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Scholarships on leading industry education available from JA

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, makes professional development affordable for its members by funding scholarships on renowned industry education. The scholarships can cover up to 60% of the cost of leading diploma, jewelry courses and certification programs. JA will award 2014 scholarships from February 1 through September 30, 2014, and industry professionals are encouraged to apply.

5 free store fixes you should do now!

The other day my in-laws came for a visit. I had done the usual tidying up because my house is generally presentable with a slight fluff.  My father-in-law is 6’6 and I am 5’6 and as a joke I pulled out my 1’ step stool in my kitchen for a side-by-side photo of the two of us.  I was mortified! I could see what he sees every day, including the dust on top of my refrigerator.  It’s not because I don’t normally clean. Heck, I actually pay someone to help me! It’s just that my world is 5’6 and I don’t see (and can’t reach) the tops of refrigerators, range hoods, cabinets (the list goes on and on).

MAJA, SJO join forces

The Mid-America Jewelers Association (MAJA) has reported that their Board of Directors has agreed to accept the invitation from the Southeastern Jewelers Organization (SJO) to “partner” with them for their annual trade show and buying opportunities.

Gemesis lab-grown diamonds advancing in size and quality

(NEW YORK) - Gemesis, a principal distributor of gem-quality lab-grown diamonds, now offers a 1.78 ct., G color, SI1 clarity, princess-cut lab-created diamond on Gemesis.com. Certified by the International Gemological Institute (IGI), this diamond - as with all Gemesis colorless lab-grown selections - is classified as the purest Type IIa (extremely rare in nature) and is also the largest, whitest diamond currently achieved.

Jewelers Mutual releases 2-minute videos to help jewelers avoid shipping and receiving losses

(NEENAH, Wis.) - It may seem like simple advice, but when you’re dealing with valuable shipments of jewelry merchandise, you can’t be too careful. Jewelers Mutual has created a two-minute video called “Receiving Like a Pro” to help policyholders avoid preventable losses during the shipping process. The latest video in the Secure Business Series complements “Ship Jewelry Safely and Securely” released in November.

On the Road with Rob Phillips - The Techie Road Warrior

For those of us sales reps who are veterans of the road, we have fond memories of quaint ways of getting phone messages.  In the early 1980s my first answering machine was from Radio Shack and I had to call it from the road and make a unique high pitched sound with a hand held device right into the phone receiver.  And that was just the beginning of the hoops I had to jump thru to hear all the messages while writing them down.

Light up your jewelry store and your sales

No matter how carefully you plan your jewelry store displays and merchandise, your hard work could all be lost in window glare and shadows.

Lighting design can make all the difference to a store’s success, but too often, jewelry retailers neglect it. Not only is lighting critical in setting the mood of your store and showcasing your products, it may very well be one of your biggest expenses. People disregard the importance of lighting. It becomes a huge part of what defines their store and what defines their image.

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