Richline Purchases John C. Nordt
The Berkshire Hathaway–owned Richline Group has purchased John C. Nordt Inc., a supplier of precious metal products based in Roanoke, Virginia. "Nordt is another important and strategic addition to our brands...[that] will accelerate our growth into the PGM industrial markets," said Joe Esposito, Richline’s executive vice president of manufacturing. The company will be integrated into another Richline-owned business, metal supplier LeachGarner in Attleboro, Massachusetts, but it will still be led by three Nordt family members: Paul Nordt III, Rob Nordt Sr., and Rob Nordt Jr.
Rio Grande Announces Saul Bell Award Winners
Designer Garen Garibian’s "The Queen" (right), an 18k white and rose gold ring featuring a 42.05 ct. cultured freshwater pearl, was among the 15 winners of the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award Competition sponsored by Albuquerque, New Mexico–based supplier Rio Grande. Garibian’s piece won first place in the "Gold/Platinum" category.
Jewelers Mutual Names Dione Kenyon to Board of Directors
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. in Neenah, Wisconsin, recently appointed Dione Kenyon, former president of the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT), to its board of directors.
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May MJSA Journal Features:
Seeing Is Believing by Shawna Kulpa
A complaint still heard about computer-aided design (CAD) software programs is that they’re capable of creating only blocky, cookie-cutter designs that lack any organic feel. The work of Othmar Wicke and Tomas Wittelsbach proves that’s not true. MJSA Members Only.
Every experienced jeweler knows that it takes to become a gem setter: You literally have to put hundreds of stones in their place, time and time again, to be able to reach a point of consistent quality. Now, a handful of veteran gem setters who have done just that, share their best tips and tricks for getting the job done.
Mind the Gap by Terri Wallo Strauss
To help the 73 percent of family business owners who lack succession plans, we spoke with business experts about the steps needed to ensure a company’s continued success. MJSA Members Only.
MJSA Online Design Challenge: A Long Time Coming
A loving couple finally tying the knot after 40 years and a 2.01 carat ruby at the heart of the seventh annual MJSA Online Design Challenge, where designers must create a custom piece for a fictional client. Read this year’s challenge and then check back every month through September for a new design.
MJSA thanks Omi Gems for its continued support of the MJSA Online Design Challenge.
In New Venue, MJSA Expo Traffic Climbs 25 Percent
MJSA Expo, the longest-running show dedicated to professional jewelry making and design, made two big changes for 2016: It moved from its longtime home at the Hilton New York to the Javits Center in New York City, and it ran simultaneously with the JA New York and Lueur spring shows, March 13-15. The result: an attendance increase of nearly 25 percent over the 2015 show. "The first day, none of us [working the booth] had lunch, and it’s not very often that happens," said Shawn Albert, tools product manager at Stuller Inc. in Lafayette, Louisiana. "This year we wrote 60 percent more business." Read more about the 2016 show.
The 2016 MJSA Expo Lives on in the Look Book
The MJSA Expo Look Book features a premier selection of the equipment, supplies, and services offered by this year’s Expo exhibitors. From the latest in 3-D printing and scanning technologies to an array of metals, gems, and findings, the Look Book features 32 products and services with detailed information about each. Click here to view the Look Book.
Do You Have Your Buyer’s Guide Print Edition?
What’s new about the 2016 MJSA Buyer’s Guide print edition? Well, it features a new design format offering more information about each member supplier. It also features new articles on everything from ordering alloys to working with subcontractors. But one thing remains the same: It’s still the industry’s largest source of suppliers offering jewelry-making tools, supplies, and services. Copies have already been sent to MJSA members. If you’re not a member, it can be purchased for $35 (additional copies for members are $10); just go to the MJSA Bookstore. You can also e-mail MJSA Customer Service Manager Betty Costa or call her at 1-800-444-MJSA (6572), ext. 3050.
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 Retail Link 1.2 Now Online
The latest edition of the MJSA Retail Link is a premier selection of finished jewelry from MJSA members. It also includes the new It’s Time! section devoted to the latest watches and related accessories/tools. To view the online edition of the current MJSA Retail Link, click here.