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Midas Chain releases new catalog

Midas Chain, Inc. is excited to introduce their new 2009-2010 catalog featuring an extensive fashion line of chains, bracelets, pendants, and earrings. Products are offered in 10, 14, and 18 karat. All catalog products are available for immediate delivery.

Stuller announces the release of Color Stories 2009

Prime manufacturer reinforces the "color centric" approach to gem selling

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller, Inc. has announced the release of Color Stories 2009, a color trends book which highlights the manufacturer's "color centric" approach to selling gemstones.

"As a member of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), we encourage the use of fine jewelry with gemstones as a fashion accessory," says Harold Dupuy, executive vice president of merchandising and marketing. "Aimed at the female self-purchaser, this book connects color as a form of expression with jewelry."

Birth Month Roses can increase your business year round

24K-Rose-AprilAdding the 12 roses of the 24 Karat Rose Co. Birth Month collection to your store can increase your profits throughout the year. Each is a natural rose that has been lacquered, trimmed in 24 karat gold and color enhanced to mirror the hue and tint of each of the 12 birthstones. Jewelers display them in a group with the counter display or individually in their showcases with their gemstone counterpart as an easy add-on.

Stuller, Inc. launches digital selling systems for retail jewelers

DTC Sightholder provides free diamond virtual inventory programs

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller, Inc. recently launched three electronic customization programs to help retail jewelers generate sales utilizing the DTC Sightholder's vast diamond inventory.

Stuller's first three digital programs include: the Virtual Diamond Selector, the Custom Stud Earring Selector, both of which are web-browser based and can be easily navigated by any jeweler with internet access, and a comprehensive Bridal Jewelry Customization application.

"These affordable programs give retailers the ability to sell customized jewelry with no inventory cost," says Bob Cox, executive vice president of sales. "As a DTC Sightholder, we feel the need to provide virtual inventory that reduces capital investment, improves cash flow and provides a high level of consumer satisfaction."

The Virtual Diamond Selector program allows jewelers to work with their customers in searching Stuller's large diamond inventory, which on January 30th had 10,711 diamonds, to find their perfect stone. The retailer can search with the consumer by size, by shape or by color. The site's main appeal is its functionality - the entire Stuller diamond showcase at your fingertips, with Stuller's overnight, just-in-time delivery always available.

"This program is the key to providing an exceptional shopping experience for busy retailers," says Stanley Zale, business vice president of diamonds. "It saves time, lowers costs and provides an optimal on-line shopping interaction for both retailers and their customers."

Stuller's Custom Stud Earring program gives retailers the opportunity to build a pair of diamond stud earrings exactly as desired by their customers. The program's functionality allows retailers to search Stuller's inventory and choose the setting, post style and matching back.

The third of many new digital selling solutions Stuller plans to introduce is the Bridal Jewelry Customization Program.

"Stuller's Bridal Jewelry Customization program offers retailers the most customizable options in the industry," Cox says. "Customer interaction and flexibility are vital to the selling process and searching Stuller's virtual inventory with your customer makes it easy to help them find a perfect match in your store. Options to search colored jewelry and mother's day pieces are coming soon.

"Hundreds of jewelers used one or more of these customization programs during the holiday season and have experienced positive results," says Cox. "They have seen diamond sale increases ranging from 15 - 40%."
One such jeweler is George Fritz of Mills Jewelers in Lockport, NY. "We enjoy educating our customers on diamonds and Stuller's Digital Selling Systems (also called Jeweler's Kiosk) gives us that opportunity," says Fritz. "The program provides a user-friendly, effortless way to sell quality diamonds. It is so easy, our store uses the programs every day."

For more information on how to implement these programs in your store, call (800) 877-7777 ext. 428 or go to www.stuller.com/marketingservices and click on Digital Selling Systems.

Stuller, Inc. is headquartered in Lafayette, LA and was founded by Matthew Stuller in 1970. The DTC Sightholder has 10 operations located on three continents around the world, and provides a wide range of goods and services for jewelry professionals. Stuller's core product categories include: diamonds, gemstones, finished jewelry, mountings, findings, bridal jewelry, tools and supplies.


6th Annual Bench Jewelers Conference slated for April 23-25

Each year the Bench Jewelers Conference has improved on the success of past Conferences and this year is no different. As in past years, the Bench Jewelers Conference offers a wide selection of seminars presented by working master jewelers to help you improve your skills and add new techniques to make your services more valuable to your customers and employer.

The Santa Fe Symposium®: Keeping you at the forefront

The 23rd annual Santa Fe Symposium® will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from May 17-20, 2009. A premier international conference for jewelry manufacturing technology, the Symposium provides attendees with cutting-edge information on research, trends and techniques from the jewelry industry. By attending, jewelers are investing in the future of their companies in order to withstand the difficult economic times we face today. This year's forum will be held at Hotel Albuquerque, where jewelers will hear and discuss ground-breaking presentations on the subjects that matter most to their business and to the jewelry industry.