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The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference Has Announced Its 2024 Dates and More News for March

Plus, NY Now introduces the first ever Emerging Fine Jewelry Designer (EFJD) Incubator.





Let’s Get Responsible

The Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference (CRJC) has announced its 2024 dates! The annual gathering of thinkers and doers in responsible jewelry will take place alongside The INSTORE Show, just like in 2023. The 2024 CRJC is scheduled for August 9-10 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

The Next Big Things

NY Now, the leading gift, home, jewelry, and accessories trade marketplace, has introduced a new feature: the first ever Emerging Fine Jewelry Designer (EFJD) Incubator. Spearheaded by consultants Liz Kantner and Robin Kramer, the EFJD Incubator brands will enjoy the enthusiastic support of both their mentors and more seasoned brands participating in Luxury Lifestyle.

Industry Innovations

The Jewelry Symposium (TJS), the jewelry industry’s annual international event dedicated specifically to the advancement of jewelry manufacturing technology, has announced that the 2024 TJS symposium will feature jewelry industry experts from around the world and will be held in Detroit, MI, from May 18-21.


Promising Partnership

Lavalier Personal Jewelry Insurance has partnered with the International Gemological Institute (IGI) to offer Lavalier customers discounted educational support on appraisals, lab-grown gemstones, jewelry-specific insurance, and more. IGI is the largest organization of its kind, with 29 laboratories around the world.,

Instant Inscription Inspection

To combat reports of fraudulent GIA inscriptions discovered on laboratory-grown diamonds cut to imitate GIA-graded natural diamonds, GIA is now offering same-day service to provide concerned parties with immediate confirmation that their diamonds with GIA inscriptions match the inscribed GIA report number.



This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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