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MJSA Teaches Newbies How to Be a Jeweler and More Services for February





Next time someone asks you about getting started as a bench jeweler you’ll have another resource to use as a guide. The Be A Jeweler website — created by MJSA — has been relaunched with details on schools that offer instruction in jewelry making, plus nitty gritty information about job responsibilities, typical salaries and working environments. And for jewelers who want to get involved in attracting new talent to the profession the site outlines opportunities to help the cause.

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of INSTORE.



Jewelers of America has always aimed to instill confidence in consumers and now the organization has revamped its website to address potential shoppers directly. Designed with a consumer-facing message, the site includes a gallery of jewelry images from JA Supplier Members, expanded Education & Care, Wedding & Engagement and Gift Guide content, plus the Find a Jeweler Directory that identifies JA Retail Members nationwide. There’s a dedicated trade section of the site, too.

A gems book from the year 1672.


Your library of jewelry books may be boast-worthy but it can’t compete with the literary riches at the Gemological Institute of America. The institution is perfectly willing to share though: Its Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center has made over 100 of the most historically important books about jewelry available for free download. Start with the oldest volume — an edition of Pliny’s Natural History from 1496 — and work your way forward.


Next month, residents of the Lone Star State will be able to get local instruction from the American Society of Appraisers. From March 16-19 the course Appraising Gems & Jewelry for Advanced Assignments: Development and Report Writing — preparation for tasks like appraising for estate tax, equitable distribution or insurance loss claim — will be held at the Heritage/Slocum Gallery in Dallas.



Diamond Luxury Memory (DLM) technology from Amin Luxury lets diamond buyers imprint images of special occasions on a stone. When purchasers bring video of a precious event to a DLM dealer it will be linked to a QR code that’s engraved on their gemstone. An app allows owners of DLM stones to view the footage on their smartphones when they scan the diamond’s code, while specially outfitted jewelry boxes project the video hologram style.


There isn’t an event that Rembrandt Charms can’t commemorate with one of its designs, whether it’s finishing a 5K race or the birth of a baby. With an updated website the brand displays all the options with improved image quality and expanded product descriptions, and consumers will have an easier time finding the charms that they’re after and in connecting with the local retailers who sell them.

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Downsizing? Wilkerson Is Here to Help

Orin Mazzoni, Jr., the owner of Orin Jewelers in Garden City and Northville, Michigan, decided it was time to downsize. With two locations and an eye on the future, Mazzoni asked Wilkerson to take the lead on closing the Garden City store. Mazzoni met Wilkerson’s Rick Hayes some years back, he says, and once he made up his mind to consolidate, he and Hayes “set up a timeline” for the sale. Despite the pandemic, Mazzoni says the everything went smoothly. “Many days, we had lines of people waiting to get in,” he says, adding that Wilkerson’s professionalism made it all worthwhile. “Whenever you do an event like this, you think, ‘I’ve been doing this my whole life. Do I really need to pay someone to do it for me?’ But then I realized, these guys are the pros and we need to move forward with them.”

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