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Jewelers Mutual Donates $500,000 to 3 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 deserving organizations. Funds were distributed to Feeding America, the Kids In Need Foundation and Special Olympics. The amounts donated to the 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 million meals. (One dollar helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.)
  • 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.

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Royal Chain Releases New Spring 2020 Collection

New release highlights the highly sought-after paperclip chain.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Fresh for the new year comes Royal Chain’s Spring 2020 Collection, featuring a litany of new products in gold.

Riding the wave of a strong holiday season for gold, Royal Chain is making some new additions to gold that they hope will help bump up sales just in time for Valentines and Mother’s Day.

The new release highlights the highly sought-after paperclip chain. These chains are available in several gauges, lengths, and colors, including gold & silver. The company has been holding off on releasing this chain, after numerous requests before and during the holiday season because they sought to create a proprietary version. They forecast it will quickly become a best seller. Other updates include a new “mirrored” chain, vintage inspired looks, as well a “southwest” themed collection.

The retail prices start at $95 in gold and $30 in silver, perfect for this time of year and all year round.

The collection is debuting this month at the CBG and RJO’s shows, and will continue to be sold throughout the year. Retailers who wish to access it sooner can call the company to place orders – 800.622.0960. Preordering is also available on their website, and inventory will be shipped the third week in January.

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Gem Legacy Taps Craig Selimotic Danforth for Advisory Board

He brings his 25-plus years of training, sales, marketing, and finance experience.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI — Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to colored gemstone mining communities, announces Craig Selimotic Danforth has been added to its Advisory Board.

Danforth is vice president of client solutions for Jewelers Mutual Group, where he helps enhance the company’s core offerings, and expand its emerging businesses and services to strengthen and grow the jewelry industry. He is passionate about building relationships and also brings his 25-plus years of training, sales, marketing, and finance experience to his position on the board of directors of the Women’s Jewelry Association. Danforth is a member of the Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California, and the 24 Karat Club of the Southeastern United States, sitting on the latter’s scholarship committee. He also actively supports several local charities in his hometown of Charlotte, NC.

Gem Legacy’s Advisory Board guides Executive Director Roger Dery on communications, public relations, and initiative planning. Danforth will join Chris Clover of Field’s Jewelers; Peggy Jo Donahue of Peggy Jo Donahue, Writer; Ben Smithee of The Smithee Group; and Monica Stephenson of Anza Gems and idazzle, on the board.

“We’ve asked Craig to join us because his varied experiences and deep understanding of the many aspects of our industry make him a priceless asset to our mission,” says Dery. “We are thankful to have him working on our Advisory Board to add his wisdom and perspective to Gem Legacy’s mission. We are confident that their collective passion, drive, and vision will give Gem Legacy exponential growth in 2020 and beyond.”

“I’m honored to join the Advisory Board of Gem Legacy, champion its philanthropic mission, and further expand awareness of its vision,” said Danforth. “It is exciting to be a part of an organization dedicated to fundamentally changing the lives of the often overlooked, yet extremely hard working individuals (and their families) who are so critical to the success of our industry. I’m also grateful to Jewelers Mutual for supporting me in advocating worthy causes I’m passionate about. Giving back has been at Jewelers Mutual’s core for over 100 years.”

For more information or to donate, please email info@gemlegacy.org or visit gemlegacy.org. To learn more, follow Gem Legacy on Instagram @thegemlegacy and on Facebook @thegemlegacy.

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Centurion Announces Free Tucson Gem Educational Event for Sunday, February 2, 2020

Begin your Tucson 2020 with a detailed market update.

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Featured Speakers: (Left to right, top to bottom) Edward Boehm, Rare Source, Chattanooga, TN; Eric Braunwart, Columbia Gem House, Vancouver, WA; Evan Caplan, Evan Caplan, Los Angeles, CA; Jonathan Farnsworth, Idaho Opal & Gem, Pocatello, ID; Joseph Menzie, Joseph Menzie, Inc., New York, NY; Jaimeen Shah, Prima Gem, New York, NY; Shekhar Shah, Real Gems, New York, NY; Monte Zajicek, Equatorial Imports, Dallas, TX.

(PRESS RELEASE) TUCSON, AZ — For those who are coming in for the Tucson Gem Shows, CENTURION has collaborated with eight major gemstone experts to create a special “Gem Market Update” educational event:

10:00 AM-3:30 PM — AC By Marriott Tucson Downtown (lunch and refreshments provided) — A gemstone market update from some of the brightest minds in the gemstone business. Colored gemstones are an important part of your business. And what better way to begin your Tucson 2020 expedition than to experience a detailed market update from a fantastic group of experts on many of the key gemstone categories you will be shopping while in town.

Here are the topics to be covered:

• Very high end & exotic gemstone market update
• East africa gemstone market update
• Emerald market update
• Ruby market update
• Sapphire market update
• Designer gemstone market update

Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, click here or follow the web address below.

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