September 2011 -  Issue 13
Top 5 Reasons to Enter CASE Awards
Benefits of JIC's Fall Contest
TIP: Holiday Email Marketing Ideas
Support Main Street Fairness
Legislative Update for Q4
Discount on JVC's PACK
Web Resource: "Cracking the Code"
New Videos @ eLearning Center
Repair Services How Tos: Chains
Payment Processing: Special Offer
Holiday Promo from GE Money
GEM Awards Tickets on Sale
JIC's Fall Media Frenzy
JIC's Fine Jewelry Preview Round-Up




Krysty Designs

Saratoga Jewelry Co.

Something Special by Penny

The Classic Gem

The Diamond & Gold Outlet

Wright Jewelers



World Gem Trade Inc.



Top 5 Reasons to Enter the 2012 CASE Awards
Our retailer design competition, The CASE Awards, will be held January 22-24, 2012. The competition recognizes the Creativity, Artistry, Style and Excellence in your jewelry creations. Read the Top 5 reasons every JA Member should enter . . .

How to Use JIC's Fall Contest to Benefit Your Brand 

Jewelry Information Center's Sparkling Snapshot Contest is a fun photo contest that celebrates life's sparkling moments and the special jewelry connected to them. Read on to learn how sharing the Contest with your customers benefits your brand . . .


TIP: 5 Holiday Emails You Can -- & Should -- Plan Now!

It's hard to believe the holiday sales season is almost here. As small business owners, you should prepare holiday messages in advance to stand out from the clutter of pre-holiday offers. Use these tips from Constant Contact to get ahead of the holiday rush. . . 



JA Seeks Co-Sponsors for the Main Street Fairness Act
In July, Congress introduced the Main Street Fairness Act, which would eliminate the unfair tax advantage Internet merchants and other remote sellers enjoy over brick-and-mortar stores. We need you to reach out to your representatives to co-sponsor the bills in the Senate and House. Take action now! 

The Haake Report: Q4 Legislative Update

JA's Public Affairs team and Haake & Associates -- our legislative team in Washington D.C. -- continue to keep an eye on legislative issues that could impact your business. The latest Haake Report updates you on the issues we're currently tracking . . .  

Member Exclusive: Discount on JVC Patriot Act Compliance Kit

JA Members can now purchase Jewelers Vigilance Committee's Patriot Act Compliance Kit at a discounted price of $200. It's a must-have for jewelry retailers and manufacturers required by the US Patriot Act to develop Anti-Money Laundering (AML) programs.  


Unsure whether you need to create an AML compliance program? Review JA guidance on Anti-Money Laundering requirements.



Our preview of "Cracking the Code," the comprehensive online guide to JA's Code of Professional Practices, continues with a glimpse at the "Full Disclosure" section that focuses on the important and timely topic of proper product disclosure. Read the excerpt for strategies to integrate JA's Code into your business. . .  


Want a more in-depth preview? Click to watch a short video overview of "Cracking the Code"!

New Videos @ JA's eLearning Center
Visit our new eLearning Center in the Education & Training section at to watch JA's new "Spotlight On..." videos. The first to launch spotlight tips to help you get started with cause marketing from Charlotte Preston, principal of Charlotte Preston Catalysts.

Repair Services: Chains
Being able to recognize the characteristics of both properly and improperly executed chain repairs is an important part of being a jewelry sales professional. With the different types of chains in your store, it's important to understand how features of each can impact the repair process . . .


Enter to Win an iPad from TRU
Our payment processing partner, TRUŽ, is having a special promotion for JA Members through September 30. Send them a processing statement for a free review and you'll be entered to win an iPad -- 1 out of 10 wins!

Holiday Financing Specials from GE Money
GE Money Luxury is offering holiday financing specials on its private-label credit cards from October 1-December 31, 2012. Offer your customers "no interest" on purchases made in your store.


JIC GEM Awards Tickets On Sale!
The Tenth Annual Gem Awards will be celebrating a decade of excellence on January 6, 2012, at Cipriani 42nd Street, in New York City. Be a part of the industry's premier accolade gala: tickets and sponsorship packages are on sale now. 


JIC's Fall Trends Media Frenzy Garners Attention
Jewelry Information Center, JA's consumer education arm, kicked off a jewelry-centric media frenzy on September 14th, when Spokeswomen Amanda Gizzi and Helena Krodel appeared on over 20 TV morning shows. Watch segments and discover the jewelry trends they promoted.

JIC's Annual Fine Jewelry Preview Showcased 2012 Jewelry Trends
The jewelry trend experts at Jewelry Information Center unveiled their top jewelry picks for 2012 at JIC's Annual Fine Jewelry Preview and Luncheon on Wednesday, August 24, in New York. Check out our photo round-up from the event.