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American “Personalization” Idols

Signature® Engraving Systems names winners in 2nd annual Engraving and Personalization Contest

Signature® Engraving Systems, the industry’s leading provider of computerized gift engravers, recently announced the winners of their second annual Engraving Contest. Entrants were invited to submit their most creative layout, most unique engraving, most profitable job and best story behind a special personalization.

JCK Events deliver 20% increase in buyer attendance

(LAS VEGAS) - JCK Events, comprising Luxury by JCK, Swiss Watch by JCK and JCK Las Vegas, and representing the entire jewelry market, finished strong with a 20 percent increase in retailer buying attendance. This has excited suppliers and industry associations who have already committed their support and business for JCK 2011 and its new home at the Mandalay Bay complex.

In addition to the consistent 20,000 retailers who attend JCK, over 600 VIP retail stores were on the show floor. The VIP Buying Program offers an efficient buying experience with amenities such as lounges, business services, networking and merchandising credits.

Miniflam USA’s portable bench torch sparks a ‘culture change’ in the industry

A new portable bench torch is one of the latest creations of a company that’s enjoying the success of a “cultural change.”

Miniflam USA, Inc. is an established, Maryland-based distributor of dental tools, working with Prodont-Holliger, SA, the largest manufacturer of dental tools in France. Now, the company, whose products are sold in over 40 countries, has branched out into other industries, including jewelry, telecommunications, hobby, optics and electronics.

Florida’s Gem Collection customers shop inside a stylish vault

With 40 years in the jewelry business and a distinguished background in fine arts and design, Tallahassee jeweler Don Vodicka had a lot of ideas about creating the perfect showroom, one of them particularly brilliant: Make the entire first floor a vault.

“Basically, the showroom is a 4,000-square-foot vault,” says Don, owner of The Gem Collection. “Rather than put everything away every night, try to load and unload – such a time-consuming thing, adding wear and tear on the jewelry – I came up with the idea. I talked to my father, who’s an architect, and said why not make the entire first floor a vault, a Class 1 vault?”

INSTORE’S The Smart Jewelry Show concludes with record attendance

(CHICAGO) - INSTORE’S The Smart Jewelry Show concluded its 3 day show at Chicago’s Navy Pier on Monday, April 26. With accolades from exhibitors, retailers and speakers, The Smart Jewelry Show has become an important show in the industry.

Attendance was over 1,000 store fronts, a 25% increase over last year. “The buzz from our 2009 show was extremely positive, resulting in a major spike in registration and traffic this year,” said Dan Kisch, INSTORE/INDESIGN publisher. “Chicago has proven to be the right city for this event. From the new exhibitors and retailers to informative speakers, this show had the right mix of education and product to generate excitement.”

William Sites, CGA wins 2010 Robert M. Shipley Award

AGS presents Sites with its highest honor at Conclave

(LAS VEGAS) - William Sites, CGA, owner and president of Sites Jewelers in Clarksville, Tennessee is the 2010 recipient of the American Gem Society’s Robert M. Shipley award. AGS members presented Sites with the award at their annual Conclave in Boston, Massachusetts on April 24.

Sites received the award based on his expertise and commitment to his community, personal business, the jewelry industry, and the American Gem Society, and because of his outstanding service to the AGS and his participation in local civic groups, service organizations, and industry charity boards.

Introducing the New (Old) Kim International Manufacturing

Given the economic roller coaster we’ve all been on the past two years, many independent jewelers have stepped back and taken stock of how they do business. Whether they’re looking for ways to cut their budget, or are trying to generate new, unique sales from previously untapped markets, small business owners have spent many a night contemplating the best way to keep their businesses open and thriving.