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San Antonio spells success for the TJA and the Texas-Israel Diamond Show

The Texas Jewelers Association (TJA) held its convention and the Texas-Israel Diamond Show at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, September 28 - 30.

The three day event allowed attendees the opportunity to participate in the educational offerings including Jewelers of America certification testing, seminars and presentations, networking, vendor exhibits and the Texas-Israel Diamond Show.

TJA vendor/exhibitor and Texas-based sales rep Bill Ward said of the event: “The TJA Convention was a smashing success! Downtown San Antonio was the perfect setting for the gathering, which included top jewelers from across the state of Texas. The flow of the event, including the seminars, breaks and networking schedule was a huge asset to the vendors, and encouraged a lot of time for vendor-retailer interaction. My sales at the Texas Jewelers Association Convention were the best I’ve ever had for a jewelers convention, and I can’t wait for next year!”

Paco Underhill to speak at The SMART Jewelry Show

(CHICAGO) - The SMART Jewelry Show has announced that best-selling author and retail environment expert Paco Underhill will deliver the keynote address at its 2015 Chicago show on Saturday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m.

Drawing on his 20 years of experience studying the buying habits of shoppers around the world, Underhill will give retail jewelers ideas for creating a physical environment and store personality that fits the needs of their market’s demographics.

Miami Antique Jewelry & Watch Show changes venues for November event

(MIAMI) - For 2014, the prestigious Miami Beach Antique Jewelry & Watch Show will now be held at the Miami Airport Convention Center, Nov. 7-9. Just 13 miles from Miami Beach, the event will showcase internationally recognized dealers and a fantastic variety of antique, vintage and estate jewelry and watches.

Recently renamed the Miami Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, the show will cater to an array of antique jewelry enthusiasts in Miami, Coral Gables, Ft. Lauderdale and beyond. In addition, the new venue will accommodate a larger number of shoppers looking to get a head start on holiday gift buying. The Miami Airport Convention Center currently features 172,000 sq. ft. of meeting and exhibition space.

August SJO Show delivers fresh designs and business growth opportunities

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) - The luxurious Ballantyne Hotel and Spa was busy August 24-26 with the annual summer Southeastern Jewelers Organization (SJO) Show.  The well-established buying group’s event delighted members and vendors alike. SJO reports attendance exceeded expectations to create a positive buzz throughout the 3-day event. 

“This was our highest attendance ever, with members across the east coast enjoying superb vendors and a great resort,” stated President Paul Down

JIS October Miami Beach Show adds 18K Club section

(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) - JIS (Jewelers International Showcase), the Miami Beach Jewelry Trade Show, is excited to announce a new addition to their highly successful October show, The 18K Club. 

Through comments from their attending buyers and exhibitors it became apparent to JIS that the demand for 18K finished jewelry and other high end merchandise is once again on the rise and exhibitors are transitioning their lines in order to meet the renewed demand for higher end luxury designs.

AJA’s Saltwater Seminar slated for October

The 2014 Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) Saltwater Seminar is scheduled for October 10th - 12th at The Island House Hotel in Orange Beach, Alabama.

AJA President, Danny Clarke of Gold Art in Mobile extends an invitation to fellow retail jewelers and traveling sales associates to be a part of this exciting weekend. “All states are welcome to attend any AJA event, and we always appreciate the support of our traveling sales associates,” says Clarke.   

Jewelers of Louisiana hold 69th annual Convention

The 69th annual Jewelers of Louisiana Convention took place July 19 - 20  at the Westin Hotel in New Orleans, and featured a full schedule of education, entertainment, and networking opportunities for all who attended.

The opening day of the Convention provided attendees with the opportunity to participate in Sales and Management certification testing, provided by Jewelers of America. Later that evening, the Jewelers of Louisiana group enjoyed dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse, along with music, and group networking.

The Convention opened it’s second day with a breakfast buffet, followed by registration and an opportunity for attendees to vote on jewelry submitted by Louisiana jewelers for the Louisiana Jewelry Design Contest. After opening remarks from Louisiana Jewelers Association President Kevin Bennett, the Convention seminars began, with attendees enjoying presentations from David Peters, Chief Learning Officer for The Jewelry Coach; Shellie Bill of Premiere Consulting; and Stuller, Inc.

The afternoon concluded with lunch and a final seminar presentation by David Peters, followed by the announcement of the Design Contest winners and presentations to both the Associate of the Year and Jeweler of the Year.

2013 Design Contest winners:

Category 1 (up to $2,000 Retail)


1st Dennis Sprague (Roussel’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts, Gramercy) Sterling silver hand engraved oval pendant on black onyx and white turquoise bead necklace

2nd Richard Melancon (Melancon Jewelers, Abbeville) Sterling cuff bracelet with antique coin from shipwreck “Princess Louisa”

Category 2 ($2001 - $5000 Retail)


1st Tim Cook (Symmetry Jewelers, New Orleans) 14kt pink and white gold ring, tourmaline 3.55 ct and .47 ctw diamonds

Category 3 ($5,001 - $10,000 Retail)

1st Kevin Bennett (Steve’s Jewelry, Bastrop) 14kt white gold diamond ring with 1.00 ct oval diamond and 3.06 ctw diamond accents

2nd Sandy Lux (Saunders Lux, Baton Rouge) Hand-engraved platinum lever back earrings with 2.17 ctw sapphires

Category 4 ($10,000+ Retail)

1st Richard Melancon (Melancon Jewelers, Abbeville) 14kt emerald and trillion cut diamond filigree ring, 2 ct emerald cut with trillions channel set, 2 trillion cut diamonds 1.44 ctw with 52 pavé diamond split bands, 3.86 ctw

2nd Sandy Lux (Saunders Lux, Baton Rouge) Gents 18k pink and 22k yellow gold hand-engraved chaised filigree ring with oval cabochon ruby

Overall Design Winner


Richard Melancon (Melancon Jewelers, Abbeville) 14kt emerald and trillion cut diamond filigree ring, 2 ct emerald cut with trillions channel set, 2 trillion cut diamonds 1.44 ctw with 52 pavé diamond split bands, 3.86 ctw

2014 Jeweler of the Year


Craig & Chloe Fisher (Fisher and Sons Jewelers, Metairie)

2014 Associate of the Year


Jason LeMaire (Stuller, Lafayette)

For more information about the Jewelers of Louisiana visit the Jewelers of Louisiana website at www.JewelersofLouisiana.org.