The 69th annual Jewelers of Louisiana Convention took place July 19 - 20 at the Westin Hotel in New Orleans, and featured a full schedule of education, entertainment, and networking opportunities for all who attended.
The opening day of the Convention provided attendees with the opportunity to participate in Sales and Management certification testing, provided by Jewelers of America. Later that evening, the Jewelers of Louisiana group enjoyed dinner at Mortonâ€™s Steakhouse, along with music, and group networking.
The Convention opened itâ€™s second day with a breakfast buffet, followed by registration and an opportunity for attendees to vote on jewelry submitted by Louisiana jewelers for the Louisiana Jewelry Design Contest. After opening remarks from Louisiana Jewelers Association President Kevin Bennett, the Convention seminars began, with attendees enjoying presentations from David Peters, Chief Learning Officer for The Jewelry Coach; Shellie Bill of Premiere Consulting; and Stuller, Inc.
The afternoon concluded with lunch and a final seminar presentation by David Peters, followed by the announcement of the Design Contest winners and presentations to both the Associate of the Year and Jeweler of the Year.
2013 Design Contest winners:
Category 1 (up to $2,000 Retail)
1st Dennis Sprague (Rousselâ€™s Fine Jewelry & Gifts, Gramercy) Sterling silver hand engraved oval pendant on black onyx and white turquoise bead necklace
2nd Richard Melancon (Melancon Jewelers, Abbeville) Sterling cuff bracelet with antique coin from shipwreck â€śPrincess Louisaâ€ť
Category 2 ($2001 - $5000 Retail)
1st Tim Cook (Symmetry Jewelers, New Orleans) 14kt pink and white gold ring, tourmaline 3.55 ct and .47 ctw diamonds
Category 3 ($5,001 - $10,000 Retail)
1st Kevin Bennett (Steveâ€™s Jewelry, Bastrop) 14kt white gold diamond ring with 1.00 ct oval diamond and 3.06 ctw diamond accents
2nd Sandy Lux (Saunders Lux, Baton Rouge) Hand-engraved platinum lever back earrings with 2.17 ctw sapphires
Category 4 ($10,000+ Retail)
1st Richard Melancon (Melancon Jewelers, Abbeville) 14kt emerald and trillion cut diamond filigree ring, 2 ct emerald cut with trillions channel set, 2 trillion cut diamonds 1.44 ctw with 52 pavĂ© diamond split bands, 3.86 ctw
2nd Sandy Lux (Saunders Lux, Baton Rouge) Gents 18k pink and 22k yellow gold hand-engraved chaised filigree ring with oval cabochon ruby
Overall Design Winner
Richard Melancon (Melancon Jewelers, Abbeville) 14kt emerald and trillion cut diamond filigree ring, 2 ct emerald cut with trillions channel set, 2 trillion cut diamonds 1.44 ctw with 52 pavĂ© diamond split bands, 3.86 ctw
2014 Jeweler of the Year
Craig & Chloe Fisher (Fisher and Sons Jewelers, Metairie)
2014 Associate of the Year
Jason LeMaire (Stuller, Lafayette)
For more information about the Jewelers of Louisiana visit the Jewelers of Louisiana website at www.JewelersofLouisiana.org.