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“Stronger Together” and More of May’s Service News

“Stronger Together” is a membership network and shared physical coworking space.





Stronger Together

Former Richline Group CEO Dennis Ulrich and Italy-America Chamber of Commerce president Alberto Milani have co-founded Piazza Italia “Stronger Together” — a membership network and shared physical coworking space. Located in New York City, the space is dedicated to the beginning of a new chapter of excellence for upscale Italian jewelry, fashion, accessories, and design-focused brands.

Inspired Design

The American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) has created a new biennial contest, the AJDC Jose Hess Design Awards, in honor of the innovative designer. Applicants must design and create an outstanding original piece of jewelry based on the theme “Connection” for a chance to win a grand prize of $15,000. Applications open March 15, with initial materials due June 1, and finished pieces due Sept. 2.


Together Again

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) will be returning to the JCK Show this summer at The Venetian Expo in Las Vegas! AGTA GemFair Las Vegas will open on Thursday, June 9, with the rest of the JCK show floor opening on Friday, June 10 through Monday, June 13.

Find More Success

Jewelry marketers Liz Kantner and Laryssa Wirstiuk are offering a webinar series to set jewelry designers up for success through a comprehensive review of best practices for customer experience, content distribution, branding and more. Visit @SuccesswithJewelry’s Instagram for free tips!

Buy More in Singapore

Jewellery & Gem WORLD (JGW) is temporarily relocating from Hong Kong to Singapore this September to stage Asia’s biggest B2B sourcing fair of the year. The location change is expected to be a special arrangement for 2022, held from Sept. 27-30 at Singapore EXPO. imjewellery.




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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