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Retailer Roundtable: Is the bead trend over?

Retailer Roundtable: Is the bead trend over?

Q: Is the bead trend over?

“The bead trend is defin...

Gemstone wholesaler Tim Roark mixes business with friendships across the globe

Gemstone wholesaler Tim Roark mixes business with friendships across the globe

Tim Roark hadn’t traveled a lot as a child, but he...

Big idea for little diamonds

Big idea for little diamonds

HH Gold turns retailers’ melee into by-the-inch cr...

Jewelers Helping Jewelers

Jewelers Helping Jewelers

The Southern Jewelers Guild takes a look at the exp...

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How a group of retirees pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in British history

How a group of retirees pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in British history

They pried open the elevator doors to the open shaft. Then one or more of them dropped down to the basement.

The audacious April 2015 ransacking of safe-deposit boxes in Hatton Garden, London’s jewelry district, was epic. So much cash, jewelry, and ot...

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First 2017 JIS Show leaves attendees confident about the year ahead

First 2017 JIS Show leaves attendees confident about the year ahead

JIS deems 1st of two shows at temporary Fort Lauderdale location a success

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The JIS January 2017 Show concluded on January 29th at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center for its first show of 2017 and its first of two shows being held ...

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Noble Display and Packaging merges with J. Grant & Co.

Noble Display and Packaging merges with J. Grant & Co.

Noble Group brings greater service, products, pricing for independent jewelers

(CEDAR GROVE, N.J.) - Noble Display and Packaging has announced the completion of its merger with J. Grant & Co., a display and packaging company known for designing and...

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Zimbals expands wholesale pre-owned Rolex Watch Program

Zimbals expands wholesale pre-owned Rolex Watch Program

New SwissWatchServiceCenter.com site exclusively for Rolex repair

(TAMPA, Fla.) - Since 1990, the experts at Zimbals have been dedicated to the sales and service of pre-owned Rolex watches. You may know them by their wholesale-only website, SwissWatchP...

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Retailer Roundtable: How was your Christmas season and what were your hot sellers?

Retailer Roundtable: How was your Christmas season and what were your hot sellers?

Q: How was your Christmas season and what were your hot sellers?  

“The actual numbers are still being tabulated, but what I can say is the numbers are close to 10 percent over last year’s holiday season. Which was quite a surprise as the months and we...

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How a group of retirees pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in British history

2 DAYS AGO
How a group of retirees pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in British history

They pried open the elevator doors to the open shaft. Then one or more of them dropped down to the basement.

The audacious April 2015 ransacking of safe-deposit boxes in Hatton Garden, London’s jewelry district, was epic. So much cash, jewelry, and other valuables had been taken that the loot had bee...

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Printing up compassion in 3D

10 DAYS AGO
Printing up compassion in 3D

There is no remedy to cure the tragic hurt caused by the loss of a child. For a grieving parent, the best one can hope for is time to process the pain and a few happy memories. Time comes easy, but for parents of stillborn children, happy memories are often in short order.

Srdjan Urosev hopes his com...

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First 2017 JIS Show leaves attendees confident about the year ahead

3 DAYS AGO
First 2017 JIS Show leaves attendees confident about the year ahead

JIS deems 1st of two shows at temporary Fort Lauderdale location a success

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The JIS January 2017 Show concluded on January 29th at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center for its first show of 2017 and its first of two shows being held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. JIS reports the Show ...

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Registration open for 2017 Santa Fe Symposium

3 DAYS AGO
Registration open for 2017 Santa Fe Symposium

Premier conference for jewelry makers and educators

Registration is now open for the 2017 Santa Fe Symposium®. This year’s Symposium will be held in Albuquerque, N.M. from May 21–24.

“There is one reason I attend the Santa Fe Symposium year after year without fail: I learn more there than I do through...

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Noble Display and Packaging merges with J. Grant & Co.

10 DAYS AGO
Noble Display and Packaging merges with J. Grant & Co.

Noble Group brings greater service, products, pricing for independent jewelers

(CEDAR GROVE, N.J.) - Noble Display and Packaging has announced the completion of its merger with J. Grant & Co., a display and packaging company known for designing and manufacturing Ice Grip displays, modular Breakawa...

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RDI Diamonds achieves Responsible Jewelry Council certification

16 DAYS AGO
RDI Diamonds achieves Responsible Jewelry Council certification

(LONDON) - The Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC) has announced that RDI Diamonds, Inc. has achieved Certification against the 2013 Code of Practices (COP) at its trading office in New York.

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Zimbals expands wholesale pre-owned Rolex Watch Program

3 DAYS AGO
Zimbals expands wholesale pre-owned Rolex Watch Program

New SwissWatchServiceCenter.com site exclusively for Rolex repair

(TAMPA, Fla.) - Since 1990, the experts at Zimbals have been dedicated to the sales and service of pre-owned Rolex watches. You may know them by their wholesale-only website, SwissWatchPricing.com, or from their book, “The Professional’...

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ASHI introduces Lovebright - The new halo engagement ring

3 DAYS AGO
ASHI introduces Lovebright - The new halo engagement ring

Surveys have show that diamond halo engagement rings make up nearly 50% of all new bridal sales today. “​This is the perfect time to introduce and showcase the beauty and value of a Lovebright halo engagement ring to your customers,” says Rajeev Pandya, partner at Ashi Diamonds. ASHI’s Lovebright br...

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GIA launches new eLearning Accredited Jewelry Professional Program

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has unveiled a new, online, multimedia format for its distance learning courses in gemology and jewelry sales. GIA is offering this advanced education technology, known as "eLearning," to students effective immediately for its Accredited Jewelry Professional (A.J.P.) diploma program.
GIA's eLearning features video for hands-on demonstrations, interviews with experts, instructor lectures and "see it for yourself" segments. It uses voice capabilities to give proper pronunciation and explanations from specialists. It presents a truly in-depth learning experience - people can read, hear, see, and be more interactive with the subject matter than ever before.

Donna Baker, GIA president and chief executive officer, said the change to eLearning takes advantage of the latest web-based applications to create a multifaceted learning experience that integrates text and images with video, audio, slideshows, animations and interviews.

"This is yet another way we are fulfilling our mission on a global level," Baker added. "GIA is charged with maintaining an international standard, and one way to do this is by providing jewelers with expert gemological training. Delivering our courses via the Internet makes the same high-quality information more readily and consistently available to people everywhere, and encourages the standardized, professional development of the jewelry industry worldwide."

GIA plans to extend this e-Learning capability to all its Distance Education courses as the Institute develops the multidimensional instructional content required for each GIA eLearning course.

Duncan Pay, GIA Course Development director said: "The Institute has a long-established pedigree for providing superior Distance Education. This eLearning is a logical extension of our existing text-based services. As digital media capabilities have expanded, we have been able to add our large collection of videos and images to the eLearning experience.

GIA customized a learning management system platform for its eLearning that allows students to access all coursework, materials and lessons online in a media-rich, easy-to-use environment. All questionnaires, including an un-proctored final exam for the A.J.P. program are also delivered online with students receiving immediate feedback. This not only enhances the ease and convenience of taking courses, but also ensures quicker completion.

At the same time, eLearning comes with full GIA support so that a student can reach a personal instructor or staff person as needed via phone, e-mail or in person. Print materials for the A.J.P. courses will remain available for purchase upon request. The printed course materials for Jewelry Essentials and Diamond Essentials each cost $40, and $50 for the Colored Stone Essentials course, plus shipping and handling charges and applicable sales tax.

To see a demonstration of the GIA eLearning system, visit www.gia.edu/elearning. To learn more about GIA eLearning, call GIA Admissions at (800) 421-4250, ext. 4001.


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