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Gem & Lapidary Wholesale Shows announce new Chicago event

Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc. (G&LW) has been in the business of promoting wholesale business to business trade shows for nearly 40 years.

The diversity of products showcased at many G&LW shows gives business owners the opportunity to try new trends and still maintain the time tested types of merchandise. There is always a large selection of unique and fine jewelry, fashion jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, fresh-water and cultured pearls, antique and estate jewelry, watches, beads, gold, sterling silver, crystals, carvings, decorator items, supplies and jewelry making equipment direct from designers and manufacturers at marketable prices.


NAJA announces ACE© It Conferences educational line-up for appraisers

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers has announced its 39th Annual Winter ACE© It Education Conference to be held in Tucson, AZ, February 3-4, 2013.

The appraisal organization dedicated exclusively to gems and jewelry presents an outstanding program to assist the professional appraiser’s continuing education and an unparalleled networking experience. 

FSG Winter Workshop

The Florida Society of Goldsmiths (FSG) invite you to begin the new year in Florida with the FSG Northeast Chapter, as they host their 17th Annual Winter Workshop, January 13 -18, 2013, at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. 

AGS announces 2013 Conclave speaker roster

(LAS VEGAS) - The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix is an historic location that has greeted celebrities, politicians, and in 2013, the iconic site will add the American Gem Society (AGS) to its list of luminaries. The Society will hold its annual Conclave at the Biltmore on April 24-27. AGS has announced its roster of national speakers presenting at the annual event.

Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, will kick off Conclave with the opening keynote. Huckabee is the author of nine books, the host of a number one rated weekend hit on FOX news, and has “The Mike Huckabee Show” heard on more than 175 radio stations. His motivational presentation will focus on leadership.

First-ever Smart Jewelry Show Dallas is a holiday hit

Holiday-themed education combined with top exhibitors featured

(CHICAGO) - The first-ever Smart Jewelry Show Dallas wrapped up on Monday, September 10, with retail attendees and exhibitors both declaring the show a success.

“I met a few new designers I’d never heard of before, and we picked up a few interesting new lines,” said first-time Smart Show retailer attendee Connie Stagner of Acori Diamonds & Design in Friendswood, TX. “It was good to get ideas from other jewelers.”

GIA’s Jewelry Career Fair draws hundreds of job seekers

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - The seaside city of Carlsbad, CA hosted more than 500 job seekers on October 5th during the annual GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair & Open House.  Professionals at every career stage packed GIA’s 30-acre Carlsbad world headquarters, where 27 companies were on-hand and looking to fill hundreds of positions.  Taking place the same day as national job numbers were released from the US government, the event proved a solid indicator that the business of bling has a bright future.

MJSA announces 2013 Vision Awards Design Competition

(ATTLEBORO FALLS, Mass.) - The 22nd Annual MJSA Vision Awards Competition is now open to receive entries, according to MJSA, the U.S. trade association for jewelry makers, designers, and related suppliers. The awards celebrate outstanding talent in the field of jewelry design.

For 2013, there are seven award categories: Design Excellence; Visionary Technical Solution; Custom Design Distinction (sponsored by TechForm Advanced Casting); Laser Distinction (sponsored by LaserStar Technologies Corp.); Gold Distinction (sponsored by Hoover & Strong); Palladium Distinction (sponsored by the Palladium Alliance); Platinum Distinction (sponsored by Platinum Guild International); and Future of the Industry awards for students (sponsored by the MJSA Education Foundation). Rio Grande is the general sponsor of this year’s competition, and Instore and Metalsmith magazines are media sponsors.

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