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GIA accepting scholarship applications

GIA (Gemological Institute of America) began accepting scholarship applications online in June for its 2015 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs, courses and lab classes. Applications will be available through Oct. 31 on the Institute’s website at www.gia.edu/scholarships.

Scholarships are available for distance education eLearning courses and for classes at the Institute’s campuses in Carlsbad, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai and Taiwan, and at the GIA branch in Dubai.


5 ways to use social media to build your e-mail list

E-mail marketing continues to be hugely productive.  Considering 95% of online consumers use e-mail, and that businesses are estimated to generate 10% of their sales through e-mail marketing*, clearly this is a vehicle that should not be ignored.  And, even if you don’t sell online, e-mail (even more than social media) is proven to create action; getting a customer to call, come in or buy.

Leading retail pricing system company to launch summer promotion with Jewelers for Children

(PARAMUS, N.J.) - Lansa Americas, a subsidiary of Pac Team Group, has introduced a new program to support Jewelers for Children (JFC) and will donate $5 for every standard package that is sold through Labor Day 2014.

Lansa is an international leader in the production of retail pricing systems for various industries, including jewelry, watch and luxury. These recognizable pricing systems are made up of individual units that can be assembled easily at store level to create various prices and are readily seen in window and in-case displays worldwide.

Libman celebrates 30 year RJO partnership with iPad mini giveaway

Libman, manufacturers of fine jewelry in North America for over 80 years, will celebrate their 30th year of partnership with the Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) at the group’s 2014 Fall Buying Show in Minneapolis, August 16-18. In celebration of this milestone, Libman will be giving away 30 iPad mini’s to the first 30 RJO members with qualifying show orders.

Jewelers Mutual warns the wrong insurance coverage could drive your customers to a competitor

(NEENAH, Wis.) - A successful jewelry business is built on the loyalty of its customers. That’s why smart jewelry retailers begin building a relationship with the very first purchase – most often, the purchase of an engagement ring. But despite a jeweler’s best efforts, the loss of a cherished piece of jewelry could drive that customer to another retailer entirely. The insurance provider may be the culprit, leaving neither the jeweler nor the customer any say.   

Jewelers for Children celebrates 16 years

(NEW YORK) - On June 1, Jewelers for Children held the 16th Annual Facets of Hope event in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that $2.9 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the year ahead and that since 1999, more than $45 million had been donated on behalf of the industry to help children in need. 

Shopping a Go-Go: Millions of shoppers are now buying on the go

So, you know what SMO means, right? No, this is not a trick question. Selective Mobile Only or SMO is a term describing the close to 30% of electronic device users who access the internet via smart hand-held (mobile) devices. The strictest definition of SMO users describes consumers who access the internet exclusively through a phone, typically for reasons of cost and for convenience. It is a reasonable assumption that SMOs are a younger demographic and tend to use multiple devices, including tablets.

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