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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 randi@forfuturereference.com

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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When the Kids Have Their Own Careers, Wilkerson Can Help You to Retire

Alex and Gladys Rysman are the third generation to run Romm Jewelers in Brockton, Mass. And after many decades of service to the industry and their community, it was time to close the store and take advantage of some downtime. With three grown children who each had their own careers outside of the industry, they decided to call Wilkerson. Then, the Rysmans did what every jeweler should do: They called other retailers and asked about their own Wilkerson experience. “They all told us what a great experience it was and that’s what made us go with Wilkerson.” says Gladys Rysman. The results? Alex Rysman says he was impressed. “We exceeded whatever I expected to do by a large margin.”

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