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Estate jeweler starts foundation, jewelry collection for niece

Estate jeweler starts foundation, jewelry collection for niece

When a young life ends abruptly - especially a per...

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 br...

Featured Articles

Bill’s Jewelers thrives by staying true to a family promise

Bill’s Jewelers thrives by staying true to a family promise

Bill’s Jewelers in Thomasville, Ga., has three driving forces that have kept the store growing every single year since it opened back in 1986.

One is treating your customers like family and providing the best service possible, making sure that all of ...

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Kaiser Time and the American Gem Society partner on watch education

Kaiser Time and the American Gem Society partner on watch education

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS), in conjunction with Kaiser Time, is launching the first-of-its-kind non-brand specific course for watch studies. The course will be offered through the AGS learning portal, AGS Pro, and is available to the...

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AGS announces 2018 Circle of Distinction Honorees

AGS announces 2018 Circle of Distinction Honorees

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced that it will honor three esteemed leaders in the jewelry industry at its annual Circle of Distinction dinner on Tuesday, July 17 at the historic Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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Industry Events

Israel to hold diamond auction at JCK Las Vegas

Israel to hold diamond auction at JCK Las Vegas

(RAMAT GAN, Israel) - The Israeli Diamond Industry will again be among the largest international exhibitors at the JCK Las Vegas Show (June 1-4, 2018,). The Israel Diamond Pavilion, organized by the Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) will feature 34 exhib...

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Other News

The Atlantic explores the legend of the Pearl of Lao Tzu

The Atlantic explores the legend of the Pearl of Lao Tzu

A tale of ancient philosophers, alien abductions, murder-for-hire and how the world’s largest pearl came to be the centerpiece of an 80-year-old hoax 

egend says the diver drowned retrieving the pearl. Trapped in a giant  Tridacna  c...

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The Atlantic explores the legend of the Pearl of Lao Tzu

5 DAYS AGO
The Atlantic explores the legend of the Pearl of Lao Tzu

A tale of ancient philosophers, alien abductions, murder-for-hire and how the world’s largest pearl came to be the centerpiece of an 80-year-old hoax 

egend says the diver drowned retrieving the pearl. Trapped in a giant  Tridacna  clam, his body was brought to the surface by his fe...

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Kindred Keepsake wins JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award

5 DAYS AGO
Kindred Keepsake wins JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award

Honeymoon Memento takes 1st in Custom Personalized Jewelry category

Kindred Keepsake Jewelry is excited to announce they have been awarded first place in JCK’s 2018 Jewelers’ Choice Awards for the custom personalized jewelry category.

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Israel to hold diamond auction at JCK Las Vegas

5 DAYS AGO
Israel to hold diamond auction at JCK Las Vegas

(RAMAT GAN, Israel) - The Israeli Diamond Industry will again be among the largest international exhibitors at the JCK Las Vegas Show (June 1-4, 2018,). The Israel Diamond Pavilion, organized by the Israel Diamond Institute (IDI) will feature 34 exhibitors.

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Hallmark Jewelry to sponsor Facets of Hope After-Party for third year

5 DAYS AGO
Hallmark Jewelry to sponsor Facets of Hope After-Party for third year

British singer/songwriter Calum Scott will perform at the JFC After-Party. Bulova to provide special entertainment

For the third year in a row Hallmark Jewelry will be sponsoring the after-party taking place immediately after the Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope event. The Facets of Hope will take...

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AGS announces 2018 Circle of Distinction Honorees

4 DAYS AGO
AGS announces 2018 Circle of Distinction Honorees

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced that it will honor three esteemed leaders in the jewelry industry at its annual Circle of Distinction dinner on Tuesday, July 17 at the historic Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group recognizes top agents

12 DAYS AGO
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group recognizes top agents

President’s Club agents characterized by excellence in jewelers block expertise

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group recognized its top agencies for their expertise in jewelers block insurance during JM Summit, an annual sales conference. Agencies were named to the President’s Club in reco...

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Kaiser Time and the American Gem Society partner on watch education

5 DAYS AGO
Kaiser Time and the American Gem Society partner on watch education

(LAS VEGAS) - The American Gem Society (AGS), in conjunction with Kaiser Time, is launching the first-of-its-kind non-brand specific course for watch studies. The course will be offered through the AGS learning portal, AGS Pro, and is available to the jewelry industry. This course will provide founda...

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Stuller, Inc. debuts a new informational publication

5 DAYS AGO
Stuller, Inc. debuts a new informational publication

Focuses on trends, curation, and design

(LAFAYETTE, La.)  - Stuller is excited to release the first issue of Beyond The Glass, a publication designed to share useful ideas within this unique community of jewelry professionals.

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The Marketing Minute: Trend Spotting

7 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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The Marketing Minute: Pricing Strategy

7 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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