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Marine biologists develop method for creating cultured conch pearls

For more than twenty five years researchers and marine experts have attempted to produce cultured conch pearls. Not until recently has anyone been successful. Two marine biologists at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University have, for the first time, consistently cultivated conch pearls.

Bulova’s Balthaser retires after five decades in industry

After 49 years Don Balthaser has announced his retirement from the Bulova Corp. Don started working for Bulova in 1960 and retired Jan 31, 2010.

Don grew up in Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, playing football for the Nittany Lions. Joe Paterno was just a rookie coach back then. In 1954 he was elected to be the captain of the team and won the honor of being elected as “All Penn State.”

LaserStar Technologies - making laser welding affordable for all independent retailers

Laser welders have become an integral part of the independent retailer’s business plan. What was once expensive and complicated has evolved into an “everyman’s” in-store tool. With major technological advancements making the latest laser machines smaller, smarter and easier to use, many retailers are opting to jump the hurdle of apprehension and join the evolving laser revolution. LaserStar Technologies is ready to accommodate the growing interest as one of the jewelry industries most experienced laser manufacturing companies.

Polly’s Fine Jewelry - they’ve got Charleston covered

Anyone familiar with Charleston, South Carolina knows the southern city for its fabulous food and beautiful architecture. It’s a true southern charmer where ‘blue bloods’ dot the colorful population like gems lying in the sand. Appealing to all economic and social levels in this city can be a challenge. But Polly and Richard Moore have dedicated themselves to knowing their customers and, consequently, catering to the ‘middle American’ of Charleston.

SJTA partners with PGI to enhance educational offerings at March 6-8 Atlanta Jewelry Show

Special “Day of Platinum-Atlanta” joins popular SJTA U Show Seminar Series

(ATLANTA) - Among the most popular features of the Atlanta Jewelry Show, the SJTA U educational series will offer even more business-building programs for jewelers during the March 6-8, 2010 edition at the Cobb Galleria Centre.  Partnering with the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA), the Platinum Guild International (PGI) will enhance the SJTA U offerings with a full day of platinum education on Sunday, March 7. Ranging from marketing and sales training to technical and bench skills, the comprehensive courses are designed to help retailers tap into the power of the platinum brand as well as to the increased profits that accompany its sales.  These sessions will join the full roster of other SJTA U offerings, including programs on social media, expense control, visual merchandising and more.

NC jeweler trampled by herd of deer while opening store

For 25 years Michelle Brewer and her husband Kenny have owned and operated Brewer’s Fine Jewelry in downtown Tarboro, North Carolina, about an hour outside of Raleigh. Tarboro is a rural, small city made up of tobacco farmers, hunters and a few small businesses. Renowned as a popular deer hunting destination, the locals aren’t surprised to see an occasional stray deer wander onto the back roads.

But on November 29th, Michelle Brewer had an encounter with more than just a stray deer. As she started to open the front door of her store around 9:50 a.m. she herd a loud car horn go off right behind her. Startled, she looked up to find a herd of deer moving down her side of the street. Eyewitnesses say the herd was moving fast, maybe 40 miles per hour, and they were coming right down Main Street, straight at her.

Avalon Solution, the jewelry industry’s website development company

After two years in beta testing and development with over 100 customers in the jewelry industry, Avalon Solution, the e-Commerce provider, is launching its turnkey website solution. Designed to help retailers achieve a professional and effective online presence, Avalon Solution offers turnkey website services to help retailers grow their jewelry business beyond the brick and mortar.