When Texas jewelers get together to meet, exchange ideas, share tips and brainstorm, they inevitably find new and exciting ways to succeed in the jewelry business. As the US jewelry industry’s largest state association, they continue to thrive. Members from many cities in Texas, large and small, get together at their Meet and Greet events at industry trade shows, at their board meetings and annual event and the entire operations are run by a volunteer board and director.
To add interest, innovation and excitement to their annual get together, previously known as their convention, this year they created Texas Tours. Texas Tours are three special tours for those who register for their Round Up to be held Sunday, October 16 through Monday, October 17 at the Westin Irving Convention Center, a five star rated hotel.
The first tour includes a behind-the-scenes private tour of the world famous Perot Museum Special Gem collection.
The second tour includes boarding a tour bus sponsored by JA for a peek into the manufacturing, repairing and creating of high-end watches and watch accessories at the Time Delay Headquarters.
Demonstrations of diamond cutting and polishing at Southwest Diamond Cutters is the third tour of the event.
These Texas jewelry businesses have opened their doors to TJA to share their knowledge and create excitement at learning outside rather than in a hotel setting with various seminars inside.
“We are so lucky to have dedicated members and board members who believe in the Texas Jewelers mission to be the best in the country,” said Susan Eisen, Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry, El Paso, Texas, president of the Association. “Our Texas heritage has a lot to offer our members and we are thrilled at the chance to be the first creators of this type of get together. We want to take advantage of the great people who are in our industry located in Dallas, and plan to continue our efforts in TJA to build and grow forward in Texas.”
Also included this year is an exclusive group of invited vendors to showcase their products at the social event on Sunday from 4 – 6 pm in the TJA ballroom. Registration forms for vendors can be found at texasjewelers.org under the 2022 TJA Convention tab.
The annual TJA Design Competition will be held on Sunday afternoon in the ballroom and is open to TJA members who are present at the event. Deadline for early bird pricing for entries is October 1. More information can be found at texasjewelers.org under the 2022 TJA Convention tab.
Deadline for hotel registration for Round Up special discounted rate of $179 (plus taxes) at the Westin Irving Convention Center is September 26. Contact the Westin and ask for the Texas Jewelers Association rate. Registration deadline to attend the Round Up and tours is October 1, 2022. Space is limited so register early for the event. Round Up registration forms can be found in the 2022 TJA Convention tab at texasjewelers.org.