MJSA to Launch Designer Collaborative
Andrea Hill Named Designer Advocate
MJSA has announced plans to launch the MJSA Designer Collaborative, a community through which jewelry designers can share ideas, discover inspiration, and find the support needed to improve their businesses.
In related news, Andrea Hill (pictured), owner of Hill Management Group, has been appointed MJSA Designer Advocate. In this new role, Hill will facilitate the Collaborative and ensure that the concerns and needs of jewelry designers are heard and addressed by the association.
Hill will also continue in her current position as CEO of the Hill Management Group, which provides strategic consulting and marketing services to many small and mid-sized jewelry businesses.)
"Designers are the creative backbone of the jewelry industry, and we want to ensure they have the resources needed to thrive in today’s market," said MJSA President/CEO David W. Cochran. "Andrea has a long history dedicated to advancing designers’ careers, and I can’t think of a better person to advocate on their behalf. Through the new collaborative we’ll be able to provide a fertile ground for her advocacy efforts to bear fruit, and to provide designers with a community that they feel truly represents their interests."
Click here to read more about the Designer Collaborative
July MJSA Journal Explores Metal Trends and Techniques
This month’s articles include "Practice Makes Perfect," which offers tips and advice for mixing your own gold alloys. And "The Next Generation of Metal Trends" explores the latest looks as well as where the metal markets may be heading.
Click here to see all of this month’s online articles.
Jewelry Metals Honored in Association Media Contest
The MJSA Press book Jewelry Metals: A Guide to Working with Common Alloys recently won a Silver Award in the 2016 Association Media & Publishing EXCEL competition, the largest awards programs for association publishing. The book (which also won a Bronze Ribbon in the 2015 Association TRENDS All-Media Contest) details the characteristics of common alloys, offers bench and casting tips, and provides full-color, step-by-step guides to various metalworking techniques. Click here to read more about Jewelry Metals.
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. Up this month: Patricia Daunis-Dunning, co-owner of Daunis Fine Jewelry in Portland, Maine.
Our thanks to Omi Gems for its continued support of the MJSA Online Design Challenge.
Are You Ready to Be ConFabulous?
On Oct. 30, MJSA ConFab—our full-day conference offering "profit lessons" for jewelry designers—will return to the Fashion Institute of Technology. This year’s conference will include sessions by Andrea Hill on how to sell effectively online and how to use a sales forecast when planning expenses; Lisa Krikawa on how to establish (and maintain) a vision for your business; and two companion sessions by Andrea and Marlene Richey on how to create a business plan to propel success. Plus, we’ll debut MJSA ConFlubs, in which our speakers (and a few guests) will reveal the biggest mistakes they ever made in their careers, and what they learned from them.
Click here to learn more about all of these ConFabulous sessions.
The Spring 2016 MJSA Retail Link Is Online
The digital edition of the spring MJSA Retail Link features more than 80 new products—finished jewelry lines and one-of-a-kind designs, new watches and accessories, packaging and display options, and a "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 Latest Products in This Month’s Showcase
CAD/CAM updates from Asiga, B9Creations, Rio Grande, and Stuller; a new video series from Carrera Casting, and much more. Click to to go to the MJSA Product Showcase.