I can’t believe it’s that time again! Buying this year at the Vegas show is going to be a lot of fun! It seems the looks of the 60′s are back with gold hitting the spotlight in a major way. Gone are the days of the diminutive styles of the 90′s and enter giant gold hoops and ethnic inspired gold jewelry with interesting finishes! This will be fun. First stop will be the Couture Show where we will visit designer jewelers such as John Hardy, Roberto Coin, Mikimoto,Yvel, Marco Bicego and many more. Next Mom and I will be will be off to hit the Italian Pavilion to check out the latest jewelry from Italy. And this will only be the beginning because the show is absolutely huge! Did I mention we are going to have one heck of a crew going this year? Accompanying us at the 2007 JCK will be my Father, Robert who is our award winning designer, our GM, our Marketing and Merchandising Coordinator, our watch buyer and last but certainly not least our diamond and bridal buyer! Yes it take that many eyes and ears to bring our clients the best of the best! Stay tuned and I will report all of the great new finds upon our return!
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A couple of weeks ago my father was presented with the NSU Entrepeneur of the year award. This was a very special evening for our family. I am so proud of what my father has done. He and Mom have truly made a dynamic team in our industry. This award will be something that we will cherish always. A special thanks to Rick and Rita Case.
Entrepreneur James R. Dunn, Owner/President of J.R. Dunn Jewelers, Kurt J. Langsenkamp, President of Steel Fabricators, LLC, and Michael E. Maroone, President and COO of AutoNation, Inc., were recognized for their success as entrepreneurs and for their contributions to philanthropic organizations. Each honoree was presented with a ChromaArt Collections award specially created by nationally acclaimed visual artist C.J. Latimore. Guests saluted the honorees after learning of their exceptional stories through video presentations.Jim Dunn, along with his wife Ann Marie, founded J.R. Dunn Jewelers and has been recognized in the community of South Florida numerous times. Being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Nova Southeastern University will be an honor he will remember. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Jim and Ann Marie Dunn opened their first jewelry store, the House of Gems in Hanover, Massachusetts in 1969. This was the beginning of what would become 2 retail jewelry stores known as J.R. Dunn Jewelers. Today, J.R. Dunn Jewelers is a 8,000 square foot store in Lighthouse Point and another store on the world renowned Las Olas Boulevard. The Las Olas location received special recognition by being awarded the “Store of the Year” in 2002 by the Institute of Store Planners.Jim Dunn’s honor came as a complete surprise even though in 2002 he was honored with the Sun-Sentinel’s Excalibur Award for “Small Business Leader”. Jim is actively involved in numerous charitable organizations and dedicates a lot of his time to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Broward County. In 1996, Jim organized “Dunn’s Run” and over the past 11 years has raised over $1 million for the Boys’ and Girls’ Club.Fellow Hall of Fame members Rick Case, Thomas J. Miller, Terry W. Stiles, and H. Wayne Huizenga, presented the honorees with their awards. Celebrating its 18th year, the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame honors the achievements of outstanding businesspeople.
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One of the greatest thing my family and I take pride in is getting to know our clients on a personal level. Many of them have great stories to tell, both family and work related, and when you take the time to listen you can learn a lot. While doing this is fairly easy when a client walks into either of our showrooms it’s not as easy to do this on the web. That’s why we get so excited and are so appreciative when a client takes the time to send an email about their shopping experiences on JRDunn.com.
You know every once in a while there is something in life that triggers self examination and for the diamond industry it’s a movie set in 1999 at the height of Sierra Leone’s civil war. It’s made us take additional action, this year in particular, to strengthen and improve our industry’s already existing chain of warranties.
On the subject of social accountability and ethics in the jewelry industry, my family and I were so impressed with the standards of Cut by Tolkowsky ideal cut diamonds that I feel compelled to share their outstanding guarantee! This is one of many brands we are extremely proud to represent.
As a company we want to ensure that we buy diamonds and diamond jewelry from suppliers who comply with all Kimberley Process requirements. Since 2004 we have been demanding that all diamonds sold to us be regulated through the Kimberley process. This year we’ve taken things a step further and started printing the following statement on our purchase orders;
“The Blood Diamond” movie is set to open soon in theatre’s around the globe. Blood diamonds also known as “Conflict Diamonds” are those sold in order to fund armed conflict and civil war.
According to National Jeweler “Chandelier and hoop designs remain staple styles when it comes to earrings, but if customers come in looking for the next big fad this fall, consider offering them a fresh alternative: a pair of simple drop earrings.”