The 2016 MJSA ConFab Sponsors
MJSA ConFab wouldn’t be what it is without a little help from its friends—in this case, the fine sponsors below. These companies and organizations care about the success of jewelry makers and designers, and we encourage you to learn more about them and discover how they can help make you more successful.
MJSA Education Foundation | Frank Billanti Casting | Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
Jewelers Resource Bureau | LeachGarner | Richline Group | Rio Grande | SNAG
MJSA Education Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit subsidiary of the association, the MJSA Education Foundation supports programs that enhance the professional skills of jewelry makers and designers. In addition to sponsoring MJSA conFab and various seminars at industry trade shows, it provides informational resources to schools and, through its annual scholarship program, financial support to U.S. students. (Since 1997, the MJSA Education Foundation Scholarship Group has generated over $165,000 to nurture the next generation of jewelry makers and designers.)
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Frank Billanti Casting Co.
We are qualified experts. All of the staff at Frank Billanti Casting Company are experienced and well-qualified experts who will contribute their expert techniques and knowledge at every step of the process. You’ll see right away what a difference it makes when you work with a professional. The finished product will speak for itself! We will discuss your ideas. With a process that is so intricate, you want to make sure you’re dealing with someone who listens. Rest assured, our staff will lend an ear and offer thoughts based on your ideas, and always confidentially. We will run with your ideas and complete the order in the fastest time frame possible─all in one location.
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Jeweler’s Resource Bureau
The Jeweler’s Resource Bureau (JRB) was founded in 1991 with one goal: to support the growth of designer fine jewelry as a retail category, an artform, and a community. For the past twenty years JRB has been helping jewelry designers gain market intelligence and exposure and aiding the industry in sourcing fine jewelry designers.
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Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company is the only company in North America specializing exclusively in insurance for jewelry businesses and individual jewelry owners. MJSA exclusively endorses Jewelers Mutual’s insurance products.
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LeachGarner, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, comprises three brands that together supply the fundamental needs of jewelry makers and designers: mill products and alloys (Stern Metals), chain (Excell), plus precious-metal beads and findings (General Findings). Combined, these brands represent a century of jewelry know-how, and they apply and pass along this expertise to not only meet their customers’ needs, but also to spur technical innovation and business excellence throughout the jewelry community.
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A Berkshire Hathway Company, Richline Group is composed of four strategic business units: LeachGarner Inc., Richline Inc., Richline International Inc., and Inverness Corp. Richline Group works to ensure the jewelry industry remains vigorous and innovative. A prime marketer, manufacturer, and distributor, the firm aligns its world-class brands and resources not only toward the creation of quality precious-metal jewelry, but also toward ensuring that worldwide originality and design is fostered. With those goals in mind, Richline Group explores new artistic and technological innovations, researches trends, and provides leadership on legislative and compliance issues.
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Rio Grande was founded in 1944 with a simple mission: to serve jewelers with the highest-quality products and best service imaginable. Through 70 years of evolution, our commitment to jewelers remains the bedrock of our business.
FOR YOUR BENCH. Rio supplies everything today’s jeweler needs to succeed—findings, gemstones and metals; bench tools, equipment, and fabrication and manufacturing technology; display and packaging products; and customization services. As a Responsible Jewellery Council-certified business, our products meet strict standards for ethical environmental and social responsibility. And our innovative Neutec® equipment leads the industry in casting and laser-welding technology.
AT YOUR SIDE. Customer service is at the heart of everything we do at Rio. With more than a century of combined experience, our seasoned Jewelry Tech Team is always ready with troubleshooting help and expert advice. Our website is packed with detailed product information, videos, user reviews and inspiration from our community of jewelers. Professional jewelers can sharpen their competitive edge with exclusive RioPro member benefits. Rio Grande does so much more than get your order right and ship it fast—we’re completely devoted to helping your business thrive.
How can Rio serve you? Call 800-545-6566 to talk to one of our knowledgeable associates, or visit riogrande.com today.
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The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) has come so far since 1969. From that first meeting of 9 goldsmiths and silversmiths, to their current membership. Back then SNAG had 64 original members, and now they have more than 3,000 studio artists, educators, students and others working in all metals, alternative materials, and all aspects of contemporary art, design, jewelry and metalsmithing. SNAG’s mission is to aide in the advances of jewelry and metalsmithing by inspiring creativity, encouraging education, and fostering community.
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