Richline Introduces Finewear Collection with Virtual Reality

As part of the Richline-sponsored World of Wearable Technology event at the JCK show in Las Vegas, Richline partnered with Next Galaxy and Eon Reality. to create a one-of-a-kind VR experience showcasing its wearable jewelry collection.

A video of this immersive and futuristic jewelry shopping experience is now available for all who were unable to attend the World of Wearables event.

Richline is continuing to work with both Next Galaxy and Eon Reality to turn this initial proof of concept into an application that can be used by its retail partners to show off their new Finewear collection.

“We are excited to be working with Richline Group to create a great VR shopping experience,” said Next Galaxy Corp. CEO Mary Spio. “We believe this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the potential for VR to revolutionize shopping and e-commerce. By providing the ability to preview content in new ways, our technology could dramatically improve sales and conversions.”

Click here to learn more about this continuing partnership.

Richline Sponsored FineWear Technology Panel Now Available Online

Richline was proud to sponsor the first-ever FineWear Technology panel covering wearable technology, connected devices and smart jewelry during Jewelry Market Week at the JCK show in Las Vegas. The video of the panel, which took place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28th, 2015, is now available for viewing in its entirety courtesy of Scott Amyx.

Our thanks to Dave Monahan of FitLinxx, Amanda Parkes of Manufacture NY, Scott Amyx of Amyx+McKinsey, and Sonny Vu of Misfit for participating in the panel; to Robin Raskin, Founder and President of Living in Digital Times for moderating; and to JCK for hosting this Richline-sponsored event.

Honora EVP Joel Schechter Honored By The American Gem Society

From the American Gem Society:

The American Gem Society has announced the 2014 Circle of Distinction Honorees, who will be recognized at the Society’s Circle of Distinction Dinner on July 29 at the historic Plaza Hotel in New York City.

The recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is Lee Berg, CEO of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. The Triple Zero Award recipients are Doug Hucker, CEO of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) and Joel Schechter, CEO, HONORA, a Division of Richline Group. […]

“The 2014 recipients are outstanding professionals and individuals, and are well-deserving of this honor,” said Ruth Batson, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “The contribution they have made throughout their career to the jewelry industry is significant. […] Joel has volunteered with numerous organizations in the industry, and is a shining example of leadership through volunteer service. Congratulations to all three.”

Richline is honored to celebrate the Triple Zero Award received by Honora EVP, Joel Schechter at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on July 29th, 2014. This award acknowledges Schechter’s achievements at Honora over the past 38 years as well as his tireless work on behalf of the jewelry industry.

The Triple Zero Award, which is inspired by the highest grade a diamond can receive from the American Gem Society, was established to recognize members of the jewelry industry for their accomplishments and contributions. “Being recognized alongside Doug Hucker and Lee Berg was a true honor,” says Schechter. “The members of the American Gem Society have been an essential part of Honora’s success ever since my father first started the business back in 1946. It was a gift to receive this award from a group that continues to play such vital role in the growth of our company and our industry.”

Richline Group Working With Key Industry Groups To Push for Updated Made in the USA Guidelines

From the June 18th, 2014 joint statement to the FTC for Guidance on “Made in the USA” Claims:

On June 17, 2014, four trade associations, along with the Richline Group, asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for an advisory opinion stating that jewelry composed of metals recycled in this country could be advertised as “Made in the USA.” The four associations are the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, Jewelers of America and the American Gem Trade Association.

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The request for an advisory opinion was based on the fact that significant time and resources go into collecting recyclable material, delivering it to refiners in the United States, and then processing the items to a purity level of almost 100%. The associations and Richline argued that upon recycling, metal begins a new life cycle, with a new origin in this country – regardless of where it was originally mined. For this reason, according to the request, products composed of metals recycled in this country should qualify for a “Made in the USA” claim. If the request is granted by the FTC, sellers would be able to make the claim – as long as they could substantiate that the metal was recycled at a domestic refinery.

Richline Group is proud to work alongside the JVC, MJSA, JA and AGTA in this attempt to drive the first meaningful change to the “Made in America” guidelines since they were last revised by the FTC in 1997.

It has long been our belief that the current guidelines make it impossible for well-meaning companies to properly market jewelry that has been wholly created here in America. We will continue to work closely with both industry organizations and the FTC to discover viable ways for American refiners and manufacturers – such as our own LeachGarner division – to properly and legally denote jewelry as “Made in the USA” while continuing to protect the rights of consumers everywhere.

Click here to read and download the full press release from the JVC

Richline Group CMO Featured in Fast Company

Chief Marketing Officer, Mark Hanna on trust and RoR (Return on Relationship):

“The growth of our business over time is really about how strong our relationships are and how strong the trust is. Improving that trust every year is my single most important goal as CMO.”

Read the full article on Fast Company and learn more about Richline Group’s approach to building smaller brands and better customer relationships.

For even more details on how Richline Group works diligently to meet the needs of its retail partners, you can also read the extended interview with Mark Hanna on TheDrewBlog.com.

Call For Entries: The Rio Grande 2014 Saul Bell Design Awards

From our friends at Rio Grande:

Started in honor of Saul Bell, Rio Grande’s founder, this international competition recognizes distinction in jewelry design. It invites you to challenge yourself as a designer, and in the spirit of innovation, to create without boundaries. Go ahead. Show the jewelry world what you’ve got! Push yourself to new limits. Innovate. Entertain and surprise us all!

Here’s a complete list of the competition’s seven categories:

  • Gold/Platinum
  • Silver/Argentium® Silver
  • Enamel
  • Beads
  • Metal Clay
  • Alternative Metals/Materials
  • Hollowware/Art Object

Entries will be accepted until September 27th. To enter or learn more about the competition visit the Saul Bell Design Award website.