gittings and Kane Jewelers have been involved with fund raising for many organizations and causes. Auctions, fashion shows, raffles and special events are regular occurrences for owners Alice Herring and Jan Fergerson and their staff.

Recently they got to play a different roll when the Rome, Georgia jeweler hosted the wish granting party for a local teen awarded with what may be the trip of a lifetime.

American “Personalization” Idols

Signature® Engraving Systems names winners in 2nd annual Engraving and Personalization Contest

Signature® Engraving Systems, the industry’s leading provider of computerized gift engravers, recently announced the winners of their second annual Engraving Contest. Entrants were invited to submit their most creative layout, most unique engraving, most profitable job and best story behind a special personalization.

JCK Events deliver 20% increase in buyer attendance

(LAS VEGAS) - JCK Events, comprising Luxury by JCK, Swiss Watch by JCK and JCK Las Vegas, and representing the entire jewelry market, finished strong with a 20 percent increase in retailer buying attendance. This has excited suppliers and industry associations who have already committed their support and business for JCK 2011 and its new home at the Mandalay Bay complex.

In addition to the consistent 20,000 retailers who attend JCK, over 600 VIP retail stores were on the show floor. The VIP Buying Program offers an efficient buying experience with amenities such as lounges, business services, networking and merchandising credits.

Miniflam USA’s portable bench torch sparks a ‘culture change’ in the industry

A new portable bench torch is one of the latest creations of a company that’s enjoying the success of a “cultural change.”

Miniflam USA, Inc. is an established, Maryland-based distributor of dental tools, working with Prodont-Holliger, SA, the largest manufacturer of dental tools in France. Now, the company, whose products are sold in over 40 countries, has branched out into other industries, including jewelry, telecommunications, hobby, optics and electronics.

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