I wanted to give you a heads up on a jewelry trade show happening in
Providence, RI which is directed completely to all makers of all
The dates are September 17 & 18, Providence, RI
MJSA has had a tough year…haven’t we all. They have been perceived
in the past as only serving one kind of demographic, as they should
have. Their primary focus for many years were on the
manufacturers/suppliers, but now with manufacturing mostly overseas,
like all of us, large companies, and small one person operations,
have made both subtle and grandiose changes to make sure our boats
stay afloat and weather storms.
I have been associated and a member of MJSA for a number of years,
have had published articles, a book, given seminars, and yet I felt
that when I attended their annual meetings the focus, the audience,
the intent of their mission didn’t really care about me all that
much. Now times have changed, and I can say with pleasure that there
is a fresh wind blowing through their doors.
The Trade Show for Jewelry Makers will be in its third year, and a
new host of suppliers, service providers, gem dealers, refiners,
metal suppliers and free education will be there…for you, for free.
These kind of trade shows, for the hobbyist, for the art jeweler can
be intimidating. What do we ask? Do they care that I only produce 1lb
of scrap a year? Ask. All you do is ask. Ask about what the suppliers
have, what they might carry to make your life easier, ask MJSA about
their amazing benefits and how they can help you.
I am pleased to be part of this, a change in direction, in the
tides, and to have MJSA at my back and finally understanding what I
do. And believe me, they want to know about you too. MJSA wants to be
educated about what you do, what you need and how to make your
jewelry business or your passion more exciting, more profitable. If
you can attend the trade show for jewelry making, do. If you do and
can not find what you want, ask, bug them. They are listening.