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Torch Awards winners announced

SJTA showcases winning entries from 2nd annual National Design Competition for Independent Jewelers

(ATLANTA) - Launched last year by the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA) to showcase and recognize the design talents of bench jewelers/designers across the country, the second annual Torch Awards competition was held during the Spring 2012 edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. The competition invited all state jewelers associations to submit winners of their own individual 2011 design contests to compete nationally during the Atlanta Jewelry Show where attending buyers voted on the

Preparing for the surge of millennial marriages

Bridal is a big part of any retail jeweler’s business. And, it’s about to get even larger if projections by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) are accurate. Millennials born during the 1980s and early 1990s are coming of age and will soon be getting married in greater numbers. By the middle of this decade, the NCHS predicts that the number of marriages in the US could reach upwards of 2.4 million.

With a new ‘gorgeous face’ called Vogue, diamond importer Star Gems enjoys exploding growth

Offering independent jewelry retailers the convenience of one-stop shopping, Star Gems has taken off since its 1986 beginnings in Chicago. Now, with offices in both the Windy City and Georgia as well as a sizable factory in Mumbai, India, the diamond importer/jewelry manufacturer even boasts its own jewelry line called Vogue.

Roberts & Company Jewelers making a name for themselves

For many people looking to get into the jewelry industry, buying an already established, family-owned store in a small town, complete with a history of 80 years of business, would seem like the perfect deal. You’d not only get a shot at keeping existing customers, but you’d have the credibility and reputation that only eight decades of business could give you. However, what sounds good on paper may not be what it seems.

DNR Diamonds expands to carry GIA Certified stones

DNR Diamonds continues to focus on their customer’s needs by introducing GIA certified stones to their inventory. The almost 20 year old diamond cutting and wholesale company previously carried only European Gemological Laboratory certified stones in an effort to help retailers increase profit margins. But savvy consumers who compare Internet pricing against brick and mortar pricing continually request an “apples to apples” product review, making it clear that DNR had to help their customers stay in the game by offering GIA certified stones.

Retailers doing Facebook right

Jennifer Gandia, co-owner of Greenwich Jewelers, started her Facebook journey like many other retail jewelers. “I looked at the Facebook log-in page, took a deep breath and said to myself, ‘what do I do with this thing?’” says the New York City-based retailer.