Jewelers of America Acquires National Jeweler

JA’s Board of Directors voted in favor of acquiring the leading jewelry publication today 

January 9, 2015, New York, NY – Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, has acquired National Jeweler from Emerald Expositions, which owns the JA New York shows and Couture. The transaction is enthusiastically supported by each organization, with JA’s Board of Directors voting in favor of the acquisition at a board meeting today in New York City.

The acquisition will take effect later this month. JA and National Jeweler will remain and act independent of each other.  

“I’m excited about the National Jeweler acquisition and Jewelers of America’s ability to both better serve its members and the industry,” says JA Board Chair Bill Farmer, Jr., of Farmer’s Jewelry, Lexington, KY.

“This is an exciting day for Jewelers of America, as we expand into trade media and welcome National Jeweler to the JA family. National Jeweler is natural fit for our organization, as it shares our mission to be an informative resource to retail jewelry professionals,” says David J. Bonaparte, JA President & CEO. “It’s an opportune time; with the launch of their digital magazine last fall, the National Jeweler team is poised for growth.” 

Michelle Graff, editor-in-chief of National Jeweler, says, “This is a positive new chapter for a publication that has been in the business of reporting on the fine jewelry industry for 109 years. We look forward to taking advantage of the additional resources being part of the JA team offers us, but we remain focused on our mission: to objectively deliver the news that retail jewelers need to run their businesses on a daily basis.” 

The two organizations share many similarities. Both established in 1906, each represents an objective and authoritative voice for the retail jewelry marketplace. A primary mission of Jewelers of America is to serve as a forum for the analysis and discussion of issues affecting the industry, a platform for which National Jeweler has been since its inception. 

National Jeweler reaches the U.S. industry’s most important retailers, including every major reseller, through its daily news blasts, digital publication and website, Its news analysis covers all the topics of importance to the retail community, disseminates trade and consumer research, and identifies the trends that shape the industry. 

About Jewelers of America: 
Jewelers of America (JA) is the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, with the primary purpose of improving consumer confidence in the jewelry industry. JA’s consumer education website,, is the online source for fine jewelry and watch information, trends and shopping tips. Visit and

About National Jeweler:
In publication continuously since 1906, National Jeweler brings North American independent jewelers the news they need to run their businesses effectively on a day-to-day basis through its newsletters, website,, and digital publication. For more information or to subscribe, visit