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3 pros take top honors in Bench Pressure Challenge

After four battles between jewelry-design masters, INSTORE’s Bench Pressure Challenge crowned three artists winners at this year’s SMART Jewelry Show in Chicago.

On Saturday, April 18, Craig Farley and Kelsey Kudriavtseff each won one CAD Challenge event. The competition was too close to call, and both were given the top award. The following day, Kelly Williams won both of her Bench Challenge battles and took the overall crown.

White Pine Trading Fine Jewelry division reports growth in acquisitions and revenues

Seasoned staff, dedication to customer service credited

(NEW YORK) - Less than a year after its launch, White Pine Trading LLC’s Fine Jewelry division has experienced better-than-expected growth, according to industry veteran Jeffrey Sadowsky, Vice President of Fine Jewelry Acquisitions.

Reed Exhibitions acquires Jewelers International Showcase

(NORWALK, Conn.) -  Reed Exhibitions has announced it will expand its jewelry event portfolio with the acquisition of Jewelers International Showcase (JIS). JIS has three annual business-to-business events for the jewelry industry at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Thousands of retailers attend the JIS Events from the United States, Caribbean and Latin America to do business with almost 700 exhibitors in the ideal location of Southeast Florida - a major hub for Latin American business activity.

Rio Grande announces winners of 15th annual Saul Bell Design Award

At a celebration dinner held during the Santa Fe Symposium® in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande announced the winners of the 15th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. Through rigorous judging, a panel of judges chose first- and second-place winners in each of six competitive categories, as well as in the Emerging Jewelry Artist category for designers 21 years and younger. Prizes, awards and congratulations were presented to each winning designer at the gala dinner. The winning designs, as well as all finalist pieces, are featured online at saulbellaward.com.

ASHI Diamonds appoints Ron Delger to represent Northwest region

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds, a premier diamond jewelry manufacturer servicing over 1,000 fine independent retail jewelers in North America for over 30 years, is pleased to announce the addition of Ron Delger as their sales representative and marketing consultant for the Pacific Northwest Region of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. Ron’s appointment is part of ASHI’s Marketing and Expansion Strategy that will enable it to better service independent jewelers.

Sandeep Diamond strategically aligns its Independent Jewelry Division with IDD

IDD and Sandeep Diamond Corporation announced a strategic alliance between the two accomplished market players in their respective spaces of expertise. The merger is expected to bring additional resources that will benefit the current clients of both companies. The partnership results in the creation of a new evolved direction for their customers in the independent jewelry space.

24 Karat Club SEUS adds 4 new members

The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States announced the addition of four new members at their recent membership meeting in Atlanta.

Joining the prestigious organization in 2015 are: Joe Carullo, vice president of marketing and sales for KC Designs; Shelly Schulz, marketing lead - luxury industry, Synchrony Financial; Matthew Tratner, director of membership & sales, Jewelers of America and publisher, National Jeweler; and Gary Wesdorp, president and CFO Jewel-Craft, Inc.

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