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Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum Reopens and More of This Month’s Service News

Plus, the newest catalog from Royal Chain.

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Museum Move

The University of Arizona’s Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum recently reopened in its new space in the Pima County Historic Courthouse. The new location is three times the museum’s previous size and is just blocks away from the Tucson Convention Center. The move was made possible in part by a gift from Allan and Alfie Norville, who co-founded the annual GJX gem and jewelry show. arizona.edu

Ask Zuri

Lab-grown diamond marketplace The Art of Jewels has created a new artificial intelligence price comparison tool designed to assist consumers in choosing the best deal on a lab-grown diamond. The tool, named Zuri, is an advanced AI that does the work for the consumer in a matter of seconds, allowing shoppers to easily compare available lab-grown diamond options. theartofjewels.com

Latest and Greatest

Royal Chain has released their 2022 spring catalog! The new collection is focused on inclusiveness in honor of the brand’s new slogan, “Diversity + Experience.” Highlights include bold Mariner and Panther links inspired by Lady Gaga’s House Of Gucci costumes and plenty of gold to satisfy the high demand it saw in 2021. royalchain.com

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A Worthy Cause

Congratulations to Kimberlee John, the Spring 2022 recipient of the FIT Art Smith Memorial Scholarship! The $50,000 Art Smith Scholarship Fund was created to support Black students attending the FIT Jewelry Design Program. The Endowment is supported by a group of 50 jewelry industry brands and is open for donations. Email [email protected]

Fixing Repairs

Reshyne is a repair service management platform that allows retailers to streamline every aspect of repairs by offering end-to-end visibility for teams, workflow management, and customer services like the ability to place and pay for orders, print shipping labels, get order status updates, browse branded menus of services, and more. reshyne.com

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Thinking of Liquidating? Wilkerson’s Got You Covered

Bil Holehan, the manager of Julianna’s Fine Jewelry in Corte Madera, Calif., decided to go on to the next chapter of his life when the store’s owner and namesake told him she was set to retire. Before they left, Holehan says they decided to liquidate some of the store’s aging inventory. They chose Wilkerson for the sale. Why? “Friends had done their sales with Wilkerson and they were very satisfied,” says Holehan. He’d enthusiastically recommend Wilkerson to anyone looking to stage a liquidation or going-out-of-business sale. “There were no surprises,” he says. “They were very professional in their assessment of our store, what we could expect from the sale and they were very detailed in their projections. They were pretty much on the money.”

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