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Community News: Jewelry Marketing Expert Katie Stelmaszek Joins the Facets of Fire Team

Facets of Fire is pleased to announce the appointment of Katie Stelmaszek as the new Director of Marketing. With over 12 years of experience in the jewelry industry, Stelmaszek brings a wealth of marketing knowledge and expertise to the Facets of Fire team. As the Director of Marketing, Stelmaszek will be their brand visionary and work closely with retailers on all marketing needs. With a proven track record of success in wholesale and retail marketing, Facets of Fire is confident that she will help them grow and provide the level of customer service their retailers deserve. “I am thrilled to

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Community News: Opal Minded’s Lottery Celebrates October in Style with an Incredible Birthstone Opal

Opal Minded, a renowned jewelry brand specializing in exquisite opal creations, is thrilled to announce its exciting lottery in celebration of October, the month of opal, the Australian birthstone. The highlight of this lottery is the chance to win a stunning opal necklace, “Little Decadence,” designed by Opal Minded’s esteemed Creative Director, Dr. Renata Bernard. The “Little Decadence” opal pendant features a dazzling Winton boulder opal weighing 2.28 carats, showcasing its mesmerizing and unique patterning. This timeless pendant design boasts a graded cluster of sparkling diamonds on its bail, all set in 18K yellow gold. The pendant’s simple elegance is

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Community News: The Kingswood Company Awarded the 2023 Editors’ Pick Award from Store Brands Magazine

One of the company’s very successful private-label jewelry lines named the Gold Winner in the Cleaning Category A private-label jewelry care product line from The Kingswood Company was awarded a Gold 2023 Editors’ Pick Award in the Cleaning Category from Store Brands magazine. Store Brands announced the winners of its Editors’ Picks in its August issue. The winning product line was developed in 2021 and launched in 2022 in over 2000 stores throughout North America. It is a consumer-focused jewelry care line with an elevated, on-trend aesthetic. Each of the line’s products was meticulously designed and created to meet unique

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Community News: Jewelers 24 Karat Club of SoCal Announces 2023 Honorees

The 2023 Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California honorees (left to right): Georgie Gleim, CG, Shelly Sergent, and Molly Peterson, RJ. Join us in congratulating this year’s Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California honorees, who are members of the American Gem Society (AGS): Georgie Gleim, CG, Shelly Sergent, and Molly Peterson, RJ. The Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the Club’s 2023 honorees, who will be recognized during its 79th Annual Dinner Dance and Gala, which will take place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey,

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Community News: Pam Waclawski Promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing by The Kingswood Company

An eleven-year veteran of the company, Waclawski has been instrumental to Kingswood’s rapid growth and product line expansion The Kingswood Company announced in August the promotion of Pam Waclawski to the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this new capacity, Waclawski will lead the sales, marketing and design teams to meet specific growth goals that are effective for the company; cultivate an understanding of industry trends and plan strategic initiatives to stay ahead of market demands; and build and maintain long-term relationships with customers. “This promotion is a reflection of Pam’s tremendous impact on our company’s continued

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Community News: You Are Not Alone After a Robbery—Jewelers Supporting Jewelers Is There

The security of all AGS members is very important to us. We want to ensure you have the information and resources you need to stay safe. At the request of Jewelers Supporting Jewelers, a Facebook group dedicated to helping the jewelry industry stay safe, we are sharing the following message: “I was face to face with the masked men. I was sprayed with mace. I could not see, but I could hear every move they made in my store. I was screaming for my employees to hit the panic button, not being able to see or know where they were

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Community News: A Glittering Legacy – Panowicz Jewelers Celebrates 75 Years

After school each day, a young girl would take the bus to her family’s store, located initially off Capital Way near Sylvester Park. She would eagerly help with anything and everything in this local jewelry and gem shop. Over the years, she steadily learned more and more about her family’s business: Panowicz Jewelers. Now the third-generation owner, Leslie Panowicz, RJ, is proud to continue the family legacy, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Panowicz Jewelers in June 2023. “I remember growing up in the store; I’d come after school and help out my dad each day,” shared Leslie. “We are so

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Community News: 17 AGS Members Receive 2023 INSTORE Design Awards

INSTORE magazine recently announced the winners of their 8th annual Design Awards. Join us in congratulating the 17 AGS members who, out of 246 entries, were chosen as the best-of-the-best for their vibrant and stunning designs! A JAFFE ASHI Diamonds E.L. Designs Erica Courtney Fana Gabriel & Co. Gumuchian Jye’s International Inc. Kimberly Collins Colored Gems L. Priori Jewelry Lika Behar Collection Omi Privé Pompos Jewelry Corporation Shula NY Smiling Rocks Stuller Uneek Designs Take a look at their gorgeous pieces here.

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Community News: Only Natural Diamonds Launches First-Ever Print Magazine

Only Natural Diamonds (OND), the consumer-facing, multi-channel digital platform powered by Natural Diamond Council, is delighted to launch its first-ever print magazine under Editor-in-Chief Sam Broekema. The magazine comes as a natural next step and addition to its digital home on This is the first of a bi-annual issue cadence covering both Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. The inaugural Spring/Summer print issue features actress Gabrielle Union as its cover star. Ms. Union shares insight into her top diamond moments, career as an actress, her family, and where she hopes to see Hollywood in the years to come in the inside cover

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Community News: Vantyghem Diamonds Celebrates Their Sparkling 50th Anniversary

Kitchener-based Vantyghem Diamonds marks a special milestone in the diamond business. Since 1973, Vantyghem Diamonds have been at the forefront of selling exquisite diamonds. This June, their company celebrates its 50th year in the industry as a provider of certified ethically sourced natural diamonds to professional independent retail jewelers. Kevin Vantyghem carries on the family name from his mother and father, Ralph and Arlette Vantyghem, who immigrated to Canada and set up their business selling loose diamonds to professional independent retail jewelers. Kevin has taken the baton from his parents and continues to steer the family business towards new horizons

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