June 22, 2011 (New Orleans, LA) – Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry of New Orleans, Louisiana, has been accepted as a member of Jewelers of America, the largest national association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace. Jewelers of America members are committed to improving consumer confidence in the jewelry industry and adhere to a Code of Professional Practices, which sets high social, environmental and ethical business standards. Wellington & Co. exhibits the qualities of JA-member companies through its strong commitment to offering customers distinctive, quality merchandise and superior service while maintaining high professional standards.
“The ‘J’ logo on a retailer’s door stands for professionalism,” says Matthew A. Runci, Jewelers of America President & CEO. “Consumers can shop at a Jewelers of America store with added confidence, because the jeweler has made a special commitment to integrity and professional, knowledgeable service.”
“We are in the process of stepping up the image of Wellington, both on the local level, but likewise on the national level,” says Thomas Whisnant, the GIA-certified gemologist who owns Wellington & Company with his wife, Brandy Baechle Whisnant. “Our affiliation with Jewelers of America is just one more way we communicate our commitment to customer service, exceptional jewelry, and value to our customers.”
Wellington’s promise of quality and status as a leading luxury retailer in the French Quarter continues to develop with the acquisition of several new designer lines, including Ernst Benz Precision Watches, blu by Betty Lou Moscot, Nancy Johnson, Thistle & Bee, and ToyWatch USA, with additional designers and brands to be announced this Fall.
Located in the French Quarter at 505 Royal Street in New Orleans, Wellington & Co. carries a unique collection of antique, estate, vintage and contemporary fine jewelry, with a particular emphasis on diamond engagement rings. More information is available online at www.wcjewelry.com.
For more information about Jewelers of America, visit www.jewelers.org. The Jewelry Information Center at www.JIC.org, offers fine jewelry and watch information, trends and shopping tips.