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Mason-Kay celebrates 40 years of jade excellence

MasonMason-Kay, suppliers of jade jewelry and loose jade since 1976, is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year by formally introducing their exclusive designer, Kristina.

In 1976 two brothers-in-law had a vision of a company dedicated to selling jade. Not just jade, but high quality, untreated jadeite jade loose stones as well as a complete line of finished jewelry. Now 40 years later, the name Mason-Kay has become synonymous with natural, beautiful jade jewelry. They are also known worldwide for their impressive loose jade collection, testing capabilities, extensive jade knowledge and for a reputation for the highest standards in the industry.

Mason Kay has gone to great lengths to consistently deliver access to information about jade. In addition to their informative main website (masonkay.com), they offer an Online Jade Showroom (masonkayshowroom.com) and Jade Jewelry Blog (on masonkay.com). They also offer a complimentary promotional Jade Packet which includes their renowned and newly updated Colors of Jade Chart, ‘Guide to Natural vs Treated Jade’ brochure, ‘Chinese Character & Art Symbols’ brochure and more.

Mason-Kay offers several ways to integrate their jade line into your store. They exhibit at several major trade shows throughout the year - JCK Las Vegas, AGTA Tucson and The Atlanta Jewelry Show. They maintain a sales force that travels the country offering direct sales appointments, trunk shows and roundtable events. Additionally, the Mason-Kay Online Jade Showroom offers a virtual tool to instantly explore their jade collection.

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Over the years, Kristina has designed hundreds of unique Mason-Kay jade creations. Her designs are popular and stylish and have become a mainstay of their jade jewelry line. Kristina embraces all levels of style and has designed collections that range from contemporary to nouveau traditional.

Mason rings“We want thank all of our loyal customers as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. We appreciate all your kindness and support and look forward to many more years of mutual success!” – Jeff Mason

Visit Mason-Kay at the upcoming JCK Show in Las Vegas (Booth #B25147) in June where they invite you to meet the designer in person. Many of her newest designs will also be debuted. In addition, Mason-Kay offers an online jade showroom (masonkayshowroom.com) where you can view their collections at your convenience.

For more information about Mason-Kay and Kristina, please visit masonkay.com or call 800-722-7575.


Allen Stricklin to represent Allison-Kaufman in the South

Allison-Kaufman Company, a respected and well-known Los Angeles-based diamond jewelry manufacturer, has announced that Allen Stricklin has been named territory manager for the southern region.

When asked to comment about the newest member of his team, Bart Kaufman, President of Allison-Kaufman Co., stated: “Allen is an experienced veteran with over 26 years in the jewelry industry. He brings to the territory a commitment to excellent service, a friendly disposition, plus a span of knowledge and experience he has acquired throughout his distinguished career. We believe his ability to share ideas and marketing concepts will be an added value to our customers.”

ASHI Diamonds appoints Keith Topal to represent Northeast region

(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds, a premier diamond jewelry manufacturer servicing over 1,000 fine independent retail jewelers in North America for over 30 years, is pleased to announce the addition of Keith Topal as their Sales Representative and Marketing Consultant for the Northeast region of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Keith’s appointment is part of ASHI’s marketing and expansion strategy designed to better service independent jewelers in the United States.

De Beers launches US Diamond Reselling Service

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(IDEX Online News) – The De Beers Group of Companies announced that it has launched the International Institute of Diamond Valuation (IIDV) in the United States, to provide consumers and retailers with a diamond jewelry reselling solution.

The company hopes that IIDV will improve customers’ experience by offering more accurate and attractive prices, in addition to increased transparency in the reselling process.

IIDV is also expected to provide a platform for retailers to offer customers a reselling service that compliments their existing activities, including maintaining customer relationships and supporting repeat business – building consumer loyalty. IIDV will not set any minimum limits with regard to a diamond’s value.

JA announces winners of National Retailer Design Competition

The CASE Awards recognize JA Retail Members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), a national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, held its annual national retailer design competition at the JA New York Spring Show, March 13-15. The CASE Awards recognizes JA Retail Members who exhibit creativity, artistry, style and excellence in jewelry design. Many of the winning pieces of the 2016 CASE Awards featured hand fabricated designs with unique stone settings, and reflected current trends in both bridal and fashion jewelry.

Bill Harrison joins Kim International as Southern Region Sales Manager

Kim International (KIM), a leading manufacturer serving independent jewelers since 1975, is pleased to announce that Bill Harrison has been appointed as their new Southern Region Sales Manager. “With his 25 plus years of experience calling on independent jewelers, Bill will not only bring his wealth of knowledge to the position, but his enthusiasm and dedication to customer service,” said Mike Kim, President of Kim International. “His reputation as one of the finest sales professionals in our industry makes him a valuable addition to the KIM team.”

Renovation brings state-of-the-art equipment to TIJT

TIJT Warren MarchLong known for highly sought-after graduates, the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology (TIJT) at Paris Junior College (PJC) recently underwent a major renovation to keep students at the forefront of developing technologies. PJC is located in Paris, Texas, in the northeast corner of the state about two hours from Dallas.

“Since it began in 1942, TIJT has earned an international reputation for decades of providing graduates with all the skills needed to go to work immediately,” said PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin. “We are committed to continuing that tradition by staying current with the latest industry technology.”