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Stuller, Inc. wraps up annual Bench Jeweler Workshop

Stuller, Inc. wraps up annual Bench Jeweler Workshop

Jyothi Forman walks away with overall win

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Diamond shipping scam impacts 20-plus diamond wholesalers

Diamond shipping scam impacts 20-plus diamond wholesalers

Since November, an estimated 20 or more diamond ve...

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Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

The potential sale of De Beers's London HQ offers a rare glimpse inside the mining giant, from subterranean vaults to a rooftop helipad.

Number 17 Charterhouse Street, a fortress in the heart of London, has been De Beers’s headquarters since 1979, but...

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MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

The 2017 MJSA Expo may have been cut short by one day, thanks to a looming blizzard, but that didn’t stop the show’s attendees from getting the full “Expo experience.” The industry’s longest-running show dedicated to professional jewelry making and d...

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Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, has grabbed two honors in the 2017 JCK Jeweler’s Choice Awards. Now in its tenth year, the awards are given in multiple categories. Both of Lafonn’s wins are in the “Lab Grown Gemsto...

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ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI is excited to launch the 2017 Lovebright Collection Book for all of their retail partners to share with their customers. ASHI reports the positive feedback they have received from their retailers, and the overwhelming desire to ignite and promot...

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Georgia jeweler Jan Fergerson reaches out to industry peers to rally for “Angels for AuBree”

Georgia jeweler Jan Fergerson reaches out to industry peers to rally for “Angels for AuBree”

Veteran retailer seeks donations for specially equipped van to transport employee’s disabled child

When Jan Fergerson, secretary and treasurer of Rome, Georgia-based Ford, Gittings & Kane sees a need, she doesn’t wait for others to take action, sh...

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Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

2 DAYS AGO
Relocation allows for a rare look inside De Beers’s London HQ

The potential sale of De Beers's London HQ offers a rare glimpse inside the mining giant, from subterranean vaults to a rooftop helipad.

Number 17 Charterhouse Street, a fortress in the heart of London, has been De Beers’s headquarters since 1979, but the street has been its home since the 1930s. At ...

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An emerald with a history goes to auction

2 DAYS AGO
An emerald with a history goes to auction

In the auction world, there are few things more fascinating than the journey of a gem through the hands of the rich and famous. The Stotesbury Emerald, which will be included in the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on April 25, is one such stone.

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MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

2 DAYS AGO
MJSA Expo delivers “inspiring” experience for jewelry manufacturers and designers

The 2017 MJSA Expo may have been cut short by one day, thanks to a looming blizzard, but that didn’t stop the show’s attendees from getting the full “Expo experience.” The industry’s longest-running show dedicated to professional jewelry making and design, MJSA Expo had been scheduled to run for thr...

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Stuller hosts mini conference for jewelry group

7 DAYS AGO
Stuller hosts mini conference for jewelry group

Leading Jewelers Guild visits global headquarters

(LAFAYETTE, La.) - Stuller recently partnered with the Leading Jewelers Guild (LJG) to host a one-day conference at its global headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana, giving members of the guild an entire day of education and networking.

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Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

2 DAYS AGO
Lafonn named 2017 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award winner & finalist

(CYPRESS, Calif.) - Lafonn, the brand known for luxury within reach, has grabbed two honors in the 2017 JCK Jeweler’s Choice Awards. Now in its tenth year, the awards are given in multiple categories. Both of Lafonn’s wins are in the “Lab Grown Gemstone” category, further anchoring the brand’s positi...

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Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

29 DAYS AGO
Jane Kirk appointed Executive Director of NC Jewelers Association

(RALEIGH, N.C.) - The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Kirk as Executive Director, effective immediately. The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Kirk will be an excellent steward of NCJA’s goals and an advocate for North Caro...

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ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

15 DAYS AGO
ASHI launches 2017 Lovebright Collection Book

ASHI is excited to launch the 2017 Lovebright Collection Book for all of their retail partners to share with their customers. ASHI reports the positive feedback they have received from their retailers, and the overwhelming desire to ignite and promote their store’s diamond sales, has been extremely ...

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ASHI launches the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes

21 DAYS AGO
ASHI launches the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes

Announces winner of #LovebrightValentine Sweepstakes

(NEW YORK) - ASHI is excited to launch the I DO Bridal Sweepstakes, to kickoff the wedding season for its retail partners. Retailers will be able to attract bridal shoppers to their stores, through various social media platforms, and let every bride...

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GemClear finds non-compliant topaz in US market

(DALLAS) - GemClear, the world's first independent irradiated gemstone testing laboratory, has found irradiated blue topaz in the U.S. market that is not in compliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations. The gems, from a New York dealer, were believed to be legal, but were not.
"The gems were not dangerous," said GemClear President Rick Krementz. "The gems were safe and under the international limits for irradiated gems, however they exceeded the US-NRC limits for exempt distribution and it is believed that if not for the services provided by GemClearTM these stones would have been distributed to customers."

The US-NRC has strict limits on the allowable limits of residual radioactivity before an irradiated gemstone may be released for distribution in the US. All neutron or electron beam irradiated gemstones are required to be tested by an NRC licensee before being released for the trade or consumers. Hand-held survey meters, such as Geiger counters, are not sensitive enough to measure radiation to NRC requirements.

Radioactivity naturally decays, and eventually reaches zero. The gems that GemClear found to be non-compliant in September were expected to be at the US-legal level at the end of November, 2008. There is no process or treatment that can accelerate the decay rate, only time. The non-compliant stones were withheld from the market.

"Many dealers do not know the precise origins of their irradiated gems. The best way for a retailer to protect their brand and themselves from possible litigation is to make sure they either have their gems tested, or have control of the supply chain from the treater to themselves," Krementz said. Many gems are irradiated and the treatments are not disclosed since irradiation treatment is very difficult to detect. In addition to blue topaz, many red and pink tourmalines, kunzites, morganite, golden beryls, as well as many small treated diamonds, are commonly irradiated. Other gems occasionally irradiated include sapphire, turquoise, and emerald.

Irradiation is a safe process, commonly used to sterilize hospital surgical instruments and spices. Gemstone irradiation is intended to improve their color, and occasionally to reduce the visibility of inclusions. Some kinds of irradiation can cause long lasting residual radioactivity, which is why the NRC regulates the distribution of irradiated gemstones.

For more information, please visit www.gemclear.com, or call 877-NRC-GEMS.

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