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SMART Show Chicago wants the country’s top bench and CAD pros

(CHICAGO) - The SMART Jewelry Show is seeking applicants to compete in its INSTORE Bench Pressure Challenge competition held on April 5 - 7, 2014, at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Sponsored by Stuller, these head-to-head battles see the best bench jewelers in the country face off against each other - and the clock - in a series of timed events.


Executive changes at Stuller start the new year

With a new year comes fresh starts. That’s exactly what’s happening at Stuller, with Jay Jackson retiring as the Lafayette, LA-based company’s President and CEO. Starting in 2014, Stuller’s Chief Merchandising and Sales Officer Danny Clark has been named as Jay’s successor. And, in other executive appointment news at Stuller, Jeff High, founder and president of Iowa-based Gemvision, will fill the position of Chief Merchandising Officer.

Foshee Jewelers celebrates 60 years in Lakeland, FL

It’s difficult to start a business, but even more difficult to make it past the small business mortality period of 5 years, during which more than 50% of them go out of business. Make it to 10 years and you’re in a survival group of 34% or less, according to the Small Business Council.

That makes Foshee Jewelers very special. The Lakeland, Florida retailer with 60 years of continuous service not only beat the odds, but blows the stats out of the water. Although he never dreamed he’d be operating his store this long, Clyde is quick to tell you that his kids keep him going.

Restoring a piece of gun history

A bench jeweler most of his career, Scott Patrick has made creating custom jewelry for other people his life’s work. Rarely in the last 40 years has he made time to do any custom design work for himself. That all changed this summer when he dusted off an old World War I era pistol he got as part of trade back in the 1970s.

Berkley Asset Protection: Specialization, expert staff are the keys to early success

Berkley Asset Protection has grown strong since its inception just five years ago. It’s a young company with a venerable foundation as part of W.R. Berkley, which was founded in 1967.

The idea behind forming Berkley Asset Protection centered on providing specific market knowledge – and seeking out the insurance industry’s leading professionals to join the team.

Joe Koen and Son Jewelers - family business thrives for 130 years

Ask corporate CEO’s their opinion of families within a business and controversy ensues. Visions of public meltdowns and divisions within families fill their heads. But the fine jewelry industry beats to a different drum. Family businesses are common and longevity respected.

Just ask Brad Koen of Joe Koen and Son Jewelers, the oldest family-run business in Austin, Texas. As the fourth generation of Koen’s to operate the family business, Brad and his brother Bill live every day in a world created by their great grandfather. Just the name of their company garners respect and credibility earned through 130 years of continuous, successful business.

Jewelers’ Christmas Sales Predictions

As Christmas approaches, store owners have certain price-point driven brands, designers and jewelry types they’re confident will sell well. But the common underlying theme for this Christmas season is diamond pendants as top sellers. Estimates for average tickets of all jewelry sales this holiday season will range from $250 to $500, with a sweet spot from $325 to $375.

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