(ATLANTA) - Tracking evenly with the August 2008 edition, the final attendance numbers at the August 8-10, 2009 Atlanta Jewelry Show was not the big news. Rather, it was reports of steady order-writing and growing retail attendance from outside the Show's traditional region that had exhibitors talking in the aisles at the Cobb Galleria Centre during the three-day show.
From his offices in Houston, Texas, jewelry industrialist Nasruddin Rupani is creating change on the other side of the world. He's giving back in a remarkable way, transforming the lives of people in mountainous areas of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
When childhood friends Nick Adamson and Joshua Griffin decided to open a jewelry business together, they wanted to explore the newest technology in product design, manufacturing and presentation as well as store design and marketing tools. These Panama City, FL based business owners wanted to do business "a new way." Both credit the Atlanta Jewelry Show with helping them get it all going when they started out.
(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, has announced it is redefining its relationship with the state and regional affiliate jewelers associations. The thirty-nine affiliate associations will have the opportunity to continue their relationships with Jewelers of America through new partnership agreements, which affiliate association presidents were notified about by June 16, 2009, via mail and personal calls.
Robert Smith is a persistent man. He isn't easily deterred and he insists on doing things the right way, which usually takes a little time. Two years ago his persistence paid off when he introduced his patented interchangeable jewelry line called Kameleon. A "never before heard of" product, Kameleon jewelry allows owners to change center stones in a variety of jewelry settings as often as they change their moods.
When the Charlottesville (Virginia) Regional Chamber of Commerce announced its 2009 Small Businesspersons Award recipient, not everyone was thrilled. Namely, winner Frances Loose, owner of Tuel Jewelers.
Women living in a coastal village on the island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean have come across an intriguing and innovative way of raising their incomes and business skills through cultivation of iridescent "half-pearls" from oysters along their shore. These captivating, luminescent gems are harvested by the women, who polish and sell them to local residents and tourists, and professional jewelers, who can then set them in striking silver and gold designs.