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Independent Jeweler Event Garners Rave Reviews

The show was a great success, with full houses reported throughout the weekend.

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SJO Fall Show 2019 show floor

(PRESS RELEASE) CHARLOTTE, NC – A large crowd of independent jewelers from across the southeast gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 25th and 26th to learn, network, buy, and build their business at the SJO Fall 2019 Show. The show was a great success, with full houses reported throughout the weekend.

The event was hosted by the Southeastern Jewelers Organization (SJO), the oldest buying group in the nation, and the fastest growing with top quality independent stores.

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Existing and new members enjoyed connecting with a wide variety of leading vendors and receiving superb “SJO” deals for the upcoming Holiday Season. Vendors enjoyed tremendous traffic and the opportunity to spend real quality time with top class jewelers from far and wide.

“The Fall show was a prime opportunity for independent jewelers to set themselves up for a strong 2019 holiday season” says Paul Downey, president of SJO. “Our elite vendors brought in the latest lines and trends, tremendous deals and jewelers not only the chance to meet directly with the sellers, but also use the educational opportunities to increase their knowledge selling effectively to the modern consumer.”

SJO also announced new initiatives for 2020, including an industry leading dividend rewards program for members, and the provision of a full range of digital services including web design and ecommerce solutions. They will also be rolling out a range of sophisticated billing, distribution and collection services for vendors in the coming year.

In addition to buying opportunities on the show floor, members gained from the amazing educational seminars, conducted by the Diamond Council of America (“DCA”). According to Terry Chandler, president & CEO of the DCA, the seminars were very well received and enjoyed almost a hundred percent participation over the weekend. Members found the topics and content extremely relevant, with lots of ideas to bring back to their stores.

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“We always gain so much from the educational seminars provided by SJO at their shows,” says Neil Hennes, Morris Jewelers. “With new types of consumers entering the market, and increased competition online, it’s so valuable to continue to develop our knowledge plus the DCA made the seminars interesting and fast paced as well as informative”

The Ballantyne Hotel once again provided superb luxury, spa treatments, and quality food over the weekend, allowing members and vendors the opportunity to mix and mingle throughout the weekend in comfort and style, share ideas, and generally enjoy a top class show and the opportunities to drive business for the rest of the year. The amazing hotel facilities gave everyone the opportunity to enjoy the show and spend real time together doing deals and getting ideas to bring back to their stores.

The SJO Spring Show will be held in Charlotte on February 22 through 24, 2020 at the Ballantyne Hotel. For more information contact Aisling at 877-996-9850 or show@SJOrg.com, or visit www.SJOrg.com.

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NAJA Offers Scholarship for Gemology Students

Deadline for submission is November 1, 2019.

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The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) announces that it will award an ACE It Appraisal Conference Scholarship to a deserving gemology student. NAJA invites GIA, FGA, FGAA, FGG, FCGmA, RGA students to apply for this scholarship for the 53rd Annual ACE It Winter Educational Conference scheduled on February 2 – 3, 2020 in Tucson AZ.

This opportunity gives the gemology student a first hand experience of networking with appraisal professionals by attending the highly regarded NAJA educational experience during a time when Tucson devotes itself to gems, jewelry, and minerals. The scholarship, which covers the conference fee only, requires a resume, photo and an essay explaining the reason why the gemology student would choose to become a gems and jewelry appraiser. NAJA believes that becoming a gems and jewelry professional appraiser is a viable career option for gemological students.

Applications can be obtained at http://najaappraisers.com/ScholarshipApp2019.pdf. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2019 and the final selection by the NAJA Scholarship Advisory Board will be announced December 1, 2019.

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CIBJO Releases Marketing and Education Special Report, Analyzes ‘Next Great Jewelry-Buying Generation’

Generation Z ‘is coming to our markets very soon if it has not already arrived in reality.’

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, ITALY — With fewer than 10 weeks to go until the opening of the 2019 CIBJO Congress in Manama, Bahrain, on Nov. 18, the first of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Marketing & Education Commission, headed by Jonathan Kendall, the report returns to what has been defined as the next great jewelry-consuming group, Generation Z, providing a breakdown of what the industry needs to consider if it is to ensure that jewelry remains a favored purchase.

Generation Z refers to consumers who currently are 15 to 25 years of age.

“Gen Z is coming to our markets very soon if it has not already arrived in reality,” writes Kendall. “Its members are forecast to spend a whopping $143 billion this year alone. So we better get them on our side if we want to enjoy a rosy future. In fact, the future success of the jewelry industry will depend on our understanding the needs and wants of Generation Z. Get this right and we can all look forward to strong profitable years moving forward. Get it wrong and we could be destined for the scrap heap – not overnight maybe, but ultimately.”

Communicating largely via social media, Generation Z is more environmentally conscious and gender neutral than any generation that preceded it, studies show. It celebrates authenticity, diversity and human imperfection. It is more likely to heed the advice of a friend rather than a celebrity.

“Gen Z is prepared to splurge, but it must be worth it. The more added value the better, and that can come from its environmental credentials or its social value,” says Kendall.

To download a copy of the CIBJO Market & Education Commission’s special report, click here.

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Gem Legacy Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

It launched in September 2018.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI – Gem Legacy is celebrating the successes of its 1 year anniversary after launching in September 2018 by founder Roger Dery. Gem Legacy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting education, vocational training, and local economies in East African colored gemstone mining communities.

The first year has boasted many successes, thanks to industry partners and donors. Roger Dery, founder and executive director of Gem Legacy looks back on the first year: “Lives are deeply affected because we’re ensuring that a group of widowed miners will find Tsavorite Garnet, 28 orphans will get a full education, kids are getting full nights of sleep on new mattresses, and young adults are entering the gem industry with knowledge in gemology and gem faceting. They have hope because we, the jewelry industry, are saying ‘we see you and we believe in you.’”

Other highlights from Gem Legacy’s first year include the formation of its advisory board (Christina Clover-Field, Ben Smithee, and Monica Stephenson) and its Leadership Council (Omi Gems and Parle Jewelry Designs). The leadership council is growing to be a consortium of the industry’s top leaders dedicated to sharing Gem Legacy’s mission and activating a united industry-wide effort to support the mining communities in Africa.

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