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Shinola brings back American-built watches

Shinola motorsBusiness leaders that turn adversity into opportunity are often asked the same questions related to their success story. When it comes to making watches in Detroit, Michigan, Shinola president Jacques Panis often gets “why America?” and with even more intoned curiosity, “and, why Detroit?”

His answer to reporters is simple and succinct. Jacques likens the movement of his company’s quartz watches to that of a “motor for a watch.” And, where better to build “watch motors” than the “Motor City.”

Shinola is a Bedrock Manufacturing Company, LLC brand. It began operations in 2011 with a simple and focused business philosophy of making quality consumer products that last. The company started making bicycles at first. Later watches, leather goods, clothing, journals and even pet products were added to the list of consumer goods made in Detroit.

From Vicenza with Love: At Oro International, Italian family values shine

Oro Eric Morgan JulyFifty years ago, Qurino Ruzza, with 20 years as a jeweler under his belt in his hometown of Vicenza, Italy, asked his sister Elena Weber whether she would be interested in selling Italian gold in the United States.

Elena’s husband, Josef, was a Swiss-trained chef de cuisine and one of the first 200 professional ski instructors in the United States, having moved to the U.S. in 1956. He and Elena, who worked as a legal secretary while attending law school in Italy, were married three years later, and Elena made the move as well. Josef agreed they should give Qurino’s business proposal a try and J&E Weber Inc. was born in the basement of their home in West Chicago, Ill., in 1965.

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Schnacks bldg JulyNot many jewelry retailers can say their store opened the same year the Civil War ended. As Schnack’s Fine Jewelry & Gift Gallery prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary in September, three generations of family members currently working in the store embrace the founding principles of the past while continuing to innovate with plans to stay in business for generations to come.

Based in Alexandria, Louisiana, the jewelry store got its start as Ferguson & McKinney in 1865. Named after the two Scotsmen that opened a merchant store on the banks of the Red River, the store carried a wide range of goods to appeal to the many travelers making their way up and down the Red River.

Atlanta Jewelry Show “Engagements” keynote for AJS University Schedule

Panel of leading independent jewelers gathers for “A Collaborative Retail Experience”

(ATLANTA) - Back by popular demand, the Atlanta Jewelry Show invites attendees to join a lively discussion with its panel of leading retailers during the August 8-10 edition’s AJS U educational series at the Cobb Galleria Center. Titled “Engagements: A Collaborative Retail Experience,” this keynote session joins a full line-up featuring programs on everything from product forecasts and social media strategies to money management, repair work and other programs - all offering proven tips and ideas to help boost 4th quarter sales. Further strengthening the educational offerings, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will also offer a GIA® Diamond Grading Lab and give retailers the opportunity to take the Jewelers of America (JA) Sales & Management Professional Certification Exams on show site.

MJSA announces winners of 2015 Vision Awards competition

(ATTLEBORO, Mass.) - MJSA, the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has announced the winners of its 2015 Vision Awards Competition. Created to recognize outstanding achievements in the design, manufacture, and sale of jewelry, this year’s awards go to eight designers in seven categories.

The winners will also be displayed at the 2016 MJSA Expo, which will take place March 13-15 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Atlanta Jewelry Show to cap off year-long 65th anniversary celebration

(ATLANTA) - No other jewelry show makes it so simple to do business and at the Atlanta Jewelry Show fun is added to the mix. Capping off a year-long 65th anniversary celebration, the August 8-10, 2015 edition returns to the Cobb Galleria Center with fresh new finds, educational and networking events, and legendary Southern hospitality that are guaranteed to make the experience of buying and selling efficient and fun for all attendees.

The Anderson Family’s three generations of jewelers

When they told Andy Anderson the air conditioning and refrigeration class he wanted to take was full, he wasn’t sure what to do. He’d just gotten back from Japan fighting in WWII and didn’t have a back-up plan. Then, by sheer accident, he took a professor’s advice and signed up for a watchmaking class instead. In that single moment of redirection in the late 1940s, the lives of three generations of Andersons were impacted for the better, beginning with Andy whose lifelong career in the jewelry industry was as much about the people as the jewelry.