Our seventh episode features Laura Stanley who is a 3rd generation jeweler in North Little Rock Arkansas.
Laura talks about the “Jewelers for Children” charity and how the American Gem Society is changing to stay ahead of the times.
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She also covers the impact estate jewelry could have in your store and several more topics.
What You Should Know About Laura Stanley
Stanley Jewelers Gemologist is celebrating its 78th year; Laura’s grandfather started the business as a watchmaker with a bench in a drugstore on Main Street in 1936.
Laura is a Graduate Gemologist, and also a Certified Gemologist Appraiser from the American Gem Society.
She earned an MBA in 2010 and has a B.S. Degree from Texas Christian University. Go Frogs!
Stanley’s has been a member of the American Gem Society for almost 50 years, and Laura is a member of the International Board of Directors, chairing the International Guilds Committee.
Laura is on the board of Jewelers for Children and has served on the Jewelers Vigilance Committee’s board in the past.
She’s on the Arkansas Better Business Bureau Board and volunteers locally for several animal rescue groups.
Laura spent a decade on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates, and also more than a decade as an adult literacy tutor.
Stanley’s is very active in its local community, supporting almost every charitable cause around because when a client asks for support, the only answer is “yes.”
Laura was voted Arkansas Retailer of the Year in 2010.
Mentioned On The Show
American Gem Society -The American Gem Society is a trade association of retail jewelers, independent appraisers, suppliers, and selective industry members, which was founded in 1934 by Robert M. Shipley, who also founded the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Members are held to a high code of ethics with emphasis on consumer protection and education.
The Society is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with the affiliated American Gem Society Laboratories (AGSL) (founded in 1996) and the American Gem Society Advanced Instruments Division (founded in 2004).
The Society trains and certifies jewelers, gemologists, and jewelry appraisers. Diamond grading is the specialty of the American Gem Society Laboratories and the Society has developed its own cut, color, and clarity standards.
Women’s Jewelry Association – WJA is the premier business networking organization dedicated to enriching and advancing the professional lives of the women in the jewelry and watch industries. Their mission is to help women in the jewelry and watch industries advance and develop professionally through networking, education leadership development and the provision of member services.
Jewelers for Children – Jewelers for Children Charity was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated more than $45 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect through our charity partners St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the Make-A-Wish® America, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the National CASA Association.
JFC also provides support to the Make-A-Wish® International and the Santa-America Fund. This nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals, and jewelry consumers.
More About “Inside the Jewelry Trade” Radio Show
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