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JA announces winners of National Retailer Design Competition

The CASE Awards recognize JA Retail Members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), a national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, held its annual national retailer design competition at the JA New York Spring Show, March 13-15. The CASE Awards recognizes JA Retail Members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design. Many of the winning pieces of the 2016 CASE Awards featured hand fabricated designs with unique stone settings, and reflected current trends in both bridal and fashion jewelry.

Bill Harrison joins Kim International as Southern Region Sales Manager

Kim International (KIM), a leading manufacturer serving independent jewelers since 1975, is pleased to announce that Bill Harrison has been appointed as their new Southern Region Sales Manager. “With his 25 plus years of experience calling on independent jewelers, Bill will not only bring his wealth of knowledge to the position, but his enthusiasm and dedication to customer service,” said Mike Kim, President of Kim International. “His reputation as one of the finest sales professionals in our industry makes him a valuable addition to the KIM team.”

Renovation brings state-of-the-art equipment to TIJT

TIJT Warren MarchLong known for highly sought-after graduates, the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology (TIJT) at Paris Junior College (PJC) recently underwent a major renovation to keep students at the forefront of developing technologies. PJC is located in Paris, Texas, in the northeast corner of the state about two hours from Dallas.

“Since it began in 1942, TIJT has earned an international reputation for decades of providing graduates with all the skills needed to go to work immediately,” said PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin. “We are committed to continuing that tradition by staying current with the latest industry technology.”

WJA names Hall of Fame honorees for 2016 Awards for Excellence gala

WJA Jones March(NEW YORK) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) named its Hall of Fame honorees for the association’s annual Awards for Excellence gala, to be held July 25, 2016. Sissy Jones, owner of Sissy’s Log Cabin will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Peter Engel, president of Fred Meyer Jewelers, will receive the Ben Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award; and Ben Bridge will receive the Corporate Award.

The awards will be presented at a new location, The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. The Hammerstein Ballroom is a century-old former opera house and one of New York’s most elegant special event destinations. Located on West 34th Street, it will be convenient for JA New York Summer Show attendees at Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Sissy Jones’ remarkable journey in jewelry retail began more than 45 years ago when, in 1970, she rented an old log cabin in Arkansas and opened an antique and jewelry store called Sissy’s Log Cabin. The store gained monumental success, becoming one of the most well-known and well-respected jewelry stores in Arkansas. Sissy has received numerous accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Jewelers Association, the Retailer of the Year by the Women’s Jewelry Association and the 2015 Arkansan of the Year by Easter Seals.

The Ben Kaiser Lifetime Achievement honoree Peter Engel is president of Fred Meyer Jewelers, based in Portland, Oregon. He is responsible for overseeing 328 stores in 31 states. His career at Fred Meyer spans decades, beginning in 1981 as a sales associate, then regional supervisor, vice president of operations and, in 2005, his current role as president. He is heavily involved in the jewelry industry, serving on the board of directors for Jewelers for Children, Diamond Council of America and the Diamond Empowerment Fund. He is also actively involved with Jewelers of America.

WJA Bridge MarchBen Bridge Jeweler is receiving the Corporate Award in honor of its long-standing commitment to excellence as a jewelry retailer. For more than 100 years, Ben Bridge has provided the very best jewelry, paying special attention to personal, caring service. Established as a small watch shop in downtown Seattle in 1912, Ben Bridge Jeweler is run by the fourth and fifth generation of the Bridge family who maintain their reputation of high standards of integrity, quality, value, selection and service. Today, the business is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. Ben Bridge operates over 80 stores in the Western United States and Canada.

“WJA congratulates our 2016 recipients, each a shining example of excellence in our industry,” says Brandee Dallow, president of the Women’s Jewelry Association. “We look forward to bringing the industry together in July at the Hammerstein Ballroom to celebrate their impressive achievements in style.”

WJA Executive Director Bernadette Mack adds: “Moving the gala to the Hammerstein Ballroom is an exciting new development for our biggest event of the year. The legendary venue combined with this year’s extraordinary honorees is generating unprecedented enthusiasm and support for the 2016 event.”

WJA Engel MarchAt its annual gala, WJA also will present Awards for Excellence in retail, design, manufacturing/supplier, sales, marketing and communications, editorial/reporting/publishing, and special services.

The WJA Awards for Excellence gala has been a part of the industry’s social calendar since 1984. At its gala, WJA brings together industry leaders to honor the best, and for a social evening that raises money for scholarships and grants for deserving women entering or working in our industry. A Silent Auction and raffle will again be mounted in 2016 to raise additional funds for these important causes. Tickets and sponsorships will go on sale later this year.

For more information, visit www.womensjewelryassociation.com.


Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology awards outstanding students

TIJT winners FebAn awards ceremony was held for students attending the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology (TIJT) at Paris Junior College at the end of the fall semester.

Winners of a student design contest were: Jonathan Martin in CAD/CAM, Tony Henderson in Wax Carving and Andrew Ferguson in Fabrication and Design. Judges for the contest included Sandie Downs with Alexander’s Jewelers, Texarkana, TX, Brett Northcut with Stuller Settings, Lafayette, LA and Kate Wolf of Kate Wolf Designs, Portland, Maine.

Industry veteran Michael Haider joins Taché USA as VP of Sales

Michael Haider(NEW YORK) – Taché USA, a leading manufacturer of fine diamond jewelry, from bridal to fashion, is pleased to announce that industry veteran Michael Haider has joined the company as Vice President of Sales.

Michael will have the responsibility of working with existing customers as well as developing new accounts across the country. Haider will also oversee the Southeastern Jewelers Organization (SJO) trade show for the company.

Matt Stuller named among 2015 Louisianians of the Year

myneworleans LOS MattStuller"I am so blessed to live in America and to be able to do things you could have never imagined and to have the freedom to be able to do it,” says 64-year-old Matt Stuller, the founder and chairman of Stuller, Inc., the largest jewelry manufacturing and distribution facility in North America, headquartered in Lafayette.

Revered as an industry and philanthropic icon, Stuller credits his company’s 46 years of success to the quality and dynamics of his Acadiana employees. “They are loving, friendly, respect each other and work hard, yet love to have a good time. This is what really makes Stuller, Inc. stand out from the rest in the country.”

At Stuller’s core is his Christian faith and respect for people. “I’ve always worked so hard to be fair and kind, and to look at every individual as a miracle because they are special in God’s eyes.”

Those same characteristics run deep in The Stuller Family Foundation, which has granted Acadiana schools and nonprofit organizations tens of millions of dollars in an effort to, as Stuller says, pay it forward. “There is a never-ending need to help society be better, and that is why we love helping churches, schools and the pro-active side of our society.”