The Jewelers of Louisiana 2022 Convention will be held August 13-14th, 2022 at the New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway! Join us for an elegant award dinner Saturday night at Andrea's Italian Restaurant and inspiring speakers on Sunday. Gather together with other jewelry professionals to learn, network, and have fun!
Andrea's Italian Restaurant 3100 19th St.Metairie, LA 70002
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Convention Registration Form
Design Contest Application
Advertising Cover Letter
Advertising Media Kit
Jewelers of Louisiana Membership Application
Jewelers of Louisiana Board Nomination
Award Nomination Forms
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Harold Dupuy FGA, GGHarold Dupuy, Vice President of Strategic Analysis for Stuller, Inc., has had a multi-faceted career in the jewelry industry. In four decades, he has held many roles, ranging from executive leadership in a large public corporation to the operation of an independent store.A Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain, a Graduate Gemologist (GIA), and a Master Gemologist Appraiser (ASA Retired). Harold also owned and operated a private appraisal practice and gemological laboratory before joining Stuller.At Stuller, he draws on this diverse background to analyze, anticipate, and act on shifting currents in the international jewelry market.Convention Presentation: ”State of the Jewelry Industry – Post-Covid”
Heading into a global pandemic, no one predicted the enormous post-Covid sales growth for the jewelry category. With the help of two major forces - government stimulus money and the limitations of experience-based activities, the jewelry industry soared to record growth last year.
With Covid receding, the stimulus money is gone, and consumers actively traveling; what’s ahead for the jewelry industry? The overall economy is currently healthy, but with 40-year record high inflation, declining consumer sentiment, and rising interest rates, the playing field is changing.
This presentation will cover the factors influencing the jewelry industry, market performance over the recent past, and what lies ahead.
Aleah ArundaleAleah Arundale is a 3rd generation GIA Graduate Gemologist, a 5th generation jeweler turned loose diamond wholesaler and the founder of the immensely popular Jewelers Helping Jewelers Facebook page. Selling diamonds on the road lets her share great ideas from hundreds of different jewelers from all over the country. Sign up for her Jewelry Sales Tips Newsletter by e-mailing her at Aleah@olympiandiamonds.com or calling 800-882-8900. “We are all in this jewelry business together, let’s help each other!”
Jimmy DeGroot James (Jimmy) DeGroot is a professional jewelry sales and operations trainer from the jeweler’s side of the counter. Having been in management and the jewelry business for over 20 years and growing stores to over 3x their volume, Jimmy passes that knowledge and experience on by training jewelers nationwide via the website JewelryStoreTraining.com. Jimmy is an AGS titleholder and specializes in training relevant and timely methods for jewelry teams.
Guy BorensteinGuy Borenstein, FGA EGG, is the Senior Gemologist at Stuller, leading the diamond screening and gemological testing operations at the company's global facilities.
Before joining Stuller in May 2021, Borenstein served for 15 years in various gemological capacities, including Chief Gemologist in two gemological laboratories, VP Gemological Services in Gemewizard, FGA Diploma tutor at Gem-A (Gemmological Association of Great Britain), and consultant to numerous institutes and companies worldwide.
Lab-grown diamonds are the hottest trend in recent years. Being easily customized to the market needs and indistinguishable to the professional eye, they have become increasingly popular, offering consumers attractive prices and quality options they couldn't afford before.
However, this coin has two sides. In recent years, the industry media repeatedly covered dozens of undisclosed lab-grown diamond issues, demonstrating the increased prevalence of these goods and fueling consumer awareness.
In this presentation, we will cover the formation processes of both origins, their visible and non-visible unique properties, the common screening technologies used for separation, and, most importantly, each technique's limitations and blind spots.
This is a "must-attend" session for all jewelers concerned about potential undisclosed lab-grown diamonds in their store and their resulting reputational damage.
The New Orleans Marriott Metairie will host the Jeweler's of Louisiana 2022 convention.Address: 3838 N. Causeway Boulevard, Metairie LA
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You may submit yourself or others in the industry for nomination with this form. The Jewelers of Louisiana Board will confidentially vote on nominations. Nominations should be emailed to Caroline. Winners will be notified prior to convention. The winners are required to attend the awards ceremony.
Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has been involved in the jewelry industry for over 20 years. The individual should possess qualities of professionalism, community involvement, exemplary customer service and excellence in the jewelry industry. This individual must have positively affected the Louisiana jewelry industry and represent the trade at the highest level, as a true standout among peers. This is the highest award granted by Jewelers of Louisiana.
Jewelers of Louisiana AwardThe Jewelers of Louisiana Award is given to a member of Jewelers of LA who dedicates themselves to furthering the values and objectives of the organization. He or she should possess qualities of excellence in their store, demonstrate a passion for jewelry, show leadership, perseverance, and determination.
We encourage jewelers to participate in Jewelers of Louisiana’s Annual Design Competition. Overall winner will advance to the National JA Case Awards in New York.
To enter this design competition, submit this form to Caroline:
All dues must be paid prior to the convention to be included in the convention program.
Click here to become a member of Jewelers of Louisiana.
If you have any questions, call or email Caroline Bleakley, Jewelers of LA Executive Director at 504-559-2331.
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