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March Atlanta Jewelry Show delivers affordable, convenient, one-stop-shopping experience

(ATLANTA) - Drawn by its convenience, selection, cost-effective travel options and educational/networking opportunities, independent jewelers from throughout the Southeastern United States, as well as other areas of the country, flocked to the March 2-4, 2013 Atlanta Jewelry Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre.


Ben Gordon: Celebrating 60 years of jewelry passion

What can you say about a man who is celebrating 60 years in the fine jewelry business, 51 years of marriage, and a weekly appointment at the Apple Store every Tuesday to keep up with the latest technology? Only one thing… Amazing! 77-year-old Ben Gordon can teach each one of us a thing or two about passion, happiness and success, all with a smile on his face.

Health Care Option planned by new JA leadership

One of the many new initiatives that Jewelers of America (JA) is working on is providing a health insurance option for the trade association’s 3,200 members. This is part of new president & CEO David Bonaparte’s initiative to offer member benefits with broader appeal to increase the group’s numbers. As the trade association’s new leader, David will also work on recruiting more suppliers and manufacturers while continuing Matt Runci’s work on responsible sourcing and business practices.

Jeweler helps Soldier with Secret Op

Creating a custom jewelry design has its share of challenges. But when the customer is roughly 6,800 miles away from the store, located in an active war zone in Afghanistan where Internet blackouts are frequent and lengthy, e-mail is the only method of communicating and the customer also wants help planning a surprise marriage proposal, a custom job can become a major undertaking.

Corinne Herbst - A life well lived

This past January the fine jewelry industry said goodbye to a true gem. Thirty-year industry veteran Corinne Herbst, lost her gallantly fought battle with cancer leaving her family, co-workers, clients and friends sad, but grateful for her contributions to their lives. Corinne’s love of gemology, unique jewelry design and her passion for hand-created art culminated into an upscale, eclectic gallery that has become a mainstay in downtown Decatur, GA. But it is Corinne who has endeared herself to her Decatur neighbors.

From SEAL to Shining Gems

Ralph “Lish” Morgan went from being a Navy SEAL (Sea Air and Land) to a gemologist in 1987. When he talks about his special assignments in far-flung destinations like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, Venezuela and Sri Lanka, Ralph wasn’t armed with modern government-issued weaponry. He had the most advanced portable gemological equipment to complete what he calls “high-value gemological missions.” 

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