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Free MJSA Designer Collaborative Brings Members Together

(Press Release) MJSA announces the new MJSA Designer Collaborative, a new membership community available only to MJSA members, free of charge. Through it, members can share ideas, discover inspiration and find the support they need to improve their businesses. The collaborative is facilitated by MJSA Designer Advocate Andrea Hill, who has a long association with the jewelry design community. As CEO of the Hill Management Group, a position in which she will continue, she provides strategic consulting and marketing services to many small and mid-sized jewelry businesses. She also initiated various designer-related events and competitions while CEO of industry supplier Rio Grande, and worked closely with the late Cindy Edelstein on many designer-related projects (including the first-ever Future of Design Business Incubator to jumpstart fledgling careers).

Members of the MJSA Designer Collaborative have access to:

  • MJSA Jewelry Designer Network: This exclusive online social community enables jewelry designers to share information, solicit ideas and feedback, and test new business models and opportunities.
  • MJSA Design Insights E-Newsletter: This quarterly publication features news and updates of interest to jewelry designers (e.g., contest announcements and deadlines, educational programs). It also offers pricing strategies from consultant Marlene Richey, author of the award-winning MJSA Press book "Profiting by Design: A Jewelry Maker's Guide to Business Success."
  • MJSA Design Article Library: Members can access MJSA's members-only online library of free design-related articles; all were originally published in MJSA Journal, the association's award-winning monthly magazine. Starting with the January 2017 issue, the journal will launch a new "Behind the Design" section featuring case studies, interviews and practical tips related to jewelry design.
  • ConFab Creative: Scheduled to debut as part of the 2017 MJSA Expo, this one-day conference will supplement the "profit lessons for designers" offered in the current MJSA ConFab conference (which in 2016 will take place Oct. 30 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City). ConFab Creative will focus on ways to find design inspiration and insights, and provide technical guidance for transforming design concepts into completed pieces. Members of the MJSA Designer Collaborative will receive a significant discount off the regular registration fee.
  • MentorWerx Discounts: Members receive a 50 percent discount on all videos, webinars, books, podcasts and other educational materials produced under Hill's MentorWerx brand.

To register as a member of the MJSA Designer Collaborative, click here and fill out the form.


Brilliant Earth Provides Funding for Second Year of Brilliant Mobile School

(Press Release) OTTAWA - The Diamond Development Initiative announces a grant from jewelry retailer Brilliant Earth for the mobile schooling program in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The contribution will support the second year of programming for one class of students, as well as the addition of a new group of children to form another class.

The Brilliant Mobile School, one of two launched in 2015, offers a two-year remedial curriculum, in order to prepare children for national exams and the opportunity to progress on to high school.

DDI established its mobile schooling program, Sending Schools to Kids, in response to a need expressed by artisanal diamond mining communities. Schools are often far away from the mining villages, and children who miss out on formal education may end up working in the mining fields. Finding a way to get them back to school is the top priority of their parents.

DDI, with support from Brilliant Earth, has provided a facility, uniforms, school materials and daily meals for the students, as well as training teachers and sending them into the community. Villagers have participated in the project through construction, furniture building, security and maintenance.

According to Dorothée Gizenga, executive director of DDI, the early results of the mobile schooling program are a clear indicator of the benefits of the program, and the enormous need. "This small group of children is receiving high quality education that could enable them to break the cycle of poverty," she says. "But there are hundreds, even thousands of children like them in artisanal mining communities in Africa. We call on local and international partners to do more to respond to this need."

"Through this donation, Brilliant Earth is ensuring continuity and showing the example."

Beth Gerstein, co-founder and CEO of Brilliant Earth says, "The work of DDI to improve the conditions of artisanal diamond miners and their families aligns with our own mission to provide jewelry that consumers can be proud to wear. We are happy to invest in the lives of these students and offer them a better future."

The Diamond Development Initiative works to transform artisanal and small-scale diamond mining into a source of sustainable socio-economic development. www.ddiglobal.org

Brilliant Earth is a U.S.-based jeweler committed to building a brighter future for diamond mining communities.


Preferred Jewelers International Network Presents Jewelry Spa Weekend

(Press Release) Preferred Jewelers International, the network of retail jewelers that offers a lifetime, nationwide warranty program and experiences that last a lifetime, is promoting Jewelry Spa Weekend throughout its organization, Sept. 22-24.

During the event, consumers are invited to come into a participating Preferred Jewelers Retail stores with up to five pieces of jewelry for complimentary cleaning and checking.

Consumers who participate are encouraged to take photographs of their pieces and post on Instagram with the hashtag of the store they visited, as well as the tags, #wearepreferred and #preferredspaday.

Tagged photos will be automatically entered for a chance to win a Preferred 105 round diamond halo pendant worth a $5,000 retail value.

Jewelry Spa Day is designed to promote awareness of the Preferred Jewelers International brand, as well as to help participating retailers increase their individual store following on social media feeds.

To date, more than 150 Preferred Jewelers International retail store members have signed up to participate in the event.

For more information on the Preferred Jewelers International Jewelry Spa Day event, or the Preferred Jewelers International Network, visit the Preferred Jewelers International website at www.preferredjewelersinternational.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


GJEPC Organizes Fifth India Diamond Week in New York

(Press Release) MUMBAI - In its effort to promote the Indian gems and jewelry industry, the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council in association with Diamond Dealer Club is organising the fifth India Diamond Week for Aug. 22-25, 2016, at the Diamond Dealers Club, 580 5th Ave., New York.

The purpose of the event is to create an annual trading platform for the Indian Diamantaires in the U.S. to fortify the business relationship with leading American diamond traders. About 16 Indian diamond manufacturers from India will participate, along with diamond manufacturers from the U.S. The Diamond Dealers Club is the largest diamond trade organization in the United States, and one of the leading diamond exchanges in the world. As in previous years, a networking evening will be organised for further exploring business ideas between the event participants.

"Diamond Week is one of the major meeting point for both Indian and American diamond manufacturers," said GJEPC Chairman Praveenshankar Pandya. The event "fosters the interests of the diamond traders, thereby bringing together the largest diamond manufacturer and the largest diamond and diamond jewelry consuming nation under one roof."


MJSA Launches New Online Social Network for Jewelry Designers

(Press Release) MJSA, the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has launched the MJSA Jewelry Designer Network, an online social forum where designers can share ideas and information, discover inspiration, and find the support they need to grow their businesses.

The network is among the benefits of the new MJSA Designer Collaborative, which can be joined by any MJSA member free of charge. Facilitated by Andrea Hill, MJSA's recently appointed designer advocate and the owner of the Hill Management Group, the collaborative provides a community in which designers can connect and collaborate.

"For many designers, creativity is often born from long hours of hard work and isolation, and that isolation can be difficult to endure," Hill says. "The MJSA Designer Collaborative, along with the new social network, offers a way for designers to overcome that challenge and get the support they need—whether it's feedback on a design idea, advice on a new business opportunity, or just a chance to say hello to their colleagues."

In addition to the social network, members of the collaborative can enjoy other benefits, including:

  • A quarterly e-newsletter featuring information about upcoming events and design contests, designer profiles and case studies, and an exclusive column about pricing strategies, written by consultant Marlene Richey, author of the award-winning MJSA Press book "Profiting by Design: A Jewelry Maker's Guide to Business Success."

  • A new event, ConFab Creative, augmenting the "profit lessons for designers" offered in MJSA's current ConFab conference (which this year will take place Oct. 30 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City). ConFab Creative will focus on how to find design inspiration and insights, and provide technical guidance for turning design concepts into completed pieces. Members of the collaborative receive a significant discount off the price of the ConFab conferences.

Collaborative members also enjoy a 50 percent discount on all videos, webinars, books, podcasts, and other educational materials produced under Hill's MentorWerx brand, as well as discounted consultation rates from Marlene Richey.

To learn more about the MJSA Designer Collaborative, visit MJSA.org or call 1-800-444-MJSA, ext. 333, to speak to Andrea.


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