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Deborah Finleon named Associate Director of NAJA

NAJA OctThe National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce that Deborah J. Finleon, GIA GG, Certified Master Appraiser, was named as Associate Director, Chair of Education.

Ms. Finleon was lead editor of the newly revised NAJA Home Study Appraisal Course that was unveiled to the membership at the 44th ACE© It Mid-Year Conference held in Washington, D. C., on August 8 - 11. Her primary responsibility will be to update and keep current the Home Study Course and oversee the development of the online appraisal course. Secondary responsibilities will be to assist NAJA Executive Director Gail Brett Levine in course development, conference proceedings and other administrative functions.

Jewelers of America announces 2016 GEM Award for Jewelry Design nominees

Nominees named in the first of four GEM Awards categories

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced the GEM Award nominees in the categories of Jewelry Design. Jewelry Design is the first of four GEM Award Categories that will comprise the 2016 GEM Awards. There are three nominees in the category and the winners will be announced live during the GEM Awards ceremony on Friday, January 8, 2016, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The GEM Awards annual gala, considered the “Academy Awards” of the jewelry industry, honors individuals and brands whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches.

JBT President Dione Kenyon to retire

JBTDione Kenyon has announced to the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) Executive Committee her plans to retire from JBT, with a time frame dependent on transitioning her replacement, in 2016.

At that time, she will complete 14 years as JBT President, 25 years of service to JBT, beginning as a Board Director in 1991; and 40 years of leadership positions in credit, finance and marketing primarily in the diamond and jewelry industry. Ms. Kenyon has also served on industry boards, including WJA, GIA, JVC, the 24 Karat Club of New York, and as the first woman President of the Boston Jewelers Club.

Findings manufacturer, American Jewelry Components opens in Detroit

(DETROIT, Mich.) - In the heart of Motor City, you’ll find a new jewelry manufacturing firm with an exceptional combination of skills and deep roots in the jewelry industry. A full-service jewelry manufacturer with a focus on high-volume die striking, American Jewelry Components, LLC. (AJC) formed earlier this year to service a growing need for U.S.-made, high quality, precious metal jewelry components and findings.

Jewelers of America announces Board elections & new Chairman

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has elected Ryan Berg, Market President of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry in San Antonio, TX, as JA’s new Board Chairman. He succeeds Bill Farmer Jr., partner of Farmer’s Jewelry. Berg was elected on July 25 at JA’s Board meeting that also welcomed many new Directors.

Mid-States Recycling announces alliance with Jay Kantor/Mined Right Inc.

(CHICAGO) - Mid-States Recycling & Refining is proud to announce a business alliance with Jay Kantor, of Mined Right Inc. With a new office within MSR EXPRESS, Mid-States’ downtown Chicago location, Mined Right provides a very competitive secondary market diamond-buying service both for Mid-States’ customers and Chicago’s jewelry trade. It also provides centralized access to clients across North America.

TIJT student receives watchmaking scholarship

The combined efforts of a charitable trust and foundation has led to the awarding of a scholarship to David Kellar, of Plano, TX, a student at Paris Junior College’s Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology (TIJT). Kellar resides in Paris while he completes his Associate Degree in Applied Science in horology.

The Harold J. and Marie Borneman Greenwood Memorial Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation made a donation of $5,000 to the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute ELM Charitable Trust to provide scholarships for students studying watchmaking and watch repair.