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Atlanta Jewelry Show Announces August 2019 Event Theme and 2020 Show Dates

It’s designed to inspire and empower the independent jeweler.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ATLANTA, GA — SJTA and The Atlanta Jewelry Show announced “New Routes” as the theme of its August 2019 trade event.

The semi-annual show will take place Saturday through Monday, Aug. 10-12, with a Pre-Show Conference on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. SJTA, a non-profit trade association, has produced the Atlanta Jewelry Show for nearly 70 years.

“My team and I are excited to offer the perfect combination of goods and services, plus innovative feature areas for our independent jewelers to discover New Routes to better products, smarter education and a strong community,” says Executive Director Libby Brown.

Pre- Show Conference & Education

Kicking off the event will be the inspiring Pre-Show Conference on Friday, Aug. 9, engineered by Education Director Cindy Chandler. Thanks to Diamond Producers Association, Stuller, Instore Marketing, Synchrony and other industry innovators, this full day of education will equip jewelers with the tools they need to succeed. “Our August lineup is second to none, with relevant and practical topics designed to provide real solutions to real challenges,” says Chandler.

Show highlights include:

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  • GIA Lab Sessions and Seminars
  • American Gem Society President John Carter
  • AWCI Mobile Classroom
  • State of the Industry
  • Sales & Marketing Trends
  • Succession Planning
  • Shop Talks & Demonstrations

“Make sure to check the AJS website and our mobile app, Whova, for up- to-the-minute additions,” says Chandler. Interactive sessions are also scheduled throughout the show in Learning Labs on the show floor. View the education schedule here.

CAD CAM Challenge Featuring Special Guest Rémy Rotenier

Watch new competitors Gary Dawson, Gary Dawson Designs, Eugene, OR; Shele Letwin, Shele’s Jewelry Design Factory, Toronto, ON; and Megan Proctor, Hubbell Jewelry Design, Newnan, GA; as they take inspiration from world-renowned designer Rémy Rotenier! Rémy will present his rendering, and challengers will turn dreams into reality as they compete to create a winning CAD creation from his design. View CAD CAM Challenge details here.

Must See Exhibitors

A record number of new exhibitors along with best-selling brands will be showcasing their latest and greatest designs, including: Artistry, Cargo Hold, Galatea: Jewelry by Artist, Gabriel & Co., Imperial Pearl, Kimberly Collins Colored Gems, King Baby, Lafonn, Mazza Company, Overnight, Tresor and more. The organizers anticipate welcoming over 300 vendors to the show floor. View the Exhibitor List here.

One-Stop Resource

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New for August, The Loupe will be expanded to include a plethora of resources, all located in one neighborhood. Called 1-Stop Shop, this new area will afford independent jewelers the opportunity to expand their business with products and services essential to the successful retailer. Plans for the Loupe include a repair station, hand-engraver, gem cutter, silver services, 3-D printing resources, appraisers, and e-commerce services. Organizers announced that the AWCI Mobile Horology Classroom will be making its Atlanta debut as it rolls right onto the show floor, offering free classes inside a state-of-the-art bus.

Kids Jewelry Camp

Back by popular demand, this professionally designed curriculum will offer educational programs and interactive sessions where AJS Kids discover the world of gems and jewelry in a safe, fun and age-appropriate environment. At AJS Kids Jewelry Camp, the top priority is to welcome children into the jewelry community with the intention of encouraging and inspiring them to continue the legacy that has taken a lifetime to create. The program welcomes children of industry professionals, ages 7-12 and 13 and up. Register now. Limited availability.

Special Events

Chi Huynh, founder of Galatea: Jewelry by Artist, has created some of the world’s most beautiful and unusual jewelry collections. Chi, a poet, painter and humanitarian, will be giving a rare in-person presentation on the power of imagination and how it can be used to tap into your creative side. A leading innovator and visionary, Chi brings his unique insights to lucky AJS attendees during a live demonstration in the Gallery.

The Occasions Shop is returning to inspire you! This new shopping experience provides new products and new ways to incorporate occasional gifts into your current product mix. By offering non-traditional jewelry store merchandise, retailers can meet the needs of today’s modern consumer, which in turn will drive more traffic. (All proceeds donated to AJS Kids Jewelry Camp)

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Along with fresh additions to the show, AJS favorites return, including Mingle! each night, with a special celebration on Saturday night, Swag Store, famous $5 Buyer Lunch, Complimentary Coffee each morning and Whova – The Official AJS Event App. Everything for the most successful and productive AJS experience, and to prepare for the fourth quarter and beyond. In order to avoid long lines at check-in, qualified buyers may pre-register today.

Mark Your Calendar

AJS has announced Show Dates for Spring, 2020: March 7-9, 2020. Buyers and Exhibitors are encouraged to begin making arrangements to attend the first AJS of the new decade.

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Diamond Empowerment Fund Now Doing Business As Diamonds Do Good

The change will be celebrated at DDG’s signature event June 1 in Las Vegas.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Seizing on the simplicity, significance and resonance of its “Diamonds Do Good” tagline, the Diamond Empowerment Fund announced that it will evolve its business name to Diamonds Do Good. In keeping with the change, the non-profit organization has reimagined its logo and will be doing the same to its signature Las Vegas event held on the eve of the opening of the JCK Show.

Inspired by Nelson Mandela in 2007, over the past 12+ years the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission has supported programs that develop and empower people in diamond communities around the world. In recent years, its mission expanded to exemplify and tell the stories of the good that natural diamonds do for people in the communities where they’re mined, cut, polished, and sold. Those stories have resonated with consumers and the trade alike: consumers have a better image of the natural diamond industry, and are more interested in purchasing a natural diamond after reading the ‘do good’ stories hosted on diamondsdogood.com. Likewise, members of the industry now identify their own sustainability programs under the ‘do good’ banner and use #diamondsdogood in their social media outreach, further building on the message and ensuring that diamonds continue to be a source of sustained economic development around the world.

Having created and trademarked the Diamonds Do Good name in 2014, the organization will now identify itself under this moniker moving forward, and has rebranded itself with a fresh, new look to mark this evolution. It will be celebrated at DDG’s signature event June 1 in Las Vegas, as a reimagined evening and experience that draws the industry’s top global leaders.

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Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair to Be back in February 2020

Respond by February 14th, 2019 to get special free privilege for Trade Missions.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Apart from showcasing extravagant collections of jewelry and offering an international trading platform twice a year, the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair has become a place where trust is established, and where business partners have turned into friends from long years of trading.

With quality products from manufacturers, traders and designers, lasting relations could be enhanced at the 65th edition of the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair from February 25 to 29, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand.

For the pre-registration form, click here. Email the form back at ttclausa@att.net or FAX: 323 466 1559.

Respond by February 14th, 2019 to get special free privilege for Trade Missions.

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Jewelers Mutual Donates $500,000 to Three Organizations in Charitable Campaign for 2019

The amounts donated to these organizations were based on votes by the company’s personal jewelry policyholders.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI — In honor of Giving Tuesday, Jewelers Mutual Group announced the culmination of its charitable campaign for 2019, resulting in $500,000 in donations to three deserving organizations. Funds were distributed this week to Feeding America, the Kids In Need Foundation and Special Olympics. The amounts donated to these organizations were based on votes by the company’s personal jewelry policyholders.

“It is important to have our policyholders be a part of our give back efforts because we share a mutual passion to help others in need. By encouraging them to vote, they made their voices heard, and were able to support the causes they are passionate about,” said Scott Murphy, Jewelers Mutual president and CEO. “Together, we really can do more, and we’re thrilled with the interest, engagement and the results this campaign has received both locally and on a national level.”

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More than 40,000 votes were made by Jewelers Mutual policyholders during the five-month voting period. Based on policyholder votes, Feeding America received $178,300, Kids In Need Foundation received $169,500, and Special Olympics received $147,200. Donations will also be made to Canadian organizations with similar missions.

How policyholders’ votes and corresponding Jewelers Mutual donations impacted the three organizations:

  • Feeding America
    The donation of $178,300 helps provide at least 1,783,000 meals.*
  • Kids In Need Foundation
    The donation of $169,395 supplies over 820 classrooms and 21,000 under-served students with supplies and resources. Additionally, Jewelers Mutual became the first national sponsor of GiftATeacher.org, a program which funds and provides enough school supplies to supply an entire classroom for a full semester.
  • Special Olympics
    The donation of $147,200 by Jewelers Mutual helped train approximately 2,450 Special Olympics athletes and provide a significant and life changing impact for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Jewelers Mutual encourages and supports its employees to be socially responsible and involved in their community. In addition to the dollars being donated, employees volunteered their time to assist all three organizations in 2019– sorting meals and stocking food for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, a member of the Feeding America network; taking part in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics; and, packing and distributing 2,000 backpacks for the Kids In Need Foundation.

Jewelers Mutual looks forward to continuing its philanthropic pursuits in 2020 to support charitable organizations important to its employees and policyholders. For more information on how Jewelers Mutual gives back, visit JewelersMutual.com/social-responsibility and check out this video and infographic highlighting the past year.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

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