Now Online: MJSA Custom Jeweler 6.3
In this edition: The "behind the scenes" story of the 2015 Custom Design Distinction winner in the MJSA VIsion Awards, Rona Fisher reflects on the true cost of discounting and other "life lessons": and Jim Grahl and Mark Maxwell achieve a vintage, handcrafted look through CAD/CAM. Click here to read more.
MJSA Member News
Jewelers Vigilance Committee presents webinar on Mediation and JVC Benefits on Wednesday, August 26.
Rio Grande is now accepting entries for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition.
The Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, has introduced Wearable Style News to showcase the latest designs and styles in wearable technology.
Shanon Horridge has been named customer care manager for Advanced Chemical Co. in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Hoover & Strong in North Chesterfield, Virginia, has partnered with the Iquira Cooperative in Colombia to obtain Fairmined gold.
Click here for more details about these stories, as well as more news about MJSA members.
August MJSA Journal Showcases Vision Award Winners
In the August MJSA Journal, discover the stories behind the winners of the 2015 MJSA Vision Awards competition. In addition, find an additional article on the winners of last year’s Vision Awards competition, and another article with tips for helping you get over a creative rut. Other articles include:
• 5 Classic Casting Tips compiled by Shawna Kulpa: A compilation of some of the best casting tips that have filled the pages of MJSA Journal over the years. MJSA Members Only.
• The Heat Is On by Gregory Crawford: Planning ahead to make a Celtic-style cross. MJSA Members Only.
• MJSA Member of the Month: Meet Scott Kemp of Kemp Metals in Westbury, New York.
MJSA Tech Sheet #42: Investing Resin Models, Part 2
New research by J. Tyler Teague into how to invest a printed model to achieve a proper burnout and improve casting results. From MJSA Tech Sheet 42, sponsored by Ransom & Randolph. Click here to read the Tech Sheet.
See the Newest Entry in MJSA’s Online Design Challenge
Marilyn Robb of Myerson’s Limited in Toronto is the latest designer to take this year’s challenge: Create a custom piece of jewelry showcasing an inherited 4.59 ct purple sapphire—on a budget of $3,000. Click here to see Marilyn’s solution.
MJSA ConFab Sessions Set for 2015
From creating a successful design concept to photography, graphic design, and pricing, the 2015 ConFab offers the "profit lessons" designers need to run successful business and make a living doing what they love.
MJSA ConFab will take place Oct. 18 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and the presenters include Andrea Hill (right) of Strategywerx, Cindy Edelstein of the Jeweler’s Resource Bureau, Matthew Perosi of jWAG (Jewelry Website Advistory Group), and Sara Yood of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. Click here to to see the full ConFab schedule and reserve your place.
MJSA Announces 2015 Vision Award Winners
MJSA’s 2015 Vision Awards competition awarded prizes to seven winners in the following categories: Professional Excellence, Laser Distinction, CAD/CAM Distinction, Digital Marketing Distinction, and Future of the Industry (to recognize student accommplishments). To see all the 2015 Vision Award winners, click here.
MJSA Expo NY to Move to Javits, Run Alongside JA NY
In a move that creates a unique buying opportunity, MJSA Expo New York will in 2016 move to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and run simultaneously with the JA New York Spring Show, March 13-15. While both shows will continue to be run independently, MJSA and JA New York have agreed to honor each other’s badges, thereby enabling qualified attendees of either show easy access to all exhibitors and educational sessions. Click here to read more.
MJSA Launches Digital Edition of MJSA Retail Link
The MJSA Retail Link, which features the latest finished jewelry designs and lines from MJSA members, can now be viewed online on MJSA.org. The digital edition enables retailers to easily page from product to product, and with one click, visit a supplier’s website or send an e-mail. To view the online MJSA Retail Link, click here.
MJSA Buyer’s Guide Online
The searchable online Guide enables you to search for specific products by category or keyword. MJSA members can also access a library of Buyer’s Tips to help them make the best purchasing decisions. Click to to go to the Buyer’s Guide Online.
MJSA Guide to Subcontractors
Find listings of MJSA member companies offering commonly requested contract services, along with detailed informaiton about their offerings—everything from minimum orders to turnaround times, as well as available discounts for MJSA members. Click here to go the the Guide to Subcontractors.