Jewelers for Children Donates to Ebola Effort

Jewelers for Children has made a $ 100,000 donation to Save the Children’s Ebola Children’s Relief Fun to support efforts in fighting the deadly disease.

JFC received pledges from donors including Sterling Jewelers, Pandora, JCPenney, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company and Hearts On Fire to assist with this support.

“Everyone is concerned about the rapid spread of the virus in Africa and so many children have died and many more are now orphans. said Ruth Batson, JFC board chair. “Our generous industry has once again stepped up to help in a crisis where children are involved.”

Save the Children, the Wilton, CT based non-profit dedicated to creating lasting change in the lives of children in need, has been a JFC recipient charity in the past following the devastating Asian tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti, and the tsunami in Japan.

Save the Children has been on the ground in Africa since the crisis began, building treatment centers, supporting the orphans, and conducting education on preventing the spread of the virus.

“With the on-going support of this great industry, JFC will be making a difference in the lives of the children involved in this tragic event. We know of no better organization that Save the Children to represent the industry’s support in the relief effort,” added Batson.

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24 Karat Club Honors Karen Signorino

Karen Signorino was presented with the 2014 Excellence in Service Award by the 24 Karat Club of Southern California during the club's annual gala on October 11 in Marina del Rey.

Signorino is a well-respected member of the jewelry industry and currently serves as regional sales director for JM Insurance Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company in Neenah, WI. She has been an agent with the company since 1978.

"Karen Signorino is so deserving of this recognition," said Darwin Copeman, president and CEO of Jewelers Mutual. "This past spring we had the chance to recognize her as one of the first inductees to our Agent Hall of Fame, and it's wonderful to see her recognized for her life's work in the jewelry industry as well. She is a tremendous asset to everyone she works with, and she should be proud of all she has accomplished."

Upon learning of the honor, Signorino described herself as shocked, "but honored beyond belief." She went on to say, "Being selected for the Service Award from the 24 Karat Club was a total surprise. I am lucky because my career allows me to do what I love, working with the jewelry industry and Jewelers Mutual."

Signorino began her career representing jewelers working for a small independent agency, McNary and McNary. In 1984, George McNary sold his agency to Marsh & McLennan, Inc. and she continued her career serving the jewelry industry, while employed by Marsh.

In 2000, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company purchased Karen's book of business which helped launch Jewelers Mutual's subsidiary, JM Insurance Services, LLC. With Signorino's sales leadership, the agency has expanded beyond California to serve jewelers in seven additional states including Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Washington, Alaska, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

As her career progressed, she achieved many professional designations including CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter), CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) and CRM (Certified Risk Manager).

Karen Signorino has is a devoted member of numerous industry organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California and the California Jewelers Association. She is also a member of the Women's Jewelry Association, Northern California Chapter. In addition, she supports numerous charities and community service organizations.

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Midas Chain Launches New Collection

Midas Chain has launched the East2West Mini Collection. This is the spinoff from widely successful full size version. These pieces have been created in the Midas tradition of the hottest styles that customers desire.

The collection comes in 14k yellow, white or pink Gold and Sterling Silver in both necklaces and bracelets. They include the extremely popular engraveble Bar Nameplate, Sideways Cross, Infinity and many more.

“We have had such a positive response to this line, especially since so many women love to buy multiple layers and colors of each style, which keeps traffic coming into jewelers’ stores. Everyone couldn’t get enough of the original collection, so we created the miniature size version.” said Roy Merlucci, VP Sales of Midas Chain. 

The unique details and craftsmanship of this collection are done with the highest level of standards and quality, which has always been a symbol of an original Midas product. The complete line includes many unique styles and designs that can be seen in the all new over 300 page Midas catalog.

The new catalog includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, chains and much more. Some of the exclusive collections included in this year’s beautiful counter top reference are East2West, LightZ, Fengari, Officially licensed NFL and 4YR Spirit college jewelry, and of course Midas Gold & Silver as well as many others.

 

Visit the website at www.midaschain.com.

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Luxury Jewelers Resource Group Selects Raymark

The Luxury Jewelers Resource Group, a consortium of privately-owned and independent jewelers, has unanimously selected Raymark’s end-to-end suite of solutions for Point of Sale (including mobile), Clienteling, Merchandising, Replenishment,Open-to-Buy Planning, Purchasing, Repairs, Reporting and Analytics. 

The banners include Fink’s Jewelers,Hamilton Jewelers, Hyde Park Jewelers, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, London Jewelers, Lux Bond & Green, Tapper’s Diamond & Fine Jewelry, Tivol and Traditional Jewelers. 

Raymark’s ability to cater to the jewelry vertical and to LJRG’s specific niche requirements led the banners to select Raymark from among twenty software solution vendors evaluated. “Raymark targets and understands luxury retail. They are the best suited vendor in the market to offer us a full solution suite that supports a jeweler’s end- to-end business requirements,” stated Tim Claire, COO of London Jewelers. 

In addition to Raymark’s technology and industry expertise, LJRG’s final selection was very much based upon the cultural fit between the two organizations. “Our partnership with Raymark is based on our shared values of integrity, trust and professionalism,” confirms Lori Greenblatt, Director of LJRG. 

Raymark’s holistic and real-time solution will provide each LJRG select member with a 360o view of its customers and business operations across all channels. As a true integrated omni-channel retailing solution, the LJRG select members will improve organizational efficiency by automating processes related to key areas such as customer orders and repairs, access centralized data, and manage and track inventory across stores and e-commerce. “The ability to support serialization as well as repair tracking for jewelry was crucial in our decision to partner with Raymark,” said Todd Stafford, VP Information System of Fink’s Jewelers. 

“On behalf of the entire Raymark team, we are extremely honored to have been chosen by LJRG. Our continued expansion in the jewelry vertical is strategic for Raymark and we look forward to growing our partnership with each of the LJRG members towards mutual success,” said Marc Chriqui, President of Raymark. 

 

To learn more, visit www.raymark.com/about.

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Diamond Empowerment Fund Adds Prager and Wong to Board

The Diamond Empowerment Fund is has added two global industry leaders to its board of directors: David Prager, Head of Corporate Affairs for the De Beers Group of Companies, and Kent Wong Siu Kee, Managing Director of Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited. 

David Prager lends D.E.F his insight into the expectations of consumers and the corresponding pressures on production. His work across geographies and with a diverse set of stakeholders that includes civil society, media and governments will be especially helpful as D.E.F expands its ‘diamonds do good’ mission to global communities.

“Diamonds are a finite resource, pushing us to ensure we are using them to add value to the communities we work in, the infrastructure we rely on, and the colleagues we work with. Since its founding, D.E.F has helped the industry shine a light on the positive role diamonds play in the journey from mine to finger – enabling consumers to be proud of the diamonds they own,” states Prager. 

Kent Wong broadens D.E.F’s worldwide representation to the important, and growing, diamond and jewelry sector in Hong Kong and Mainland China. A veteran with substantial experience in both operations and management in the jewelry industry, Wong was named one of the “25 Influential Chinese in Global Fashion” by world-renowned business magazine Forbes in 2012.

An active leader across Hong Kong and mainland China’s industry associations, Wong supports the mission of D.E.F. “As a vertically integrated jewelry retailer that is active in all aspects of the diamond and jewelry supply chain, we understand the importance of supporting communities along the diamond’s journey. I am eager to help further extend D.E.F’s mission and communicate to consumers around the world these good works,“ he says.

Phyllis Bergman, president of the D.E.F. board of directors and CEO of Mercury Ring, is thrilled by the global diversity of D.E.F’s board. “With the addition of David and Kent on our board, D.E.F is truly representative of the global diamond and jewelry industry.”

D.E.F’s existing board includes: Phyllis Bergman, President, CEO Mercury Ring; Lita Asscher, President, Royal Asscher of America; Nicola Breytenbach-Steiner, Actress, Philanthropist; Cathy Calhoun President, Calhoun Jewelers; Meir Dalumi Director, Dalumi Group; Dylan Dix, Marketing Director, Crossworks; Peter Engel President, Fred Meyers Jewelry; Rebecca Foerster E..V.P, Leo Schachter Diamonds; Ellen Haddigan ED, Society of Sloan Kettering; Edward Hrabak President, Sterling Jewelers, Inc.; Michael Kaplan President, Rocket Redbox; Anna Martin Senior Vice-President of Global Development, GIA; Kaushik Mehta, Chairman, Eurostar Diamond Traders; Sally Morrison, Co-Founder, Managing Director, World Gold Council; Scott Rauch Co-Founder, President, SHR Jewelry Group; Bruno Sané General Manager Marketing, Rio Tinto Diamonds; Hedda Schupak Editor, The Centurion Newsletter; Varda Shine, Co-founder; Elliott Tannenbaum Partner, Leo Schachter Diamonds; Jean Paul Tolkowsky President, Exelco; Yancy Weinrich Group V.P., JCK; Jaci Wilson-Reid Philanthropist 

 

ADVISORY BOARD Russell Simmons Co-founder, CEO Rush Communications; Dilip Mehta CEO, Rosy Blue Group; H.E. Festus G. Mogae Former President, Republic of Botswana; Linah Mohohlo Governor, Bank of Botswana.

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