The lineup of seminars and special events at this year’s MJSA Expo is now online. This year’s sessions include an update on responsible sourcing initiatives, a freehand drawing lesson by Rémy Rotenier, and design and casting insights from J. Tyler Teague, Marlene Richey, Matthew Perosi, Teresa Fryé, and Scott Bradford. In addition, the MJSA Council of Custom Jewelers will hold its first open forum. MJSA Expo will take place March 10-12 at the Javits Center in New York City, running concurrently again with JA New York. To learn more click here.
Trends: Some Like It Hot The Pantone Color Institute’s palette for spring 2019 reflects a yearning to face the future with confidence and spirit by surrounding ourselves with uplifting and joyful colors. Lean more about which fiery hues will dominate in 2019.
Striking the Right Note Theresa Kwong, owner of TK Metal Artsin San Mateo, California, is our featured designer for January. Check out Theresa’s submission to this year’s challenge, featuring a collection of responsibly sourced gemstones available from our sponsor, Columbia Gem House.
Ball Chain Manufacturing in Mount Vernon, New York, has appointed William F. Taubner president. He assumes the role from his father, Valentine J. Taubner Jr., who will continue as chairman of the company’s board of directors.
The Jewelers Board of Trade in Warwick, Rhode Island, has named Erich K. Jacobs vice president, technology. Jacobs is a seasoned technology innovation executive with 30 years of IT, operational, and financial experience.
Tiffany & Co. has announced plans to begin sharing with consumers the provenance (region or countries of origin) of its newly sourced, individually registered diamonds, as well as their their craftsmanship journey. Read more about the initiative here.
This month’s MJSA Journal features articles on repairing damaged gemstones, positioning your business for the year ahead, and the latest jewelry industry and gem trends. Click here to see the full issue.
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MJSA Press Books: Technical & Business Expertise
MJSA Press books offer best business practices and expert technical solutions for the making and selling of jewelry. Recent award-winning titles include AJeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships;Jewelry Metals: A Guide to Working with Common Alloys; and Profiting by Design: A Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Business Success. Click here to learn more.
How do you price a beautiful jewelry design? It’s a question asked time and again by designers. That’s why, in our next MJSA Online Learning webinar, Andrea Hill will lead a discussion on the first component of an effective pricing strategy: understanding costs and margins. The hour-long session will begin at 1 p.m. EST on Jan. 31. MJSA Premier members can attend free of charge; Associate members pay only $15 (70 percent off the non-member price of $50). To see the full webinar schedule to date for 2019, click here.
MJSA Expo: A "Hands-on" Experience
“The people here really have a passion for good equipment,” remarked exhibitor Wyatt Frei during last year’s Expo. That could be extended to a passion for jewelry making in general. MJSA Expo has been compared in the past to a "playground" for jewelers of all types, from established manufacturers to up-and-coming designers. And for three days every March, those jewelers pack the Expo’s aisles. There, they discovering the newest tools, technologies, supplies, and services—from high-tech casting machines, 3-D printers, and diamond scanners to the latest fashions in gems and beads. The 2019 MJSA Expo will run March 10-12 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.
MJSA is the trade alliance dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. By tapping into the collective strength of our community, MJSA members find the expertise, connections, and support needed to maintain quality, reach new customers, and succeed. Click here to learn more about membership.
AGTA Gem Fair Tucson
Feb. 5 - 10, 2019
Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, beads, business services, contract services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and retail displays. Includes seminars.
Manufacturing tools, equipment, and supplies; finished fine jewelry; finished fashion jewelry; gemstones; beads; contract manufacturing services; business services. Special features include educational seminars and live demonstrations.