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IDCA elects 2016 Executives and Board

IDCAThe Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association (IDCA), a not-for-profit organization comprising of diamantaires, colored stone dealers and jewelry manufacturers from India based in the United States, elected their 2016 Executive Committee and Board of Directors at their meeting on December 7, 2015.

Unanimously elected to the Executive Committee for 2016 were:

AGTA announces Board of Directors election results

(DALLAS) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) recently announced the results of its annual AGTA Board of Directors’ election. Mr. Jeffrey Bilgore, of Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC, was elected President. Ms. Cynthia Renée (Marcusson), of Cynthia Renee, Inc., and Mr. Avi Raz, of A & Z Pearls, Inc., were re-elected as Directors to the Board. Ms. Kusam Malhotra, of K & K, Int’l, and Mr. Jeff Mason, of Mason-Kay, Inc. were newly-elected. The Directors-elect will take office in February 2016, and will serve three-year terms.

DCA courses approved for Louisiana high schools

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) - The Diamond Council of America’s Beginning and Advanced Jewelry Sales courses have been approved by the Louisiana Department of Education for use in the state’s high schools. As a result, Louisiana students will have opportunities to gain knowledge and skills that can help them obtain well-paying jobs in an interesting, varied and growing profession. “We’re thrilled to have our courses offered in Louisiana,” said DCA President and CEO Terry W. Chandler. “This is a major development for DCA as well as the schools and students that will be participating.”

JA announces nominees for 2016 GEM Awards, names Lifetime Achievement winner

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has announced the 2016 GEM Award nominees for the categories of Jewelry Design, Media Excellence and the newest category, Watch Design. Additionally, JA has named Joe Thompson, editor-in-chief of WatchTime magazine the winner of the prestigious GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The winners of all categories will be announced live during the GEM Awards ceremony on Friday, January 8, 2016, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. The GEM Awards annual gala, considered the “Academy Awards” of the jewelry industry, honors individuals and brands whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches.

Stuller, Inc. and TDM Solutions join forces

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller, Inc. has acquired TDM Solutions, creators of RhinoGold® and other CAD based software, located in Barcelona, Spain.

“Stuller’s acquisition of TDM demonstrates our continued acknowledgement of the role that CAD will play in the jewelry industry for years to come,” says Matthew Stuller, Founder and CEO of Stuller Inc. “RhinoGold is an internationally recognized software solution that provides CAD tools to jewelers worldwide.”

B & N Trade Shop celebrating 10th anniversary

B N OctB & N Trade Shop, a Marietta, GA based all female operated shop, is celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2015. “In our 10 years of growth we have educated these women in their craft with continuing education,” says Alisa Unger of B & N. “We specialize in giving our customers the best treatment, individual attention and 5-star customer service with each and every repair.”

Deborah Finleon named Associate Director of NAJA

NAJA OctThe National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce that Deborah J. Finleon, GIA GG, Certified Master Appraiser, was named as Associate Director, Chair of Education.

Ms. Finleon was lead editor of the newly revised NAJA Home Study Appraisal Course that was unveiled to the membership at the 44th ACE© It Mid-Year Conference held in Washington, D. C., on August 8 - 11. Her primary responsibility will be to update and keep current the Home Study Course and oversee the development of the online appraisal course. Secondary responsibilities will be to assist NAJA Executive Director Gail Brett Levine in course development, conference proceedings and other administrative functions.