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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.

New Smart Show Dallas helping retailers maximize business during busiest time of year

(CHICAGO) - The Smart Jewelry Show Dallas is giving jewelry retailers a full program of education sessions created to help them attract customers and increase sales during the critical holiday season.

Held September 8-10, with a full day of pre-show sessions on September 7, the program is designed to be a “live” version of Instore magazine and will cover holiday-focused topics including:

  • Holiday Marketing and Sales: Experts will teach retailers how to effectively use newspapers, magazines, radio, billboards and social media to boost holiday results.
  • Holiday Best: Jewelry store owners featured in Instore’s “Best of the Best” column share the secrets of their most successful holiday promotions. Plus, expert holiday advice and to-do’s to make the season run smoothly.
  • Holiday Idea Center: This multimedia gallery created by Instore and Collected Concepts features real-world examples of successful holiday events and promotions, advertising, window and display cases, ambient scenting in retail and more - all from the country’s top jewelers.
  • Bench Pressure Challenge: The Dallas version of the Smart Show Chicago’s popular live, head-to-head bench competitions will feature top jewelers facing off in timed events with a holiday twist. Between rounds, hosts and special guests will give tips on managing bench work during the high-pressure busy season.

In addition to big-name industry speakers like Shane Decker (president of Ex-Sell-Ence, Shane Decker Sales Academy), Laura Cave (director of education and industry relations for The Knot Wedding Network), and Terry Chandler (president and CEO of the Diamond Council of America), The Smart Show Dallas is pleased to announce Scott Ginsberg as its keynote speaker.

Scott Ginsberg, aka “The Nametag Guy,” is the author of twelve books, an award-winning blogger, independent publisher, commissioned artist, professional speaker and creator of NametagTV.com. His expertise in networking and approachability will give jewelers new ways to connect with holiday customers.

On September 8 at 8:30 a.m., in a keynote session titled “Holiday Customers: The Power of Approachability,” Scott will help retail jewelers build more (and better) relationships than ever before, as well as show them how to become more effective, more engaging communicators.

Then, in a special bonus session on September 9 at 2 p.m., Scott will be teaching the essential skill of creating an unforgettable personal brand that generates more business in “Scott Ginsberg’s Networking Super Heroes.”

For a complete list of speakers and sessions, visit smartjewelryshow.com/education.

MJSA to launch new “conFab” to help designers profit

(ATTLEBORO FALLS, Mass.) - MJSA, the association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, will this fall present the first MJSA conFab, a one-day event focused on “profit lessons” for jewelry makers and designers. Sponsored by the MJSA Education Foundation, it will take place Oct. 14 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Leading Jewelers Guild Meeting & Show sold out for 2nd year in a row

(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) - Members of Leading Jewelers Guild (LJG), a prestigious member-owned jewelry organization of independent retailers, assembled at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa for their 54th annual July Meeting and Show from July 7 to 11.

“I couldn’t believe the turnout; at the opening session it was almost standing room only,” said Leading Jewelers Guild President, Nate Morgan (Morgan Jewelers, Salt Lake City, UT). “I’ve never seen the vendor show so full, with so much activity.”

Eight top bench jewelers to compete in Texas

A special holiday edition of the Bench Pressure Challenge coming to The Smart Show Dallas

(CHICAGO) - INSTORE magazine selected eight talented bench jewelers for its live Bench Pressure Challenge competition held at The Smart Jewelry Show Dallas on September 8 - 10 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.

Sponsored by Stuller and Gemvision, the battles demonstrate the excitement of seeing these artists work live, while discussions will focus on how bench jewelers - and their colleagues - can deal with the increased pressure that is an inevitable part of the busy holiday season.

INSTORE selected the following contestants:

Bench Pressure Challenge - CAD:

  • Brett Edmondson (Besco Custom Jewelers, College Station, TX)
  • Charlie Herner (Green Lake Jewelry Works, Seattle, WA)
  • Curt Vinson (Troy Vinson Jewelers, Granbury, TX)
  • Mike McGee (Dolmen Metalworks, Little Canada, MN)

Bench Pressure Challenge - All-Around:

  • Isaac Kornhauser (Bella Cosa Jewelers, Willowbrook, IL)
  • Marc Williams (MarcCo Jewelers, Luzerne, PA)
  • Amber Worley (Green Lake Jewelry Works, Seattle, WA)
  • Jason Marchiafava (J. Fava, Allentown, PA)

On Saturday, September 8, the four contestants in the INSTORE Bench Pressure Challenge: CAD are given just two hours to complete a CAD design for a wedding ring that meets the exact specifications of a hypothetical customer. After a break, the four jewelers return to work on a suite of earrings and pendants which must also follow requirements announced at the start of competition. A CAD winner will be crowned at the end of the day.

During the next two days, the other group of competitors take the stage for the INSTORE Bench Pressure Challenge: All-Around. They’ll demonstrate their skill with challenges that cover palladium (sponsored by Palladium Alliance International), engraving, and wax carving. The all-around winner will be announced at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 10.

Taking place on the floor of the jewelry show, the Bench Pressure Challenge seeks to elevate the professional status of bench jewelers by showing the audience the expertise required to turn basic ideas into brilliant finished pieces. With overhead screens giving attendees an up-close view and Joel McFadden - a third-generation jeweler and regular INSTORE contributor - returning to host the activities, these competitions are as interactive as they are informative.

Now in its fourth year, The Smart Jewelry Show Chicago takes place April 13 - 15, 2013; The Smart Jewelry Show Dallas is on September 8 - 10, 2012. (Educational conferences start a day prior to the show openings.) These one-of-a-kind jewelry events provide independent retail jewelers the world-class speakers, interactive education and exciting buying opportunities they need to grow their businesses smartly. The Smart Jewelry Show is presented by INSTORE and INDESIGN magazines. Learn more at www.smartjewelryshow.com.


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