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AJDC Names Paul Klecka President

Since 1982, Paul Klecka has created inspired designs applauded by De Beers, Platinum Guild, AGTA Spectrum, CPAA and Palladium Alliance.




Paul Klecka

Paul Klecka

(PRESS RELEASE) The American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) announces that it has named Paul Klecka as its new president. Klecka replaces Linda MacNeil who opted not to accept a second term.

Since 1982 Paul Klecka has created inspired designs applauded by De Beers, Platinum Guild, AGTA Spectrum, CPAA and Palladium Alliance. He has shared his expertise as a design consultant to GIA, Stuller, and Hearts on Fire. His industry service includes:

  • Director/Marketing Committee Chair, the American Gem Society;
  • Director/PR Committee Chair, American Jewelry Design Council;
  • Director, Manufacturing Jewelers/Suppliers of America.

Paul has developed and presented educational programs for:

  • American Gem Society
  • Gemological Institute of America
  • Platinum Guild of America
  • The JCK Show
  • Rio Grande’s CLASP
  • PM West’s Kraftwerks

Klecka says “like many organizations affected by the events of the past year, the American Jewelry Design Council must explore new directions. — and I am pleased to be chosen as President to have the opportunity to guide and oversee our journey. I thank Linda MacNeil for her confidence and trust in me, and I will continue as AJDC President with the same commitment and energy that she brought to the organization.”




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