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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) ann...

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimps...

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Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recognized its top agencies and agents during the annual awards ceremony held at their National Sale...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimpse into how ancient cultures regarded gold.

A new study has shed more light on how the value of gold has endured – and changed – since ancient times.

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

MURFREESBORO, Ark. –  An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972....

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

(HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.) - The jewelry industry has seen changes in the way business is being done since the advent of the Internet, and especially since the economic downturn began in 2007. Ivan Levi’s quest to find answers to questions about these changes led him to discover how one specific, yet easy...

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 3rd Annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, May 28, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV. More than 125 participants assembled at 5:30 a.m. to either walk or run 5K, or bike one of two courses, a leisurely 15K route or a challenging 50K r...

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced that Brad Padgett, an independent jeweler and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the new president of the statewide association. His two-year term of office as the organization’s president began May 16.

Padgett graduated with a B.S.B.A....

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

(HOUSTON, Tex.) - Houston Jewelry and Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon were among the businesses recognized at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence held in May. Both businesses were named Distinction Winners, a designation awarded to businesses that maintain a superior commitment to...

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

Designed by Elaine of Esprit Creations

New to SJTA and the Atlanta Jewelry Show, family business Esprit Creations has been successfully manufacturing and wholesaling fine sterling silver jewelry with genuine gemstones for over 2 decades. Standing apart from the ordinary, their wide selection of exclu...

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelry wholesaler/supplier/designer in the United States since 1976. The company specializes in all natural (type “A”) jadeite jade fine jewelry, designed in-house by their exclusive designer Kristina and MK design team. Mason-Kay Jade is excited to intro...

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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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