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Industry News: CJDG Seeks Charity Auction Items; Former Amazon Exec Joins Jewelry Consultancy; More April 11, 2018 (0 comments)


CJDG Seeks Items For Charity Auction In Memory of Cindy Edelstein

Las Vegas, NV—The Contemporary Jewelry Design Group (CJDG) is now accepting donations for its second annual Cindy Edelstein Memorial Auction. The auction itself will take place online at the auction site Bidding opens May 1 and ends at 12:00 noon on June 1, with a special event that evening at the COUTURE Show in Las Vegas to announce the totals raised. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Jewelers For Children charity and to the Cindy Edelstein Jewelry Design Scholarship of the Women's Jewelry Association. Edelstein (left), who died in 2016, was the founder of the Jewelers' Resource Bureau and managed the designer sections of first the JCK Show and later COUTURE, as well as her own GlobalDesign show in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Following the success of last year's inaugural auction, CJDG and COUTURE have decided to open participation to any jewelry design company that is exhibiting at COUTURE; additionally, all members of the CJDG will be able to donate items as well, even if they are not showing in Las Vegas. Donations of jewelry for the auction are now being accepted; to submit jewelry for the auction, please use this link

For more information, please contact Marylouise Sirignano Lugosch, Executive Director of the CJDG at CJDG thanks StrategyWerx and Andrea Hill for their generous donation of the online site.


21C Jewelry Solutions Taps Former Amazon Exec

New York, NY—Consulting firm 21C Jewelry Solutions LLC has tapped Kristin Cherry Jackson (below) as a partner. Jackson was formerly senior category merchant manager for jewelry at She will remain located in Seattle, WA.

21C co-founder and partner Jaime Polk said, “As the jewelry industry and retailing evolves, we want our clients to be where the consumer is, and that’s e-commerce. Kristin brings this pivotal dynamic to 21C.”

21C partner and co-founder Katherine Rosenberg-Pineau added, “Kristin’s strengths include strategic planning, performance analysis and SEO. And with three years of tenure in her role overseeing’s third-party Marketplace business for the Jewelry category, she offers a wealth of knowledge about navigating Amazon as a jewelry seller. Her knowledge of Amazon’s specialized quality assurance, advertising, Brand Registry, and other programs is impressive. Our clients will benefit immensely from her expertise.” 

Jackson’s role at 21C Jewelry Solutions will be managing and developing the e-commerce division. Her primary focus will be working with wholesalers and retailers looking to launch an Amazon storefront, and helping existing Amazon sellers seeking to boost their business or grow their profit margins. She will also assist sellers who wish to expand from the U.S. to Amazon’s many global third-party (or 3P) Marketplaces in North America, Europe and Asia.

Jackson said, “Jewelry is one of Amazon’s most complex categories as far as seller policies and quality assurance standards. Coaching sellers was a highlight of my role as Jewelry CMM at Amazon. I’m excited to be able to leverage my Amazon expertise in my role with 21C.”

She will help 21C clients optimize promotional campaign performance, deploy comprehensive branding strategies, and implement operational efficiencies in areas like inventory management, order fulfillment, and claims reimbursement. For more information, email


AGS Laboratories Now Offers Independent Diamond Cutter Services

Las Vegas, NV—AGS Laboratories has engaged Advanced Diamonds, a Las Vegas diamond cutting service, in an effort to further support the needs of clients and AGS members, by offering laser inscription removal and re-cutting services.

“AGS Laboratories saw a need to establish a professional relationship with a well-respected diamond cutter with a local presence,” said Jason Quick, laboratory director of AGS Laboratories. “This service will further support our clients, AGS members and the industry by reducing the time and expense of getting merchandise to market.”

Advanced Diamonds operates independently of AGS Laboratories, and is headed up by Karl Kruger, a master diamond cutter with decades of experience. Kruger also specializes in AGS Ideal® Cut and AGS Triple Zero® diamonds.

“The beauty of having Karl and his team in Las Vegas is that this service will save our clients time and ultimately money on reduced shipping,” said Quick.

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