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Women’s Jewelry Association announces 2014-15 Board of Directors

Selects yearly theme: Connect and Transform

 

(NEW YORK) - The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) elected Andrea Hansen of LuxeIntelligence, New York City, as its new president, with Brandee Dallow of Julius Klein Group, New York City, taking on the president-elect role. Hansen succeeds Tryna Kochanek of Sterling Jewelers Inc. in Akron, OH, who is now immediate past president. Kristie Nicolosi of The Kingswood Company in Columbus, OH, continues in her position as WJA treasurer.


Rio Grande earns Ethics in Business Award

The Samaritan Counseling Center has announced the recipients of its 15th Annual Ethics in Business Awards. Rio Grande was among three recipients of the Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a For-Profit Business.

One of the nation’s largest suppliers to the jewelry industry, Rio Grande was founded in 1944 by Saul Bell and purchased just over a year ago by Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. Rio Grande continues to be led by second-generation Bell family Alan, Molly and Eddie Bell, adhering to company principles that are embedded in their unique culture.

GemFind announces California Coast Designs as new Ring Builder® fulfillment partner

(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -  GemFind has recently added California Coast Designs as a product fulfillment provider for GemFind’s Ring Builder® application (www.ringbuilder.com). The application allows users to create customized rings using a variety of useful sample guides and options to design a tailored piece of jewelry for online customers. As a jewelry manufacturer, California Coast Designs not only brings a number of ring designs to the Ring Builder® portfolio, but also offers Ring Builder® users rendered images and videos of exceptional quality and resolution.

Jewelers Mutual earns A.M. Best A+ (Superior) rating

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has earned its 27th consecutive A+ Superior financial strength rating from A.M. Best, the world’s oldest and most authoritative insurance rating and information source. Jewelers Mutual is the only insurer dedicated solely to serving the jewelry industry in the United States and Canada, serving both commercial jewelry businesses and personal jewelry owners. Jewelers Mutual was founded and continues to be headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Kulpa promoted to Editor of MJSA Journal

Snyder steps down to launch new jewelry line

(ATTLEBORO FALLS, Mass.) - MJSA, the trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has announced Shawna Kulpa has been promoted to editor of the association’s flagship monthly magazine, MJSA Journal.

GIA welcomes first Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Karen Smit joins New York laboratory

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Continuing its decades-long history of advanced gemological research and education, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has selected the first associate in the Richard T. Liddicoat Postdoctoral Research program. Participants in the program will examine fundamental issues related to diamonds, colored stones, pearls and instrument development; each position will be tailored to focus on the associate’s expertise and interest. The prestigious research position is named in honor of Richard T. Liddicoat, GIA’s former president widely considered the “Father of Modern Gemology.” The Institute’s first postdoctoral associate – Dr. Karen Smit – began her tenure at the New York laboratory in February.

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