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What’s Happening This Month

From the new Council of Custom Jewelers to the return of the At the Bench seminars in Tucson, Travis Searle takes look at MJSA’s initiatives for January.

MJSA Launches Council of Custom Jewelers

Comprising some of the country’s leading custom jewelers, the new council will direct MJSA’s efforts to advance the art and consumer appreciation of custom jewelry design. Click here to learn more.

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Mined vs. Manmade Diamonds: Can They Co-Exist?

MJSA Journal January 2017 Cover

In this month’s issue of MJSA Journal, editor Shawna Kulpa explores the growing consumer interest in synthetic diamonds, which today are virtually indistinguishable from mined diamonds. Although some jewelers have concerns about disclosure and testing, others see new sales possibilities—especially with the current emphasis among the Millennials on responsible sourcing. Can mined and manmade diamonds co-exist and be sold side by side? Click here to read the article.

2017 MJSA Online Design Challenge

This year’s challenge, "Celebrating a Life Lost Too Soon," focuses on a patrolman, husband, and father whose memory is being honored with a beautiful piece of custom jewelry. Click here to read this year’s challenge.

Click here to see the entry of our first contestant, Susan Wheeler—and then check back monthly to see each new entry.

Thank you to Omi Gems for sponsoring the 2017 Online Design Challenge


MJSA Expo Returns March 12-14 to New York City

MJSA ExpoWhen buying jewelry-making tools, supplies, and services, handling is believing—and MJSA Expo allows you to touch, feel, test, and "play" to your heart’s content. Plus, its world-class seminars help you to hone your skills, your business practices, and your imagination.

Join us March 12-14 at the Javits Center in New York City; click here to learn more and register.

If you make jewelry, Expo is the place the you—hands down.

MJSA’s At the Bench Live Set for AGTA GemFair Tucson

MJSA will return to the desert Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 when it sponsors a series of seminars at AGTA GemFair Tucson in the Tucson Convention Center. Titled At the Bench (& Beyond), the seminars will cover topics such as digital jewelry design, DIY photography, repair tips, and the art of communication (both visual and verbal).

Two sessions will take place every day in the Tools, Technology, and Supplies Pavilion. Click here to learn more.

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Spring 2016 MJSA Retail LinkRead the Latest MJSA Retail Link Online

The digital edition of the fall MJSA Retail Link features dozens of finished jewelry lines and one-of-a-kind designs, new watches and accessories, packaging and display options, and an article on the trends in gem cuts and colors expected for 2017. "Vintage Marketplace" section devoted to antique and estate jewelry. Click here to see what’s new.

A print edition of the Retail Link is sent to 20,000 retailers of all sizes, from small independents to major chains like Kohl’s, Signet Jewelers, and Niemann Marcus. Every MJSA standard member is entitlted to a free placement. To learn more, e-mail MJSA Customer Service Manager Betty Costa or call her at 1-800-444-MJSA (6572), ext. 3050.

See the Products & Services in This Month’s Showcase

View the latest offerings from Advanced Chemical, AGTA GemFair Tucson, Century Casting, Gravotech, Hauser & Miller, Inductotherm, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, and LaserStar Technologies. Click to to go to the MJSA Product Showcase.

Where to Find MJSA View Industry Events Calendar

AGTA GemFair Tucson— Jan. 31 - Feb. 5, 2017
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JCK Tucson— Feb. 1 - 4, 2017
MJSA Expo— Mar. 12 - 14, 2017
Santa Fe Symposium— May. 21 - 24, 2017
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2017 SNAG Nexus— May. 24 - 27, 2017
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About MJSA

MJSA is the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. By tapping into the collective strength of the association community, our members find the expertise, connections, and resources needed to make and sell great jewelry, profitably. Click here to contact us.

AGTA GemFair Tucson

Jan. 31 - Feb. 5, 2017

Gemstones, Tools, Supplies, Educational Sessions.


JCK Tucson

Feb. 1 - 4, 2017

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, tools and equipment, contract services. New this year: A hands-on Tech Pavilion featuring MJSA member suppliers.



Mar. 12 - 14, 2017

Manufacturing tools, equipment and supplies, finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones and beads, contract services, and business services. Special features include educational seminars and live demonstrations.


Santa Fe Symposium

May. 21 - 24, 2017

Educational symposium on jewelry manufacturing technology.


2017 SNAG Nexus

May. 24 - 27, 2017

Educational conference.