MJA members are dedicated and committed jewelers who maintain the highest standard of honesty, fairness, professionalism, and services. Our code of ethics serves to educated, inspire and unite our members. We are proud to serve the great state of Mississippi and bring about first-class knowledge and experience in the jewelry industry.
We are proud sponsors of Jewelers for Children, Make a Wish Foundation, St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, Batson Children's Hospital and communities throughout Mississippi.
The original meeting for MJA was held at the Heidelberg Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi in 1951 and was attended by a group of jewelers interested in forming a state association. Those attending were: Irvin Sachs, Greenville; C.V. Weller, Clarksdale; Paul DeFrank, Biloxi; F.R. Lickfold, Jr., Grenada; John Juniker, Jackson; George Hollander, Vicksburg; Jack Miron, Yazoo City; Bill Lerner, Meridian; W.F. Riley, Tupelo; Earnest Beourgois, Jackson; J. Sarphie, Hattiesburg; Richard Burton, Laurel; Marvin Cook and Dick Gordon representing sales associates.
Pictured below is the first MJA Convention in 1951. At this convention, Mississippi Jewelers Association, Inc. was officially formed. The Charter was in 1951 with bylaws being adopted in May, 1951. The first elected officers were: Irvin Sachs, President; John Juniker, Vice President; Goerge Hollander, Secretary/Treasurer.
We are 67 years old this year.