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JCK Design Center Retailer Awards winners announced

Eight ‘Rising Star’ designers debut at Las Vegas Show

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The Design Center at JCK Las Vegas announced its Top 50 retailer choices for 2010/2011 at the fifth annual JCK Designer Retailer Awards ceremony held recently. The recipient of the top JCK Events Designer Retailer Award is DBS Jewelers, St. Michaels, MD.

Bill Wismar wins Best of Show in Alabama Jewelers Association Design Contest

The Alabama Jewelers Association (AJA) announced the winners of its annual Design Competition conducted during the Alabama/Georgia Jewelers Associations’ joint Convention held recently in Sandestin, Florida.

Bill Wismar of Metal Benders in Mobile, Alabama was named Best of Show, as well as the People’s Choice Award winner for his hand-fabricated platinum necklace with matching chain, a 16.70 carat crystal opal, and 1.50 carats of diamonds.

Winners of NCJA annual Design Competition announced

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced the winners of it’s annual Design Competition during the NCJA Annual Meeting, April 24th at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Grande Dunes Resort.  Keith Hipp of Ellis Jewelers in Lexington won Category II and Oz Hefner of Oz’s Jewelers in Hickory won Category III.   The competition recognizes the outstanding work of North Carolina designers.

GJA honors Design Contest winners

(MARIETTA, Ga.) - Jeweler Johnny Johnson won the Best of Show category in the Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) Annual Jewelry Design Contest. Held recently at the Sandestin Resort in Destin, Florida, the Design Contest took place April 11th during the association’s annual convention.

Johnson, owner of Edward-Johns Jewelers in Marietta, Georgia took top billing. His winning design was a sterling silver and 14K yellow gold cat’s eye rutilated quartz and diamond ring.

Rio Grande congratulates winners of the 10th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition

At a gala celebration dinner held on June 5 during JCK Las Vegas, Rio Grande congratulated the Grand Prize winner and 12 category winners of the tenth annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. From hundreds of submissions, a panel of judges chose 30 finalists and, from these, 12 winners emerged. More than $30,000 in prizes and awards were presented at the Saul Bell Design Award presentation and gala. Winning pieces may be viewed online at www.saulbellaward.com.

Avalon Solution to incorporate RapNet Inventory Link into their e-commerce solutions for retailers

Rapaport Diamond Trading Network is pleased to announce it has appointed Avalon Solution, who offer e-commerce solutions for retail jewelers, as a RapNet Approved Service Provider.

“The integration of RapNet inventory into Avalon’s e-commerce solution brings additional benefits both to suppliers and retailers using the RapNet platform and is aimed to enable growth in diamond sales. We are excited to appoint Avalon Solution as a RapNet Approved Service Provider and look forward to the development of our association,” said Saville Stern, RapNet COO.

North American Jewelers names Scott Knorzer National Sales Manager for Independents

Kurt Steckbeck, President of North American Jewelers, recognizes the value of having a presence with the independent jewelry store owner. “Our Chicago and India based factories produce high quality jewelry, catering to the specific requirements of our independent jewelry customer base. I wanted to hire someone with retail experience at the independent level to lead our sales, merchandising and marketing efforts.”

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