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.
(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.
(ATLANTA) - While a surprise spring snowfall and a challenging economic climate did impact attendance at the February 28 - March 2, 2009 edition of the Atlanta Jewelry Show at the Cobb Galleria Center, it did little to dampen the spirits of exhibitors and attendees. Reports of quality buyers and unexpected sales from exhibitors, coupled with positive feedback on product selection, educational programming and Show events from retailers, created a relaxed, optimistic atmosphere on the show floor.
Karen is the designer for Burke's Jewelers and its Bay-Gems Collection, which she operates with her husband Fred in the tiny, picturesque town of Kilmarnock, Va. It's an idyllic setting lying between the Chesapeake Bay and Rappahannock River.
Producing the officially licensed UF logo and Gator Jewelry Collection - SwampGoldTM - has been a labor of love for Gator alumnus, Bernard Reller. But the boost in sales that comes with the Gator's National Championship is not lost on him either. "What started as a fun sideline to my Nautical and Treasure Jewelry has turned into a major revenue source in recent years!" commented a beaming Bernard. "We even produce award jewelry for UF's Athletic Association!"
Enameled in the orange and blue of the Florida Gators, RellerGold's sterling silver "Spirit BeadsTM"
retail for $45 each. The beads are compatible with all popular bead bracelet systems.
A surprise bonus came when Reller was asked by some local jewelers to produce a collection of UF logo bracelet beads. The instant success of his Gator "Spirit BeadsTM" pointed to a need for souvenir collections targeting special interests of bead collectors. This new direction has led to a line that now includes over a thousand beads in Nautical, SeaLife and Nature themes produced in sterling, 14K and fused glass - "all made in the USA," Reller hastens to add.