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Rio Grande announces 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition finalists

Drawing on years of experience and a lifelong passion for making jewelry, judges Lorna Durgham, Yvonne M. Padilla, Stephanie Johnstone, Neil Bell and Jeannine Daniels selected the five entries in each category that best exhibit imagination, design innovation and style. The designs selected as finalists now move on to the final round of judging, with winners to be announced - and celebrated - at an awards ceremony to be held on May 18 during the Santa Fe Symposium, in Albuquerque, NM.

Stuller, Inc. adds Chief Marketing Officer

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - In order to better align its growing print and ecommerce initiatives, Stuller has recently named Kevin Metz chief marketing officer. Kevin began his tenure on February 17th.

“Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position from more than 20 years in marketing and ecommerce,” says Danny Clark, president and COO. “And we felt he would be a great fit in the open, collaborative culture we have here at Stuller.”

Women’s Jewelry Association announces 2014-15 Board of Directors

Selects yearly theme: Connect and Transform


(NEW YORK) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) elected Andrea Hansen of LuxeIntelligence, New York City, as its new president, with Brandee Dallow of Julius Klein Group, New York City, taking on the president-elect role. Hansen succeeds Tryna Kochanek of Sterling Jewelers Inc. in Akron, OH, who is now immediate past president. Kristie Nicolosi of The Kingswood Company in Columbus, OH, continues in her position as WJA treasurer.

Rio Grande earns Ethics in Business Award

The Samaritan Counseling Center has announced the recipients of its 15th Annual Ethics in Business Awards. Rio Grande was among three recipients of the Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a For-Profit Business.

One of the nation’s largest suppliers to the jewelry industry, Rio Grande was founded in 1944 by Saul Bell and purchased just over a year ago by Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. Rio Grande continues to be led by second-generation Bell family Alan, Molly and Eddie Bell, adhering to company principles that are embedded in their unique culture.

GemFind announces California Coast Designs as new Ring Builder® fulfillment partner

(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -  GemFind has recently added California Coast Designs as a product fulfillment provider for GemFind’s Ring Builder® application (www.ringbuilder.com). The application allows users to create customized rings using a variety of useful sample guides and options to design a tailored piece of jewelry for online customers. As a jewelry manufacturer, California Coast Designs not only brings a number of ring designs to the Ring Builder® portfolio, but also offers Ring Builder® users rendered images and videos of exceptional quality and resolution.

Jewelers Mutual earns A.M. Best A+ (Superior) rating

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has earned its 27th consecutive A+ Superior financial strength rating from A.M. Best, the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. Jewelers Mutual is the only insurer dedicated solely to serving the jewelry industry in the United States and Canada, serving both commercial jewelry businesses and personal jewelry owners. Jewelers Mutual was founded and continues to be headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin.