Stuller’s Bench Jeweler Workshop in Lafayette, La. will feature hands on demonstrations and educational seminars on working with digitally grown assets, the diamond market, laser training, increasing profits with repair, working with platinum, and polishing and plating. The 2½-day workshop in March will also play host to the second annual Battle of the Benches competition. Four bench jewellers will be selected to compete in three challenges. The first challenge involves designing, modeling, and rendering projects in CAD.
U.S. jewellery manufacturer Stuller has joined the International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA). The news comes about three months after the Louisiana-based company said it would be selling loose lab-grown diamonds.
More than 200 jewellers from across the United States made the trek to Louisiana for Stuller’s annual Bench Jeweler Workshop. “Workshop has always been a customer favourite. It draws a dynamic, enthusiastic crowd each year,” said vice-president of Merchandising, Tammy Kidder.
Stuller is adding lab-grown diamonds to its offering. “Lab-grown diamonds are optically, visually, and chemically identical to natural diamonds,” says Stanley Zale, vice-president of diamonds and gemstones.
Stuller has appointed Tammy Kidder as its new vice-president of tools and supplies. She replaces Darrell Warren, who retired last month. Kidder previously served as vice-president of findings, metals, and recycled materials.