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Signature to treat new customers to $1,300 in free equipment at JCK Las Vegas

Signature® Engraving Systems®, the world’s leading provider of computerized gift engravers, has announced they will be offering the recently released Name Necklace Machining Center at no charge to new customers who purchase a Signature engraver at the 2010 JCK Show in Las Vegas.

A golden opportunity in the Sunshine State

It’s seeing the glass half full. Last October, while many stores were cutting back or on hold after a year plagued by economic downturn, Shaheer Hosh took the plunge and opened an elegant new jewelry boutique featuring high-end designer jewelry in upscale Boca Raton, FL. “The economy has opened up great opportunities in location and real estate that would not normally be available,” Shaheer explains. Viewing the glass half full, he took advantage of emerging new possibilities and acted. Business has been strong and the future is looking bright. “We’re doing great!”

Guy Harvey Jewelry by NAUTORA featured throughout Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Our friends at NAUTORA, a division of StarCraft Diamonds Inc., recently found themselves amid a virtual ‘sea’ of media attention when their exclusive Guy Harvey jewelry line was featured on not one but FIVE Sports Illustrated swimsuit models in the 2010 SI Swimsuit Edition, including 2010’s cover model, Brooklyn Decker. (Yes, we recommend you pick up an issue for ‘work’ purposes.)

DCA’s Lissa Maxwell vying for Woman of the Year

The familiar face of Diamond Council of America’s (DCA) Lissa Maxwell is a welcome sight to many people in our industry. Known for her beautiful smile and kind mannerisms, Lissa is a regular at many industry shows representing DCA as their Director of Operations. Like so many people in the jewelry industry, Lissa is an avid volunteer. In an industry that seems to yield a greater number of philanthropists than most, Lissa’s standout volunteerism recently won her the prestigious nomination for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Tennessee’s Woman of the Year.

Optimism, traffic, sales all high at Atlanta Jewelry Show

The Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) held their semi-annual Atlanta Jewelry Show March 6 - 8, 2010 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia - and things were definitely looking up! It was an energizing event - you could feel the excitement and optimism in the air. While final attendance figures were not yet available at press time, we believe the Atlanta Jewelry Show will have shown a large increase in buyer attendance based on the crowds we observed.

Marine biologists develop method for creating cultured conch pearls

For more than twenty five years researchers and marine experts have attempted to produce cultured conch pearls. Not until recently has anyone been successful. Two marine biologists at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University have, for the first time, consistently cultivated conch pearls.

Bulova’s Balthaser retires after five decades in industry

After 49 years Don Balthaser has announced his retirement from the Bulova Corp. Don started working for Bulova in 1960 and retired Jan 31, 2010.

Don grew up in Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, playing football for the Nittany Lions. Joe Paterno was just a rookie coach back then. In 1954 he was elected to be the captain of the team and won the honor of being elected as “All Penn State.”

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