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WJA Jewelry Night Out Set for Sept. 12

A membership discount for new and renewing members is available.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) will host its seventh annual WJA Jewelry Night Out on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. The festivities will kick off in the early evening in over 20 cities throughout the U.S., including Atlanta; Austin; Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Houston; Lake Oswego, OR; Lakewood, CO; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Madison, WI; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; Providence, RI; Raleigh, NC; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; and Minneapolis. Other cities will be added closer to the event.

Check WomensJewelryAssociation.com/jewelrynightout for exact locations and start times for each event, and to register to attend.

WJA Jewelry Night Out welcomes designers, retailers, marketers, appraisers, salespeople, manufacturers and members of the media and jewelry and watch industry organizations to its annual get-together.

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New members save 25% on a $175 membership when they join at JNO. Renewing members save 10% on the renewal fee of $150 when they renew at JNO.

For current and prospective members not close enough to attend a live event, there are still a variety of activities and discounts available during WJA’s Membership Month, including a dues discount, a mentorship and leadership development program, and member-to-member online community called WJA Connect, which is an active platform for members to collaborate, share knowledge, and build relationships. More details here.

“As we celebrate growing recognition of women’s achievements in the jewelry industry, our annual Jewelry Night Out ensures that all of our members get a chance to network,” says WJA President Jenny Luker. “It’s a collective celebration that inspires camaraderie and builds excitement in our chapters.”

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“WJA Membership is one of the most important gifts you can give your jewelry industry career,” says Clare Ullman, membership chair. “From the networking at Jewelry Night Out and at a variety of trade shows, access to our scholarship and grant opportunities, mentorship and leadership development, and WJA Connect, it’s worth the price of admission.”

WJA also encourages attendees to use the hashtag #WJAJewelryNightOut during the evening to connect events nationwide on social sites.

Jewelry Night Out’s lead sponsors are Kay Jewelers, Zales, Piercing Pagoda, and Jared, retail brands of Signet Jewelers. Events are sponsored locally by companies in each chapter area — see individual events for local sponsor details.

For more information on Jewelry Night Out, individual and corporate membership benefits, and more, contact WJA Membership Coordinator Rachel Jurisz at 845-473-7324 or rachel@womensjewelryassociation.com.

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NAJA Offers Scholarship for Gemology Students

Deadline for submission is November 1, 2019.

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The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) announces that it will award an ACE It Appraisal Conference Scholarship to a deserving gemology student. NAJA invites GIA, FGA, FGAA, FGG, FCGmA, RGA students to apply for this scholarship for the 53rd Annual ACE It Winter Educational Conference scheduled on February 2 – 3, 2020 in Tucson AZ.

This opportunity gives the gemology student a first hand experience of networking with appraisal professionals by attending the highly regarded NAJA educational experience during a time when Tucson devotes itself to gems, jewelry, and minerals. The scholarship, which covers the conference fee only, requires a resume, photo and an essay explaining the reason why the gemology student would choose to become a gems and jewelry appraiser. NAJA believes that becoming a gems and jewelry professional appraiser is a viable career option for gemological students.

Applications can be obtained at http://najaappraisers.com/ScholarshipApp2019.pdf. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2019 and the final selection by the NAJA Scholarship Advisory Board will be announced December 1, 2019.

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CIBJO Releases Marketing and Education Special Report, Analyzes ‘Next Great Jewelry-Buying Generation’

Generation Z ‘is coming to our markets very soon if it has not already arrived in reality.’

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(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, ITALY — With fewer than 10 weeks to go until the opening of the 2019 CIBJO Congress in Manama, Bahrain, on Nov. 18, the first of the CIBJO commissions’ Special Reports has been released. Prepared by the CIBJO Marketing & Education Commission, headed by Jonathan Kendall, the report returns to what has been defined as the next great jewelry-consuming group, Generation Z, providing a breakdown of what the industry needs to consider if it is to ensure that jewelry remains a favored purchase.

Generation Z refers to consumers who currently are 15 to 25 years of age.

“Gen Z is coming to our markets very soon if it has not already arrived in reality,” writes Kendall. “Its members are forecast to spend a whopping $143 billion this year alone. So we better get them on our side if we want to enjoy a rosy future. In fact, the future success of the jewelry industry will depend on our understanding the needs and wants of Generation Z. Get this right and we can all look forward to strong profitable years moving forward. Get it wrong and we could be destined for the scrap heap – not overnight maybe, but ultimately.”

Communicating largely via social media, Generation Z is more environmentally conscious and gender neutral than any generation that preceded it, studies show. It celebrates authenticity, diversity and human imperfection. It is more likely to heed the advice of a friend rather than a celebrity.

“Gen Z is prepared to splurge, but it must be worth it. The more added value the better, and that can come from its environmental credentials or its social value,” says Kendall.

To download a copy of the CIBJO Market & Education Commission’s special report, click here.

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Gem Legacy Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

It launched in September 2018.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI – Gem Legacy is celebrating the successes of its 1 year anniversary after launching in September 2018 by founder Roger Dery. Gem Legacy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting education, vocational training, and local economies in East African colored gemstone mining communities.

The first year has boasted many successes, thanks to industry partners and donors. Roger Dery, founder and executive director of Gem Legacy looks back on the first year: “Lives are deeply affected because we’re ensuring that a group of widowed miners will find Tsavorite Garnet, 28 orphans will get a full education, kids are getting full nights of sleep on new mattresses, and young adults are entering the gem industry with knowledge in gemology and gem faceting. They have hope because we, the jewelry industry, are saying ‘we see you and we believe in you.’”

Other highlights from Gem Legacy’s first year include the formation of its advisory board (Christina Clover-Field, Ben Smithee, and Monica Stephenson) and its Leadership Council (Omi Gems and Parle Jewelry Designs). The leadership council is growing to be a consortium of the industry’s top leaders dedicated to sharing Gem Legacy’s mission and activating a united industry-wide effort to support the mining communities in Africa.

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