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Silver Promotion Service Will Sponsor AGTA Spectrum Awards

(Press Release) The Silver Promotion Service will sponsor a new category in the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards.

The new Savor Silver category will highlight exceptionally designed silver jewelry incorporating natural colored gemstones or cultured pearls.

Now in its 34th year, the prestigious AGTA Spectrum Awards recognizes designers whose work incorporates colored gemstones and cultured pearls in finished fine jewelry.

The Spectrum Awards are currently accepting applications until September 18th, with an extended opportunity to drop off entries at a New York location on October 6. Designers interested in entering the competition are encouraged to participate by visiting the AGTA website at for an entry form.

Commenting on the sponsorship, SPS Director Michael Barlerin said, “The SPS is proud to become one of the sponsors of this year’s AGTA Spectrum Awards. The inclusion of a Savor Silver Spectrum Awards category, concurrent with the SPS’s introduction of the new ‘Silver Style Partners’ designation for jewelry made with silver, seemed to be a perfect opportunity for both our organizations. We are certain that many of the AGTA Spectrum Awards silver entrants will be offered the opportunity to become part of the SPS’ Savor Silver program.”

For more information on the SPS visit

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Jewelers of Louisiana Convention Opens September 12

(Press Release) The following is the agenda for the 70th annual meeting, September 12-13 at Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel:


  • 12:30-2:30 Jewelers of America Certification Testing
  • 2:45-4:45 Jewelers of America Certification Testing
  • 7:30-9:30 Saturday Night Reception @ Capital City Grill
  • (dining in LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery located behind Capital City Grill)
  • After Dinner JL Board Meeting


  • 7:00-9:00 Breakfast Buffet at Belle of Baton Rouge Casino-Hotel (Atrium)
  • 8:00-9:00 Convention Registration/Design Contest Registration/Board Nominations Accepted
  • 9:00-9:30 Welcome/Event Plan and Expectations
  • 9:30-10:30 Harold Dupuy, Stuller – “Synthetic Diamonds – Products, Perceptions, Reality”
  • 10:30-10:45 Break/Design Competition Voting
  • 10:45-11:45 Gail Levine, Executive Director NAJA and Ira Savoie – “Antique Jewelry/Appraisals”
  • 10:45-11:45 Jason LeMaire and Tammy Kidder, Stuller – “Increase Profits With Repair”
  • 11:45-12:45 Lunch – Woody Overton, Overton Polygraph & Consulting LLC – “Security Presentation”
  • 12:45-1:45 Panel Discussion – “The State of the Industry” - Terry Chandler, Diamond Council of America and Harold Dupuy, Stuller
  • 1:45-2:00 Break/Design Competition Voting
  • 2:00-3:00 Danielle P. Wilson, The Knot – “The Knot 2015 Bridal Jewelry Trends”
  • 2:00-3:00 Jason LeMaire, Stuller – “Implementing Digital Design Software (CAD/CAM) Into Your Business”
  • 3:00-3:15 Break/Design Competition Voting
  • 3:30-4:30 Awards Presentations, Cruise Give-a-Way/Door Prizes, Future Presentation of 2015-2017 JL Board


Harold Dupuy, FGA, GG, Vice President, Strategic Analysis - Stuller

“Synthetic Diamonds - Products, Perceptions, and Reality”

Are you aware, ready and able to deal with potentially the most disruptive force our industry has seen the past century? You should be! Get the latest update on this controversial, but quickly evolving topic. This presentation will comprehensively cover the “Synthetic Diamonds” issue focusing on:

  • Global picture
  • The Diamond Dream
  • History of Synthetics
  • Detection / Screening
  • The Producers
  • Media & Publicity
  • Market Strategy
  • Pricing
  • Market Share - today & tomorrow
  • What should a Retailer do?

Jason LeMaire, Product Director Tools and Tammy Kidder, Vice-President Merchandising - Stuller
“Increase Profits With Repair”

By role-playing a series of multiple customer scenarios, we will demonstrate how the jeweler can increase their profits with repair by using a few simple practices. In these simulated conversations, we’ll incorporate simple upselling suggestions and address the importance of proper documentation of each job.

“Implementing Digital Design Software (CAD/CAM) Into Your Business”

One of the quickest growing segments of the jewelry industry is digital design. Are you ready? In this session we will explore how to implement digital design software into your stores’ business model. Increasing your customization business and profits by offering your customers the ability to design their perfect piece.

Terry Chandler, President/CEO - Diamond Council of America
“The State of the Industry” – Panel Discussion
Woody Overton, Owner - Overton Polygraph and Consulting LLC
“Security/Safety Presentation”

With the recent increase in store robberies, Mr. Overton will use his expertise and experience in his discussion on security issues concerning the jewelry business.

Gail Brett Levine, GIA GG, Executive Director - National Assoc. of Jewelry Appraisers
Ira Savoie, Owner - Savoie Jewelry Appraisers
“Old European Diamonds at the Auction Market: From the Divine to the Sublime!”

Ever wonder what value should be placed on an Old European cut diamond ring? How to calculate the weight of a Rose Cut? What are the cut qualities of an Old Mine Diamond? An insider’s look at the old style diamond market values at auction, at retail, and at wholesale. Slide examples from the current year at auction will be used to discuss these variables.

Danielle Pelletiere Wilson, Jewelry Specialist - The Knot Wedding Network
“The Knot 2015 Bridal Jewelry Trends”

The Knot 2015 Bridal Jewelry and Engagement Study features the latest insights into the most popular styles of engagement rings, wedding bands and other bridal jewelry from real brides and grooms. The largest and most in-depth study in the industry, it also includes insights on purchasing timeline, usage of technology in the research process and preferences for color, cut and style of stone. Let us inform your buying decisions and make sure your store carries the designs couples love. You’ll learn what’s popular and how to incorporate it into your marketing to attract more brides and grooms to your store!

Speakers Harold Dupuy, Stuller and Terry Chandler, Diamond Council of America will be conducting a Round Table Discussion and they are asking YOU to submit your questions. Take a moment now and email me with questions that YOU would like to discuss during this event.

With less than 2 weeks away, please REGISTER TODAY to attend on September 12/13 at The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino/Hotel. Special rate of $89.00/night includes free parking. Limited number of rooms available.

Attached is a Convention Agenda along with our line-up of speakers and topics to be presented.

All registered attendees and their guests are invited to dinner on Saturday Night.

Information and registration at

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Registration Open for the 8th Annual Portland Jewelry Symposium

(Press Release) Portland, Oregon — August 31, 2015 — The Portland Jewelry Symposium will take place Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The Symposium, widely known for bringing together top industry talent to present on current trends in design, technology, bench, and business is tailored to the needs of manufacturing retailers and designers.

On the evening of Sunday, October 4, the event will kick off at the Portland Art Museum with a dinner and keynote address from Benjamin Smithee, Chief Strategy Officer for RELEVENTS. Ben is a highly acclaimed speaker and has consulted for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Coca-Cola, Del Monte, General Mills, Sterling Jewelers, ACS, GEICO, McDonald’s, Kroger, Ebay and more. He has been labeled one of the Top 10 Youth Marketing Professionals, “a true innovator,” “The Rosetta Stone for Gen Y” and has been a featured keynote speaker around the world.

On Monday, there will be a notable line-up of ten industry presenters including David Geller, Director of Shop’s Profits, sharing his decades of experience in consulting on profitability in the custom jewelry business; renowned designer Paul Klecka offering his unique insights on digital design; pulse-arc welding expert Sessin Durgham of Rio Grande and digital manufacturing guru Kevin Abernathy, among others. For more details on how to register and a complete list of speakers, please visit

Now in its eighth year, the Portland Jewelry Symposium has seen strong growth in attendance and sponsorship with each succeeding year. “I believe there is growing interest in the trade for events like ours where in-depth networking opportunities complement a full educational program” says show founder Teresa Frye.

Sponsors for the event include TechForm, MJSA, Stuller, Rio Grande, Gemological Institute of America, Platinum Guild International, Johnson Matthey, Hoover & Strong, Solidscape, Chris Ploof Designs, Proto Products, United Precious Metals, Santa Fe Symposium, The Richline Group, John C. Nordt, Otto Frei, Cookson Gold, Jewelers of America, and Lashbrook Designs.

For further information or press inquiries, please contact: Teresa Frye 503/652.5224

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From Mine to Mounting: An Arkansas Diamond Matures in North America

(Press Release) From mine to mounting, the unique 8.52 carat “Esperanza” diamond, one of the most significant finds ever in the history of the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park, will be cut, graded, designed into a piece of fine jewelry, and appraised, all in North America, all by American Gem Society members.

The diamond, which has been named, “Esperanza,” will be cut by Master Diamond Cutter and AGS member, Mike Botha of Embee Diamond Technologies, at a special cutting event held at AGS member retailer, Stanley Jewelers Gemologist, starting September 9, 2015 in North Little Rock.

Award-winning jewelry designer, Erica Courtney, another prominent AGS member, has agreed to design a one-of-a-kind mounting for the stone and craft a piece of jewelry, which will be sold at auction in early December 2015.

From appraisal to grading, from cutting to jewelry crafting, AGS members will be involved at every step in the process to ensure the highest level of quality for the Esperanza.

“We are excited to be a part of such an important and historical American diamond,” says Ruth Batson, CEO of American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “With so many AGS members involved, this is certain to become an American jewel that the ultimate owner/wearer will enjoy with confidence.”

Since its formation in the layers of the earth’s crust, the Esperanza has been, and continues to be, native to North America.

Discovered in Arkansas, the impressively large 8.52 carat rough stone traveled home with the lucky person (Ms. B. Oskarson) to Colorado where she quickly contacted well-known jewelry appraiser and AGS member, Neil Beaty, ICGA, in Denver, seeking his expertise for an appraisal.

The stone will return home to Arkansas for the special diamond-cutting event where Botha will cut the stone into a unique one of a kind custom-designed triolette shape.

A 3D model of the stone cutting will be forwarded in advance to Ms. Courtney, for design inspiration and preparation. The triolette stone is expected to be around 5 carats after cutting and polishing.

AGS Laboratories will issue its final diamond grading report, and Ms. Courtney will create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry featuring the diamond. Upon completion, the finished piece will be sold at auction.

To learn more about the diamond, visit:

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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

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