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Jewelers of LA Convention Planned for August

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(Press Release) Jewelers of Louisiana has announced its 72nd Annual Convention to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on Aug. 19-20 at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center.

Known for its educational sessions and extensive networking opportunities, this year’s convention presents selected topics and presenters guaranteed to offer motivating, thought provoking talks on a wide variety of topics.

This year’s speakers include Martin Rapaport, chairman of the Rapaport Group and founder of the Rapaport Diamond Report; Katherine Bodoh, CEO of the American Gem Society; and Terry Sisco, founder of Exsellerate.

Chad Berg, president of Jewelers of Louisiana, said, “I feel fortunate that so many amazing speakers have already
confirmed their attendance for this year’s convention. Last year’s convention saw record attendance with over 130
attendees and we hope to increase that number this year.”

In addition, the convention is designated as a JA Idea Exchange event by Jewelers of America. The JA Idea
Exchange is a popular roundtable discussion led by Susan Posnock, JA director of public affairs and education, providing attendees an opportunity to share concerns and brainstorm solutions on key topics impacting day-to-day industry business.

Tammy Kidder, vice president of Jewelers of Louisiana, said, “We have some amazing programming scheduled for the bench jewelers as well. Louisiana jewelers will not want to miss this amazing convention!”

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Given the excellent educational and networking opportunities, the convention is a high-value event with a low registration fee of $100 that includes all educational sessions, three meals, hospitality suite access and plenty of networking opportunities. Additionally, the organization negotiated a favorable room rate for conference attendees of $119 per night at the New Orleans Marriot Convention Center.

The Lifetime Achievement and Jewelers of Louisiana Awards will be presented at a banquet Saturday, Aug. 19, at world-famous Arnaud’s and is included in the registration fee.

The annual Jewelry Design Contest will be held at the convention. Winners will advance to Jewelers of America’s national retailer design competition – The CASE Awards – in New York.

“We pride ourselves on providing new topics and speakers each year, ensuring that attendees at all levels – first timers and repeat attendees, new to the industry or seasoned professional – will benefit from attending,” Berg said.

Jewelers of Louisiana is a sponsor-based event. For more information about attendance or sponsorship, contact Caroline Bleakley, caroline@jewelersoflouisiana.org.

For Hotel Reservations, call 800-305-6342 and mention JEWELERS OF LOUISIANA or the following link:
https://aws.passkey.com/e/49215514.

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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).

For more information, contact: info@brooklynjewelers.com or call (718) 534-4408

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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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