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AGA’s annual Tucson Conference to focus on latest research findings on diamonds and colored gems

The Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA) will hold an important full day conference in Tucson on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at the Marriott University Park. The conference will be held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm followed by a gala dinner dance and awards ceremony. Topics include: Interesting Submissions to the Lab & Groundbreaking News on Tanzanite; The Heating of Corundum - From the Naked Eye to the Spectrometer; Beryls: Natural and Synthetic; Findings from the Task Force on Lighting and Diamond Grading; and Seen Through the Microscope.

Georgia Jewelers announces new officers

Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) installed new officers and board members at their annual Convention this fall. Eddie Knox, Knox Jewelers, Atlanta is the new incoming president. Serving with Knox are John Reed of JWR Jewelers in Athens as vice president and Jan Fergerson of Ford, Gittings and Kane in Rome as secretary-treasurer. Immediate past president is Sandra Brown of Tena's Jewelry in Elberton.

New to the board as directors are Paxton Morris, Girardin Jewelers, Valdosta; Bill Spencer, Spencer's Jewelers, Athens; Jana Barry, Edward Johns Jewelers, Marietta; Tim Haney, Haney Jewelry Co., Calhoun and Debbie Jackson, Tena's Jewelry, Washington.

Returning board members are Virginia Anderson, TK Anderson, Athens; Raymond Wilson, Davis Jewelers, Donalsonville; Ben Whidby, Whidby Jewelers, Madison; Joel Jossey, Brown Jewelers, Blakely; Chuck Steel, Steel Jewelers, Valdosta and Dennis Herbert, Herbert Jewelers, Fort Valley.

Associate Board members are Bill Adams, Atlanta; Don Ogle, Albany; and Mike MacLeod, Buford.

For information about GJA contact Judy Lince, GJA executive director at 770-424-7567 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any member of the group.

Georgia Jewelers Association name Design Contest winners

The Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA) annual Jewelry Design Contest was held recently at the Brasstown Valley Resort in the North Georgia Mountains. The Design Contest took place during the association's annual Convention. Awards were given in four different value categories as well as best of show. The winning selections are chosen based on overall design, marketability, practicality and wearability, and craftsmanship. A panel of judges selected the winners for each category.

Leading Jewelers Guild experiences greatest growth in 2008

Six new members added including 1st in Canada

(LOS ANGELES) - "It's a record!" declared Leading Jewelers Guild President, Gene Thompson (of Thompson Jewelers, Orlando, FL), "our little group has grown over 20% so far this year!" Leading Jewelers Guild is a prestigious member-owned jewelry organization of independent retailers, now numbering 34, and representing 149 stores in 28 states and one Canadian province. "This is a very different year," said Donald Ritchie the group's Chairman, (of Harry Ritchie's Jewelers, Eugene, OR), "family-owned retailers are looking to band together to survive challenging times."

Jewelers Mutual earns 22nd A+ Superior rating from A.M. Best

(NEENAH, Wisc.) - For the 22nd consecutive year, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has earned an A+ Superior rating from A.M. Best.

The A+ Superior rating reflects the overall financial strength of Jewelers Mutual, its reputation as the nation's leading insurance company specializing in jewelry insurance, and consistent profitability. Financial stability has allowed Jewelers Mutual to specialize in jewelry and serve the jewelry industry for nearly 100 years.