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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.

Grogan Jewelers named Alabama Gold Retailer of the Year

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) – The Alabama Retail Association (ARA), in cooperation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business, recently recognized 18 outstanding Alabama retailers representing 13 retail businesses with operations in 29 Alabama cities and 16 states as “Retailers of the Year.” 

Jay Klos, president and owner of Grogan Jewelers (groganjewelers.com), which has stores in Huntsville and Florence, earned the Gold Retailer of the Year Award in the Annual Sales $1 Million to $5 Million category. Grogan Jewelers has been in business for 97 years and employs 19.

Stebgo Metals announces new hire

Tom Madar, a veteran sales and marketing professional in the fine jewelry industry, joined Stebgo Metals in July. Stebgo Metals has been a trusted full service refiner since 1978 and expects Madar, with over 30 years of experience in the fine jewelry industry, will add a great deal to the organization as their first outside sales representative.

Martin Fuller named NAJA National Secretary

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce that Mr. Martin D. Fuller, GG, Certified Senior Member, has been named NAJA’s National Secretary.  Martin ably replaces the position held by Howard Rubin, NAJA’s National Secretary, who passed away earlier this year.

Mr. Fuller’s primary responsibility will be to represent NAJA at the Appraisal Foundation and the Industry Advisory Council.  He will be attending all meetings and serve in an advisory capacity on other Appraisal Foundation committees, as needed.  Secondary responsibilities will be to assist the Executive Director in course development, conference proceedings and other administrative functions.

WR Cobb Online wins award for Social Media 101 for Jewelers

(EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I.) - WR Cobb Online has been recognized with a 2012 American Graphic Design Award by GD USA for its popular e-book, “Social Media 101 – How Jewelers Can Engage and Interact More Effectively Online.”

For nearly five decades, Graphic Design USA has sponsored national design competitions that spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals including advertising agencies, design firms, corporations and institutions. It honors outstanding work of all kinds and across all media: print and collateral, advertising and sales promotion, corporate identity and logos, Internet and interactive design, broadcast and motion graphics and packaging.