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Friday, January 24, 2020

24 Karat Club Kicks off the New Year with New Talent

24 Karat Club Kicks off the New Year with New Talent  24karat bankquet2020-28For the jewelry industry, the New Year doesn’t truly begin until the Twenty-Four Karat Club of the City of New York’s annual banquet, a prestigious grand gala where the industry’s top leaders gather in their finest to dine, dance and, hopefully, celebrate the conclusion of a good holiday season.

This year’s Banquet was held January 11 at the Sheraton New York Times Square, marking another new venue for the storied Banquet.

The 24 Karat Club Banquet is steeped in history. It’s been held every year since 1902, with only two exceptions: once during the Great Depression and again during WWII. It had been the second-longest running event in the history of the Waldorf Astoria hotel; only the Pennsylvania Society event, held every year in December, had been there longer.

When the hotel closed in 2017 for a three-year renovation, both the 24 Karat Club and Pennsylvania Society scrambled for a new location. Both initially landed at the New York Hilton, where the 24 Karat Club Banquets were held in 2018 and 2019, but the Club moved across 53rd Street to the Sheraton this year.

This year’s headline entertainment was Calum Scott, a singer-songwriter and winner of Britain’s Got Talent. As is tradition, the entertainment was kept under wraps until the evening of the event. The Club briefly dropped its tradition in 2018 and 2019 and announced the entertainment in advance, but Club members expressed a wish to return to the traditional surprise this year.

Other Club traditions remained intact for the evening: the mingling of guests at various cocktail suites hosted by Club members prior to the seated dinner, the formal procession of both Club and industry leaders to take their seats on the dais, the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner by the West Point Cadets, and the annual interfaith invocation, this year delivered by Rabbi Dr. Jeremy Rosen of the Persian Jewish Community of Manhattan.

Following the dinner and entertainment, Club members could return to the same hospitality suites that were open for cocktails, or proceed to one of two after-parties: a quiet lounge with jazz, or the annual Midnight Bash, an immensely popular DJ dance party which lasted into the wee hours.

“The evening was a tremendous success,” said Banquet chair Myriam Gumuchian. “Guests were still reveling and dancing the night away at the Bash when the event closed after 1 a.m.”

Separately, the Club announced its slate of officers for the upcoming year, installed during the Club’s annual holiday luncheon in December. Jeffrey Fischer was re-elected for his third term as chair; Robert Kempler was elected vice-chair; Stewart Wicht was elected president; and Edward Decristofaro was elected vice president. The Club’s next gathering will be its annual Beefsteak Dinner, (a members-only event) set for March.

“It’s a monumental task to organize and coordinate such an event for approximately 1000 guests,” said Fischer. “Kudos to the Banquet Committee for an outstanding success. A great time was had by all!”

[Pictured Above: West Point Cadets; Below: The Banquet Room ©Hechler]

About The 24 Karat Club
Today’s 24 Karat Club is an elite, invitation only membership seeking to forward the growth of the jewelry industry. The club offers an impressive list of scholarship opportunities awarded annually to deserving jewelry industry recipients throughout the southeast. The 24 Karat Club schedules its meetings, events and functions to run concurrently with the two SJTA Atlanta Jewelry shows held each year. Members serve as volunteers on the various committees to promote the efforts of the organization. For more information please visit www.the24karatclub.org.


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Friday, January 24, 2020

Jewelers Mutual Hires Additional Surveillance


As a result of suspicious activity detected earlier this month within a state in the Midwest, Jewelers Mutual arranged additional surveillance for commercial lines policyholders in the immediate area.

This is the second time in in the past four months Jewelers Mutual has provided additional surveillance to policyholders in ongoing efforts to keep members safe and secure. In October 2019, extra security surveillance was provided to policyholders in the state of California during widespread power outages.

As an ongoing best practice to help protect your business, Jewelers Mutual strongly encourages all jewelers to secure merchandise within a safe or vault. Jewelers should also review Jewelers Mutual's do’s and don’ts during a jewelry store robbery.

A refresher of a few of the don’ts:
· Don’t call police, press a hold-up alarm, or panic button
· Don’t make eye contact with or threaten the robbers in anyway
· Don’t pursue the robbers after they leave

Along with advising jewelers of what can be done to prevent crime, Jewelers Mutual will continue to monitor developing criminal situations and deploy additional targeted loss prevention services to protect commercial lines policyholders and the jewelry industry when possible.

“Jewelers Mutual is committed as a proactive business partner in the protection of jewelry and providing a safe environment to our customers,” said Larry Spicer, Vice President of Loss Prevention and Risk Management Services.

Policyholders are also encouraged to contact their agent with any questions regarding additional security measures they can leverage to protect their property.



About Jewelers Mutual Group
The Jewelers Mutual Group companies, which are dedicated solely to serving the jewelry industry in the United States and Canada, began in 1913 when a group of Wisconsin jewelers came together to meet their unique insurance needs. Today, the Group’s companies remain the trusted insurance advisor and loss-prevention expert for jewelry retailers large and small, wholesalers, manufacturers, custom designers, and appraisers — and for consumers who protect their personal jewelry and the special moments it represents. For more information, please visit www.jewelersmutual.com.

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