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Mississippi Jewelers hold annual Convention

The Mississippi Jewelers Association (MJA) held its 63rd annual Convention in June at the Whispering Woods Resort in Olive Branch, MS.  Olive Branch (just outside Memphis, TN) is considered to be the fastest growing city in America and association members had the opportunity to visit and learn about the northwest part of Mississippi.

Centurion South Beach 2014 set for Oct. 12-14

Looks to carry momentum from 2013 attendance surge

(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) - The Centurion South Beach Show will return to the iconic Ritz Carlton Miami Beach Hotel at One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL, October 12-14, 2014 for what will be its fifth event serving jewelry retailers from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Florida and elsewhere in the USA.

MJSA Jeweler’s Bench Conference & Trade Fair coming in September

If you ever wanted a better, more profitable way to make or repair a piece of jewelry, plan to attend the MJSA Jeweler’s Bench Conference and Trade Fair September 13 & 14. Held at the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel in Warwick, RI, the Jeweler’s Bench Conference & Trade Fair is for anyone engaged in bench work - artisans and designers, manufacturers, retailers who offer repair or repurposing services. Attendees will learn the latest bench techniques and re-discover the joy of bench work, learn ways to run a better bench business and discover the latest tools, supplies, and services that will turn their operation into a lean and fit “Super Shop.”

SJO and MAJA holding Fall Buying Show August 24-25 in Charlotte

The Southeastern Jewelers Organization (SJO) is gearing up for its Fall Buying Show in Charlotte at the renowned 4-star Ballantyne Hotel and Spa. SJO members, along with Mid-America Jewelers Association (MAJA) members, are invited to participate in this highly effective 3-day event. Members benefit from the variety and quality of vendors and the incredible networking and educational seminars, all within the luxurious Ballantyne Resort setting.

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.

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