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NCJA Security Alert

David Hyde of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company reported to the North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) that recently two NC jewelers were given bogus certified checks.  The customers came in to shop, priced an item and returned the next day with a certified check for the exact amount.

Alabama Jeweler and Timeless Designs partner to create Renaissance Necklace for local Shakespeare Festival

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) approached Lyle Fields, owner of Marquirette’s Exquisite Jewelry, to design a Signature Renaissance Necklace to mark ASF’s 25th Anniversary in Montgomery, Alabama.  The inspiration was found in a 15th century Hugo van der Goes painting entitled The Portinari Altarpiece, portraying one of the daughters of a Florentine banker wearing a necklace with rows of pearls, with a gem between every pair of pearls, and a lily-shaped jeweled pendant with a suspended, large drop-shaped pearl.  The extravagant piece is paired with a simple gold link chain billowing two elegantly thickset gold metal plates decorated with repousse geometric motifs.

Everybody is talking: 3% above Spot

A hundred years have come and gone since the first refiners have opened their doors. “Now it seems like there is one on every corner of every city block,” says Gold Rush representative Cliff Jordan. “The industry has moved from only having a few choices to one of every color, shape and size.” Therefore, Gold Rush Refiners is not looking back, but looking forward to the next 100 years.

Children representing the National CASA Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America design Holiday Cards for JFC

Jewelers for Children (JFC), the industry’s charity, has unveiled their 2010 Hope for the Holidays program. The program includes holiday greeting cards, an honor donation program, and contribution cards and inserts. All elements of the program have been produced from artwork created by children representing JFC’s charity partners.

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.

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