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GN Diamond offers independents advanced tools to maximize sales

GN Diamond offers independents advanced tools to maximize sales

GN Diamond continues to expand the offerings it brings to more than 3,500 independent jewelers. Along with supplying loose diamonds and finished jewelry, the wholesaler provides so much more - marketing materials, advertising strategies and other too...

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ASHI launches 2018 Holiday Marketing Program

ASHI launches 2018 Holiday Marketing Program

ASHI is excited to announce the launch of it’s 2018 Holiday Wish Book. This year ASHI has included exclusive jewelry from its Fusion Diamond Collection, the newest additions from its Lovebright and I DO Bridal Collections and the hottest trends in di...

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Time Delay marks 40 years of crafting custom enhancements for one-of-a-kind watches

Time Delay marks 40 years of crafting custom enhancements for one-of-a-kind watches

(DALLAS) - Time Delay Corporation is celebrating 40 years in the time-honored tradition of offering its independent jewelers exactly what they need: the latest and finest in custom dials, bezels and bracelets at competitive prices, along with custom d...

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Industry Events

Biggest group yet for RJO Next Gen Experience

Biggest group yet for RJO Next Gen Experience

(OAK BROOK, Ill.) - Setting aside time to continually learn about the industry and invest in yourself as an employee is not an easy task. It takes planning and drive. Last month, almost 40 members of RJO spent a weekend retreat at RJO Next Gen 2018. T...

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Other News

Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again

Retailers discover antique & period jewelry resonates with today’s shoppers  

Jewelers operating in a fiercely competitive climate must get creative when connecting with their core customers. Now the demographic of jewelry consumers and the re...

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Everything Old is New Again

12 DAYS AGO
Everything Old is New Again

Retailers discover antique & period jewelry resonates with today’s shoppers  

Jewelers operating in a fiercely competitive climate must get creative when connecting with their core customers. Now the demographic of jewelry consumers and the reasons they buy are light years away from those in ...

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Chance meeting leads to a unique bank/jeweler appraisal partners

12 DAYS AGO
Chance meeting leads to a unique bank/jeweler appraisal partners

Terry Kahn, GG, president of Jewelry Appraisers of North Carolina.

(GREENSBORO, N.C.) - A happenstance meeting between an established independent jewelry appraiser and innovative trust banking executive in Greensboro, NC led the bank (First Citizens Bank) to establish a unique system, centralizing in ...

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Biggest group yet for RJO Next Gen Experience

5 DAYS AGO
Biggest group yet for RJO Next Gen Experience

(OAK BROOK, Ill.) - Setting aside time to continually learn about the industry and invest in yourself as an employee is not an easy task. It takes planning and drive. Last month, almost 40 members of RJO spent a weekend retreat at RJO Next Gen 2018. These three days were full of networking, idea shar...

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Jewelers for Children celebrates 20 years

5 DAYS AGO
Jewelers for Children celebrates 20 years

Honors Bill Luth and Jeffrey Cohen

(NEW YORK)  - Jewelers for Children held their 20th annual Facets of Hope event on June 3, in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The charity announced that $1.95 million had been raised to support their charity partners in the year ahead bringing t...

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Time Delay marks 40 years of crafting custom enhancements for one-of-a-kind watches

5 DAYS AGO
Time Delay marks 40 years of crafting custom enhancements for one-of-a-kind watches

(DALLAS) - Time Delay Corporation is celebrating 40 years in the time-honored tradition of offering its independent jewelers exactly what they need: the latest and finest in custom dials, bezels and bracelets at competitive prices, along with custom diamond enhancements for most pre-owned, precious t...

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Sissy’s Log Cabin names Lamar McCubbin new president

5 DAYS AGO
Sissy’s Log Cabin names Lamar McCubbin new president

Arkansas’s largest independently owned jewelry store promotes new president from within

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)  - Sissy’s Log Cabin has announced the promotion of Lamar McCubbin to president. An industry veteran with more than 25 years experience, McCubbin has worked with the brand since 2014. With ...

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ASHI launches 2018 Holiday Marketing Program

5 DAYS AGO
ASHI launches 2018 Holiday Marketing Program

ASHI is excited to announce the launch of it’s 2018 Holiday Wish Book. This year ASHI has included exclusive jewelry from its Fusion Diamond Collection, the newest additions from its Lovebright and I DO Bridal Collections and the hottest trends in diamond and gemstone jewelry. For over 34 years, ASH...

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GIA launches Proprietary Cut Program for diamond grading reports

5 DAYS AGO
GIA launches Proprietary Cut Program for diamond grading reports

Branded cut names may now be included on select reports

(CARLSBAD, Calif.)  - GIA (Gemological Institute of America) laboratory clients can now participate in GIA’s Proprietary Cut Program for diamonds with branded cut names. GIA grading reports for diamonds submitted as part of this program will...

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

8 MONTHS AGO

Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

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The Marketing Minute: Pricing Strategy

8 MONTHS AGO

Marketing specialist George Prout produces a weekly marketing advice video for retail jewelers, The Monday Morning Marketing Minute. He’s generously agreed to let us share them with our eWeekly readers.

 

Click here  to see more of George Prout’s The Marketing Minute

 

 

 

 

 

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About Southern Jewelry News

Established in 1988, Southern Jewelry News is currently in its 28th year of publication, and is the only trade newspaper dedicated to the Southern jewelry industry. Our circulation is nearly 13,000 readers with all our database management done in house. By updating our mailing list monthly, we can guarantee your message will reach your intended audience.

Our unique format and very reasonable
advertising rates set us apart from all other industry publications. Our tabloid size means your ad will be larger and more noticeable, BIGGER IS BETTER!

Take a look at Southern Jewelry News and see why our readers
call us the most readable publication in the industry.

About Mid-America Jewelry News

Mid-America Jewelry News was started in 2002 after repeated requests from our advertisers and readers to bring the regional, down-home news format of Southern Jewelry News to other parts of the country. Now in it's 8th full year of publication, over 8,000 readers look forward to receiving Mid-America Jewelry News every month.


Staff

newnams_smallBill Newnam is the co-owner and editor-in-chief of Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of North Carolina - Greensboro.

Bill began working in the jewelry industry in 1987 for a manufacturer of colored stone and diamond jewelry and engravable giftware. In 1992 he was promoted to national sales manager of that organization.

In February 2000 Bill and his partner, Chris Smith, purchased Southern Jewelry News from Elizabeth Curtis. In October 2001 the pair started Mid-America Jewelry News to make their style of down-home jewelry news available to jewelers in America's Heartland.

Bill is a member of the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association, several state jewelry associations in the southeast and the 24 Karat Club Southeastern United States in which he has held several officer positions including president.

smiths_smallChris Smith is the President and publisher of Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News. He graduated from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science.

Chris' background in the industry includes employment as purchasing manager for a jewelry and giftware manufacturing firm. In February 2000 Chris and his partner, Bill Newnam, purchased Southern Jewelry News from Elizabeth Curtis. In October 2001 the pair started Mid-America Jewelry News to make their style of down-home jewelry news available to jewelers in America's Heartland. Chris is a member of the North Carolina and Georgia Jewelers Association.

Chris and his wife, Carol, have been married since 1994. They have two children, Nate and Katie, and an Australian Shepard named Copper. Chris spends his spare time with his family traveling, exercising, and getting outdoors. 


elesa2Elesa Dillon is the Vice President of Sales for Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News. She joined the company in January 2002.

Elesa has been in the jewelry industry for over 25 years and her experience includes working in retail, and with a manufacturer/wholesaler, where she was involved in virtually every aspect of the business. She received a Lifetime Achievement award in 2010 from The Mid-America Jewelry Association.

She is a member of the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association, Several State Jewelers Association. She has served on the vendor advisory committee with the Retail Jewelers Organization. Elesa also serves on the Board of The Atlanta Jewelry Show. 

Elesa is a second-generation jewelry professional, and owes her passion for the industry to her mentor; her late father Paul Brandenburg.

Elesa's personal time revolves around her husband and two boys. Elesa enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and volunteering.


martha_smallMartha Osswald Martha Osswald is the office manager and heads up the classified sales department for Southern Jewelry News and Mid-America Jewelry News. She is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2005.

Martha's personal time involves spending time with her family, and friends. She joined in the company in December of 2009.


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