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Here’s Your Chance to go to JCK Tucson

Picture1JCK Tucson is a curated destination of finished jewelry and loose gemstones from the finest designers and suppliers displaying eclectic and fun collections amidst the beautiful mountaintop landscape of Tucson, AZ. They offer a unique perspective from the other Gem shows-- a great selection of finished artisan jewelry designers along with loose gemstones, tools, and technology vendors. Some designers slated to exhibit include Ann Sportun, Alishan, Adel Chefridi, Belle Brooke, Alex Sepkus, IO Collective, Eva Stone, Ayesha Mayadas, Suzy Landa, Toby Pomeroy, and many more established and emerging jewelry artists. Join them for their 2018 event happening January 31 – February 3, 2018 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa.

JCK Tucson would like to offer access to our negotiated rate of $283/night at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa to members of the Midwest Jewelers Association. Staying at the Starr Pass and attending JCK Tucson also gives you discounts on golf, spa treatments, and in the retail shops when presenting your JCK Tucson attendee badge. To book a hotel room with them and register for the show, please contact JCK’s Retailer Account Manager, Isabel Cajulis at or 1(203) 840-5950.

JCK Tucson also invites Midwest Jewelers Association members to its larger than life industry celebration, Gems After Dark. Celebrate Tucson and Gem Week with your industry colleagues at this one-of-a-kind celebration. The party takes place on Thursday, February 1 from 6pm at the Ania Lawn and Terrace at the JW Marriott Starr Pass.

For more information on the JCK Tucson show, please contact Isabel Cajulis via email at or 1(203) 840-5950.

3 Jewelry Store Security Features to Review For the Holidays

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Would you feel comfortable running your business without a working alarm system? Regardless of what time of the year that question is asked, the answer should always be, "No!" The holiday season makes it even more important to have optimal physical and electronic security in place to keep your business protected. It's no secret that jewelers hold more inventory during this time of the year, so criminals have even more reason to increase their activity. To optimize your jewelry store security, the focus has often been on improving these six features:

  • Showcases
  • Safes and vaults
  • Access control systems
  • Security guards
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Alarms

But it's late in the year; what if there's no time to install an access control system or update to new showcases or a new safe? Don't fret — there's still plenty of peace of mind you can gain by reviewing your cameras, alarms, and guard presence.

Security Guards

Unlike a new safe, it's not difficult to employ a security guard presence if you don't have one currently.

The first place to start is with your local police department. Given a short turnaround time, the services of an armed, uniformed, and active officer may be more difficult to come by, but it's still worth inquiring because they present the greatest visible deterrent to would-be criminals. If you can't obtain the duties of an active police officer, don't just settle for any security guard service, though. Do you your homework and consider things like:

  • When do I need their services the most?
  • What is my budget for hiring a guard?
  • How does one guard service compare with others?
  • Do they meet a standard of professionalism and qualifications that's recognized by my state?
  • What experiences have other jewelers had with specific guard services?

Surveillance Systems

You should be reviewing surveillance footage on a regular basis, so the effectiveness of your cameras should already be known. If you're aware of any issues, contact your vendor or another expert in your area to resolve them as soon as possible. Even if you think the cameras are working properly, ask yourself these questions and address any concerns as necessary:

  • Are all angles of my property under surveillance, including both the interior and exterior of my business?
  • Is the resolution of the cameras high enough for an investigator to use if a crime occurs?
  • Are recordings stored properly?
  • Are recordings quickly and easily accessible for an investigator to use if a crime occurs?

Even as business booms during the holiday season, don't forget to continue to review your footage and document any suspicious incidents that may have slipped passed your staff during the course of the day.


A properly functioning alarm system may be the most important jewelry store security feature you review before the holidays. Without an adequate alarm, a high-performance safe or vault could still be compromised given enough time. Could you imagine returning to work one morning and have your inventory completely wiped out by a crew of burglars? Crimes like rooftop burglaries are relatively rare, but they are extremely devastating.  That's why it's important to do a thorough review of the effective of your alarm, just like you should do with your surveillance cameras.  Unfortunately, alarms present complexities that security cameras don't, so it's even more critical to examine them with your alarm service provider. For instance:

  • Do you know if the alarm communication path is working as expected?
  • Is the level of support you expect to receive if your alarm stops working properly what will actually be provided?
  • Is the level of monitoring you expect to receive in the event of an alarm signal what will actually be provided?

Safe for Sale

National BP 3676 high security TL30 jeweler’s safe for sale.  68” high, 39” wide, 30.5” deep.  Stored on wooden blocks in a Wausau, WI area garage for easy access and removal.  You pick-up.  Call the Northwoods Goldsmith in Wausau at 1-866-645-GOLD or 1-715-848-5000.  Ask for Glen or Mary Beth. 

Dues Statements Have Been Sent Out – Renew today!

It’s time to renew your Midwest Jewelers Association membership!  We know there are many fine national organizations within our proud industry—but MJA is the only one working specifically for you! MJA is a community of trusted jewelry professionals and industry leaders who are dedicated to the betterment of all Midwest jewelers.  Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin have combined to bring increased services and benefits to you.

Here’s a snapshot of what we accomplished in 2017:

  • MJA Facebook group page was formed which continues to grow and is now over 180 industry professionals
  • 12 monthly employment law updates kept you informed of the latest laws and regulations affecting your business and employees
  • Quarterly newsletters keeping you informed about MJA and other industry news
  • 8 emails from our partners at Retail Minded Magazine gave you tips on selling, marketing, socializing and ideas about running your business
  • 2 “Make-a-Wish” presentations to children in Wisconsin and Minnesota
  • 8 Security First! Alerts kept you informed on crimes that took place at jewelry stores in the Midwest
  • 10 emails giving you the latest news in the industry
  • 1 GIA lab class offered enabling members to get their GIA certifications
  • 3- $500 scholarships were awarded to members taking their GIA certification testing
  • Updated Website includes Member and Vendor profiles, monthly birthstone information, events, and newsletters
  • Design Competition offered online voting for Jewelers’ Choice Award
  • …And there’s more – view our Member Benefits at

Renew by January 31, 2018 to receive a $20 discount, making your dues $149!  Dues payments are 75% deductible as a necessary business expense.  If you haven’t sent in your dues renewal (and many have already) please do so today.   Contact 608-257-3541 with any questions.

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MJA Board of Directors

Mary Husar Martin
Husar’s House of Fine Diamonds

Vice President
Sue Karr
Sue Karr Jewelry Inc

John Hayes
Goodman’s Jewelers


Carol Brady
Exclusively Diamonds

John Armbruster
Armbruster Jewelers

John Barnes
Barnes Jewelers

Hanna Cook-Wallace
Studio Jewelers Ltd

Jan Howes
Howes Diamond Jewelers

Lisa Maloney-Lardinois
Creative Design Jewelers

Ed Menk
E. L. Menk Jewelers

Associate Directors
Taffy Davidson

Sheri Ihde
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co.

John Maguire
Maguire Refining Inc.

Executive Director
Mary Kaja
Midwest Jewelers Association

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