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March 28, 2024

Community News: GIA Publishes New Book About Hollywood Jeweler William Ruser

First book about the jeweler to the stars in Hollywood’s Golden Age The story of the life and stellar jewelry career of William Ruser is brought to life in a newly published book, William Ruser: The Jeweler Who Charmed Hollywood, written by GIA Research Librarian Judy Colbert and Co-Author Peggy Tsiamis. Ruser is remembered for his whimsical figural jewelry with freshwater pearls. Many of his finer pieces come up for sale regularly and command high prices. “Ruser had a very specific look in his unique and special designs. Like all great designers, there are certain elements within his pieces that

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A Don’t-Miss Conclave Session on Diamond Cut Customization

Join us for an exclusive session on diamond cut customization, moderated by Tom Moses, Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory & Research Officer at GIA. Hear from the industry’s leading minds as they offer insights and the latest techniques in diamond cutting. If you’re looking to carry your own bespoke diamond brand, you won’t want to miss this session! Diamond Cut Customization: From Rough to Retail Tuesday, April 16 / 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.Wednesday, April 17 / 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Moderator: Tom Moses Moderator: Tom Moses, Executive Vice President, Chief Laboratory & Research Officer, GIA Panelists: Janak Mistry, Lexus SoftMac; Jason

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Vendor Roundtable: Adapting Your Sales Approach for Women

This year’s Vendor Roundtable delves into the dynamic shifts in our industry driven by female purchasers and decision-makers. Retailers are invited to this session to ask questions or offer their insights during the Q&A. Beyond Swifties: Adapting Your Sales Approach for Women Monday, April 15 / 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Moderator, Anna Samsonova Moderator: Anna Samsonova, Owner, Samsonova Consulting Panelists: Angela Hope, RJ, Vice President of Merchandise, Ben Bridge Jeweler; Brecken Farnsworth, CG, Vice President, Parlé Jewelry Designs; Joshua Israileff, RS,Owner, ASBA Join us at the Conclave Vendor Roundtable for an insightful panel discussion that delves into the dynamic shifts in

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Activation Stations: Get Crafty at Conclave

Tap into the rhythm of creativity and connection at this year’s crafty Conclave Activation Stations. These fun activities create bonds, memories, and conversations that extend beyond your Austin experience! Jewelers Mutual Vinyl Activation Station Tuesday, April 1610:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. / 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.Networking Area, Governor’s Ballroom Salon A-B Make your own masterpiece on a vinyl record with spin art machine artists at the Jewelers Mutual Vinyl Activation Station. Get in tune with your artistic side and create a dynamic piece of art in minutes. It’s a unique and fun memory to take home! Craft Connections – The Gem Besties Bracelet

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