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Top Ten Reasons to Attend MJSA New York –March 11-13, 2012

Feb 27, 2012
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Rio Grande is proud to once again be a sponsor of the MJSA Expo in New York. MJSA is the show dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. We’d like to see you there! Read on to unveil the Top 10 Reasons You Should Go to MJSA.

    1.  A huge exhibition floor representing all facets of the jewelry industry.
      The latest bench tools, laser welders, casting machines, alloys, CAD/CAM systems, gemstones and beads, component parts, stamping equipment—whatever you need to make and sell exceptional jewelry, presented by the heavy hitters of the industry --it’s all there. The show also features premier subcontractors and business services, to help you take your ideas from concept to completion, and ensure your business remains profitable.
    2. The opportunity to forge lasting relationships that can help you take your jewelry business to the next level.
      In addition to the hundreds of exhibitors, each year MJSA hosts thousands of attendees from all over the world, people just like you, who are looking for the best ways to remain profitable in our tough economic climate. What new friendships might you strike up? What new ideas and new partnerships might you find there?
    3. New York City!
      The 2012 Expo will once again take place at the Hilton New York, which provides convenient access, either onsite or nearby, to everything visitors from the jewelry industry may want or need, from restaurants, hotel rooms, and entertainment to a quick trip to the Diamond District on 47th Street which is just blocks away.
    4. A professional atmosphere where business gets done.
      Decision makers from all facets of the industry travel the world to come to MJSA, knowing that this is the sort of business opportunity that is worth their time and money. Expo New York is a trade-only show, and all buyers must present photo IDs and business cards that indicate they purchase jewelry manufacturing supplies or finished goods for resale.
    5. No registration fee if you register in advance.
      MJSA members attend Expo New York free of charge. The charge for non-MJSA members is $15 (U.S.) when registering at the show. Advanced registration for both MJSA members and non-members is FREE. More registration information is available on MJSA.org.
    6. At the Bench Live seminars from master jewelers.
      There’s nothing like learning from the masters—and jewelers who attend MJSA’s At the Bench Live seminars do just that. This year’s At the Bench Live Seminars are:The Finishing Touch
      Presenter: Joel McFadden
      A piece of jewelry can rise and fall on the quality of its finish. In this session, attendees will see first-hand the various techniques that can efficiently ensure all areas of a piece are finished and polished to perfection.Secret Shop Weapons
      Presenter: Ann Cahoon
      All bench jewelers have a favorite tool—the one that makes their job easier and expands their capabilities. Learn about some of the tools that noted jewelers and designers just can’t live without, as well as how to effectively apply them. Based on the forthcoming MJSA Press book, Secret Shop Weapons, which will be available at a discounted price to attendees.
    7. Inspiration.
      Each year, MJSA hosts the Vision Awards competition to celebrate talent in the field of jewelry design. The winning designers represent the future of the jewelry manufacturing industry, and the Vision Awards competition showcases their creativity and boosts their careers. At MJSA Expo New York, the winners of the Vision Awards will be on display!
    8. New Technologies.
      It’s at expos like MJSA that we suppliers love to spotlight the coolest new stuff. This year, one of the items we’ll be showing off for the first time is the RiaceWax Wax Injector System, an innovative solution that streamlines production and delivers outstanding results.
    9. Seminars and panel discussions on the latest trends in the business.
      The great minds of the industry come to MJSA, many of them specifically to share their knowledge. Among this year’s many discussions are titles like By the Numbers: What’s Ahead for the Jewelry Industry, Subcontracting Jewelry Work, and Selling Your Message, No Matter the Metal.  For a complete listing of seminars, see the MJSA web site.The following video is of a seminar, entitled  "Digital Marketing: Taking it to the Next Level" which was presented by Rio Grande’s own Eugene Brill at last year's MJSA. Look for Eugene again at this year's expo, where he will present again on issues surrounding social media.

  1. Rio’s Booth!
    We’ll be at MJSA again this year, and we’re bringing the latest technological innovations to show you! In addition to the new RiaceWax System mentioned above, we’re also bringing the Orion Welder, Neutec Casting Equipment, Pulsepoint Laser Welder710007, DigitalWax Rapid Prototype Machines, 3Design Cad Software, Avalon Mass Finishing, Craft Optics binoculars, and more!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at MJSA!

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