The following list of national, regional and state associations includes the most up-to-date information JCK had received as of press time.

National Associations

Accredited Gemologists Association. Thom Underwood, president, c/o San Diego Gemological Lab, 3309 Juanita St., San Diego, CA 92105; (619) 286-1603, fax (619) 286-7541. Joseph DuMouchelle, vice president, c/o Joseph DuMouchelle Fine and Estate Jewellers, 199 N. Main St. #204, Plymouth, MI 48170. David Harris, treasurer, c/o Consumer Gemological Lab, 888 Brannan St. #1175, San Francisco, CA 94103. Melinda Adducci, secretary, c/o Joseph DuMouchelle Fine and Estate Jewellers, 199 N. Main St. #204, Plymouth, MI 48170.

Annual meetings held at Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Membership: 150.

American Craft Council, 72 Spring St., New York, NY 10012; (212) 274-0630, fax (212) 274-0650.

ACC is a national, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1943. Programs of the council include the American Craft Association, ACC Craftshows, American Craft Publishing and the American Craft Information Center.

1998 show dates: Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA, June 12-14, (public); Chicago, IL, July 24-28, (wholesale); San Francisco, CA, Aug. 5-9 (wholesale and public); Bellevue, WA, Sept. 18-20 (public); Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay, FL, Dec. 4-6 (public); Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC, Dec. 11-13 (public). Events held earlier in the year at Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD (February); Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA (March); St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, MN (April); and Chicago, IL (May).

American Diamond Industry Association. Lloyd Jaffe, chairman, 589 Fifth Ave., Suite 901, New York, NY 10017; (212) 935-1020, fax (212) 753-2588.

American Gem and Mineral Suppliers Association. Tom Heffron, president, 475 Smith St., Middletown, CT 06457-1541; (860) 632-2020, fax (860) 632-1699.

Founded in 1950, its members are retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers or publishers in the gem, mineral, lapidary and allied fields. Membership totals 100.

American Gem Society, 8881 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89128; Robert W. Bridel, executive director, (702) 255-6500. Thomas Gorman, president, c/o Keppie Kiger, 650 Washington Rd., #420, Pittsburgh, PA 15228; (412) 563-0800.

AGS is a nonprofit, professional organization composed of jewelers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Its purpose is to advance gemological knowledge, guide ethical practices and enhance the public image of the jewelry industry. Founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, AGS has 3,054 individual members and 1,157 member firms.

American Gem Trade Association, #181 World Trade Center, 2050 Stemmons Expy., Dallas, TX 75207; Douglas K. Hucker, executive director, (800) 972-1162 or (214) 742-4367, fax (214) 742-7334. Nanette Forester, president; Simon Watt and Eric Braunwart, vice presidents.

AGTA, a nonprofit organization, was formed to represent and promote the colored stone industry. It has more than 690 members, publishes a quarterly newsletter, sponsors annual gem fair in Tucson, AZ, each February, offers a Code of Ethics for gemstone dealers and provides colored gemstone promotional materials for the industry. Membership: 690.

AGTA Gem Fair, Feb. 3-8 , 1999, Tucson Convention Center. AGTA also exhibits in the colorful gemstone section at MJSA’s EXPO New York in March and The JCK Show in Las Vegas in June.

AGTA sponsors the Spectrum Awards and Cutting Edge Awards. Spectrum is a national design competition for outstanding use of colored gems in jewelry; entry deadline is the end of October each year. Cutting Edge, a national loose colored gemstone competition, celebrates the beauty and diversity of natural colored gems and honors creativity and excellence of lapidary artistry.

American Jewelry Design Council. George Sawyer, president, 119 N. Fourth St., Suite 201, Minneapolis, MN 55401; (612) 375-1799, fax (612) 375-0654. Paul Robilotti, membership chairman, 168 Washington Ave., Kingston, NY 12401; (914) 339-8460.

Design retreat/exhibition/education design seminar, Kent State, September 1998. Membership: 27.

American Society of Appraisers, Box 17265, Washington, DC 20041. John E. Bakken, ASA International President; Edwin W. Baker, executive director, (800) ASA-Valu, fax (703) 742-8471.

Founded in 1936 and incorporated in 1952, ASA is the nation’s oldest teaching multidisciplinary appraisal testing/certifying society. ASA has more than 6,000 members in 84 chapters throughout the U.S. and abroad. Intensive written and oral examinations and submission of acceptable appraisal reports are required to advance from candidate to member and senior member. Services: Valuation journal, audio-library (Valutape cassettes), monographs, appraisal/valuation manuals and textbooks.

Holds annual international conference, regional seminars and chapter meetings. 1998 International Appraisal Conference, June 21-24, Maui, HI.

American Watch Association Inc. Emilio G. Collado III, executive director, 1201 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., P.O. Box 464, Washington, DC 20044; (703) 759-3377. Laurence Grunstein, chairman.

Founded in 1933, AWA is open to industry members. Its 45 full and associate members include U.S. firms manufacturing, assembling and importing watches and firms supplying components to the industry. It accepts as sustaining members other companies in the jewelry industry. Membership: 45.

AWA represents the interests of its members at federal and state government levels on all foreign trade issues, trademark integrity activities, consumer product warranty regulations, airline rules affecting transportation and safety of watch cargoes, FTC rules on watch marketing and other issues that affect the watch industry. AWA provides members with statistics and data available from government and other public sources.

American Watchmakers Institute Inc., 701 Enterprise Dr., Harrison, OH 45030. Charles Cleves, president; William F. Ewbank, executive director; James Lubic, director-education and technical services; Nancy L. Wellmann, general manager, (513) 367-9800, fax (513) 367-1414.

Founded in 1960 by the merger of two earlier groups, AWI is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the advancement of horology. An associated branch – the Education, Library & Museum Trust – offers financial assistance to watch repair students, operates a lending library and houses a museum of watches and tools.

AWI offers its 5,500-plus members a technical information service, workshops and seminars and certification of watch and clockmakers. It also owns the Packard watch collection, on loan to the Smithsonian Institution. AWI offers a home-study course in clock repair and a microelectronics course in watch repair. It also publishes a monthly magazine, Horological Times.

Appraisers Association of America Inc., 386 Park Ave. South, Suite 2000, New York, NY 10016. Helaine W. Fendelman, AAA, president; Victor Wiener, executive director; (212) 889-5404, fax (212) 889-5503; e-mail: AppraisesAssn@

A group of more than 1,200 expert appraisers in a variety of fields strives to establish and maintain ethical standards, to improve appraisal skills and to publicize the profession.

Annual meeting, November 1998, New York, NY. Founded in 1949.

Brotherhood of Traveling Jewelers, c/o Leys, Christie & Co., 342 Madison Ave., Suite #1530, New York, NY 10013. Gerry Berlinger, president; Barbara Perrin, executive secretary, at association address above, (212) 869-9162, fax (212) 840-1644.

Organized late in the 19th century, with first meeting held May 12, 1890, in the Clifton House, Chicago, IL, this benevolent and charitable organization aims to promote fellowship in the industry and provide a crutch for brothers who have suffered misfortune. Membership: 350.

Annual meeting held in February in New York, NY.

The Canadian Gemmological Association, 1767 Avenue Rd. North York, Ontario, Canada M5M 3Y8; (416) 785-0962, fax (416) 785-9043. Duncan Parker, president; Mary Ellis, office administrator.

A national, not-for-profit organization of gemologists in Canada founded in 1958 in affiliation with the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. Expanded into a national organization in 1982 and established the Canadian Professional Gemmology Course leading to the designation Fellow of the Canadian Gemmological Association (F.C.Gm.A.), which is affiliated with the British F.G.A. program and is recognized worldwide as a gemological qualification.

Ninth Annual Gem Conference, Oct. 24-25, 1998, Commerce Chamber, Montreal, Canada.

Canadian Jewellers Association, 27 Queen St. E, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 2M6; (416) 368-7616, fax (416) 368-1986. Judy Richards, president, c/o Canadian Jewellers Association; Heather Resnick, executive coordinator; Karen Bassels, general manager and COO.

Founded in 1918, CJA has more than 2,000 retailer, wholesaler and manufacturer members. Represents Canadian jewelers in business and government.

Jewellery World Expo, Aug. 9-11, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada.

Canadian Jewellers Institute, 27 Queen St. E., Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5C 2M6; (416) 368-7616, fax (416) 368-1986. Judy Richards, president, c/o Canadian Jewellers Association.

Offers Jewellers Educational Training System (JETS) leading to Graduate Jeweller certification and various seminar programs for Canadian jewelers at all levels. Also is certifying body for the Accredited Appraiser Program.

CIBJO International Confederation of Jewellery, Silverware, Diamonds, Pearls and Stones, 78-A Luke St., London EC2A 4PY, United Kingdom. Jose Hess, president; Dr. Jack Ogden, secretary general; +44 171-613-4243, fax +44 071-613-4450; e-mail:

Originated in 1926 to coordinate the work of independent national trade organizations of manufacturers, wholesalers, stone dealers and retailers and harmonize trade practices in such matters as quality standards for precious metals and gemstone nomenclature.

Members: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. U.S. delegation is composed of AGS, AGTA, JA and MJSA.

1998 meeting in conjunction with June Vicenza Show.

Clock Manufacturers and Marketing Association, 710 E. Ogden Ave., Suite 600, Naperville, IL 60563; (630) 369-2406. Morris Pennington, president, c/o Toastmaster Inc./Ingraham Div. ; Michael Hansen, executive director, (630) 369-2406, fax (630) 369-2488.

Membership: 20.

Collectibles and Platemakers Guild Inc., 77 W. Washington St., Suite 1507, Chicago, IL 60602-2902; (847) 272-0028, fax (847) 272-4388. Douglas Mitchell, president; Karen Feil, managing director.

Trade association for the limited edition collectibles industry. Annual meeting held in July of each year. Membership: 85.

Cultured Pearl Information Center. Devin Macnow, executive director, 331 E. 53 St., New York, NY 10022; (212) 688-5580, fax (212) 688-5857.

Marketing, promotional support and information concerning all varieties of cultured pearls. Exhibits at JCK Las Vegas Show and New York JA Show.

Diamond Council of America Inc. Jerry Fogel, executive director, (816) 444-3500, fax (816) 444-0330. John Leslie Lilly, president, c/o Lilly’s Crown Jewelers Corp., 201 Kanawha St., N. Beckley, WV 25801; Francis C. Call, chairman, c/o Call Jewelers, 9335 North Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ 85020; Jeffrey Lazarow, first vice president, Rogers Ltd., Middletown, Ohio; Robert. L. Love, second vice president, Love’s Inc., Rock Hill, S.C.; Terry Chandler, secretary, Michelson Jewelers Inc., Paducah, Ky.

DCA offers courses in “Diamontology” and Gemology to employees of member firms. Upon completion of course and examination, student receives the title of Certified Diamontologist or Guild Gemologist. The Council supplies members with advertising and educational materials, sales tools, displays, ad copy, radio and television scripts and merchandise plans for diamonds and gemstones under DCA program themes. Retail jewelers featuring diamonds are invited to attend meetings and write for literature.

Membership includes firms from all 50 states and Canada. Associate members – nearly 50 manufacturers and importers of precious gems and jewelry – are advisory contributors to educational literature. Their employees also may enroll in DCA’s home-study courses. Membership includes 68 executive members and 10 associate members representing about 1,750 retail jewelry stores.

Annual meeting held in conjunction with The JCK Show, June 1998.

Diamond Dealers Club Inc., 580 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10036. Dr. Martin Hochbaum, managing director, (212) 869-9777, fax (212) 869-5164.

Affiliated with World Federation of Diamond Bourses, DDC was founded in 1931. It consists of about 2,000 members, including manufacturers, dealers, brokers and rough diamond merchants. The membership comprises a who’s who of the American diamond trade, with members from every corner of the United States, as well as from Israel, Belgium and the Far East. Admission procedures are stringent, and club membership is eagerly sought after.

Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of America Inc., 521 Fifth Ave., Suite 1700, New York, NY 10017; (212) 944-2066. Alan Kleinberg, president, c/o Michael Werdiger Inc., 35 W. 45 St., New York, NY 10036; Jay Greenberg, secretary, c/o Nathan Greenberg Inc., 589 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017; (212) 944-2066, fax (516) 482-2749.

Founded in 1932, DMIA is the association of America’s leading diamond manufacturers and importers. The association functions as a spokesman on every domestic and international issue of concern to the diamond industry; it maintains regular contact with governmental agencies whose rulings affect the industry. DMIA works diligently to promote consumer confidence in diamonds and seeks to ensure honesty and integrity in the trade. The association provides a forum for the exchange of trade information, including updates on proposed and pending legislation, as well as technological advances in manufacturing.

Diamond Promotion Service, c/o J. Walter Thompson, 466 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10017; (800) 370-6789, (212) 210-7590, fax (212) 210-8779. S. Lynn Diamond, executive director.

Estate Jewelers Association of America, 209 Post St., Suite 718, San Francisco, CA 94108. Dan Tenenbaum, president; (800) 584-5522, or (415) 834-0718, fax (415) 834-0717; e-mail

EJAA hosts the Las Vegas Jewelry and Gem Show, June 4-7, 1998, at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. It also sponsors the Antique and Estate Pavilion at the JA New York Jewelry Show, July 18-21, 1998, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Membership: 275.

Fashion Jewelry Association of America Inc. Nick Macris, president, 3 Davol Square-Unit #135, Providence, RI 02903.

Annual meeting held in September. Membership: 150.

Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, Watchmakers of Switzerland Information Center Inc., 201 W. Passaic St., Suite 103, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662; (201) 291-8811, fax (201) 291-7966; Peter Laetsch, president.

Founded in 1948 to promote Swiss-made watches, the center is the U.S. office of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, based in Switzerland. It provides information and assistance on Swiss-made watches and clocks to retailers, watchmakers, importers and the consumer. Membership: 550 manufacturers.

Exhibits at The JCK Show in Las Vegas, June 1998, at The Sands Exposition & Convention Center.

Gemological Institute of America, 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (800) 421-7250, (760) 603-4000, fax (760) 603-4080. Also 580 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10036; (212) 221-5858, fax (212) 575-3095. Richard T. Liddicoat, chairman; William E. Boyajian, president, headquartered at Carlsbad office.

GIA is the nonprofit education, research and information resource for the international gem and jewelry industry. Since 1931, GIA has provided gemological and jewelry manufacturing arts training for more than 200,000 jewelers with classes and programs offered at its 12 campuses located in major jewelry centers around the world, through its distance education programs, and through traveling extension classes and seminars.

GIA supports a state-of-the-art gemological research facility that investigates new and existing gem materials and treatments. The Institute makes its research findings and other relevant information available through the publication of journals, books and other materials. GIA also provides the jewelry industry with access to more than 14,000 volumes and 6,000 reprints of jewelry-related texts through the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library, the largest circulating library of its kind.

GIA developed the diamond grading system that is the international standard of the jewelry trade. Its subsidiary company, the GIA Gem Trade Laboratory, handles the world’s most important gemstones, providing grading and gem identification reports that the industry regards as impartial and conclusive.

A second GIA subsidiary, GIA GEM Instruments [5355 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (760) 603-4200, fax (760) 603-4266] develops, manufactures and sells sophisticated gemological instruments and equipment. A third division, the GIA Advanced Retail Management System [5355 Armada Dr., Suite 400, Carlsbad, CA 92008; (760) 603-4400, fax (760) 603-1288], provides jewelers with a computerized inventory and store management system that includes software and training.

Career Fair, July 17, 1998, at the Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY.

GIA Gem Trade Laboratory Inc., 580 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10036; (212) 221-5858, fax (212) 575-3095. Also 5355 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (619) 760-4500, fax (619) 760-1814. William E. Boyajian, chairman; Thomas C. Yonelunas, chief executive officer; G. Robert Crowningshield, vice president; Thomas Moses, vice president; Edward Schwartz, director; Sally Ehmke, director.

The GIA Gem Trade Laboratory is a division of GIA Enterprises Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the nonprofit Gemological Institute of America Inc. It issues quality grading reports on diamonds, performs gemological testing and identification of colored stones and pearls, analyzes origin of color in colored diamonds and tests for residual radioactivity in gem materials, metal and enamel.

Gift Association of America Inc., 608 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018-5221; (610) 861-9445, fax (610) 861-0948. Al Andrea, president; Lenore Staffieri Pitsilos, managing director.

Founded in 1952. Membership is 700+. Open to retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and industry affiliates.

Cocktail reception held in August in New York City.

The Gold Institute, 1112 16 St., N.W., Suite 240, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 835-0185, fax (202) 835-0155. John Lutley, president.

Worldwide association of miners, refiners, banks and bullion dealers. Membership: 65.

Independent Jewelers Organization Inc., 25 Seir Hill Rd., Norwalk, CT 06851 (effective June 1, 1998); (800) 624-9252. Richard Swetz, owner; Jeffrey Roberts, president and chief executive; Penny Palmer, director of marketing; Mary Moses, buying group director.

Founded in 1971, IJO is the only organization in the jewelry industry whose sole function is to help retail jeweler members to increase their profits. It offers its 800 top-rated independent-jeweler members a variety of marketing and management services, while focusing on group buying and education. Benefits include Antwerp Diamond Broker Program, newspaper advertising service, extensive seminars on business and gemology, advice on legal, graphic design, store and design, financial management and merchandising matters. Sponsors semi-annual meetings.

Fall seminar/buying show, July 25-30, 1998, Adam’s Mark Hotel, St. Louis, MO; spring seminar/buying show, Feb. 20-25, 1999, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Denver, CO.

Indian Arts & Crafts Association Inc., 122 La Veta Dr., NE, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87108; (505) 265-9149, fax (505) 265-8251. Roger Wilcox, executive director.

Purpose: Promoting, preserving and protecting Native American creations. IACA Fall Market, Oct. 23-25, Denver, CO. Membership: 700+.

Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association, 22 W. 48 St., Room 606, New York, NY 10036; (212) 921-4488, fax (212) 768-7935. Atul Kothari, president, c/o Impex Diamond Corp., 22 W. 48 St., New York, NY 10036; Amal Jhaveri, secretary, Sugem Inc., 7 E. 47 St., New York, NY 10036.

IDCA was formed in 1984 to further the growth and recognition of the Indian diamond and colored stone industry in the U.S. The group sponsors a yearly meeting to exchange ideas and views within the industry. Membership: 200.

Convention, June 6, 1998, MGM Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

Industrial Diamond Association of America Inc., P.O. Box 1070, Skyland, NC 28776; (704) 684-1986, fax (704) 684-7372. Nicole S. Berk, president, Henri Polak Diamond Corp.; Gary Lannigan, vice president, Bruce Diamond Corp.; Fred A. Gray, executive director.

Membership: 88 companies. Annual convention: March 1999, Marco Island, FL.

International Colored Gemstone Association, 3 E. 48 St., Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10017. Paolo Valentini, president; Maureen Jones, executive director, (212) 688-8452, fax (212) 688-9006; email:

1999 convention to be held in Abano, Italy. Membership totals 600.

International Precious Metals Institute, 4905 Tilghman St., Suite 160, Allentown, PA 18104; (610) 395-9700, fax (610) 395-5855. David E. Lundy, executive director, at association address and phone number.

Annual IPMI Conference: June 14-17, 1998, Toronto Marriott Eaton Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; June 20-23, 1999, Acapulco Princess Hotel, Acapulco, Mexico; June 11-14, 2000, Williamsburg Marriott Hotel, Williamsburg, VA. Membership: 1,000.

International Society of Appraisers, 16040 Christensen Rd., Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98188. Christian A. Coleman, president/executive director, (206) 241-0359, fax (206) 241-0436. Appraisal referral line: (888) ISA-4732.

ISA is America’s largest society of personal property appraisers, recognizing more than 130 areas of expertise. Membership: 1,300. It offers the CAPP (Certified Appraiser of Personal Property) designation. ISA teaches 13 courses across North America annually. Call referral line for free copy of “Be Certain of Its Value – A Consumer’s Guide to Hiring an Appraiser.”

Annual convention, May 2-5, 1999, Marriott, Troy, MI.

Jewelers Advisory Group Ltd. Offices in New York City, Richmond, Va., and Appleton, Wisc. Internet site:; e-mail: 3030@ Send all membership applications and dues to 10 College Ave., Suite 111, Appleton, WI 54911; (920) 830-6966, fax (920) 830-6455. Anthony P. Kelson, III, chairman.

Nonprofit charitable service organization founded by jewelers in 1995 to uplift and protect the ethical and professional standards of the industry. JAG will assist any member of the trade or public at no charge. Offers free mediation service to any jeweler and/or consumer involved in a dispute with a member of the trade; media review service to correct abusive and deceptive advertising; appraisal review service to correct abusive and deceptive appraising. Other services relate to industry standards and political activism. Meetings held in conjunction with all biannual Polygon conclaves. General meeting, leadership, and mediation training held once a year in Saratoga, NY. Membership: 112.

Jewelers of America Inc., 1185 Avenue of the Americas, 30 Floor, New York, NY 10036; (212) 768-8777, fax (212) 768-8087,; e-mail Legislative office: 1615 L St. NW, #700, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 659-3005. Matthew Runci, chairman and executive director, New York office; Stanley Pollack, president, G.M. Pollack & Sons, Scarborough, ME.

JA is the nationwide trade association dedicated to promoting the welfare of all retail jewelers. The association offers benefits, services and educational programs specifically designed to aid its 12,000 stores in their retail operations.

JA’s New York International Jewelry Trade Show & Convention, July 18-21, 1998.

Jewelers Board of Trade Inc., 95 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI 02888. Theodore L. Bonsignore, chairman; Nathaniel C. Earle, president, at association address, (401) 467-0055, fax (401) 467-1199.

Founded in 1884, JBT has 3,100 members, including manufacturers, wholesalers and importers. Its credit service includes credit reports; a semi-annual Confidential Reference Book (Red Book) containing names, street addresses, ZIP codes, business classifications and capital and credit ratings (CD-ROM version available in 1998); a weekly Service Bulletin with rating changes, changes of ownership, fires, robberies, etc.; a weekly New Names Bulletin, listing new businesses; computerized mailing lists; and facilities for collecting delinquent accounts for members.

Jewelers’ Security Alliance of the United States, 6 E. 45 St., New York, NY 10017. Efraim Grinberg, chairman, c/o Movado Group Inc., 125 Chubb Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071; John J. Kennedy, president, at association address, (212) 687-0328, fax (212) 808-9168; e-mail:

Founded in 1883. A nonprofit crime-prevention association serving the jewelry industry. Total membership is 15,100.

Jewelers Shipping Association. James G. Sell, executive secretary, 125 Carlsbad St., Cranston, RI 02920; (401) 943-6490, fax (401) 943-1490. Joe Terino, president, c/o Tercat Tool & Die, 31 Delaine St., Providence, RI 02929; Robert Englehardt, secretary, c/o Humphrey’s Inc., 2009 W. Hastings St., Chicago, IL 60608; Richard M. Daley, sales manager.

A nonprofit shipping association founded by New England jewelry manufacturers in 1956. JSA serves a national membership of 2,300 with service time comparable to that of common carriers, but at a savings of 30%-40% on shipping rates. It offers members coast-to-coast shipping to all major cities by air and surface; also domestic and international service, LCL & FCL, via rail and truck. Publishes newsletter. Membership: 800.

Jewelers & Silversmiths Management Association, P. O. Box 6125, Providence, RI 02940; (401) 438-7000. Michael J. Barboza, president, c/o M. Barboza & Assoc.; John Augustyn, vice president, c/o Mel-Co-Ed Inc.; Peter J. Coogan, Sr., treasurer, c/o B. A. Ballou & Co.

Organized in 1968 to provide supervisory, middle management and sales personnel with continuing opportunity to increase management skills and leadership qualities through informative meetings and personal contact with their contemporaries. Membership: 100.

Jewelers Vigilance Committee Inc., 401 E. 34 St., Suite N13A, New York, NY 10016-4914. Lee Michael Berg, president, Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry, 11314 Cloverland Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70809; Michael D. Roman, acting executive director, at association address above, (212) 532-1919, fax (212) 532-2217.

JVC is a nonprofit national organization supported by retailers, manufacturers and distributors. Established in 1912, it works to preserve the integrity and trust of the jeweler in the eyes of consumers and to maintain fair competition and high standards for the entire jewelry industry. Membership is 1,500.

Jewelry Information Center, 1185 Avenue of the Americas, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10036-2601; (212) 398-2319, fax (212) 398-2324; e-mail:; website: Lynn Ramsey, president/CEO; Gary Gordon, chairman; Carolyn Jacoby, membership director.

Founded in 1946, the Jewelry Information Center is the nationwide nonprofit publicity, promotion and consumer education organization representing the entire fine jewelry industry. Its public relations function helps to create a more positive environment for the sale of jewelry, watches and writing instruments and to ensure their visibility in the consumer media. JIC also acts as a key industry spokesperson and crisis communication coordinator.

Association members include suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, industry associations and trade publications. A board of directors meeting will be held on July 20, 1998, at the Javits Center, New York, NY. Membership: 725.

Jewelry Industry Distributors Association, 11812A N. 56 St., Tampa, FL 33617; (813) 988-0737, fax (813) 988-5837. Doug Page, president; Michael Streaper, executive director.

Founded in 1946. Members are wholesaler-suppliers of watch materials, tools, supplies and jewelry lines. JIDA works to raise service standards in the industry and exchanges information among members to help minimize business risks.

Convention, spring 1999. All JIDA active members are welcome. Membership: 150.

Jewelry Manufacturers Association Inc., Steven Orgel, president, c/o Austern & Paul, 18 E. 48 St., New York, NY 10017; (212) 753-1717.

Founded in 1919, the association has 10 member firms. Any manufacturer of gold, platinum or diamond jewelry may join. Represents members in negotiations with labor.

Jewelry Manufacturers Guild. Moshe Pereg, president, P.O. Box 46099, Los Angeles, CA 90046; Paula Glick, executive secretary, (909) 769-1820, fax (909) 769-1920.

Members must be fine jewelry manufacturers or affiliated product suppliers who directly service the retail jewelry establishment in the U.S. Associate membership available to industry affiliates.

Leading Jewelers Guild. Gary Meyer, president; James West, secretary and executive director, 2050 S. Bundy Dr., Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 820-3386, fax (310) 820-3530. Internet site: http://love-story/com.

Membership: 29.

Luggage and Leather Goods Manufacturers of America Inc., 350 Fifth Ave., Suite 2624, New York, NY 10118. Anne DeCicco, president; Skip Kotkins, chairman, at association address, (212) 695-2340, fax (212) 643-8021.

Founded in 1938. Approximately 250 members are manufacturers and wholesalers of luggage and leather goods. Sponsors a publicity and public relations program, credit and collection service, statistical publications, monthly news bulletin and bimonthly magazine, Showcase. Represents industry before government agencies.

International Travelgoods, Leather and Accessories Show, February 1999, Orlando, FL.

Manufacturing Jewelers & Silversmiths of America Inc., One State St., Sixth Floor, Providence, RI 02908. Alan M. Kaufman, chairman, c/o Tru-Kay Mfg. Corp., Lincoln, RI; James F. Marquart, CAE, president/CEO, (401) 274-3840, fax (401) 274-0265.

Founded in 1903, MJSA’s approximately 1,800 members are manufacturing jewelers and silversmiths, their suppliers, sales representatives and artisans. Works for the welfare of the industry in many areas. Offers a variety of insurance programs, including the Manufacturing Jeweler policy, a multiperil casualty policy; maintains full-time Washington representation; conducts statistical surveys; and sponsors trade exhibitions and social events on a national scale. Publishes monthly magazine, American Jewelry Manufacturer, and a Buyer’s Guide biennially.

Annual meeting: Oct. 22, 1998, Westin Hotel.

National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, P.O. Box 6558, Annapolis, MD 21401-0558. James V. Jolliff, executive director; Ardythe B. Jolliff, national secretary, at association address, (301) 261-8270.

Founded in 1981, NAJA is a professional association of individuals with an active interest in the valuation and appraising of gems and jewelry. Membership: 720.

Meeting: Aug. 22-26, 1998, Annapolis, MD.

National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors Inc., 514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA 17512. Thomas J. Bartels, executive director, (717) 684-8261, fax (717) 684-0878.

Founded in 1943, NAWCC has more than 34,000 members in 170 chapters throughout the U.S. and overseas. Membership requirement: A real interest in studying and/or collecting timepieces and a desire to acquire and disseminate horological material and information. Monthly publications to members only; national and regional meetings. NAWCC maintains horological library and book loan service for members. Also maintains public horological reference library and horological museum.

National convention: June 24-28, 1998, Portland, OR; June 23-27, 1999, Houston, TX.

National Bridal Service, 3122 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221; (804) 355-6945, fax (804) 359-8002. Gary Wright, chairman; Barbara Houlgrave, president; Doris Nixon, senior vice president; Judy Lince, vice president.

Has two divisions: 1) diamond and wedding ring centers; 2) gift registry centers. Has 1,300+ members. Offers