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MJSA Journal

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Building a Better Industry

The national discussion about race that was raised following the murder of George Floyd last May reverberated through every industry, ours included. This month, we take a look at some of the initiatives already underway to address diversity and inclusion as well as some of the things everyone in the industry can do to make it one of which we can all be proud.

Click here to read the article.

 

MJSA Podcast

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Custom Challenges
and Opportunities

Featuring Gary Dawson

One of the of the most creative and technically adventurous jewelers out there today, Gary Dawson is passionate about sharing his jewelry-making know-how and enthusiasm for custom design.

In this episode, we spoke to Dawson about his personal experience navigating his business through the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities this crisis has created for jewelers, the excitement of tying cutting-edge technologies with the heritage of the past, and what’s in store for custom designed jewelry in 2021 and beyond. 

Click here to listen.

 

MJSA Design Challenge

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New Entry: Betty Padilla

A Native American woman dedicated to bringing attention to the issues affecting indigenous people worldwide is at the center of this year’s MJSA Challenge: Honoring One’s Heritage. This month’s entry is from New Mexico-based jewelry designer Betty Padilla. 

Click here to see her design and read more about her process.

 

 

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Knowledge Center

 

In MJSA Journal This Month...

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Building a Better Industry

The national discussion about race that was raised following the murder of George Floyd last May reverberated through every industry, ours included. This month, we take a look at some of the initiatives aimed at building diversirty in the jewelry industry as well as some of the things everyone in the industry can do to make it one of which we can all be proud. By Deborah A. Yonick

Production in a Pandemic

Companies plan ahead for a lot of things that could disrupt operations, but it’s a safe bet that not many companies had a plan in place for a pandemic, much less one that would last a year. To see how two jewelry manufacturers managed, we checked in with Stuller Inc. and Christian Tse Designs & Manufacturing Inc. They share how they responded to the crisis and the steps they’ve taken to better position themselves for the next one. By Shawna Kulpa

Creative Design: Sketching Emerald, Radiant, and Princess Cut Gemstones 

When a customer tells you they want a sqaure-shaped stone, how do you know the specific gemstone cut they’re referencing? This step-by-step guide will teach you how to sketch emerald, radiant, and princess cut gemstones. By Rémy Rotenier

 

Click here to see the full lineup of articles in this month’s MJSA Journal.

 

Free Trial Subscription

"More than other publications, MJSA Journal is oriented toward people like me: those trying to earn a living by designing and making jewelry," says Jim Binnion of James Binnion Metal Arts. Click here for a FREE four-month trial subscription, and see how MJSA Journal can help your professional success.

 

MJSA COVID-19 Resources and Information

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MJSA is continuing to monitor the developments related to COVID-19 and the industry recovery.

The resources webpage features links to MJSA resources, national and state guidance, as well as initiatives offered by other jewelry industry organizations. Click here to access the COVID-19 page.

 

MJSA Press Books:
Technical & Business Expertise

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MJSA Press books offer best business practices and expert technical solutions for the making and selling of jewelry, including the all new At the Bench Vol. 2: Tips, Techniques, and Step-by-Step Projects for Jewelers of All Skill Levels.

Other recent award-winning titles include A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships; Jewelry Metals: A Guide to Working with Common Alloys; and Profiting by Design: A Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Business SuccessClick here to learn more.

Events/Programs

 

MJSA Expo to Return in August 2021

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MJSA Expo, the longest-running trade show dedicated to professional jewelry making and design, will return to the Javits Center in New York City on August 8-10. The show will feature an expanded show floor and an enhanced, "hybrid" seminar program.

Expo will run at the same time as the summer JA New York retail show, continuing a dynamic collaboration that over the past several years has drawn buyers from all sectors of the jewelry industry.

Click here to read more about the show and view the list of exhibitors.

 

MJSA Expo Expands Online

MJSA Expo Online

Now you can enjoy an "Expo Experience" from your favorite easy chair: MJSA has launched MJSA Expo Online, an extension of our flagship trade show that will present the latest jewelry-making supplies and services. Through scheduled webinars, in-depth profiles, and social media streams, Expo Online will showcase products and services available from Expo’s exhibitors.

Click here to discover more about the scheduled presentations.

 

MJSA Webinars

MJSA’s Online Learning Series covers a range of technical and business topics and are hosted by Andrea Hill, the CEO of Hill Management Group and MJSA’s Designer Advocate. Sessions are free of charge to MJSA Premier members, $15 for Associate members, and $50 for non-members.

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Pricing Primer: Keys to Profitability

After inspiration strikes, after all the hours dedicated to designing and creating exquisite jewelry, after all the plans are in place for production and promotion, there’s still one key decision that can make or break a sale: how to price your work. Join Andrea Hill as she revisits the key factors—from production costs and margins to value and uniqueness— that go into the equation, with real-life examples of how others have found their pricing "sweet spots."
REGISTER TODAY

Click here to see the full webinar schedule and access past session replays.

 

Sourcing Help

 

Top Supplies and Services for 2021

Top Supplies and Services 2021

An MJSA Sourcing Guide: If you’re looking a selection of premier tools, supplies, technologies, and services that can help you find success in 2021 (and beyond), the new Top Supplies and Services Guide is the place to start. All of the products and services are offered by MJSA members, who agree to abide by the MJSA Code of Ethics, meaning buyers can purchase with confidence.

Click here to view the guide.

 

MJSA Retail Link Fall 2020Fall MJSA Retail Link Digital Edition

See the latest finished jewelry styles—from cost-effective fashion items and artisan pieces to couture collections—from MJSA members, along with a range of packaging and display options so that all those designs can be properly showcased to customers.

It also includes two articles to aid retailers as the holidays approach:

• "Over the Counter, Within the Law"offers tips on the two most important areas that retailers must address when buying jewelry from customers: properly testing the metal and following all local, state, and federal requirements.

"Custom Crunch Time" offers practical advice for custom jewelers when they get last-minute holiday requests.

Click here to view the latest Retial Link Digital Edition. 

More Online Sourcing

Click here to view the current MJSA Buyer’s Guide.

Click here to view the MJSA Guide to Subcontractors.

Where to Find MJSA View Industry Events Calendar

Webinar: Marketing & Sales Strategies for the "Next Normal"— Mar. 11, 2021
MA,
Webinar: When—and How—to Send Out Work to a Subcontractor— Mar. 25, 2021
MA,
MJSA Expo— Aug. 8 - 10, 2021
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JCK Las Vegas— Aug. 27 - 30, 2021
NV,
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About MJSA

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.

Webinar: Marketing & Sales Strategies for the "Next Normal"

Mar. 11, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated changes in everything from how we meet to the ways we market and sell. Now, as we begin preparing for a post-pandemic world, the biggest question is not whether we can return to normal, but what "normal" will be. How many of the changes wrought by the pandemic will become a way of life, and how will consumers’ pent-up demand play out? Join Andrea Hill as she explores these questions and lays out markers to help you prepare for the "next normal."

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Webinar: When—and How—to Send Out Work to a Subcontractor

Mar. 25, 2021

Deciding when to send out work to a contractor isn’t always easy—jewelers have to weigh concerns about intellectual property rights, loss of control, and affordability with the benefits of extra capacity and less stress. However, that decision can be vital to a company’s success. Andrea Hill will moderate a panel discussion with leading subcontractors about when to subcontract and how to make the relationship work.

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MJSA Expo

Aug. 8 - 10, 2021

MJSA Expo, the longest-running trade show dedicated to professional jewelry making and design, will return to the Javits Center in New York City on August 8-10. The show will feature an expanded show floor and an enhanced, "hybrid" seminar program.

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JCK Las Vegas

Aug. 27 - 30, 2021

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, business services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and retail displays.

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