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WJA awards $25,000 in scholarships

The Women’s Jewelry Association commemorated its 25th anniversary this year by awarding $25,000 in scholarships to 14 students from 11 different schools across the nation. The 2008 Scholarship program marks the 24th year that the organization has provided scholarship funds to deserving students preparing for careers in the fine jewelry and watch industries.

“We had two significant changes this year,” said Lisa Slovis Mandel, the WJA National Scholarship chair. “For the first time, we offered two different scholarships: the traditional Designer scholarship that is based on slide entries of finished pieces, and the new Non-Designer category, which was essay based. The latter category was targeted towards students training to become bench jewelers, appraisers, gemologists, retailers and more. The second change was that the application and the jury processes were done online.”

24 karat gold dipped mistletoe & holly

Imaginative new products create the best holiday season in 34 years

24k-rose-OctWhen Jason Duxman, the General Manager for Avenue Jewelers in Appleton, Wisconsin opens the newspaper he doesn’t see a lot of positive economic news for the upcoming holiday retail sales season. But he isn’t worried after the success he experienced last holiday season.

North American Jewelers launches new business model

Want to decrease your inventory and increase your turn? North American Jewelers, a bridal manufacturer located in Chicago, Illinois, has launched “Jewelry Solutions, A Blueprint for Success” program. It’s a new business model focused in bridal and diamond band categories. The program is set up in three high quality displays.

Jewelry Solutions is a bridal line manufactured in very high quality silver. The company spent two years developing this process. The silver is finished just like a 14kt gold piece. The samples look and feel just like the live pieces.

Digital photo frame latest jewelry P.O.S. craze

Jewelry slide show immediately grabs customer’s attention

The latest point of sale tool to hit the jewelry industry is the digital photo frame, ideal for counter top or pay counter viewing. Working with an overseas importer, Jewelry Accessories of North Carolina introduces a 7-inch version at an affordable price to the jewelry trade, just $79.95, which includes regular ground shipping.

Retailers armed with their own memory cards can easily prepare a slide show featuring sale items, catalog pages, custom repair work, seasonal messages, or promote upcoming events. Use these photo frames for a quick add-on sale or as a great gift with purchase during the holidays.

Stuller presents new Platinum Collection catalog

Sightholder provides platinum jewelry solutions for bridal retailers

Stuller, Inc. recently presented its new Platinum Collection from Stuller, volume 70. This catalog contains a large selection of platinum bridal, diamond, color gemstone fashion and religious jewelry. Also included is a new collection of men’s platinum jewelry.

“We firmly believe that platinum is the superior choice for jewelry creation, ensuring the safety and security of your customer’s diamonds and gemstones,” says Matt Stuller, Chairman and CEO. “We invite retailers to embrace the ‘two people equals three platinum rings’ concept of selling. Every wedding requires three rings, so why not focus on selling the set, instead of the individual rings, for maximum impact?”

IGI launches Diamond Typing service

The International Gemological Institute (IGI) has announced the addition of a new identification offering to its wide array of existing gemological services. IGI Diamond Typing, available via the New York Laboratory, was created in response to client demand and overall industry need. A diamond’s type is integral in determining the stone’s color and can distinguish likely candidates for HPHT color treatment process and/or artificial irradiation.

Diamonds fall into four major types, Ia, Ib, IIa and IIb, based on the concentration levels of nitrogen and/or boron in a given stone, as well as the state of aggregation of present nitrogen within its crystal lattice.

If a diamond is determined fit for color treatment, knowing the type aids in establishing the proper treatment conditions (temperature, pressure, irradiation, etc.) and assists in forecasting the color of the diamond after treatment.

“Diamond typing is a crucial first step in the color treatment of diamonds and this new service can assist both our clients and the industry as a whole,” stated IGI President and CEO Jerry Ehrenwald, GG, ASA.

In addition, diamond typing plays an important role in distinguishing true “Canary” diamonds (type Ib) and true Golconda diamonds (type IIa).

Customers can submit up to 10 diamonds, regardless of individual weight, to IGI’s New York laboratory (located at 589 Fifth Avenue) for typing, which costs $150.00. If less than 10 stones are submitted, the fee remains the same. The client will receive a document that attests to the type of each submitted diamond, in addition to its weight and measurements. Turnaround time for this service is 48 hours.

For more information contact IGI at www.igiworldwide.com.

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