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PGI-USA promotes Reilly to Director of Business Development

(NEW YORK) - Platinum Guild International USA (PGI-USA), the U.S. marketing arm for the worldwide platinum jewelry industry, is proud to announce the promotion of Kevin Reilly to Director of Business Development. In his new role, Reilly will formulate business development strategies, while developing strong relationships with key trade partners including manufacturers, designers, wholesalers and retailers to encourage the production, promotion and sale of platinum jewelry. Reilly will also be responsible for managing trade show strategy development and participation as well as represent PGI-USA as an ambassador presenting platinum business messaging and education at industry events.

Pamela Mortensen and Ruth Batson to be honored by Jewelers for Children at Facets of Hope event

Jewelers for Children (JFC) will honor Pamela S. Mortensen, Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of Fine Jewelry, Fashion Jewelry and Watches at jcpenney and Ruth Batson, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer at the American Gem Society at the annual Facets of Hope celebration.  The event will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and will culminate JFC’s fund raising efforts for the year.  In 2011, more than 1,500 industry guests attended during the Las Vegas market events.   Mortensen and Batson have generously agreed to serve as guests of honor at the event with the responsibility of assisting JFC in raising funds to benefit children who are the victims of catastrophic illness or life-threatening abuse and neglect.  Each year, prominent industry leaders are honored by the charity.

Bernard’s hires Buie to carry American made line in South

Sam Glattstein and Chris Kebadjian, are both 2nd generation manufacturers with the same vision; affordable luxury with unbeatable service.

Partners at parent company Bernard’s Wholesale, Sam & Chris have been designing and manufacturing to the trade for decades in their individual companies.  They decided to combine their skills and offer a complete bridal line, Facets USA, and a color line, Norgem Designs, under one roof, and made in America.

Lewis Jewelers celebrates 30th anniversary

Webster, TX-based Lewis Jewelers turned back the hands of time as they took guests back to 1981 in celebration of 30 years in business. Sequins, ruffles, shoulder pads and big hair were en vogue for Dynasty Diamonds, Lewis Jewelers’ 30th Anniversary Celebration.

The staff at Lewis Jewelers all ready to celebrate - 1981 style! Photo by Pamela J. Photography.

Over 500 guests attended and helped to raise over $26,000 benefitting the Renal Center at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Cindy (r) and Slade Lewis (l) present Dr. Michael C. Braun, Chief of Nephrology at Texas Children’s Hospital, with a $26,000 donation. The money was raised as part of Lewis Jewelers’ 30th Anniversary celebration. Photo by J. Pamela Photography.

Stuller taps merchandising market for new VP

Barbara Ryan to head jewelry division

(LAFAYETTE, La.) – Former Helzberg Divisional Vice President, Barbara Ryan began her tenure as Stuller’s VP of Jewelry on October 17th. According to Chief Merchandising Officer, Danny Clark, her hire illustrates the prime manufacturer’s dedication to creating superior jewelry products and services for the independent retail jeweler.

IGI expands its staff of professional gem & jewelry appraisers

Scott Friedman achieves Master Gemologist Appraiser® status

(NEW YORK) – The International Gemological Institute (IGI) is proud to announce Scott Friedman, director of business development, has earned the Master Gemologist Appraiser® (MGA) accreditation from the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). ASA’s MGA certification mark is the highest designation in the gems and jewelry appraisal profession. Friedman joins IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald and IGI’s Quality Insurance Director Ed Kordimany as Accredited Senior Members, and Ed Kordimany as MGA.

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