February 2012 -  Issue 17.
In This Issue
New Newsletter Design
Jewelry News Roundup
CASE Award Winners
Ultimate Proposal Contest
AGS Conclave Offer
Trends Spotlight
Scholarships Available
Video: Store Security Tips
Tax Time Reminder
Jewelry Repairs 101
Supplier Members PR Opps
Upcoming Industry Events


Amelia's Fine Jewelry
Fernandina Beach, FL

Berne Jewelers
Merrick, NY 

CLS Design
New York, NY

Darakjian Jewelers Inc.
Southfield, MI

Jambs Jewelry
Raymond, NH

Off the Self Jewelry & Gifts Phoenix, AZ

Reine Diamond &
Fine Jewelry
Slidell, LA

Skatell's Fine Jewelers
Spartanburg, SC


Art Jeweller
Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Jewelers unBlocked
Fair Lawn, NJ

"The JA Report" Has a New Look!
Jewelers of America is dedicated to being your resource for jewelry trends and industry news, and we've made a few changes to this newsletter in response to our members' interests. Reply to this email if you have any suggestions about how we can continue to improve it or new topics you'd like us to cover. A few things to note as you browse the issue:
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  • Supplier Member News -- Spotlights supplier-specific benefits.
  • Counter Intelligence -- Features jewelry sales training tips from our e-Learning Center 
  • Upcoming Events -- Lists industry events and where to meet the JA team 

Anti-Money Laundering Requirements Now Include Gift Cards  (JCK Online)

2011 State of the Industry Roundup
As a new feature, each month we'll bring you a roundup of top industry news from the leading trade and business news outlets. In February, business news was abuzz with year-end statistics. We have recapped a few articles you shouldn't miss that discuss record-high U.S. jewelry and watch sales, rising gold prices and our shrinking industry.

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CASE Award winner Women's Jewelry 5,000 and over2012 CASE Award Winners Announced
Check out the jewelry, created by JA Members, that took home awards in our annual design competition, held January 22-24, at the JA New York Winter Show. Competition was steep with more than 60 entries -- the highest level of participation ever.   

Ultimate Proposal ContestUltimate Proposal Contest Launched Nationwide
Jewelry Information Center launched the third annual Ultimate Proposal Contest on Tuesday at its website, www.JIC.org. It is not too late for JA Members to participate and offer customers a chance at a prize package that includes a vacation and jewelry!  
dollar signSpecial Offer for JA Members from AGS Conclave
For a discounted price of $195, American Gem Society is inviting JA Members to attend the opening day of the 2012 AGS Conclave: Miami, and see the anticipated JIC-produced fashion show.

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diamond Spring Trend: Long & Linear Jewelry
Now is the time to start promoting trend-focused merchandise for spring. One of the hottest trends seen on the Spring 2012 fashion week runways and award show red carpets is long and linear earrings and necklaces.

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Store Security video screenshot Video: Security Tips for Opening & Closing Jewelry Stores
In this video, Jewelers Mutual shows you how to secure your jewelry store during opening, closing, and hours in between. A must-watch for every jewelry retail business. Watch Now

Tax forms Tax Time Reminder: 1099 Rule Repealed
As you file your tax returns for 2011, put down those 1099 Forms! Back in April 2011, JA informed members that President Obama repealed the 1099 IRS Form reporting requirement for goods and services over $600. At the time, President Obama stated, "Small business owners are the engine of our economy and because Democrats and Republicans worked together, we can ensure they spend their time and resources creating jobs and growing their business, not filling out more paperwork." For more details on this and other legislation, visit JA's Federal Legislative Guide.

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Jewelry Repairs 101: Channel Settings
Get an overview of how to identify needed channel setting repairs. Share this article with your sales staff so they have the knowledge and confidence to discuss repair options in a way that builds a customer's trust and loyalty.

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JIC.org Product Placement Feature Your Jewelry on JIC.org for Free
Supplier Members: Ensure your jewelry is found by consumers seeking the latest jewelry trends and products at JIC's jewelry-enthusiast website, JIC.org. To do so, you must upload images of your current jewelry collection to our Image Database, so that we can feature them in the Design, Gift and Bridal galleries. Thousands of visitors browse the galleries each month searching for their next jewelry purchase. Download Image Database instructions.

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