Supplier News: Week of May 20

Stuller Inc. and BlingGuard Partner

BlingGuardStuller Inc. has recently announced that it is now the exclusive distributor of BlingWraps and BlingDots from BlingGuard to the retail jeweler.  

BlingWraps, a hypoallergenic, latex-free alternative to ring sizing, and BlingDots, disposable earring backs that relieve the weight and pressure of earrings, are designed to help keep jewelry from twisting, turning, and pulling.

“BlingGuard was inspired from my own jewelry needs, and I knew they would have great traction in the jewelry industry,” BlingGuard founder and CEO Jenny Moore said in a press release. “Stuller was the name that came up every time I asked who could help me bring this product to retail jewelers. It’s been a perfect partnership right from the beginning.”

Visit stuller.com or blingguard.com for more information on the products.

 

Super Bell Jewelry Announces Industry-Wide Initiative

On May 1, Super Bell Jewelry cofounder and CEO Lo Huang announced the creation of the La Bell Alliance, an La Bell allianceindustry-wide, state-of-the-art electronic trading platform for independent jewelers.

“Our industry’s unique competitive strength lies both in our numbers — over 22,000 strong versus Wal-Mart’s 4,500 doors — and in our ability to personally and knowledgeably serve our customers in each of our local communities,” said Huang. “The governing principle at La Bell is ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’ We are contributing the idea, the technology, and the management, and in return we are asking our fellow independent jewelers to join with us to make La Bell Alliance work and safeguard our common futures.”

For more information, go to la-bell.com, and visit Super Bell Jewelry at JCK Las Vegas, booth B4813.

 

PhotoScribe Upgrades LMS Laser Systems

PhotoScribe has upgraded its features, now standard for the LMS-650 and LMS-650XS laser systems used to inscribe diamonds and gemstones. The new standard features include motorized aperture beam size adjustment, allowing users to automatically adjust and set a precise laser beam thickness; a high-speed precision stage, which doubles the speed of laser marking while providing a higher resolution accuracy and repeatability; and a central server control of laser system, which allows LMS lasers to be controlled from a centralized main server, reducing or eliminating the chance for operator error.

“PhotoScribe LMS laser systems are the industry standard and are used by all major labs worldwide,” PhotoScribe Technologies President David Benderly said in a press release. “These improved, standard features on LMS laser systems really solidify PhotoScribe’s laser systems as the industry leader and put them in a class of their own.”

For more information, visit photoscribetech.com.

 

ArtCarved Sends Jeweler to Paris

As part of its sweepstakes contest, wedding band and bridal jewelry designer ArtCarved recently sent one lucky jeweler to Paris. Each quarter in 2012, a randomly selected sales associate from the brand’s participating retailers was chosen and offered a trip for two to Paris. In addition, the top two performing jewelers from the brand’s retailers were chosen to receive a VIP Parisian trip.

J.R. and Michelle Yates of Modesto, Calif.-based Yates & Co. Jewelers were awarded a VIP trip for two — including airfare, hotel accommodations, car service, a sightseeing cruise, cooking class, dinner at the Eiffel Tower, and shopping spree — for being one of the top sales performers.

ArtCarved has really been an integral part of our business. They continually stay at the forefront of bridal jewelry and wedding bands trends and offer so many styles to suit most any customer. They are a great partner to have,” J.R. Yates said in a press release. “And to win ArtCarved’s Paris Sweepstakes is just the icing on the cake. Thanks so much, ArtCarved!”

Visit artcarvedbridal.com for more.

 

Overnight MountingsOvernight Mountings Announces New 2013 Sample Program

Overnight Mountings, the nation’s second largest manufacturer of mountings and semi-mounts, has announced the release of its new 2013 sample program. The redesigned program, dubbed the “2013 Authentix Collection,” features an updated selection of Overnight’s best-selling bridal sets for display at a fraction of the cost of live goods.

The collection features hundreds of fashion-forward designs in a 16-page book, and is available to jewelry retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Highlights of the collection include halo and double halo, antique, engraved, solitaire, and many other bridal designs. All items can be ordered in 10k, 14k, 18k, platinum, and palladium, and are all stocked in 14k white gold and as alloy samples for immediate delivery. The alloy samples cost $25 per piece with a 24 piece minimum, and all designs come with a variety of display options.

Visit Overnight Mountings at JCK Las Vegas to see the designs, and visit overnightmountings.com for more on the program.