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Rona Fisher Jewelry Design to Make 2016 globalDESIGN Show Debut

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PHILADELPHIA — Rona Fisher, of Rona Fisher Jewelry Design, will be exhibiting at the globalDESIGN Show this year for the first time. The show features 26 artisan jewelry designers curated by the late Cindy Edelstein and her husband Frank Stankus of Jeweler’s Resource Bureau.

Cindy Edelstein originally created globalDESIGN 16 years ago in response to jewelry shop and gallery owners who expressed the need for a greater variety of luxury international designer jewelry. Unfortunately, due to the recent loss of Cindy Edelstein, she will not be there to facilitate this year’s show. Cindy will be greatly missed. However, her legacy and memory will continue to carry on with her globalDESIGN Show.

The globalDESIGN Show is located within the American Craft Council Baltimore Wholesale Show at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland. The globalDESIGN jewelers are located in aisles 6100-6200. The two-day wholesale show, open only to the trade, takes place Feb. 17-18.

Fisher’s designs feature reoccurring themes of pebbles as well as frequent use of asymmetry with balance. In addition, her use of mixed metals – particularly her pairing of palladium with 18 karat gold – is prevalent in her Skinny Pebbles Collection. She plans to unveil her newest jewelry designs and connect with the nation’s leading gallery owners at the upcoming globalDESIGN Show.

Fisher learned goldsmithing skills informally while living in Germany. Known for design collections featuring a river pebbles motif, she works in mixed metals, all gold, and palladium with fine-quality diamonds and colored gems. She specializes in designs that combine organic elements with an urban edge. Her work can be viewed at www.ronafisher.com, JCK Marketplace, Jewelers of America and Artful Home.

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Diamond Producers Association Announces New Diamond E-Learning Program

It gives retailers the tools and language to become true storytellers.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Diamond Producers Association announces the launch of a new e-learning program for diamonds, “Behind the Brilliance of Diamonds.” Developed to help all U.S. retailers, the hour-long program – split into three informative modules – offers educational material and quizzes, going beyond the 4Cs to highlight the intangible value of natural diamonds, billion-year-old treasures of the earth.

“The Diamond Producers Association’s e-learning program, ‘Behind the Brilliance of Diamonds,’ offers a clear and concise, open platform for the industry,” said Grant Mobley, DPA’s trade relations lead. “Whether you have been working with diamonds for one day or 20 years, the program relates compelling stories about the history of natural diamonds, easy-to-digest and well-researched facts, and memorable details about the important benefits that the natural diamond industry makes to the world.”

The initial beta launch has yielded positive feedback.

“Getting back to basics, often we get so caught up in the technical aspects of our career that we forget the emotional aspect. Thank you for bringing the reality of relationship-selling back to the forefront,” said Cheryl Worcester of Days Jewelers.

Pierre Soucy of Robert Richer added, “I think this is both a timely and much needed program made easy and readily available for the industry by the DPA. In the past decade the jewelry industry (as a whole) has much neglected relationships between products, partners, and how they relate to the public. This program is a big gesture in bridging that void.”

“The DPA’s e-learning program should be required for everyone that sells diamonds,” said Phillip Bosen of Bosen Associates.

In addition to the training program being free, there are rewards for retail sales people who complete the program. Points are awarded for each module completed and can be redeemed for up to a $25 gift card to one of several popular retailers.

Retail sales associates who complete the program will also be entered to win a grand prize for an all- expenses paid trip for two to New York City. Valued at $4,000, the trip will offer exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the New York diamond industry, including a personal tour of a diamond cutting facility. The drawing will take place in the fall.

Visit www.diamondproducers.com/tradeportal to access the e-learning platform.

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AJDC Names New Executive Board Members

Linda MacNeil will serve as president.

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Linda MacNeil and Barbara Heinrich

(PRESS RELEASE) At its semi-annual members meeting in Tucson, AZ, the American Jewelry Design Council announced new executive board members.

Linda MacNeil was elected president of AJDC, succeeding Barbara Heinrich.

Pascal LaCroix will continue to serve as vice president and Adam Neeley was selected as treasurer, succeeding Mark Schneider.

MacNeil is a jewelry artist who uses metal and glass to make one-of-a-kind neckpieces and brooches. Her work can be seen in museums and on sophisticated collectors.

The meeting took place in February.

AJDC (ajdc.org) is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to promoting the artistic appreciation of original fine jewelry. The group is dedicated to elevating the caliber of jewelry design through educational activities and to challenging professional jewelry designers worldwide to actualize their creative potential.

For more information, contact Marylouise Sirignano Lugosch, executive director, at marylouise@ajdc.org.

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American Society of Appraisers Names CEO

He starts the role on April 15.

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Johnnie White

(PRESS RELEASE) RESTON, VIRGINIA — The American Society of Appraisers announces the appointment of Johnnie White as CEO, starting April 15.

White is an association professional with more than 27 years serving in a variety of management and leadership roles. Most recently he served as senior director of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, where he managed global affairs and strategic planning for the organization, including overseeing a staff of 17 and an annual event with more than 9,000 attendees. In addition, White is an adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University, where he instructs graduate students in operations and event management.

As CEO, White will lead ASA’s continued international visibility and worldwide capacity for innovation in professional development, credentialing and professional standards/ethics for the global valuation profession. He will play a key role in implementing the society’s strategic direction, solidifying opportunities for partnerships and collaboration among a wide range of national/international entities and applying his leadership to multiple diverse stakeholders in support of ASA’s mission.

According to Robert B. Morrison, 2018-19 International president of ASA, “During the search process, Johnnie set himself apart by demonstrating his intellect and his outstanding leadership qualities, especially in the area of inspiring others to achieve their best with his team-building management style.

He is an accomplished international speaker, university adjunct instructor, collaborator, manager and leader and we look forward to his ideas and energy that will continuing moving ASA forward as the preeminent appraisal designation.”

White holds his MBA from the University of Maryland University College and his B.S. in information systems management from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Professional Convention Management Association and has received numerous awards and recognitions for his association work, including being named one of the top 40 Trending Association Innovators by DCA Live in 2017.

Immediately preceding White was career appraiser Lee P. Hackett, who has served as interim CEO since October 2017. Hackett was instrumental in working with executive placement professional Pamela Kaul, president and founder of Association Strategies, and with the ASA Board of Governors and the CEO Search Committee in an intensive search process that resulted in finding and hiring White. Hackett will assist with the transition of leadership.

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