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Jewelers of America to Host Designer Preview & Member Meetup




It’s a chance to see products from JA Supplier Members.

(Press Release) NEW YORK – Jewelers of America, the jewelry association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, is hosting its Designer Preview & Member Meetup on Sunday, July 23, at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine. JA Retail Members will have the opportunity to mingle with fellow jewelers and enjoy complimentary food and drinks while previewing jewelry from a selection of JA Supplier Members. The Designer Preview & Member Meetup – sponsored by Synchrony Financial, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. – is free for JA Retail Members and press to attend but registration is required.

“We are committed to helping our members stay successful in every aspect of their businesses,” says JA President and CEO David J. Bonaparte. “We strive to provide a wide variety of educational platforms, networking opportunities and business development tools that will help them maximize their profits and thrive in every economic cycle. We encourage all of our members to take advantage of these rich resources that are being made available.”

Jewelers of America is also producing two days of free seminars during the JA New York Show on Sunday, July 23, and Monday, July 24, at The Javits Center. Jewelers of America’s Education Program, sponsored by Synchrony Financial, will feature nine informational sessions on topics including marketing, social media, customer relationships and more. The full education schedule can be searched here:

JA Retail Members are also invited to attend the next Jewelers of America Idea Exchange on Monday, July 24, 8:15-10 a.m. The knowledge sharing session will feature interactive roundtable discussion, covering topics on email marketing, Instagram and in-store events. This Idea Exchange is free and open to JA Retail Members to connect and brainstorm with industry colleagues about specific challenges and opportunities facing their businesses. Attendees should RSVP to these sessions at

JA has a variety of other events and opportunities taking place surrounding the JA New York Show, including:

Sales and Management Professional Certification Exams


Jewelers of America is offering its renowned Sales and Management Professional Certification exams onsite at the JA New York Show from 10 a.m.–noon on July 23 and 9–11 a.m. on July 24 at The Javits Center in Room 4A3. The exams will take two hours and cost $55 for JA members and $75 for non-members. Those who register in advance will receive a $10 discount. You can register here:

Visit Jewelers of America Supplier Members at the JA New York Show

Jewelers of America continues to promote its Supplier Members exhibiting at the JA New York Show. Retailers and press are encouraged to visit JA Supplier Members by using its directory as a quick resource to shop with the most professional vendors. View the Supplier Directory here:

Visit the Jewelers of America Booth

JA New York attendees should stop by Booth #2062 to learn more about membership benefits, as well as have the opportunity to meet with representatives from National Jeweler, Diamond Council of America, Synchrony Financial and Jewelry Stock Balancing.

For information about all of the events, visit




When There’s No Succession Plan, Call Wilkerson

Bob Wesley, owner of Robert C. Wesley Jewelers in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a third-generation jeweler. When it was time to enjoy life on the other side of the counter, he weighed his options. His lease was nearing renewal time and with no succession plan, he decided it was time to call Wilkerson. There was plenty of inventory to sell and at first, says Wesley, he thought he might try to manage a sale himself. But he’s glad he didn’t. “There’s no way I could have done this as well as Wilkerson,” he says. Wilkerson took responsibility for the entire event, with every detail — from advertising to accounting — done, dusted and managed by the Wilkerson team. “It’s the complete package,” he says of the Wilkerson method of helping jewelers to easily go on to the next phase of their lives. “There’s no way any retailer can duplicate what they’ve done.”

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