The Pennsylvania Jewelers Association will convene in the yummiest city in Pennsylvania for its annual convention and jewelry show. The convention and Keystone Jewelry Show will be held Aug. 1-4 at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in Hershey, Pa., home of the famous chocolate factory.

On the plate for the educational program are Matthew Runci, executive director of Jewelers of America, discussing “The New Jewelers of America”; “Shop Profitability” by Mark Mann, JA’s director of professional certification; “Ultimate Selling Skills” by Karen Kelly, an instructional designer and trainer; “Understanding the Diamond Market” by diamond dealer Martin Rapaport, publisher of the Rapaport Diamond Report; and Cynthia Marcusson of Cynthia Renée Co. presenting “The Color Palette System in Marketing Colored Gemstones.” Members also will have a chance to take the JA Certified Store Managers Exam.

Social events will include a welcome barbecue, golf tournament, kid’s night, president’s reception and show preview, gala dinner, Monte Carlo Night and PJA Treasure Island. Sunday night will feature one of the association’s notorious murder mysteries, “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.” Jewelers will attend a ’50s presidential birthday at the “White House” given by John and Jackie Kennedy. Afterward, there will be an ice cream social – Hershey style – and a Sock Hop.

Pennsylvania Jewelers Association, 411-A Amherst Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17109-5411; (800) 523-1106 or (717) 233-3254, fax (717) 233-3255.


The Maryland-Delaware-Washington, D.C., Jewelers Association will hold its 83rd meeting Sept. 20-21 in conjunction with the Maryland Retailers Association.

The gathering includes two social events. The Merchant’s Ball will be held Saturday evening at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel. Following a Gemological Institute of America seminar the next morning, members can watch a Baltimore Orioles game from the Jim Palmer Sky Suite.

Maryland-Delaware-Washington, D.C., Jewelers Association, 171 Conduit St., Annapolis, MD 21401; (800) 669-1445 or (410) 269-1440, fax (410) 269-0325.


The fourth annual convention of the National Cuff Link Society will be held Aug. 16-17 at the Ramada Hotel O’Hare in Chicago, Ill. Society members from all over the world will be on hand to buy, sell and trade cuff links.

Cuff link collectors will exhibit their collections for show, and a vendor’s area will feature dealers in antique and contemporary cuff links, tie bars, display material and books for collectors.

National Cuff Link Society, P.O. Box 346, Prospect Heights, IL 60070; phone and fax (847) 816-0035.

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