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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.

AGTA launches online Industry Guide

(DALLAS) - The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced the launch of an online sourcing guide for the gemstone and jewelry industry. AGTA developed the site in conjunction with MultiView, Inc., a leading publisher of Online Supplier Directories (OLSD) for national associations.

The Gem Industry Guide will help AGTA provide their members and other industry professionals, with a unique online search tool that will give them quick access to an extensive directory of industry-specific products and services. The directory will be accessible through a prominent link located on the AGTA website, www.agta.org.

"We are always looking for opportunities to offer more exposure for the Association and its members," said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "This guide is a proven solution for web savvy companies looking for gemstone and jewelry related products."

Within the Gem Industry Guide, online searchers will be able to easily locate products and services unique to the industry without the clutter of a general Internet search engine. Users will have the option of performing keyword driven searches, or a category specific search. Both methods will produce the most industry relevant results on the web.

The guide will also include Request For Information (RFI) functionality. This feature allows users to contact participating suppliers with a click of their mouse. With a downloadable desktop search application available, industry professionals will also have the ability to search for items directly from a small search window on their desktops - making the search process as convenient and time-efficient as possible.