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DCA announces new Board of Directors

DCA(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) - At its annual meeting in Las Vegas the Diamond Council of America’s (DCA) Board of Directors created a new lineup for itself. Bill Luth (Zale Division of Signet Jewelers) was elected Chairman of the Board. Pete Engel (Fred Meyer Jewelers) became Vice President, Steve Velasquez (Bailey, Banks, and Biddle) became Secretary/Treasurer, and Bud Fluty (Absolute Brilliance) moved to the position of Past Chairman.

Tony Lum (Michael Hill) and Emma Ward (Signet Jewelers UK) joined the Board as new members, while Dan Casanova (Riddle’s Jewelry), Todd Chandler (Helzberg Diamonds), Chuck Kuba (Iowa Diamond), Kate Peterson (Performance Concepts), Darrell Warren (Stuller), and Josh Weinman (Firestar Diamond) continued their service as DCA Directors.

Elemetal® announces strategic name changes to reflect broad range of precious-metals services

elemetal(DALLAS) - Elemetal, LLC, one of the largest American-owned precious metals conglomerates, announced strategic name changes to its subsidiaries to better reflect their membership within the Elemetal family of precious-metals companies, and their industry-leading range of products and services.

Elemetal serves more than 25,000 companies, ranging from small, independent businesses to large corporations, meeting all of their recycling, refining, minting, bullion-storage and related precious-metals needs. Elemetal produces good delivery gold and silver, certified by LBMA and COMEX.

Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

Padgett JulyThe North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced that Brad Padgett, an independent jeweler and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the new president of the statewide association. His two-year term of office as the organization’s president began May 16.

Padgett graduated with a B.S.B.A. in Business Administration from East Carolina University.  After working in his family’s business and various capacities for a regional jewelry chain, Padgett opened his own store - Bradley’s Jewelers - in July 2005. 

Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

Houston July(HOUSTON, Tex.) - Houston Jewelry and Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon were among the businesses recognized at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence held in May. Both businesses were named Distinction Winners, a designation awarded to businesses that maintain a superior commitment to ethics, overall excellence and quality in the workplace.

Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recognized its top agencies and agents during the annual awards ceremony held at their National Sales Conference.

President’s Club & Centerstone Circle

Agencies were named to the President’s Club and Centerstone Circle in recognition of their efforts to serve Jewelers Mutual policyholders. President’s Club and Centerstone Circle agents are characterized by their excellence in jewelers block expertise and their efforts to serve Jewelers Mutual policyholders.

TW Steel strengthens U.S. operations with key hires

TW Steel July(AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands) - TW Steel, the global lifestyle brand renowned for being “Big in Oversized Watches,” went into its first ever appearance at JCK Las Vegas bolstered by key hires to TW Steel USA Inc.

The company has announced the appointment of Mr. Herschel Hiat to the new role of Executive Vice President North America. Prior to joining TW Steel USA Inc., Herschel was Senior Vice President of Sales for M. Z. Berger Watch Company and before this he was Executive Vice President, National Accounts for Bulova Watch Company.

Gemologist-writer Diana Jarrett earns top place in writers competition

Jarrett award July(NEW YORK) - Well-known industry writer and gemologist Diana Jarrett gathered an armful of awards from the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc. for their Bulletin Editors Contest reports the New York Mineralogical Club. Jarrett is already a multi-award winning journalist to the trade and countless consumer publications. 

This year’s awards included the top billing Trophy for Educational Articles-Advanced for her reportage of the legendary Russian jeweler Fabergé in “Uncovering Fabergé.” She also accepted Third Place Written Features award for her Bulgari retrospective, “A Dazzling Display”. Lastly, her annual coverage of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows, “What Went Down at Tucson” earned 5th Place in the Non-Technical Articles division.