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White Pine Trading Launches Contest for Retailers

(Press Release) White Pine Trading has launched a contest in which retailers have a chance to win a prize package by testing their diamond grading knowledge.

For completion of the five-minute quiz plus liking of either White Pine’s Facebook or Instagram page, individuals will receive one entry into a prize draw for the “Ultimate Diamond Grading Kit.”

The prize is valued at $500 and includes an Ellin CZ Master Set, OttLite, diamond sorting pad, tote bag, diamond scoop, pens, calculator, diamond dazzle sticks, tweezer and loupe.

The winner will be announced Jan. 3 and will be posted on White Pine’s website and social media pages and shared with trade publications.


Step 1
Take the Quiz.

Step 2
Like one or both of White Pine's social media pages.

Step 3
Visit White Pine online to discover the winner of the “Ultimate Diamond Grading Kit."

American Society of Appraisers to Hold Gems & Jewelry Course in March

(Press Release) The American Society of Appraisers has announced its "Appraising Gems & Jewelry for Advanced Assignments: Development and Report Writing" course to be held March 8-10 in Carlsbad, CA.

The course, GJ203, is required for accreditation as a gems and jewelry appraiser in ASA. The advanced curriculum builds on the terminology and valuation theory learned in courses PG201 and GJ202.

The material covered in GJ203 includes topics not taught in previous GJ Principles of Valuation courses, such as analyzing comparable sales results and writing a convincing argument supporting the value conclusion. The course provides students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and confidence required to complete challenging assignments such as appraising for estate tax, equitable distribution or insurance loss claim.

Upon completion of GJ203, students will better understand narrative appraisal report writing consistent with USPAP and ASA report writing requirements and be able to recognize and address special considerations necessary for unique and challenging assignments.

Additional benefits of the course include networking with top-level appraisers from across the country in a small group of highly motivated learners.

To register or for more information visit or call (800) 272-8258.

MJSA Names New Board Chair

(Press Release) Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA), a trade association for jewelry makers, designers and related suppliers, has elected Steven A. Cipolla as chair of its board of directors.

Cipolla is president of the Warwick, RI–based National Chain Group, which under his leadership has grown from its origins as a supplier of pendant and fashion chain into a full-service, fully integrated contract manufacturer and supplier. Today the company has a combined 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space in six locations, and its divisions include James A. Murphy & Son, Standard Chain, National Fabricated Products, National Research & Development and Colorado Casting.

A member of the MJSA board since 2013, Cipolla also serves on the board of the Providence Jewelers Club and is a member of the 24k Club of New York. He succeeds Ann Arnold, who is now chair of the MJSA Education Foundation.

In related news:

  • Dave Meleski, president of the New York City–based Richline Group, has been named secretary.
  • Stuart Lee, executive vice president of merchandising at Signet Jewelers in Akron, OH, has been appointed vice chair.
  • Edward DeCristofaro, president of LDC Inc. in East Providence, RI, is now officer at large.

Lee Krombholz, president of Krombholz Jewelers/Just Like You Designs in Cincinnati, OH, continues to serve as a vice chair. Michael Toback, president of Myron Toback Inc. in New York City, remains as treasurer.

Stuller Names New VP of Business Solutions

Douglas Menefee

(Press Release) Lafayette, LA – Stuller Inc. has named Douglas Menefee as its vice president of business solutions.

Menefee will be responsible for the Gemvision and TDM Solutions’ development and support teams.

“Doug, a Lafayette native, brings with him more than 20 years of experience in entrepreneurism and information technology,” said Danny Clark, president and chief operating officer of the company. “With a career history in strategic planning and the development of innovative technologies, we felt he would be a great fit to evolve our software solutions.”

Menefee previously held positions with Schumacher Group and Amazon Web Services. He has received multiple awards for his leadership and foresight, including Technology Review’s Top 100 Technology Innovators.

He has also published articles in outlets such as CIO Magazine and the Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal.

“I’m excited about having the opportunity to join the Stuller team,” Menefee said. “Stuller’s current digital solutions are already top performers in the jewelry industry, and I hope to continue the tradition of excellence.”

Charles Stanley, Yancy Weinrich to be Honored at Annual Facets of Hope

Charles Stanley

(Press Release) Jewelers for Children will hold its annual Facets of Hope on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The day change is a result of the adjusted JCK Show schedule. Charles Stanley of Forevermark and Yancy Weinrich of JCK Events, Luxury and JIS, have been named as honorees.

The event will celebrate the success of JFC's fund raising efforts for the year, and commitments to the charity partners will be announced. In 2016, nearly 2,000 industry guests attended during the Las Vegas market events. Both Stanley and Weinrich have agreed to serve as guests of honor at the event with the responsibility of assisting JFC in raising funds to benefit children who are the victims of catastrophic illness or life-threatening abuse and neglect. Each year, prominent industry leaders are honored by the charity.

“Charles and Yancy are such great honorees for us, said Dennis Ulrich, JFC chairman.

Both play such major roles in the industry and their organizations have been major supporters of our cause since we began in 1999. I can think of no two better people to honor.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the South Seas Ballroom on the third level of the hotel with cocktails, followed by dinner and the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in attending or sponsoring can contact JFC at (212) 687-2949 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Details and participation forms are available at the JFC website, Following dinner, attendees can enjoy the after-party which will include dessert and after-dinner drink options, as well as entertainment.

Stanley is president of Forevermark US, Inc. which is part of The De Beers Group of Companies. He joined De Beers in 1994 during which time he was responsible for De Beers’ marketing activities in Japan and subsequently the US before moving to the states in 2004 to join Harry Winston as vice president of merchandising and operations.

In 2010, he rejoined De Beers as President of Forevermark US, Inc. to set up the brand, as well as to launch and grow the Forevermark business in North America.

In addition to his duties at Forevermark, Stanley is a board member of the not-for- profit Jewelers’ Vigilance Committee and Jewelers for Children. He and his wife, Beverley, are the proud parents of three daughters. Charles is a world champion sailor and an avid beekeeper.

Yancy Weinrich

Weinrich is an industry veteran who currently serves as senior vice president for the Reed Jewelry Group Portfolio of events, which includes three brands – JCK, LUXURY and JIS – plus JCK Magazine and JCKOnline. She began her career in jewelry over 20 years ago with the American Gem Society and then joined the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) as vice president of business development. She joined Reed Exhibitions and the JCK Events team more than 12 years ago.

Weinrich is a passionate advocate for the jewelry industry and is a tireless supporter and participant in numerous industry associations. She is an International past President of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), and a sought-after presenter/speaker in the industry.

She currently serves on the Boards of the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF), the American Gem Society, and the 24KT club of New York City. She previously served on the board of directors of the Jewelers for Children. She has won numerous awards in the jewelry industry that include the Award for Excellence in Service from the Women’s Jewelry Association, Doyenne of the Year by the Indian Diamond and Colored Gemstone Association, and the prestigious Triple Zero Award from the American Gem Society.

She travels the world extensively in her role with the Reed Jewelry Group; she is a mother to her daughter and spends her free time skiing, golfing, running, reading and keeping up with the trends in fashion and jewelry.

Jewelers for Children was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated more than $ 51 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse or neglect through charity partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Make-A- Wish America and the National CASA Association. JFC also provides support to Make-A- Wish International and the Santa-America Fund. JFC credits its success to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals and jewelry consumers.

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