7 episodes

The MJSA Podcast features news, interviews, and discussions on key topics related to designing, making, marketing, and selling jewelry. The MJSA Podcast is a production of Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, the trade alliance supporting professional jewelers, designers, and related suppliers.

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The MJSA Podcast features news, interviews, and discussions on key topics related to designing, making, marketing, and selling jewelry. The MJSA Podcast is a production of Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, the trade alliance supporting professional jewelers, designers, and related suppliers.

    Episode 007 - Succession Planning with Dan Pharr

    Episode 007 - Succession Planning with Dan Pharr

    Our guest on this episode is Dan Pharr, president of Pharr Valuation in Richmond, Virginia. With 30 years of jewelry industry experience, Dan specializes in business valuations of closely held and family owned businesses.

    In this interview, Dan discusses the best practices for business owners who want to exit their companies profitably while ensuring their legacies endure. He also explains how to use business valuations to a boost marketability and better prepare for the purchase or sale of a business.

    • 32 min
    Episode 006 - Keeping Compliant with Sara Yood

    Episode 006 - Keeping Compliant with Sara Yood

    Our guest on this episode, Sara Yood, senior counsel at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), has made a career out of helping businesses wade through the myriad guidelines, regulations, and laws that apply to making and selling jewelry.

    In this discussion, Yood talks about her path into jewelry law, the newly announced line of 1k gold jewelry, lab-grown diamond marketing claims, sourcing and chain of custody procedures, and how designers can protect their intellectual property.

    • 29 min
    Episode 005 - Building Chains of Trust with Susan Wheeler

    Episode 005 - Building Chains of Trust with Susan Wheeler

    Responsible sourcing and transparent supply chains are key topics in the jewelry trade and more important than ever to consumers.

    In this episode we're joined by jewelry designer, founder of the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference (CRJC), and leading voice in the resposible jewelry movement, Susan Wheeler. She discusses her own responsible journey, the CRJC, efforts to improve gemstone traceability, and the powerful role that communication plays in connecting the global jewelry supply chain.

    • 30 min
    Episode 004 - The Next Generation of Jewelers with Nanz Aalund

    Episode 004 - The Next Generation of Jewelers with Nanz Aalund

    With the current generation of master craftspeople aging out of the jewelry industry, demand for professionally skilled workers is high. But a number of barriers stand in the way of developing an effective education-to-employment pipeline. In this episode, award-winning jewelry designer, goldsmith, author, and educator, Nanz Aalund, discusses her efforts to raise awareness about these issues and to help develop the necessary training and apprenticeship programs to meet the industry’s growing needs.

    • 52 min
    Episode 003 - Selling the Art of Custom Jewelry with Llyn Strong

    Episode 003 - Selling the Art of Custom Jewelry with Llyn Strong

    Recipient of an Honorable Mention in the Custom Design Distinction category of the 2019 MJSA Vision Awards competition, jewelry artist and gallery owner Llyn Strong is recognized for her signature collections and her distinctive custom designs. In this episode, Llyn discusses how she got started making jewelry, the story behind the creation of her award-winning cuff bracelet, and how she approaches marketing and selling her custom design services.

    • 11 min
    Episode 002 - Finding the Sustainable Path with Susan Crow (East Fourth Street Jewelry)

    Episode 002 - Finding the Sustainable Path with Susan Crow (East Fourth Street Jewelry)

    Susan Crow—owner of East Fourth Street Jewelry in Northfield, Minnesota, and Responsible Practices Distinction winner in the 2019 MJSA Vision Awards—is dedicated to proper environmental, ethical, and sustainable practices. In this episode, she talks about the challenges and overall rewards of building a responsible supply chain and adopting green processes.

    • 20 min

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