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Atlanta Jewelry Show Has a New Director of Education and Sponsorships

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The show will feature an expanded education program.

(Press Release) The Atlanta Jewelry Show has a new director of education and sponsorships and will feature an expanded education program.

The appointment of Cindy Chandler to the role was announced by Carol Young, executive director, Southern Jewelry Travelers Association, producer of the semi-annual show. 

The expanded education program created by Chandler adds a pre-show conference on Friday, March 3, the day prior to the spring show opening. It also adds multiple keynote speakers, new programs and interactive sessions during the show, to be held March 4-6 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

“Cindy Chandler is ideally suited for this new position, and we’re confident our community will find value in the new programs introduced at our March show,” Young said. “Cindy has keen insight into the complex issues facing independent jewelers today. Addressing these concerns and focusing on solutions is what Cindy does best; we are thrilled to bring her expertise in cultivating an educational community to the Atlanta Jewelry Show and all our participants.”

Chandler brings a background in education program development, retail, jewelry design and gemology to her new role. Most recently, she was the associate show director at The SMART Jewelry Show produced by SmartWork Media, publisher of INSTORE, managing an education schedule of up to 140 sessions and more than 80 speakers and keynotes. Prior to that she was deputy executive director of the American Gem Society, where she produced the organization’s educational events.

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“I enjoy discovering topics that will help the independent jeweler stay abreast of what’s going on in retail, and finding resources to answer questions jewelers may not have even asked yet,” Chandler said. “Sometimes that means bringing in experts from outside of the industry, whose viewpoints on business, trends, shop topics, marketing and networking add fresh perspective to our own conversations.”

Highlights of the enhanced AJS U education program include:

  • Pre-show conference on Friday, March 3, featuring more than 20 sessions on topics from social media mastery to the latest trends in colored gemstones, to hands-on bench workshops and much more.
  • Opportunities to learn from the community as innovative retailers share their successes and challenges in interactive peer forums sponsored by the Diamond Council of America.
  • New Learning Lab sessions on the show floor providing quick access to a team of experts on website design, computer technicians and all things social media.

Keynotes to open the show on Saturday and Sunday include:

  • Mike Wittenstein, master storyteller and retail experience designer, explains how stories and storytelling techniques can be used to unlock sales opportunities and heighten brand value in Saturday’s keynote, “Want to Beat the Big Guys? Use Story as Your Strategy.” Providing the right experience for customers controls the details of the story they tell others.
  • Helping companies to understand how cultural forces impact their markets and their consumers is the passion of Tom LaForge, founder, Macroforces Inc., and previous global director, Human & Cultural Insights, The Coca-Cola Co. In Sunday’s keynote presentation, “Cultural Shifts and Insights Vital for a Relevant Business Strategy,” LaForge will describe the cultural forces at play and explain how these forces impact the overall consumer goods landscape and the ways consumers make buying decisions.

For information about the show, visit www.atlantajewelryshow.com, send an email to info@atlantajewelryshow.com or call 800-241-0399 or 404-634-3434.

 

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Brooklyn Jewelers Launches Newest Line

It’s called “Neighborhoods Collection”.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn Jewelers announces the official launch of its newest line, the new “Neighborhoods Collection”. Taking inspiration from the art and fashion trends of Brooklyn, this collection is designed with millennials in mind. All of our jewelry is available in castings with select styles offered finished (in white, yellow, rose, 14K, 18K, palladium, and platinum).

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David Sexton of Jewelers Mutual Group Retires

He retires after 39 years with Jewelers Mutual.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEENAH, WI – Earlier this week, Jewelers Mutual Group announced the retirement of longtime vice president of Loss Prevention and Consulting, David Sexton, CPCU.

Sexton began his association with Jewelers Mutual in 1980 as an Underwriting Assistant and enhanced his career through roles in commercial lines customer service, CL underwriting, and specialty account management, becoming vice president of Loss Prevention and Consulting in 2004.

In this critical loss prevention leadership role, Sexton was responsible for the development, recommendation and implementation of Jewelers Mutual’s loss prevention policy. He is credited with building key relationships between Jewelers Mutual with the jewelry, alarm, and law enforcement communities, to effectively promote comprehensive loss prevention strategies to reduce jewelry exposures to loss.

“It was never about me, it was always about us,” Sexton said.

Sexton will officially retire from Jewelers Mutual on December 31, 2019, however he plans to remain involved with the company for the foreseeable future through engagement with Jewelers Mutual associates, jewelry associations at industry events, and collaborations with agents/brokers. He will continue to work with the Jewelers Mutual executive team to ensure key relationships and partnerships he has helped forge remain strong.

“I will always treasure the relationships I have made during my association with Jewelers Mutual,” Sexton said. “My retirement is not an end, but rather a beginning. The leadership of Jewelers Mutual has a clear path for continuing our vital loss prevention mission to provide innovative risk management solutions for the industry we serve, not just insurance.”

Sexton, a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York, currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, a nonprofit association devoted to reducing crimes against the jewelry industry, as well as the Canadian Jewellers Association. In 2016, Sexton was the recipient of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance Industry Service Award and in 2018 he received the American Gem Society’s John J. Kennedy Law Enforcement Award.

Sexton has served on the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Security Systems Council, formerly known as the Burglary Protection Council, since 1994 and also serves as a corporate member of UL in the insurance category. He served on the Central Station Alarm Association’s Insurance Liaison Committee, which assisted in the development of the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) burglar alarm modular certificate program and remains active on several UL/ULC Standard Technical Panels through which UL/ULC develops and maintain their standards for safety.

“You’re known by the company you keep,” Sexton said. “It’s all about the people. Working with people to help them solve their risk management challenges has really been the most rewarding aspect of my insurance career.”

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CIBJO Releases Ethics Special Report, Examines International Frameworks and Proper Disclosure

International conventions increasing with which members of the jewelry industry are expected to comply.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, ITALY — With fewer than five weeks to go to the opening of the 2019 CIBJO Congress in Manama, Bahrain, on November 18, 2019, the sixth of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Ethics Commission, headed by Tiffany Stevens, it covers a variety of topics, including the increasing number of international conventions with which members of the jewelry industry are expected to comply, and recommended processes of disclosure.

“Responsible business standards being applied in the jewelry industry are meshing further and further with those used internationally, and with frameworks that govern other industries around the globe. It is important that jewelry industry companies fully understand their responsibilities under these complex sets of expectations, and they communicate them effectively and directly with their supply-chain partners and ultimately the consumer,” Ms. Steven writes.

“A few key systems to keep in mind include the OECD frameworks, with special attention to the organization’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High-Risk Areas, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the FTC Jewelry Guides in the United States, ISO standards, the World Diamond Council System of Warranties, and the perhaps-evolving definition of “conflict” under the Kimberly Process,” she continues.

Government scrutiny of the jewelry supply chain’s adherence to ethical business practices is becoming increasingly common, the CIBJO Ethics Commission President notes, citing a recent meeting of jewelry industry leaders with officials of the U.S. State Department, where the industry was counseled to abide with standards for managing risks to women in the minerals, responsible sourcing and jewelry supply chain, as well as complying with Anti-Money Laundering and other measures to prevent malign activity.

Noting that it is the consumers’ right to know how the how their jewelry and its components affected the environment and the lives of people as it journeyed along the supply chain, she states that being forthright, fully descriptive and making all disclosures clear and easy to understand is imperative.

“When seen globally, we have at our disposal an amazingly complex system of frameworks, definitions and semantics,” Ms. Stevens writes. “But as a trade we should aim for the simplest, most direct forms possible when communicating with consumers, and these should be standard in the sales representative’s in-store pitch to a potential customer, on invoices, on social media and online – wherever products are bought and sold.”

To download a full copy of the CIBJO Ethics Commission’s special report, click here.

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