U.S. trade association Jewelers of America (JA) has acquired National Jeweler, a publication serving the industry.
“This is an exciting day for Jewelers of America, as we expand into trade media and welcome National Jeweler to the JA family,” said David J. Bonaparte, Jewelers of America president and chief executive officer (CEO).
“National Jeweler is a natural fit for our organization, as it shares our mission to be an informative resource to retail jewellery professionals. It’s an opportune time; with the launch of their digital magazine last fall, National Jeweler team is poised for growth.”
National Jeweler was owned by Emerald Expositions, which owns the JA New York shows and Couture. The acquisition takes effect later this month. JA and National Jeweler will remain and act independent of each other.Â
“This is a positive new chapter for a publication that has been in the business of reporting on the fine jewellery industry for 109 years,” said Michelle Graff, National Jeweler‘s editor-in-chief. “We look forward to taking advantage of the additional resources being part of the JA team offers us, but we remain focused on our mission: to objectively deliver the news retail jewellers need to run their businesses on a daily basis.”
The two share similar objectives. Part of JA’s mission is to serve as a forum for the discussion of issues affecting the industry, while National Jeweler works to provide analysis of important topics to the retail community, disseminate trade and consumer research, and identify trends shaping the industry.