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Taylor's Jewelry Closing After 104 years
Taylor’s Jewelry will be closing after 104 years, by the end of 2014. They are running a complete liquidation sale, which includes all showcases, shop equipment, safes, and anything else that isn't nailed down. Below is a partial list of items that may be of interest specifically to jewelers. Read more...

JVC Introduces New Handbook
The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (“JVC”) is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, “Guide to Selling Jewelry in the 21st Century: Legal Compliance for Designers, Independent Jewelers, and Online Sellers”. This handbook is intended for the independent designer and those who market their wares on websites such as Etsy, eBay, Amazon, Craig’s List, and other online marketplaces. Read more...

Ohio Jewelers Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients 

The Ohio Jewelers Education Foundation is pleased to congratulate the following recipients
for 2014 Scholarships.

Applications and essays are submitted to the Ohio Jewelers Education Foundation Board of Directors
and awarded to those exemplifying the hope for jewelry industry growth through education. Read more...

United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. is honored to have been approved... 

United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. (United or UPMR) is honored to have been approved to be good for delivery of gold against the COMEX Gold futures contract effective September 30, 2014.  The Commodity Exchange, Inc. (COMEX) announced their approval of United Precious Metal Refining, Inc.’s application adding this prestigious status to the extensive list of accreditations and certifications earned by UPMR. Read more...

Jewelers of America
Available to employees of JA Member stores for jewelry training, like GIA
Mid-America Jewelers Association's Jewelers of America membership gives company employees access to JA-funded scholarships for leading industry education to expand skills and advance your career. This is a reminder that the 2014 JA Scholarship application deadline is quickly approaching on September 30th.


Jewelers of America scholarships can cover costs on:
  • Renowned Gemological Institute of America courses
  • The American Gem Society Graduate Sales Associate Course
  • Product knowledge and sales courses by Diamond Council of America
  • Bench Certification Exams from Jewelers of America

To learn more or request a scholarship, view the application here.


Please let our Member Services Team know if you have any questions at (800) 223-0673. For more information about this and other exclusive member benefits, visit

Ohio Jewelers Education Foundation extends 2014 Scholarship Deadline!

The Board of Directors of the Ohio Jewelers Education Foundation has extended the deadline for the Scholarship Applications for 2014. Click NOW for the Scholarship Application! If you have questions, please feel free to email Adri at or contact her at 614.389.2173.

Shoplifting gets more brazen, violent

In an incident that stunned an Eastside neighborhood, a man trying to steal armfuls of items from a clothing store fatally shoots in the head a man who tried to stop him. 

What once seemed a petty crime has escalated into either an enterprise by organized criminals or, at worst, a potential flash point for violence. Read more...


SEC Issues Guidance in Conflict Minerals Litigation; Dodd-Frank Requirements Essentially Unchanged

On April 29, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance in response to a Court of Appeals decision concerning the conflict minerals provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, and the SEC rules implementing those provisions.  The court upheld Dodd-Frank, but declared one provision forcing particular language to be a violation of the First Amendment. The Court rejected the many other challenges to the SEC rules made by the appellants in the case.

In its guidance, the SEC stated that it expects covered companies to file forms and reports required by its conflict minerals rules on or before June 2, 2014, as previously mandated by the SEC rules.  Companies that are covered by Dodd-Frank are those that are listed with the SEC and file reports with that agency.

The guidance also made clear that the conflict minerals filings should comply with all aspects of the SEC rules, other than the specific obligation found to violate the First Amendment.  Thus, covered companies must still inquire about the country of origin of conflict minerals – tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold.  They must also report on their supply chain due diligence regarding any conflict minerals that originated, or may have originated, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country.

Cecilia Gardner, JVC’s CEO, President and General Counsel, stated: “the SEC’s guidance makes clear that companies in our industry covered by Dodd-Frank must be ready to submit filings by June 2, 2014.  This will require cooperation from every business in their gold and tungsten supply chains.  Suppliers should take steps now to implement supply chain assurance systems.”

JVC’s recently published Supply Chain Assurance Kit, a do-it-yourself kit to help suppliers of gold and tungsten implement assurance systems, is available on its website at  Please call JVC at 212-997-2002 if you have questions.

The SEC’s guidance can be found at this link:
 Congratulations To The 2014 Case Award Winners!

Ohio's very own Belinda Vartenuk's earring design won in the category of Jewelry over $10,000. Congratulations Belinda. Read more>>
Jewelers Of America

Our consumer education arm, Jewelry Information Center, is again running a consumer sweepstakes, "A Little Bit of Bling" Sweepstakes, through March 28 that promotes shopping with local JA Retail Members, like your store. It's a great promotional opportunity for Mid-America Jewelers Association. Read more>>

MAJA Partners with SJO

The Mid-America Jewelers Association Board of Directors announced with excitement that it has partnered with the Southeastern Jewelers Organization (SJO). Through this agreement, MAJA members will receive special pricing and conditions associated with the SJO Buying Group. Read more>>

MAJA Announces New Member Benefit

The Jewelers Reserve Consumer Financing Card Program from Citi Retail Services is designed specifically for jewelry retailers. Read more>>

British Company Beats Google to Creating Password Rings

High-tech jewelry containing your passwords is becoming a reality thanks to British entrepreneur's recent Kickstarter campaignLearn more>>

3 Ways to Collect. The Option is Yours.

JBT’s extensive range of Collection services makes so much sense for MAJA members. It’s easy to use, it’s economical, and it’s effective. Check out their new Collections Brochure!
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