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Not for the faint-hearted: Ira Savoie loves the lively challenge of jewelry appraising

Not for the faint-hearted: Ira Savoie loves the lively challenge of jewelry appraising

For the past 17 years, Ira Savoie has been appraising jewelry of all sorts for the people of New Orleans and beyond. Sometimes, it’s business as usual at his appraisals-while-you-wait studio; other times things get animated as he delivers an unwelcom...

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AWDC announces “revolution in diamond polishing process”

AWDC announces “revolution in diamond polishing process”

(ANTWERP) - The Scientific and Technological Research Center for Diamonds (WTOCD) is the collective research center of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), the umbrella organization for the Antwerp diamond industry. The WTOCD has announced they ha...

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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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GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair slated for July 13

GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair slated for July 13

Event offers job opportunities, career coaching, networking and more

(NEW YORK) - Leading networking event for the gem and jewelry industry, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair , returns to New York City on Friday, July 13. Whether...

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May retail sales increased 5.6% over last year as economy continues to grow

(WASHINGTON) - May retail sales increased 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted over April and 5.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year as a growing economy prompted consumers to continue to spend, the National Retail Federation reported. The numbers exclude a...

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May retail sales increased 5.6% over last year as economy continues to grow

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(WASHINGTON) - May retail sales increased 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted over April and 5.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year as a growing economy prompted consumers to continue to spend, the National Retail Federation reported. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

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IDEX reports China cuts tariffs on 18 jewelry categories

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IDEX reports China cuts tariffs on 18 jewelry categories

(IDEX Online) – China will be slashing import taxes on jewelry, as part of tariff reductions on a wide range of consumer goods, as of July 1.

The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council in China issued the "Notice on Reducing the Import Tariffs of Daily Consumer Goods" last week. According to ...

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GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair slated for July 13

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GIA’s New York Jewelry Career Fair slated for July 13

Event offers job opportunities, career coaching, networking and more

(NEW YORK) - Leading networking event for the gem and jewelry industry, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Jewelry Career Fair , returns to New York City on Friday, July 13. Whether you are looking to join the incredible gem and je...

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Thai jewelry sparkles at DITP Roadshow at JCK Las Vegas to promote 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

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Thai jewelry sparkles at DITP Roadshow at JCK Las Vegas to promote 62nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

(l-r) Sritala Sutapak, Deputy Director, Thai Trade Center Los Angeles; Boonkij Jitngamplang, President of Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (TGJTA); Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri, President of CIBJO; Kwannapa Phivnil, Executive Director, Thai Trade Center Los Angeles; and Rung Julius Zheng, Vice Pres...

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

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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

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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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AWDC announces “revolution in diamond polishing process”

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AWDC announces “revolution in diamond polishing process”

(ANTWERP) - The Scientific and Technological Research Center for Diamonds (WTOCD) is the collective research center of the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), the umbrella organization for the Antwerp diamond industry. The WTOCD has announced they have developed a revolutionary technology that fully...

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Breaking the rules of engagement, Helzberg Diamonds introduces the “Will You?” Ring

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Breaking the rules of engagement, Helzberg Diamonds introduces the “Will You?” Ring

Couples have new way to propose and then select “the” ring together

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.)  - Many couples dream of that moment when one partner gets on bended knee and asks the big question with a small box - but what if their partner doesn’t love the ring inside? Enter Helzberg Diamonds and The “Wi...

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

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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

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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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WJA’S 25th Gala honored industry leaders, it’s founders and raised scholarships for next generation

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The Women’s Jewelry Association’s (WJA) 25th annual Awards for Excellence, held on July 27 at Chelsea Piers in New York City, was a festive toast to the women who founded and nurtured the organization as well as to two exceptional industry leaders. Sybil Yurman, president and CMO of David Yurman, and Steven Kaiser, president and CEO of Kaiser Time, received WJA’s highest honors.

On accepting her Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. Yurman said, “It’s not often that you get to do what you love and get to do it with someone you love.” She also acknowledged Carolyn Kelly, former jewelry buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue, and now co-owner of Old World Chain, for “helping in the early years.” She spoke about the sense of “family” in the industry and acknowledged “all the people who have taught us so much.”

Mr. Kaiser, who received the Ben Kaiser Award, was introduced by retailers John Green and Lee Berg. He said his father, after whom the award was named, was ahead of his time for promoting women in the industry. He thanked his mother, Eta, wife, Vivian, and daughter, Emily, and acknowledged his female team, who were in attendance.

WJA’s president Yancy Weinrich, Industry VP, JCK Events, recognized the association’s three “Pillar of Distinction” sponsors: Platinum Guild International, Jewelers Mutual Insurance, and David Yurman. She also introduced a special 25th anniversary video that had been produced by Filmworks, Inc. and overseen by Anniversary Co-chairs Linda Goldstein, a WJA founder and former president, and Billie Sutter, a former national board member. With interviews from many of the influential women responsible for the creation and growth of the organization, it highlighted key initiatives, such as WJA’s Student Scholarships, DIVA Awards, Awards for Excellence and the Women in the Know conferences.

In celebration of WJA’s 25th year, Ms. Weinrich announced that $25,000 will be distributed this year in Student Scholarships, one of the first programs of the national organization when it was established in 1983. WJA’s annual Scholarship Fund is supported by its Silent Auction, held during the Awards for Excellence gala, and donations from companies and individuals. Overseeing the 2008 Silent Auction was Nessi Erkmenoglu of Harper’s Bazaar.

Monies raised from a drawing for a special Hearts On Fire “Dream” diamond will also be donated to the WJA Scholarship Fund, according to Dinner Chair Lisa Cochin of Diamond Promotion Service.

WJA has had nine presidents, all of whom were celebrated at the event: Gerry Gewirtz, Linda Goldstein, Tina Segal, Helene Fortunoff, Rachel Rosin, Phyllis Bergman, Anna Martin, Ann Arnold, and Ms. Weinrich. Each will receive a special WJA President’s Pin designed by Judith Ripka.

In addition, the dinner recognized the past Hall of Fame and Ben Kaiser Award winners, including: Babette Goodman Cohen and Jane Goodman Baum, Phyllis Bergman, Nancy Brewer, Terry Burman, Bill Boyajian, Ralph Destino, Helene Fortunoff, Mary Forte, June Herman, Laurie Hudson, Juell Kadet, Ben Kaiser, Kathryn Kimmel, Peggy Kirby, Anna Martin, Eunice Robinson Miles, Sallie Morton, Joan Parker, Beryl Raff, Harriet Schreiner, and Hedda Schupak.

 

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WJA celebrates its presidents at 25th Anniversary gala: (from left): Ann Arnold, first president Gerry Gewirtz, Linda Goldstein, Tina Segal, Phyllis Bergman, Rachel Rosin, Helene Fortunoff, current president Yancy Weinrich, and Anna Martin.

 

Other highlights of the evening included Broadway musical selections from Broadway Pops International. To top off the dinner, guests enjoyed a delectable dessert buffet and danced to hip music by DJ Aaron James, sponsored by Harper’s Bazaar. The party continued long into the night!

WJA, founded in 1983, is the preeminent association of professional women in the jewelry, watch and related industries. Through the national organization, headquartered in Chicago Ridge, IL, and a network of 12 regional chapters, members benefit from educational and networking opportunities, scholarships, design competitions, annual women’s business conferences, and recognition programs, such as its annual Awards for Excellence gala. For more information about WJA, call 708-361-6266 or visit www.womensjewelry.org.


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