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Next Generation of independent retailers converge for RJO’s Next Gen Experience

(OAK BROOK, Ill.) – Next generation independent retail jewelers gathered from across the country for the inaugural Retail Jewelers Organization’s (RJO) Next Gen Experience. Co-sponsored by industry powerhouses Stuller and RDI Diamonds, the weekend brought together over 40 next gen jewelers for focused, hands-on educational sessions.


Recharge. Rediscover. Reignite: Atlanta Jewelry Show announces AJS University line-up for August 9-11 edition

(ATLANTA) - The AJS University schedule for the August 9-11 Atlanta Jewelry Show invites jewelers to rediscover their retail passion and new avenues for business growth. Offering a full roster of programs touching on everything from visual merchandising and Black Friday event marketing to social media, CAM technology, holiday trends and security tips, the August show educational offerings promise to arm retailers with fresh new ideas and practical strategies to make the most of the all-important third and fourth quarter selling season.

NAJA announces ACE© It Conferences for appraisers continuing education lineup

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) has announced its 42nd Annual Winter ACE© It Education Conference to be held in Rosemont, IL on September 22-23, 2014.  New this year will be the opportunity to attend the World of Gems IV Conference preceding NAJA in the same location.

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. 

The daily programs are: 

Monday, September 22

  • The Evolution of Fire, Facet & Form: The Evolution of Crown of Light, by Tammy Cohen
  • Emeralds of the Atocha: The Value of History, by Carl A. Schütze

Afternoon Rotating Workshops:

  • The New Arrival in a Changing Opal Market - A Workshop! by Paul B. Downing, PhD
  • Getting the Secret Identity out of Jewelry Metals with Compassionate Interrogation, aka Identifying Common and Alternative Jewelry Metals with Nondestructive Tests...Mostly. A Workshop! by Arthur Skuratowicz, GG

Tuesday, September 23

  • Charitable Contributions of Jewelry: What are the IRS Appraisal Rules? by Karin Gross, Attorney at Law
  • Conch Pearl: The Queen of Seduction, by Manuel Marcial de Gomar
  • 50 Amazing Ways to Energize Your Appraisal Business and Maximize Your Time While Enjoying Life, by Jeff Averbook, GG
  • The Price of Rarity - Appraising Natural Gems, by Cigdem Lule, GG & Stuart Robertson, GG

To retrieve a conference brochure go to www.najaappraisers.com/html/conferences.html or for further information contact Gail Brett Levine, GG, Executive Director, National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, at 718-896-1536, fax 718-997-9057, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.NAJAappraisers.com.

A remarkable week at JCK Las Vegas

(LAS VEGAS) - JCK Las Vegas held its 23rd annual Show in Las Vegas late May through early June, boasting strong attendance and an overall heightened level of success. Strong sales were reported across all categories of exhibitors, and buyers gave high marks to the amount of new product that was presented. JCK reported over 3,000 new buyers came to experience JCK Las Vegas for the first time and the international community strongly supported the show, with strong attendance from Brazil, China, India, Russia and the United Kingdom.

JFC Rings of Strength - year two a success!

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children held the 2nd Annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, May 29, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas. More than 150 participants assembled at 5:30 a.m. to either walk or run 5K, or bike one of two courses, a leisurely 15K route or a challenging 50K route. Participants who signed up built their own fund raising websites and collected nearly $75,000 to support Jewelers for Children.

Texas Jewelers Association picks San Antonio for 2014 Convention

The Texas Jewelers Association (TJA) is proud to announce plans are underway for the 2014 TJA Convention, which will take place September 27 - 29 in San Antonio, Texas.  Additionally, the Association, together with the Israeli Diamond Industry, will host the 1st annual TexasIsrael Diamond Show, which will take place September 29 - 30.

Atlanta Jewelry Show to offer GIA Diamond Lab Grading Class during August Show

(ATLANTA) - As part of an ongoing effort to expand educational resources and opportunities for independent jewelers, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will once again offer a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Lab class during the August 2014 edition at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA. Providing a mix of lecture and hands-on training in an action-oriented environment, the GIA Diamond Grading Lab Class  will be held on Tuesday, August 5 to Saturday, August 9, 2014. The Atlanta Jewelry Show runs August 9 -11.

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