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Grice’s Donna Harris earns Tae Kwon Do Black Belt

On Friday, November 16, Donna Harris, vie president of Charlotte, NC-based Grice Showcase & Display, received her 1st dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

In order to be eligible to test for this level in martial arts, you have to complete numerous requirements.  Harris entered a 10 week testing cycle during which she had to run 105 miles, do 10,000 pushups and 10,000 sit-ups, complete 210 sparring rounds, 210 rounds of jumping rope, 10,500 kicks, 1,000 burpees, 350 pull-ups, acquire letters of recommendation, write 9 essays, perform a variety of community service, receive mentoring, and more to be eligible to test. 


Jewelers Mutual promotes Carol Sanders to EVP and COO

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is delighted to announce the promotion of Carol Sanders, CPA, CMA, CFM, CPCU, to Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Joining Jewelers Mutual in 2004, Sanders most recently served as the company’s Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Treasurer.

Jobbins named Executive VP of Elisa Ilana Jewelry

Omaha, NE-based Elisa Ilana Jewelry has announced the appointment of William “Bill” Jobbins as Executive Vice President of the corporation.

“Mr. Jobbins will be responsible for building the wholesale division of Elisa Ilana Jewelry. Our product line is very extensive and perfect for the independent jeweler in today’s market,” said Laurie A. Langdon, President/CEO of the company, who has manufactured and sold her exclusive gemstone line for almost 20 years with great success. “A big part of this new marketing strategy is selling to the self-purchasing female. 

Blitz celebrates 100 years

(JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind.) - Blitz Manufacturing is honored to announce the celebration of it’s centennial birthday.  Over the past 100 years, Blitz has seen the world change many times, from the introduction of the automobile and telephone to space travel and the Internet.  They made it through the great depression, dust bowls, floods, wars, and more.  At the very beginning, Blitz tied fortune to household brass, which eventually led to innovations with precious metals and more. Blitz provided the military with gun cleaning cloth in WWI and WWII.

2012 Gemvision Design Symposium held and Matrix Design Contest winners announced

(DAVENPORT, Iowa) - Gemvision Corporation held its 9th Gemvision Design Symposium event October 7-8, 2012 at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, Iowa. This unique jewelry design and technology event featured demonstrations of the latest CAD/CAM innovations, training classes, networking opportunities, and the Matrix Design Contest Awards Dinner announcing the contest winners.

IGI New York offices moving to landmark Fred F. French building

(NEW YORK) - The International Gemological Institute (IGI) announced plans to move its New York offices to the coveted Fred F. French building – located at 551 Fifth Ave. between 46th and 45th streets – on Dec. 1, 2012.

The Institute, previously located at 589 Fifth Ave., will move both its administrative staff and laboratory. IGI’s new location will continue to offer cutting-edge services – including the latest in gemological technology and equipment – enabling IGI to expand its New York operation to service its ever-increasing client base that includes major retail jewelry chains, stores throughout the United States and Internet-based organizations.

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