January 2012 -  Issue 16
In This Issue
JA CEO's 2012 Message
De Beers Settlement
Jewelry Scam Alert
Saks Hiring Jewelry Jobs
Zimbabwe Diamond News
Discounts on Web Solutions
Free IDEX Diamond Report
Jewelers Mutual Jewelers Cut Program
Ultimate Proposal Contest
Jewelry Trend: Engagement Rings
Celebrity Engagement Rings
Jewelry Business Seminars
Tips on Advocacy
GEM Awards Wrap Up
Visit Us at JA New York


Albert's Fine Jewelers
Miami, FL

C. Kirk Root Designs
Austin, TX

Genesis Diamond LLC
Nashville, TN

Wichita Falls, TX

Johanna Fine Jewelry
New York, NY

Revelations in Design, LLC
Hicksville, NY

The Pawn Advantage Store  
Santa Rosa, CA

Thomas Michaels Designers
Camden, ME


Heather B Moore Inc.
Cleveland, OH

William Henry Studio
McMinnville, OR


Happy New Year!   JA President & CEO Matthew Runci

Now that the successful holiday selling season has drawn to a close and 2012 is in full swing, I'd like to provide you with an overview of how JA deployed its resources in serving member interests in 2011, detail 2012 initiatives that will add valuable substance to your membership and make a personal announcement as to my leadership of the association.

You may have read last week's announcement that, after 17 incredible years with Jewelers of America, I will be retiring at the end of 2012. My time as President & CEO of this remarkable network of retail jewelry professionals has been a wonderful period in my life, and I thank you most sincerely for the opportunity to serve you. I look forward to leading JA for the balance of this year, as I know it will be full of challenges and opportunities.

Since there is too much news I'd like to share to include here, please take a moment to read my full letter to members here.


Matthew Runci


JIC GEM AwardsAt Long Last: De Beers Settlement to Move Forward
Barring appeals to the Supreme Court or a rehearing, the De Beers Settlement may finally move forward. Learn what to expect for claims payments and timing.

thief Jewelry Security Alliance Scam Alert
After an incident in Pennsylvania, JSA is alerting jewelers to a phone scam where callers pretend to be from the jeweler's alarm company and ask for the security code. 

job opportunties at saks Jewelry Job Opportunities at Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue is hiring jewelry selling associate and jewelry selling manager positions. If you have any job openings, let us know by emailing members@jewelers.org.


diamond Updated Zimbabwe Guidance and Position Statement The Kimberley Process decision to approve diamond exports from the Marange region of Zimbawe represents a significant challenge for U.S. businesses, which are prohibited from purchasing them -- either directly or indirectly. So we've updated our Zimbabwe Member Guidance to help you better understand how this affects your business. Review it and share it with your staff today!

Also, review the JA Zimbabwe Diamonds Position Statement.


WR Cobb Website solutions New Discounts on E-Commerce & Web Solutions  Through our new partnership with WR Cobb Online, you can compete with the big Internet retailers and increase sales. Members can now receive more than 57% off e-commerce setup fees and discounts on other web and mobile services from the leader in jewelry-industry-specific technology solutions.

IDEX logoNew Benefit from IDEX: Free Diamond Report & More
JA Members will now receive the latest diamond pricing information with a free IDEX Diamond Price Report subscription (a $180 value!). Plus, get exclusive savings on other IDEX subscriptions.

finance iconEnhance Your Customer Relationships in 2012
Learn how Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company's Jeweler's Cut™ program can help you kick off the New Year by building customer loyalty and increasing your earning potential.


Ultimate Proposal ContestParticipate in JIC's 2012 Ultimate Proposal Contest
Jewelry Information Center's third annual Ultimate Proposal Contest will launch February 21, 2012, on www.JIC.org and we want you to be a part of it! This year, the Contest will have even more reach for JA Members with new sponsor TheKnot.com -- the premier wedding website. Register as a Participating Retailer and offer your customers the chance to win a Luxury IncludedŽ Sandals Resorts
 vacation and platinum pendant! Get the exciting new details.


2012 Engagement Jewelry Trends
JIC spokeswomen took to the airwaves in December to showcase the hottest trends in engagement rings. Watch this short video clip to see the trends and featured bridal jewelry by JA Supplier Members.

Molly Sims ringTop 5 Celebrity Engagement Rings of 2011
With December through February being the most popular time for wedding proposals to be "popped," we have engagement jewelry on the brain. So JIC picked five favorite celebrity engagement rings from 2011. Not all the engagements lasted, but these rings sparked huge trends.


Jewelry Business Seminars @ JA New York Winter Show
As the education sponsor of the JA New York Show, JA is a presenting free jewelry-related seminars on January 22-23, with an exciting lineup of leading industry speakers that includes Jim Ackerman of Ascend Marketing and Robert Clements of E-Myth Benchmark. In addition, JA in-house experts will be presenting seminars on jewelry fashion and bridal trends and legislative advocacy. See the full schedule.


Capitol Hill Get Tips on How to Advocate for Your Business Learn how you can make a difference for your bottom line by speaking out on issues that affect your business on the local, state or federal levels. Join JA Associate Director of Public Affairs Susan Thea Posnock as she leads a discussion on legislative advocacy at the JA New York Show, January 23 at 4:15pm. Get details.


JIC GEM Awards 2012 GEM Awards Brings Jewelry, Fashion & TV Icons
Jewelry Information Center's 10th Annual GEM Awards, held January 6, in New York City, was a sparkling success. See videos and pictures from the star-studded evening that was hosted by Padma Lakshmi of "Top Chef."

JA New York ShowVisit JA's Member Lounge at the JA New York Winter Show
Stop by JA's Booth #2268 to enjoy complimentary refreshments in our exclusive Member Lounge (JA Members are invited with two guests). Plus, vote for your favorite jewelry entries in our national retailer design competition, The CASE Awards. We're also announcing new benefits, so stop by and say hi to your Member Services Team to learn more!