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Jewelers Mutual named to 2019 Ward’s 50

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has been named to the 2019 list of Ward’s 50® top performing insurance companies, marking the ninth consecutive year for this recognition. The award recognizes outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency, and performance over a five-year period from 2014-18.

Industry trailblazer Kathryn Kimmel retires from GIA

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - Kathryn Kimmel, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, will retire from GIA (Gemological Institute of America) on Aug. 30. During her 29 years of dedicated service to the Institute and its mission to protect consumers, she built a remarkable and enduring legacy.

GIA KimmellKathryn Kimmel during a previous GIA Jewelry Career Fair.

Southern Jewelers Guild completes rebranding efforts, announces Channel Partnership with Amazon for Hub Locker Program

Organization updates its name and look, and announces Amazon Hub Locker Channel partnership designed to facilitate traffic, visibility and additional sales

The Southern Jewelers Guild used the backdrop of the Fall, 2019 Atlanta Jewelry Show to unveil its recent rebranding to the jewelry industry.  The new brand identity, the Jewelers Suite, was quickly and enthusiastically embraced by its members, and paves the way for a smooth transition into its national growth strategy.

BriteCo jewelry and watch insurance announces partnership with International Gem Society

Briteco e(EVANSTON, Ill.) - BriteCo, LLC, (www.brite.co) a jewelry and watch insurance company offering a free Appraisal Management Platform to qualified jewelers, announced a partnership with the International Gem Society, LLC (IGS), a leading resource for gem professionals, enthusiasts, and industry content. With more than 10,000 members worldwide and 4.5 million website visitors annually, IGS provides online gemology education and community forums along with gemstone pricing and buying guides, and a directory of gem-related businesses.

LFS Consultants names Darren Fries Vice President, Director of Sales

LFS FriesDarren Fries(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - LFS Consultants, a recognized leader in jewelry liquidations, announced Darren Fries has joined the company as its new Vice-President & Director of Sales. Fries was most recently Vice-President for Simplex Consulting, LLC. He will join Melvin Schmidt, COO of LFS Consultants, implementing the company’s sales strategy and business development plans intended to increase their presence within the liquidation sales market.