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Industry Events

Jewelers bring sparkle to a treasured Richmond tradition

(RICHMOND, Vir.) - Why make changes to an event that’s been successful for almost 50 years? Four years ago the organizers of the annual Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball, one of Richmond, Virginia’s most highly anticipated social events of the fall season, found themselves asking just that in response to an extraordinary offer from Richmond’s jewelers.

West Point legacy lives on at 16th annual Ring Melt Ceremony

(WARWICK, R.I.) - Fifty-four class rings were donated this year to the West Point Association of Graduates 16th Annual Ring Melt Ceremony. The February 22nd ceremony was held at the Rhode Island refinery, Pease & Curren. The rings, from classes ranging from 1914 to 1984, were melted into a solid gold bar that will be incorporated into the gold used to create the rings for West Point’s Class of 2017. All of the Class of 2017’s rings will contain not only part of this year’s donations, but also a portion of all of the rings donated since the Ring Melt Program’s inception with the Class of 2002. The annual Ring Melt is a tangible way to reaffirm the bond between today’s cadets and their distinguished predecessors.

Charm of Tanzanite on display at Hong Kong Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show

Chinese mainland seen as promising market for rare stone from Africa

The blue-violet tanzanite gemstone embodies a romantic and mysterious charm that captivates global consumers. At present, the Chinese mainland and the United States are the world’s largest markets for the gem, which is only found in Tanzania. Tanzanite was the focus of a seminar held in March at the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). During the seminar, a Tanzanite Foundation representative offered analysis of the development of tanzanite markets and spoke about the intrigue of the precious gemstone.

JA New York keynote on strengthening retail store experience

JA 3 10Jewelers of America to present education program, certification exams & more at March 13-14 Show

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), a leading jewelry association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is producing two days of free seminars on March 13-14th during the JA New York Show. Leading the program is a keynote presentation on “Tips, Tricks and Techniques to Maximize Your In-Store Experience” by Nicole Leinbach Reyhle, founder & publisher of Retail Minded and co-founder of the Independent Retailer Conference.

Alabama & Georgia jewelers return to Marriott Grand National April 1-3

AJA MarchThe state associations of Alabama and Georgia invite all retail jewelers and suppliers to the 2016 annual co-hosted convention at Marriott’s Grand National Resort & Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika, Alabama. “Our attendees had a great experience in Opelika last year, and requested a return. We hope more jewelers from Alabama and Georgia join us in April because this type of event and quality education doesn’t come close-to-home very often,” said Danny Clarke, President, Alabama Jewelers Association.

2016 MJSA Expo seminars to explore jewelry making and design trends, techniques

(ATTLEBORO, Mass.) - An exploration into the future of jewelry design and manufacturing - from advancements in 3-D printing to designing in the “cloud” - will kick off the seminar program of the 2016 MJSA Expo, which will run March 13-15 at the Javits Center in New York City.

The program will also feature sessions on freehand sketching, tracking digital advertising, and explaining and promoting the craft of custom design, along with a live “At the Bench” demonstration of setting side stones. In addition, the popular Jewelry Making 101 series (which presents basic bench techniques in a clear, entertaining way) will return with Joel McFadden of Joel McFadden Designs in Red Bank, New Jersey, who will demonstrate methods for setting both bezels and channels.

New NAWCC course – “Luxury or Lie?” slated for May

NAWCCLearn to differentiate genuine luxury timepieces from fake

(COLUMBIA, Pa.) - The National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors (NAWCC) has reported their new educational course, “Luxury or Lie? How to Identify Genuine from Fake Watches”, was a resounding success. The course, held the first week of October at the NAWCC campus in Columbia, PA, was designed and developed by instructor Adam Harris. The course included an overview of watch types, terminology, and techniques to differentiate counterfeited or reworked luxury timepieces from genuine.