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Renaissance Jewellery acquires Jewelmark & Simply Diamonds

Renaissance e(NEW YORK) - In a sign of the growing importance of brands in the global jewelry market, India’s publicly-listed Renaissance Jewellery Ltd. (RJL) has acquired privately-held Jay Gems Inc. of New York, the parent company of Jewelmark, Simply Diamonds and Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry. The purchase is valued at $26 million.

Two historic Arkansas jewelers announce merger

(HOT SPRINGS, Ark.) - In a move to enhance their long-standing legacies, two revered Arkansas jewelry families have announced a new ownership agreement. Lauray’s the Diamond Center of Hot Springs, family-owned since 1924, will be acquired by Murphy-Pitard Jewelers of El Dorado, in business since 1939.  This “marriage” of jewelry tradition is motivated by the strong commitment of both owners to continually improve customer service and to remain an integral part of their respective communities.

Wilkerson names Richard Hayes President

Wilkerson websiteRichard Hayes, President of Wilkerson.(STUTTGART, Ark.) - Wilkerson named Richard Hayes as its new president at its recent annual conference September 24-28, 2018. The Stuttgart, Arkansas, based company is the nation’s largest national independent jewelry liquidator by volume. Hayes succeeds company founder Bobby Wilkerson, who will remain as the company’s Chairman of the Board.

Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope event returns to the Venetian

Judy Fisher and David Bonaparte to be honored

Jewelers for Children will hold the 21st Annual Facets of Hope event on Sunday, June 2, 2019 in Las Vegas during jewelry market week. The 2019 edition will mark a return to the Venetian Las Vegas, along with the move of the JCK Show to the Sands Expo Center. Judy Fisher, Senior Vice President of Merchandising for Reeds Jewelers and David Bonaparte, President and CEO of Jewelers of America, Inc. have agreed to serve as honorees. 

JA announces 2019 GEM Awards nominees

Winners will be revealed live on January 11, 2018

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) has announced the GEM Award nominees in the categories of Jewelry Design, Media Excellence and Retail Excellence. The winners in these categories will be announced live during the 17th Annual GEM Awards on January 11, 2019, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.

MJSA Press book wins award for publishing excellence

The MJSA Press book, “A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships: How to Create Effective Programs”, has won a Silver Award in the technical book category of the 2018 Association Media & Publishing EXCEL Awards competition, which recognizes excellence in association publishing. Written by educator and award-winning jewelry artist Nanz Aalund, the book was published in 2017.