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Women’s Jewelry Association’s Ohio/Kentucky Chapter Hosts Two-Day Event

 

(Press Release) The Women's Jewelry Association's Ohio/Kentucky chapter hosted a two-day event on April 10 and 11, during which members and their guests had opportunities for networking and education – two goals central to the association's mission.

The festivities started on Sunday, April 10 with female members of the group donning elaborate hats for a day of fine dining and racing at the Keeneland Race Course, a thoroughbred horse racing facility in Lexington, KY. The activities were followed by cocktails and a gallery opening at WJA OH/KY member Meg Carroll's Meg C Gallery in Lexington.

The next morning, April 11, the group reconvened at the Headley-Whitney Museum of Art near Lexington, in the bucolic horse country of Kentucky. This decorative and fine arts museum was founded by jewelry designer George Headley and his wife Barbara Whitney,on grounds that had been his family's farm. Headley was known for collaborations with Salvador Dalí, Paul Flato, David Webb and Cartier between the 1920s and 1960s. The museum features jewelry and bibelots (small, ornate decorative objects of beauty) created by Headley and others, as well as dollhouses, a library, a rose garden and a shell grotto.

At the museum, WJA members heard speakers Philip E. Louer Jr. of North American Gem Carvers, a dealer of lapidary art; and Marlene Richey, a business consultant for jewelers and other creative artists. Louer spoke about the history of gem cutters and carvers, and Richey detailed the history of the 20th century American designer jewelry market. Members also took tours of the museum and had lunch there.

"WJA's OH-KY chapter is working to attract the many members of the jewelry industry in our region to an increasing number of educational and networking events," says Laurie Watt of Mayer & Watt, vice president of the chapter. "Our two-day event perfectly demonstrates the kinds of diverse activities we can host in our colorful region."

The chapter's event attracted attendees not only from the Ohio/Kentucky region, but also from Indiana, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. For information on the WJA Ohio/Kentucky chapter of the Women's Jewelry Association, visit www.womensjewelryassociation.com/ohky.

WJA Ohio-Kentucky chapter's "Day at the Races" attracted both local and faraway attendees. From top left, clockwise: Marylouise Sirignano Lugosch and Marlene Richey, Lauren Duff Major and Renee Duff, Kelly Stariha, and Charlotte Conway, and Meghan Carroll.


Virtual Diamond Boutique Announces Premier Sponsorship of JCK Rocks the Beach

 

(Press Release) NEW YORK, NY – Virtual Diamond Boutique (V.db), a network for visually sourcing diamonds, has announced a premier sponsorship of JCK Rocks the Beach 2016 during the upcoming JCK Las Vegas Show, June 3-6. Featuring multi-Grammy and Billboard award winners Train as the featured performers, the event is expected to draw more than 3,000 jewelry industry professionals. It will be held at the Beach at Mandalay Bay on Sunday, June 5 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“We are honored to host the industry at such a fun and inspiring networking event,” says CEO and Founding Partner Tanya Nisguretsky. “As we build the Virtual Diamond Boutique network and bring diamond sourcing/sales into the 21st century, we choose to celebrate our growth with award-winning, progressive music, sprinkling Drops of Jupiter and diamond dust into wholesalers’, retailers’ and manufacturers’ ears.”

V.db is a B2B network that utilizes app technology and HD imagery to assist retail and wholesale businesses to save time and money by sourcing diamonds 24/7 via a digital application. The app for smartphones and tablets was launched in the fall of 2015 and enables retailers and wholesalers to virtually and visually source diamonds by price, availability and all the C’s (carat, color, clarity, cut). The app is free for retailers and utilizes photography and videography, allowing them to source the stone(s) before requesting samples, reducing shipping costs and security risks while also offering the potential for savings on inventory investment. Other features include “matching,” which showcases similar diamonds, and “collections” that provide the ability to create customized folders to view and compare stones.

Diamond wholesalers can list merchandise on the V.db app and customize the experience with retail partner log-ins. Each diamond listed on the V.db app has its relevant diamond grading reports uploaded within the app, and its availability is updated via the vendor’s inventory software system. A desktop version will launch this June.

To learn more about the app, its latest features and/or to see a live demonstration, visit V.db during JCK Las Vegas at booth L132 (Gallery – Bayside). JCK attendees that stop by and leave their business card with V.db will be entered to win one of four iPads in a random drawing on the last day of the show on June 6. To book an appointment during JCK Las Vegas with a representative of the V.db team, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The JCK Rocks the Beach concert event is open to all registered JCK Las Vegas badge holders, though tickets are required for admission to the celebration. Ticket centers will be open on the show floor during JCK Las Vegas on Friday and Sunday. One ticket is allowed per badge, and both badge and photo ID are required for pick-up. Tickets can also be picked up at the V.db booth.


Jewelers of America to Offer Certification Exams at JCK Las Vegas

 

(Press Release) NEW YORK, NY – Jewelers of America, a national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is offering its Sales and Management Professional Certification exams at the JCK Show.

In 2015, the number of jewelry professionals who completed JA’s certification increased 100 percent over 2014. Benefits of JA Professional Certification include career advancement, differentiating the retail store from competitors and enhancing customers’ trust in the jewelry professional. Certifications are open to all jewelry professionals with no studying required as the exams validate existing skills and knowledge.

“All jewelry sales associates and managers attending the shows in Las Vegas should strongly consider taking the time to certify their expertise with JA’s exams,” says JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte. “By conducting certification at the shows, we are making it simple for jewelers to achieve this important designation and inspire greater trust from today’s customers.”

The Jewelers of America Professional Certification program establishes national standards with two-hour exams that evaluate the proficiency of jewelry professionals at two levels. Those who register in advance to any of the exams listed below save $10 off the exam fee of $55 for JA Members and $75 for non-members. Register here.

Exams offered on-site:

  • JA Certified Sales Professional (CSP) – First Level
  • JA Certified Senior Sales Professional (CSSP) – Second Level
  • JA Certified Management Professional (CMP) – First Level
  • JA Certified Senior Management Professional (CSMP) – Second Level

Those not able to attend the on-site certification exams can take the exams at any time and at a location convenient to them by registering for a proctored exam.

Jewelers of America led an industry task force, including representatives from all types of retail jewelry stores nationwide, to establish the Jewelers of America Professional Certification program in the late 1990s with the goal of raising the level of professionalism throughout the jewelry industry.

The Jewelers of America Professional Certification program also offers certification for bench professionals in four levels of expertise. For more information on the Jewelers of America Professional Certification program, visit www.jewelers.org or contact Jewelers of America’s membership representative, Dahlia Fyffe, at 800-223-0673 ext. 8007.


Jewelers unBLOCKed Brand Forms Partnership With The Plumb Club

 

(Press Release) NEW YORK, NY – Jewelers unBLOCKed has announced a new partnership with The Plumb Club during JCK Las Vegas (June 3-6) at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Jewelers unBLOCKed has been chosen as the preferred insurance partner for The Plumb Club and its affiliates. The partnership will provide an exclusive benefit only available to The Plumb Club members.

“Our relationship with Jewelers unBLOCKed creates a unique opportunity to offer highly value-added and competitive insurance products to The Plumb Club membership. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement in an increasingly challenging business environment,” says Jonathan Cohen, president of The Plumb Club.

In extending its relationship with The Plumb Club, Jewelers unBLOCKed will also be the platinum sponsor of The Plumb Club’s annual breakfast. This year’s breakfast will be held during JCK Las Vegas on Saturday, June 4 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. in the South Seas Ballroom, Level 3. During the presentation, best-selling author Jason Dorsey will discuss selling to Gen Y and millennials. This presentation is open to registered retailers only and reservations are required. To RSVP for this breakfast, visit plumbclub.com/genybreakfast. For more information, email The Plumb Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“This partnership is a natural fit,” says Patricia K. Low, president and CEO of Jewelers unBLOCKed. “We provide exclusive coverage for our clients to strengthen their business, and The Plumb Club creates an atmosphere conducive to further strengthening bonds between fellow industry leaders. We’re both providing our clients with an invaluable service for their businesses.”

For more information on Jewelers unBLOCKED, visit jewelers-unblocked.com or call 201.794.7705.


Client Book CRM Announces New Customer Additions

 

(Press Release) CINCINNATI — Client Book CRM, a provider of cloud-based and on-premise retail management and CRM solutions, announced that two new jewelers have replaced their paper client books and legacy customer management with Client Book CRM to help power their key sales and retail operations.

Bailey Banks and Biddle and Diamond’s Direct join jewelers like Shannon Fine Jewelry, Barry’s Jewellers and more who are now running their sales operation on one integrated cloud-based suite.

Client Book CRM's focus on building and refining a complete jewelry-specific software solution for sales and productivity, customer relationship management, business reporting and analytics, and marketing has led to substantial growth in its jewelry customer base. It includes functionality for sales team management, team collaboration, client and lead management, jewelry-specific sales and marketing tools, sales tracking, repair tracking, special order tracking, follow-up management, notes management, wish list management, appointment management, real-time reporting and analytics, and more.

Client Book CRM customers report that they have gained real-time, actionable insights into sales, customers, inventory and more that improves their ability to make data-driven business decisions along with tools that help their sales and management teams improve communication, bring greater efficiency to the sales floor, and maximize sales performance.

Highlights of Client Book CRM include:

  • Customer relationship management. Client Book CRM provides jewelry-specific CRM tools and integrates with back-office systems to deliver a 360-degree view of the customer, empowering sales teams for customer acquisition, retention and upsell.
  • Data insights and leaner marketing. Client Book CRM supplies real-time visibility and insights across the entire organization, enabling leaner marketing, improved resource planning, and better sales team management.
  • Employee management and data retention. A complete set of employee management capabilities, enabling jewelers to manage employees and their access to customer information. By eliminating the need for a paper client book and cluttered papers, potential data loss can be prevented.
  • Demand planning. Forecast customer needs based on historical data, wish list data, and sales projections to ensure the right balance of inventory to meet anticipated demand.
  • Jewelry-specific marketing tools. Client Book CRM provides marketing tools specific to the jewelry sales process.For example: The ability to quickly email a client what their significant other wants for their upcoming birthday or anniversary, email customers about an upcoming show or event, and more.

For more information about Client Book CRM, please visit clientbookcrm.com or call +1 (800) 325-6836.


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