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Jewelers of America revamps National Retailer Design Competition

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, has announced several changes to its national retailer design competition – held annually at the JA New York Winter Show – which include a new name, more award categories and expanded eligibility requirements. Now titled “The ACE Awards,” the competition will recognize JA retail members who exhibit artistry, creativity and excellence in jewelry design.

NC jeweler, Dick Pope dies

(WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.) - Richard “Dick” Pope died July 27 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. He was 88.

Born in 1921, Pope opened Towne Jewelers in Winston-Salem in 1955. He went on to open a second location, also in Winston-Salem, and retired in 2002.

Pope served in the Air Force during World War II. He was an active member of Salem Baptist Church, and an avid golfer.

Pope’s funeral service was held on July 31 at Salem Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Salem Baptist Church Building Fund, 429 Broad Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

Reinventing the Family Tradition

Frank L. Moose Jeweler to close – Opening F. Geoffrey LTD

(ROANOKE, Vir.) – Geoff Jennings has announced Frank L. Moose Jeweler, Roanoke, VA, will close its doors as of December 31, 2010.  Mr. Jennings will carry on the family tradition of quality and integrity by opening a new venture, F. Geoffrey LTD, in early 2011.

Bench Wars

Bench jewelers spend years learning the technical and artistic skills needed to repair and create jewelry, yet few understand the nuances of retail operations, or how pivotal their role can be in day to day store operations. There are enormous difference between the objectives of the bench jeweler and the objectives of the store owner/manager. This gap is where Bench Wars are born.

Be a more colorful leader

Many jewelers all across this country are already civic leaders in their respective communities.  We tend to be a bit more generous, outgoing, service oriented people that naturally gravitate to positions of responsibility and leadership.  It is no mere coincidence that jewelry is the last bastion of important family owned retail business in our great nation.  Yet Wal-Mart is America’s biggest jeweler by volume.

Rapaport issues Trade Alert on Marange diamonds

The Rapaport Group has issued the following Trade Alert regarding Marange diamonds to the diamond industry:

“The Kimberley Process (KP) has just certified approximately 900,000 carats of rough diamonds from Marange, Zimbabwe. While the trading of Marange diamonds may be legal in certain jurisdictions, companies owning or selling the diamonds are sanctioned by the U.S., E.U., and U.K. governments and their trading may be illegal by citizens of these countries.

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