James Lazarus was elected president of the 24 Karat Club of the City of New York. Lazarus is chairman and chief executive of L&R Manufacturing Co., Kearny, N.J. Serving with him are Bart J. “Terry” D’Elia III of B. D’Elia & Son Inc, New York, N.Y., vice president; Roger H. Gesswein Jr., chief executive of Gesswein Co., Bridgeport, Conn., treasurer; and James B. White, president emeritus of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, secretary.


John Spadea of Spadea and Co. in Rancho Santa Fe was elected president of the California Jewelers Association for 1995. He succeeds Gary J. Long of Gary J. Long Village Jewelers in Stockton.

Other officers are Leonard Friedman of Crescent-Westwood Jewelers in Los Angeles, president-elect; Ivan Munson of Munson Jewelers in Indio, first vice president; Seymour Handelman of Aptos Jewelers in Aptos, second vice president; and William Junkin of Smith Jewelers in Redlands, treasurer.

Spadea was chairman of the Pacific Jewelry Show in 1991 and 1992 and president-elect of the association in 1994. His 27 years in the jewelry industry started with Kay Jewelers in Lancaster, Pa. He later joined the J.E. Caldwell Division of Dayton Hudson Co., then transferred to San Diego to manage seven Jessup stores before starting his own jewelry store in 1979.

Active in the community, Spadea teaches a course in economics and banking at a local elementary school, developed what has grown into a three-day leadership camp for teenagers and works with the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. He also is past president of the Rotary Club and operates Jewelworks/Mac, a company that develops Macintosh-compatible computer systems and software for the jewelry industry.

CJA also announced its 72-page 1995 yearbook is available. The book lists members of CJA, Golden Nuggets of Southern California and Golden Nuggets Inc. It includes diamond and colored stone information, a calendar of events and an explanation of the jeweler’s lien law. Each CJA member received a free copy of the book; additional copies are $20. Non-members may buy the book for $35.

California Jewelers Association, 911 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1740, Los Angeles, Cal. 90017-3446; (213) 623-5722.


The Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association will host the first-ever Alumni Gala and Tucson Two-Step Feb. 5 during the American Gem Trade Association GemFair in Tucson. It will be held in the Doubletree Hotel.

The event will feature a dinner buffet, country and western music, dancing and presentation of annual awards. Tickets are $45 for members, $60 for non-members. GIA Alumni Association, 1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica, Cal. 90404-4088; (800) 421-7250, ext. 279; fax (310) 829-2269.


The Jewelers Vigilance Committee has set a new stage for its annual meeting, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 6 in the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, N.Y.

Performance Plus…, an innovative training organization, will offer improvisational dramatizations that illustrate business issues. After each vignette, the actors will stay in character to discuss the situations with audience members.

The material will be developed for JVC by Bob and Nancy Steed, principals of Performance Plus…. She is an educator; he is an attorney. Other staff members include Richard Mark, director of sales and marketing and a jewelry industry veteran, and Debra Rose, creative director and a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan.

Jewelers Vigilance Committee Inc., 401 E. 34 St., New York, N.Y. 10016; (212) 532-1919, fax (212) 532-2217.


The North Carolina Watchmakers Association will hold its annual convention June 2-4 at The Hawthorne, Winston-Salem, N.C. Details will be released later.


An article on page 74 of the December JCK said Ronald Harder of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. received the Industry Man of the Year Award at the New York State Jewelers Association’s 10th anniversary banquet in early October. Harder actually received the award at the NYSJA convention in May. During the October banquet, the association inducted into the NYSJA Honor Roll everyone who has received NYSJA awards in the past 10 years. The full list of honorees appeared on page 194 of the September JCK.