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Supplier News: Week of June 12


Upcoming VicenzaOro Sells Out Exhibit Area

All exhibition space for September’s edition of VicenzaOro has been fully booked, it was announced recently by the European event’s organizer, the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG).

VicenzaOro September is set to play host to a range of brands and include a showcase for “Made in Italy” production, the return of an area for the B2B watchmaking community (which debuted at the January 2023 show), and the elegant VO’Clock Privé, a lounge dedicated to watchmaking culture.

VicenzaOro, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2024, will also present a preview in September of the latest Jewellery Trendbook, a guide produced by Trendvision Jewellery + Forecasting, IEG’s independent research arm. A schedule of talks, seminars, and workshops will also be among the to-do’s of September’s show.

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Hoover & Strong Welcomes New Sales Team Members

Richmond, VA–based jewelry industry supplier Hoover & Strong has added two people to its national sales team, Hind Walker and Toni Ann Scialo.

Walker brings over a decade of industry experience from previous positions such as senior buyer at Zachary’s Jewelers, director of sales for Aaron Basha in New York, and, most recently, luxury sales profesional at Radcliffe Jewelers in Baltimore. Scialo comes to Hoover & Strong from Mida Chain in Northvale, N.J., where she served as a senior account executive for the past five years.

“We are thrilled to welcome Hind and Toni to the Hoover & Strong family,” said company president Torry Hoover in a statement. “Their extensive experience and expertise will undoubtedly enhance our capabilities in serving our valued clients and further solidify our position as a leader in the industry. We are confident that they will make valuable contributions to our team and help us achieve new heights.”

Costar Imports to Offer Holiday Social Media Marketing

Diamond jewelry manufacturer and distributor Costar Imports is introducing a social media marketing program designed to benefit jewelers during the busy holiday season.

“We are excited to partner with jewelers and offer them marketing assistance during what is not only the busiest time of the year, but the most profitable,” said Costar president Ram Kedia in a statement. “With this program, jewelers will be able to reach thousands of jewelry shoppers in their market while staying hands-off. They don’t have to do anything, so they can concentrate on what’s happening in their store.”

The program will begin a few days before Thanksgiving and run through Christmas, with eight elaborate custom videos featuring Costar products. The videos will be posted directly on jewelers’ Facebook and Instagram accounts, and will be boosted to target jewelry shoppers who live within a retailer’s market. Costar is working with third-party marketing agency Harmon on the initiative.

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BriteCo Integrates GIA Grading Results Into Appraisal System

Jewelry and watch insurance provider BriteCo has announced it is integrating GIA grading results into its Appraisal Management System, to provide faster and more accurate appraisals for customers and better determine adequate jewelry insurance coverage.

“There are over 200,000 appraisals in our Appraisal Management System from thousands of independent retail jewelers across the United States,” said Dustin Lemick, founder and CEO of BriteCo, in a statement. “The integration of GIA grading results to our system continues our commitment to provide the very best, tech-powered innovation to our partners.”

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(Image courtesy VicenzaOro)

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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