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CounterSketch Studio completes beta launch

(LAFAYETTE, La.) – Due to demand beyond expectations in the newly released software system, Stuller and Gemvision Corporation have announced that all available 2009 licenses of CounterSketch Studio (CSS) have been filled.

CounterSketch Studio, a newly developed, three dimensional jewelry design platform, was launched in beta form to a limited number of retailers in November 2009.

Stuller’s Red Box Diamonds® certified by GemEx

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller’s diamond brand, Red Box Diamonds® is now supported by GemEx Systems, Inc., the global leader in diamond brilliance, fire and sparkle certification.

GemEx Systems uses its patented BrillianceScope® Analyzer to measure a diamond’s white light (brilliance), color light (fire) and scintillation (sparkle).  Select Red Box Diamonds are individually measured by the BrillianceScope and go through the GemEx quality control program, ensuring that each diamond measured has high-quality Light Performance®.

Leading Jewelers Guild members receive robust marketing services

(LOS ANGELES) - Leading Jewelers Guild (LJG) members had a dizzying number of options for marketing in the fall of 2009, from inexpensive group run catalogs and promotions to fully customized projects.

Standard group run catalogs featured an overall emphasis on fashion and female self-purchase highlighted by co-branding with Kathy Ireland Jewelry.“Kathy Ireland and her team have been active partners in getting our message out,” said Buyers’ Committee chair Amy Sachnoff (Greenberg’s Jewelers, Sioux City, IA), “She’s done custom TV and radio, supplied us with autographed copies of her books for special events, she’s even done kick-off conference calls with our store personnel and managers!”

Insurance company spreads holiday cheer?

(NEENAH, Wis.) - One might not think of an insurance company spreading holiday cheer, but that’s just what Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company’s new referral program did for jewelry retailers in the 2009 holiday selling season. After only two months in force, more than 400 jewelers were taking advantage of Jewelers Mutual Platinum Points.

IGI provides insight for consumers selling gold for cash

(NEW YORK) - With gold prices hitting record highs and the rise in popularity of consumers selling jewelry for cash, several media outlets have recently tapped the IGI for expert tips and guidance for consumers.

IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald was recently featured in a New York Times video outlining the steps for examining, testing and appraising a bundle of jewelry that City Critic Ariel Kaminer later shopped around the diamond district.

NC jeweler dies

Charlie C. Holland, 82, of Apex, NC died on October 8, 2009.  Holland was the owner of Holland’s Jewelers which he and his wife, Ann, founded in 1960

Born in 1927, Holland lost his mother at age 8, then his father at age 11, beginning a difficult orphaned childhood. His compassion, concern, and support for orphans remained with him his entire life.

Holland’s jewelry career started with training at Spencer School of  Watchmaking.  He and Ann later opened Holland’s Jewelers.

NC jeweler victim of snatch and run

On Friday, November 20th, 12:51 pm, a large black male and pregnant black female entered a Kannapolis, North Carolina jewelry store and asked to look for diamonds for a brother of one of them who they said was coming in to town the next day. The couple stayed 30 minutes “getting educated” on shapes and qualities, then left in a white Infinity FX 35.

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