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Stuller Inc. Accepting Ring Designs for Annual March Bridal Madness Competition

Lafayette, La. March 3, 2021. Manufacturer Stuller is accepting designs for its annual March Bridal Madness competition, a bridal jewelry design contest for makers who use CounterSketch or MatrixGold or modify an existing Stuller style to create an engagement ring or wedding band. The competition is hosted on the company’s Facebook page. 
To enter, jewelers can submit pictures, renders, or hand-drawn images, which will be put on the company’s Facebook page. This is where Round One of voting takes place. The three designs that garner the most likes and reactions move on to the final round of judging, which is completed by a panel of experts at Stuller. The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 Stuller account credit. 

Key dates to know include:

  • Entries are being accepted from March 1 to March 12. Email entries to contest@stuller.com along with the jeweler’s name, store name, location, and the Stuller style number that has been modified, if applicable.
  • Voting on Facebook takes place from March 15 to March 31.
  • The top three designs will be announced on April 1.
  • The winner will be announced on April 12.

“This is one of our longest running and most popular contests,” says Morgan Waters, executive director of marketing services and events. The event is in its ninth year.

For more information, visit Stuller’s Facebook page, read the official contest rules by clicking here, or contact Nichole Guillory at (337) 443-4456, ext. 3641, or nichole_guillory@stuller.com.

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‘Legend of 47th Street’ Norman Landsberg Dies

New York City. March 2, 2021. Norman Landsberg of Landsberg Jewelers, who sold jewelry in the Diamond District for 73 years, died on Feb. 13, 2021, of complications due to Covid-19. He was 95.

Landsberg grew up in the Bronx, son of a seltzer salesman and a homemaker. He served in World War II as a translator—Landsberg was self-taught in German and Yiddish—afterwards attending New York University on the G.I. Bill. Upon graduation, he considered attending law school while at the same time yearning for a college ring to mark his accomplishment. He couldn’t afford one, so he turned to an uncle who was a jewelry polisher in the Diamond District. Through his resources, the uncle was able to make an affordable one for his nephew. Friends of Landsberg admired it, and he sold a few, realizing that the move could snowball into a viable business. The idea led to Norman Landsberg Creative Jewelers, which operated out of a booth in the Diamond District; a store in Rye Brook, N.Y., followed. Sons Jeffrey and Jonathan will continue on in the business.

Daughter-in-law Susan Landsberg, Jeffrey’s wife, was overwhelmed by the outpouring of condolences upon his death. “We went to the Diamond District shortly after he died and people—young, old, Indian, Russian, Orthodox, from all walks of life—were lining up to tell us about Norman’s generosity, how he gave them a chance when nobody else would,” she says. “I’ve known him for 30 years, but I never realized until that day how much of an impact he had on people.”

Landsberg went to work every day up until the start of the coronavirus outbreak. When his kids insisted that he remain home, he would call them three times a day to check in. “He would ask, ‘How did the store do, did you have any big sales, and did anyone ask for me?’” says Jeffrey. “He sold to generations of family members and was famous for his Saturday morning spreads of bagels and lox at the store. People would line up to visit him. No job was too small. He was the people’s jeweler—some called him the Regis Philbin of the diamond business!”

Something else people will remember him for? Liberace’s famed candelabra ring, made in collaboration with the singer in the 1960s.

Landsberg is survived by a sister, three sons and daughters-in-law, and several grandchildren. Wife Carol died in 2015; they were married for 63 years.

A service has already taken place. Donations in Landsberg’s memory can be made to St. Francis Heart Hospital.


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32 Firms to Participate in IEG’s Digital We Are Jewellery Fashion Show

Vicenza. March 2, 2021. The Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) will unveil new collections from leading gold and jewelry makers on March 23 in a live-streamed b2b presentation dubbed We Are Jewellery.

Participating firms include Maria de Toni, Unoaerre, and Antonini Milano, among others. Buyers can access IEG’s Jewellery Golden Cloud platform, where the event takes place, starting March 19. The platform offers an interactive experience and aims to help match exhibitors with potential clients. A highlight of the experience includes a film produced by fashion week specialists at Arezzo under the artistic direction of fashion buyer Beppe Angiolini.

For more information, reach out to Michela Moneta at michela.moneta@iegexpo.it.


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AGTA Scraps Tentative Plans for a Tucson Show in April

Dallas. Feb. 26, 2021. The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that it has canceled plans to reschedule the AGTA GemFair Tucson show for April 2021.

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After announcing the cancellation of its February GemFair in Tucson, the AGTA board of directors worked to reschedule it to mid-April. Efforts included surveying buyers to gauge a level of expected participation in an April event. Ultimately, outreach suggested a fair should be shelved for 2021. 
“After much discussion with our exhibitors and buyers, it was determined that producing a Tucson show would not be viable this year,” said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. “Moving forward, we are all committed to planning a robust show in Tucson in 2022. Additionally, we are currently investigating other opportunities for AGTA and its members to participate in Las Vegas this August as well as other exciting possibilities that we expect to announce very shortly.”

The Gem & Jewelry Exchange (GJX) show, located across the street from the AGTA GemFair Tucson, housed at the Tucson Convention Center, also cancelled its event for 2021. As a result of the lack of shows this year, many gem dealers have been hosting virtual Tucson events to try to drive sales that would normally happen during in-person fairs.