December 2011 -  Issue 15
Enter JA's Design Competition
2012 GEM Awards Honorees
Members Pre-Qualified for JANY
Ultimate Proposal Contest
Advertise With Us
How to Find a Jewelry Appraiser
Business Benchmarking Tips
Get Politically Savvy
Cracking the Code
Sparkling Snapshots Winner
JIC Promotes JA Members on TV
Job Opportunities @ Saks



CASE Awards design competition Enter JA's CASE Awards by January 6th
There's less than a month left to enter your -- or your staff's -- jewelry in JA's national retailer design competition, the CASE Awards. The CASE Awards celebrate Creativity, Artistry, Style & Excellence in jewelry design with eight categories to enter. Get full details and download the entry form. (Members Only)


JIC GEM Awards2012 GEM Awards Honorees Announced
The stellar lineup of honorees for the January 6th gala includes Ralph Destino, Chanel Fine Jewelry, Candy Pratts Price and The Honorable Daphne Guinness . . . 


JA New York ShowJA Members Prequalified to Attend JA New York Winter Show
The JA New York Winter Show (January 22-24, 2012) is all new with a new look and exciting events. JA Members are among the only retailers who are prequalified to attend -- along with JBT and AGS members. All you have to do is register any buyer/employee that is planning to attend. We hope to see you there! (Members Only)


Ultimate Proposal Contest Will Launch With The Knot  
Jewelry Information Center's Ultimate Proposal Contest will launch on February 21, 2012, with an exciting new sponsor: The Knot, one of the world's leading wedding media brands with the top wedding website. We're thrilled that they'll be joining GE Capital and Platinum Guild International, USA, to sponsor and showcase JIC's most popular consumer contest. Stay tuned for details on how you can register to be a Participating Jeweler of the Contest.


Advertising opportunitiesNew Advertising Opportunities With JA & JIC
New for 2012, advertising opportunities abound on JA and JIC's digital platforms. Advertising at Jewelers of America and Jewelry Information Center's websites or e-newsletters is a cost-effective way to promote your products to two targeted jewelry audiences: influential industry professionals and/or jewelry-loving consumers. Review our 2012 Media Guide to see the many opportunities available.

Jewelers Mutual Ad


Six Characteristics Every Jewelry Appraiser Should Have
Last month, we featured JA's Jewelry Appraiser Overview to help jewelry sales professionals best answer customers' questions about appraisals. Today, read the top six things to look for if seeking an appraiser to work with or to recommend to customers. 


Ignore Management Details & Lose Profits
Our in-depth coverage of the 2011 Jewelers of America Cost of Doing Business Report continues with a spotlight on high- and low-profit income statement measures. The excerpted chart shows that inattention to operations, which results in small cost increases in a number of areas, makes the difference between being very profitable and not profitable. Low-profit does not mean low sales volume.


Get Politically Savvy at the JA New York Winter Show
Prior to the 2012 elections, Congress will grapple with issues that could impact the jewelry industry, like sales tax fairness. Join JA Associate Director of Public Affairs Susan Posnock at the JA New York Winter Show, as she leads a panel discussion on key legislative issues the industry is facing and how jewelers can speak out. The session is Monday, January 23 at 4:15pm. See seminar program.


Cracking the Code: Practice Good Citizenship Year-Round

As a jewelry business, you understand the importance of connecting to your community in a positive way. JA's "Cracking the Code: A Guide to Jewelers of America's Code of Professional Practices" encourages businesses to stay active and support their communities throughout the year. This month's excerpt reveals how you can get more from your business by giving back.

JIC Sparkling Snapshots winner JIC Announces Winner of Sparkling Snapshots Contest
Kelly Roose won the Grand Prize of Jewelry Information Center's Sparkling Snapshots Contest, for this Sparkling Snapshot - "The Sparkle of My Life," which she captioned: "They aren't just rings; they represent the day we started the best thing life has to offer: our family." Roose heard about the Contest through her local jeweler, JA Member Goodman's Jewelers, in Madison, WI.


JIC Touted Holiday Engagement Trends in Nationwide TV Spots
Jewelry Information Center spokeswomen showcased top engagement jewelry trends on more than 20 Morning Shows yesterday. Check to see videos of the media tour, which featured JA Supplier Member jewelry and encouraged viewers to visit JA Retailers in their area. Check out the trends and jewelry featured.

Saks has asked us to spread the word that they are hiring at locations across the country for eight jewelry positions that range from sales associates and consultants to brand ambassadors. Get details here.