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WJA Jewelry Night Out 2015 Will Be in 19 Cities on September 10

(Press Release)The Women's Jewelry Association will host its third annual WJA Jewelry Night Out (JNO) on Thursday, Sept. 10.

The festivities will kick off in the early evening in 19 cities through the United States: Atlanta; Bethesda, MD; Birmingham, AL; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Cincinnati; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Madison, WI; Minneapolis; Nashville, TN; New York City; Providence, RI; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle.

Check for exact locations and start times for each event, and to register to attend.

Jewelry Night Out welcomes designers, retailers, editors, marketers, appraisers, salespeople, manufacturers, and members of jewelry and watch industry organizations to its annual get-together.

"Jewelry Night Out is our premiere national networking event," says Andrea Hansen, WJA president. "It provides a stellar chance for WJA members all over the country to meet up, and also link to each other online via social networks."

Attendees at all events can apply for, or renew, membership in WJA, for a one-time price of $99 (reduced from $160 for new members; $135 for renewing members). The one-time $99 price for new and renewing members is only valid that evening for people attending the events.

"WJA membership is one of the most important gifts you can give your jewelry industry career," say Fran Pennella and Cindy Edelstein, co-vice presidents of membership development for WJA. "From the networking at Jewelry Night Out, to the discounts on events all year round, it's worth the price of admission."

A special feature of the evening at all locations is a WJA #BlingCam — a miniature photo set at which attendees can display their hands to show off rings and bracelets via social media.

WJA also encourages attendees to use the hashtag #WJANightOut during the evening, to connect events nationwide on social sites. Jewelry Night Out's lead sponsors are the brands Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, both members of the Signet Group. In-kind sponsors include JCK and INSTORE magazines, as well as DiVision Creative Group. Add a comment

DDC’s India Diamond Week Has Largest-Ever Opening Day

(Press Release) The Diamond Dealers Club of New York, in conjunction with India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, greeted close to 100 exhibitors and several hundred buyers at its third India Diamond Week on the DDC’s trading floor in Manhattan.

The DDC is creating trading opportunities in today’s market by welcoming international diamantaires to trade at the largest bourse in the U.S.

“This has been the busiest and most successful opening day we’ve had so far for India Diamond Week. We see the DDC trade show as a tremendous opportunity for dealers, wholesalers and manufacturers around the world to connect and forge significant business relationships,” said DDC President Reuven Kaufman.

“This is the third time that we have welcomed diamantaires from India on our trading floor, in order to create new connections, build on existing relationships, and generate success for our industry.”

The event aims at increasing communication between diamantaires and promoting business globally.

“DDC week is a good kick-start for the targeted American markets,” said Chirg Kakadia, Director of Sheetal Manufacturing. Kakadia continued that DDC Trading Weeks, “give you a level of confidence and bring good business in the future. This is our second time and we are going to come back all the time for the shows.”

India Diamond Week at the DDC will be held through August 27th at the DDC’s headquarters in the heart of the diamond district at 580 Fifth Avenue at 47th Street in New York.

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Perrelet Unveils First Class Collection for Gents and Ladies

(Press Release) Building on a heritage stretching back more than 230 years, Perrelet is strongly attached to traditions. It is capable of offering watchmaking interpretations that are both contemporary and ageless, while placing aesthetic purity in the service of mechanical beauty.

The classic First Class family is a perfect demonstration of this approach. It comprises a range of elegant and timeless timepieces for men and women, in three-hand plus date or visible balance-wheel versions.

This collection is defined by a brushed or polished steel case — featuring simple lines and nicely balanced proportions — that is designed to be extremely pleasant to wear. The slim case middle is immediately recognizable by its brand-signature fluted motif along the sides. All variations are fitted with genuine black or brown alligator straps secured by a steel folding clasp with lateral push buttons.

The dials display a new appearance in keeping with the new aesthetic concept governing the dials and now implemented on all classic Perrelet models. This involves a depth-effect construction based on a grained central motif framed by a guilloché rim, a play on contrasts that further reinforces their character, while the faceted hour-markers lend a radiantly luminous touch.

Some of the ladies' models have been treated to the same evolution, while others are fitted with black or white mother-of-pearl dial enhanced by gem-set hour-markers. Certain versions feature bezels adorned with a ring of 64 diamonds further accentuating their elegance. Housed in new 35 mm-diameter cases, the First Class Lady models exude an allure that is both trendy and extremely feminine.

The collections composing the First Class family are equipped with a mechanical automatic in-house movement: Caliber P-321 for the three-hand plus date models; and Caliber P-391 with visible balance wheel appearing through a dial opening at 6 o'clock. All of them are fitted with a transparent sapphire case back providing a chance to admire the mechanism.

New watch line from Perrelet

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Edge Academy Adds Monét Fischer

(Press Release) The Edge Retail Academy has announced they have added sales specialist Monét Fischer to their consulting team.

Drawing from more than 20 years of experience in the retail jewelry industry, Fischer will fill the newly created role of Edge Pulse Sales Consultant.

She will coordinate the Free 60 Day Edge Pulse Challenge, which includes one-to-one training and setting up the sales associate module as well as a guided tour of Edge Pulse tools and benefits. It also includes ongoing Edge Pulse training and management support to existing clients to ensure they are using the program and optimizing its benefits.

Edge Pulse is a new live feed addition to The Edge Point-Of-Sale system, which updates a store’s key performance indicators on a secure online site, allowing storeowners or managers to view the indicators remotely. The Edge Pulse enhancement allows important sales and store information to be viewed in real time from a smartphone or tablet. Sales can be tracked and compared over a period of time for a store or an individual. It also shows what products are trending around the industry.

“We’re thrilled to have Fischer on our growing team,” said David Brown, co-founder and President of Edge Retail Academy. “Not only does she have an extensive background in the retail jewelry industry, she has seen it from many different perspectives. She’s the perfect choice to head up Edge Pulse Sales because she knows not just what retailers want from a system like ours, but also what they need. ”

Prior to joining Edge Retail Academy, Fischer has worked for Zales, Helzberg Diamonds, and Neiman Marcus, among others. She also owns and operates Tulsa Jewelry Appraisals LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a graduate jeweler gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in business management from Missouri Southern State University. Fischer is also a former sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserves.

For additional information about Monét Fischer, The Edge Retail Academy, or Edge Pulse, contact Becka Johnson Kibby at 714.925.2456 or

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Samantha Skelton Wins 10th Annual Halstead Grant

(Press Release) The 10th annual Halstead Grant has been awarded to Samantha Skelton, artist and owner of Samantha Skelton Jewelry Designs based in Fairview, PA.

Skelton, who will receive $5,000 in cash and $1,000 in jewelry supplies, studied fine art in undergraduate at Edinboro University and earned an MFA with a focus on metalsmithing from Miami University in 2013. Her delicate, sculptural jewelry has a modern, urban aesthetic. Skelton's business includes custom jewelry, wholesale and gallery consignment in addition to art fairs and online sales.

Skelton says, "I have worked so hard to grow my jewelry design company and being recognized as the 2015 Halstead Grant winner is such an honor. I'm beyond excited! Prior to the application process, I had been working towards small goals. But, being able to see a big picture has really helped me take the next steps forward."

Skelton's jewelry designs are heavily influenced by her training as a metal sculpture artist. She says, “Alongside my sculptures, I found myself making smaller sculptural jewelry, almost as a sketch for larger pieces. It allowed me to play with form in a much faster and more direct way.”

Hilary Halstead Scott, President of Halstead and founder of the Halstead Grant says, "Samantha has a rare blend of cohesive, original jewelry work and knockout business smarts. The craftsmanship in her pieces and the strategic touches throughout her small business plan show impressive attention to detail. This young woman is going places."

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