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24K Club conducts Membership Meeting, cocktail reception at Atlanta Jewelry Show

(ATLANTA) - The 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States held their bi-annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, February 28th, prior to the opening day of the Southeastern Jewelry Travelers Association's Atlanta Jewelry Show, at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta, Georgia. At the meeting, brought to order by 24 Karat Club president Mike Fallaize, the membership discussed prospective new members, the awarding of Club scholarships and the annual black tie 24 Karat Club Banquet.

RJO introduces new program at Spring Buying Show

The Retail Jewelers Organization focuses on personal and professional growth at this year's event.

(NEWTON, Iowa) - Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO) jewelers and manufacturers from around the country attended the exclusive Spring 2009 RJO Buying Show January 17-19, in San Antonio, Texas. The RJO Buying Show, held semi-annually, provides independent jewelers the opportunity to browse current fashions, network with other industry leaders and purchase jewelry at pre-negotiated prices.

“Cameos Old & New 4th Edition”

Retailers must grab this! It is good for you, good for your business, good to give to your customers.

Gemologist Diana Jarrett leaves no stone unturned in her sweeping revision of the classic reference guide "Cameos Old & New, 4th Edition" by GemStone Press. Jarrett combines her training as a gemologist and appraiser and her passion for uncovering "the story behind the stone" to this lavishly illustrated compendium on the topic of cameos. From classical motifs to abstract modern interpretations; from traditional materials to recently discovered gemstones; from ancient stone carving techniques to modern machine carving production - it's all there in rich detail and technical but easily understood prose.

Cameos-AprilJewelry professionals and collectors as well as anyone interested in gemstone carvings will find what they want to know in this well organized and thoroughly entertaining book.

This latest 4th edition of "Cameos Old & New" provides a comprehensive cultural and historical context upon which these miniature sculptural works of art are placed. The beautifully illustrated black and white and color plates, 75% of which are new to this edition, present a mind blowing collection to satisfy the cravings of any seasoned collector or whet the appetite of those new to gem carving and cameos. Unlike some reference books that are used a page or chapter at a time to answer a question, this book is best enjoyed from cover to cover.

Diana Jarrett writes for both the casual and experienced collector of cameos, as well as dealers, appraisers, and jewelry historians and those interested in a captivating volume about this curious art-form - the cameo. "Cameos Old & New" is not just a reference but it is the reference for cameos. Starting with the historical perspective of ancient cameos, Jarrett develops the story of who those gifted gem carvers were and where and how they carved. Tales unfold of scarabs and Greek gods - of ancient fashions of the rich and royal. The development of stone carving techniques and use of other materials are set against the background of the rise, the fall, and the re-emergence of this ancient craft. The cameos themselves reveal powerful messages expressed in stone that have passed through the hands of queens and popes, through generations of collectors, down through history and finally end up today in museums and private collections.

This comprehensive edition is a valuable handbook for discovering how to distinguish important qualities in the cameos one collects or sees. Not only does this volume present a detailed timeline of ancient to modern cameos, materials, subject matter and carving techniques - but it offers chapter upon chapter of up-to-date resources and contact information that is available online for contemporary cameo artists, the modern masters, and suppliers.

For more information or to get a copy of the book contact author Diana Jarrett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Start-to-Finish marks seventh anniversary with free bracelet promotion

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) - Start-to-Finish LLC, manufacturer of fine 14k gold diamond link bracelets, marks its seventh year in business this March. To celebrate, the company is offering retail jewelry stores in the United States a special promotion. Qualified jewelers may order any seven starter bracelets and receive one free. This offer is valid now through September 15, 2009.

M&K Recovery Group increases e-cycling volume, expands customer base -Electronics recycler reports strong momentum

(NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.) - M&K Recovery Group (www.mkrecoverygroup.com), a precious metals refining and computer recycling specialist drawing on more than thirty years of global expertise, reported its successes in 2008. The company recycled and reclaimed 600,000 pounds of copper-related materials, including circuit boards, cable and brass, representing a 15% increase from 2007. By recycling these items, M&K and its customers have helped keep a host of hazardous or toxic materials out of U.S. landfills.

The American Gem Society® and Jewelers Mutual form historic partnership

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society® and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company have announced a long-term partnership that is the first of its kind for both organizations.

This historic alliance provides Jewelers Mutual with an exclusive insurance endorsement from the American Gem Society. Jewelers Mutual, in turn, will serve as presenting sponsor of the American Gem Society Conclave®, a premier educational event for the jewelry industry. The sponsorship ensures ongoing support for the event beginning with the 2009 Conclave, held April 1-4 in Chicago.

JA welcomes small business assistance in Economic Recovery Act

The bill includes tax and loan relief for jewelers, as well as tax credits to help boost consumer spending

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace, welcomes passage of "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," which includes much-needed small business provisions that will benefit the jewelry industry, as well as tax relief designed to get consumers spending again.