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Jewels from a True Veteran: Life lessons that will help your business today

Izzy JulyIsrael Levy of Levy Creations is truly a veteran - not only of the jewelry industry, but also serving two tours of duty in the Navy. It’s no wonder that for over 45 years, Levy has been the kind of man that many look to as mentor. If you know “Izzy” you’ve experienced his unique charisma and an unending love of helping others. Izzy often gets questions like, “with all the changes happening within the jewelry industry, what do you think is the best way for one to thrive as they look ahead to the next five years?” Depending on the situation, he’s been known to reply with a grin; “I wish I had a crystal ball,” (Don’t we all?) and yet, sometimes, he ponders and puts on his serious face, and his infinite experience and wisdom reveals itself. “There are things that one cannot compromise in business, such as integrity, always demonstrating your knowledge and commitment to the quality of the product you sell, never letting others lose sight of the value you place on the relationships you foster with your customers, filled with kindness, respect and gratitude.”

Jewelers Mutual introduces “For All Its Worth” campaign

Mutual July(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual, the only insurer specializing exclusively in jewelry insurance in the U.S. and Canada for more than 100 years, has announced the launch of a new ad campaign for consumers as well as the jewelry industry.

The campaign called “For All Its Worth,” features in its consumer advertising real couples reflecting on their love story together, and the many moments leading up to and behind their engagement rings.

JA finalizes Payment Processing Benefit for Members

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has finalized a new payment solutions and gift card membership benefit program through FIS Retail Payment Solutions, the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. Through the new membership benefit, JA members will receive discounted rates on everything they need to process non-cash payments.

Luxury or Lie? How to Identify Genuine Watches

Adam Harris(COLUMBIA, Pa.) - The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) has initiated a new educational course “Luxury or Lie? How To Identify Genuine From Fake Watches,” designed and developed by the National Watch and Clock Museum guest wristwatch curator and instructor Adam Harris, as a guide to detecting counterfeited or reworked luxury timepieces. The course includes an overview of watch types and appropriate terminology, establishing criteria for making judgments of authenticity based on comparative analysis. Participants will learn watch examination techniques and methods and how to apply the best critical detection skills to discern the genuine from the fake.

Dazzling Paws Jewelry introduces Cat Jewelry with purr-sonality

Cat head(PLOVER, Wis.) - Dazzling Paws Jewelry announces the newest addition to their distinctive sterling silver jewelry collection; authentic cat lover jewelry. The new Cat Design Line debuts in July during Super Zoo and will include: “Cat Head”, “Cat with Mice”, and “Cat with Bird” in pendant and earrings.

Company President, Myra Westphal stated: “Our companions are family. To honor that special love, every effort is made to capture the extraordinary character of cats with artistic flair!

Galatea unveils interactive engagement ring, Momento Diamond™

Momento(SAN DIMAS, Calif.) - Imagine a diamond engagement ring that can hold your wedding vows, the special pictures from that day, texts and web links. Imagine no longer, as Galatea: Jewelry by Artist introduced a stunning trio of Momento™ Diamond engagement rings at the JCK Las Vegas Show.

“This is a ring with an extraordinary, hidden difference,” says Chi Huynh, Momento’s creator and Galatea’s owner and creative director. “Imagine being able to wear a ring that will hold your wedding vows, the pictures of your marriage and words of love. This is a ring that will live on forever in the hearts and minds of the bride and her groom.”

Jewelers meet with leaders on Capitol Hill

JAPAC(NEW YORK) - The Jewelers of America Political Action Committee (JAPAC) continues to grow its legislative influence on Capitol Hill, as the group led a delegation of jewelers to Washington, D.C., for the fifth consecutive year. This year’s meetings - which connected jewelers with over 30 lawmakers and legislative staff - took place on June 17. The fly-in was well-timed, as the group capitalized on the opportunity to discuss a new sales tax fairness bill – the Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA) – that was introduced by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 15.

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