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Texas Jewelers Association announces 2014 Design Competition winners

Stephanie Budde - C. Kirk Root Designs, Austin, TX - has taken top honors in the 2014 Texas Jewelers Association (TJA) Design Competition and was named the Don Wilson “Best in Show” winner at the event, which took place during the TJA 2014 Convention. Budde’s winning creation, a  lavender zoisite, tanzanite and diamond pendant set in 14K rose gold and palladium, was also the 1st place winner in Category 3.

Jewelers Mutual announces new President and CEO

Scott Murphy to replace retiring leader, Darwin Copeman

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has announced that the board of directors has selected the successor to President and CEO Darwin Copeman, who will be retiring in 2015. Darwin Copeman has been president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual since 2009.

JA announces recipient of GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced that Larry Pelzel, Vice President and Divisional Merchandise Manager, Precious Jewels of Neiman Marcus, will be the recipient of the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 13th annual GEM Awards on January 9, 2015, at Cipriani 42nd St. in New York City.

UPMR approved by Commodity Exchange

(ALDEN, N.Y.) – United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. (UPMR) is honored to have been approved to be good for delivery of gold against the COMEX Gold futures contract. The Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX) announced their approval of United Precious Metal Refining, Inc.’s application adding this prestigious status to the extensive list of accreditations and certifications earned by UPMR. 

Gel-Pak announces distribution agreement with Stuller

(HAYWARD, Calif.) - Gel-Pak, a division of Delphon and leading manufacturer of device shipping and handling carriers announced that it has reached an agreement with Stuller to become the exclusive North American distributor of Gel-Pak’s line of Gem-Box products. Stuller is the largest jewelry manufacturing and distribution facility in the United States. 

Jewelers for Children announces results of Board of Directors election

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children, the jewelry industry’s charity, is pleased to announce the results of the annual election for the board of directors. All current officers were elected to a second, two-year term.  They include Ruth Batson, American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories, Chairman; Mark Light, Sterling, Inc., Vice President of Charity Programs; Dennis Ulrich, Richline Group, Vice President of Fundraising; Jim De Mattei, ViewPoint Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations; Debra Puzio, Star Luxe, llc, Vice President of Special Programs; Pamela Mortensen, JCPenney, Secretary; Ulrich Wohn, LVMH Watch and Jewelry, Treasurer; and Peter Engel, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Immediate Past Chair.  Terms began on October 1.