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Ready to Prove Your Bench Mettle? Come Compete in the Bench Pressure Challenge

The timed competition will pit three contestants against each other to prove who’s best at the jeweler’s bench.




(PRESS RELEASE) If you’re a skilled jeweler — and you suspect you might be the best there is — INSTORE and MJSA would like to invite you to apply as a contestant for this year’s Bench Pressure Challenge at The INSTORE Show.

Designed in partnership with MJSA, the Bench Pressure Challenge includes a timed challenge, which will take place on-site at The INSTORE Show on Monday, August 12. Competitors will have just three hours to assemble, set, and finish a piece of jewelry, using materials given out at the beginning of the contest. Show attendees will be able to watch the contestants on monitors as they work to complete the task, and a panel of retail store owners will choose the victor.

Last year’s winner of the Timed Challenge was Jimmy Butts of Sissy’s Log Cabin in Pine Bluff, AR.

Please contact Rich Youmans at and tell him why you think you’ve got what it takes to compete in the Bench Pressure Challenge!

For those interested in attending The INSTORE Show in Rosemont, IL, Aug. 11-12, register for your free show badge at

This Year’s Bench Pressure Challenge is Sponsored by: Master Casting & Cad and Rio Grande.





She Wanted to Spend More Time with Her Kids. She Called Wilkerson.

Your children are precious. More precious than gold? Absolutely! Just ask Lesley Ann Davis, owner of Lesley Ann Jewels, an independent jewelry store that — until the end of 2023 — had quite a following in Houston, Texas. To spend more time with her four sons, all in high school, she decided to close her store. Luckily, she was familiar with Wilkerson and called them as soon as she knew she wanted to move on to bigger, better and more family-focused things. Was she happy with her decision? Yes, she was. Says Davis, “Any owner looking to make that life change, looking to retire, looking to close, looking for a pause in their career, I would recommend Wilkerson. Hands down!”

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